Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Brought to You via Curbside

Check out these two tables my Mom garbage picked for me this winter while in Florida.  Remember, I told you I come by this naturally. 

Anyway, she couldn't take any more of my Dad's complaining questions about what she was going to do with them, so she gave them to me.  SCORE.

Don't misunderstand, my husband has the same complaints questions, but I know it's his way of cheering me on to create something fabulous.

Aren't they cute?

I love the rope trim.  I know, many of the curved pieces in the corners are missing.  But, I'm sure my husband can't wait to help me cut some replacements......wink-wink.

They have potential, don't you agree?  Hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but did I mention they were free? 
 F R E E it's for me. That's what I say anyway.

OK, they are pretty beat up, but they are sturdy people.  I have big plans for these babies but you'll have to check back soon to see their transformation.  

What have you garbage picked saved from the landfill?


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Company for Dinner

This post is for all the foodies out there.  We had friends over for dinner last week and I made kabobs. 

I didn't take a picture of the meat because who wants to look at a pile of raw meat?

Kabobs can get dried out so easily on the grill so I used pork tenderloin.  Even if it's overcooked, it's still tender.  I cut it into large chunks and marinated it in a mixture of soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, dash of maple syrup, garlic, and  Dijon mustard. 

Here they are assembled.

Can you say YUM?

On the grill.............

Party on the grill people, move over, no pushing, please.

I also started doing something that I've seen over and over again on The Food Network channel.  Grilled romaine.  I know, I know, where have I been, right? 

I brushed it with olive oil mixed with various spices and of course fresh garlic.  I grilled it for 3-5 minutes directly over the charcoal and drizzled it with homemade Caesar dressing.  It. is. amazing.

What are you grilling this summer?


Friday, July 8, 2011

Vegetable Garden

This year we put in a vegetable garden.  We used to do one every year but trees grew taller and threw more shade so unless we moved the garden, it was futile.

I didn't want to put it smack-dab in the middle of our backyard for fear of it being an eye sore. 

Here is a picture of the backyard before the garden.

Here is another picture of it, decorated for Fall.

My neighbor, who has an amazing garden every year, suggested I put it in the center of my backyard but incorporate it into my small perennial garden, flanked by two cast iron urns with a wrought iron fence between them.   


In front of the iron fence, I put my herb garden.  I love the way the Day Lillies contain it.

I love to walk through the garden every morning with my coffee and see what's growing.

Love snow peas.  I wish I had room for more of them.  I don't think any of them will make it to the table because my 2 1/2 yr. old likes to pick them and eat them.

A garden wouldn't be complete without some yellow squash.  Isn't it amazing how these guys can go from tiny to huge overnight?

Some yellow bell peppers.

Green beans just started to appear.

I planted 21 tomato plants; mostly heirloom tomatoes.  Here is a cluster of Roma Tomatoes.

I also planted a row of sweet yellow onions and a row of red onions.  I love onions but my husband hates them.

Check out these Hot Hungarian Peppers, they're huge.  There are seven of them ready to pick so I am going to make a brine this weekend and can them.  A lot of work for one jar but it's worth it.

I can't wait for the tomatoes to ripen so we can make fresh salsa.  I'm also going to make pesto and freeze it.

At the back of my garden, I placed this wrought iron scrolly-thing, and yes that is a word.  At least it is today on my blog.  I have my mandevilla vine growing up it.  I can't wait for it to bloom.

What's growing in your garden?