Thursday, September 14, 2017

What's Blooming Now

Cooler days of fall often intensify the colors of our annuals, even though many have begun to produce seeds instead of flowers. I am still enjoying this arrangement in two planters, 
I plant a mandevilla vine  each year especially in memory of my Mom, who so admired  that plant.
I am loving succulents, and they seem to suit their terra cotta pots.
Hoping that we have a late frost!

Monday, July 10, 2017

You've Come A long Way, Petunia!

In my younger years I disliked petunias and preferred that my Mom planted pansies, stocks, or phlox. Fast forward to today, and you will find petunias of many different types in my garden.

One of my favorites is "starry night". The flowers vary on the same plant, and are vivid shades from white to deep purple...truly a wonder in hybridizing!
Each morning I head first to the petunia pots to see these lovely blooms...

I hope you all are enjoying your summer days!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Years Day Theme Dinner

For the last ten years our family has gathered on the first day of the new year to celebrate cultures of different countries. This year our theme was Scandinavian. We went to the internet to find recipes ...everyone contributed a dish or two. Our daughter hosted.
The menu was posted on the blackboard...
Mason jar hand crafted lanterns were part of the table setting
 Dansk china held some of the main dishes....

We had a lovely feast, and great family conversation. A wonderful start to 2017.
I hope you are all enjoying God's blessings in  the fresh New Year!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It's looking like Christmas!

We have a very snowy day today... poor driving conditions, but very pretty! I took a few photos and couldn't help comparing them to some taken August!

Each season has it's own beauty..
Meanwhile, in the house preparations for Christmas are underway. After not decorating last year, I am enjoying decking the halls this time....(thankful!!)

I heard that many areas of the USA and Canada are experiencing icy and snowy conditions. I pray that all of you will be safe.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Signs of Autumn - Bittersweet

The summer flew by and now we are enjoying autumn. My brother brought an armful of lovely bittersweet branches, so appropriate for the season. I wasted no time in decorating the mantel!

Speaking of the  fireplace, we have made some changes during the summer. This is what it looked like last year...
and earlier this summer... BEFORE..
and AFTER...

We had the dark brick for 30 years...yes, 30! it was time for a change. The room is considerably brighter. We had the walls painted in a blue-grey color and I am still looking for suitable art for the walls, and new window valances are in the works.
We wanted a whitewash appearance to the brick so we used chalk paint diluted, and a small roller to skim the surface, leaving the indentations more exposed. The most difficult part was painting the grout lines.
Just one more picture...our 4 foot tall vase with summer flowers... I miss them already!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tea and Fruitcake

We don't usually think of fruit cake in April since it is traditionally a Christmas sweet, but I wasn't feeling well enough to bake in November or December. Now I wanted to use up the dried and candied fruit which has been taking up space in our extra refrigerator.
I always watch Anna Olsen's baking series and she demonstrated making your own candied orange peel and used it in a fruit cake.
It all looked so delicious, and the result proved it! The peel is so fragrant and adds a fresh flavour to the cake.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Thanksgiving Day brought 16 of us around our table yesterday. After a glorious fall day on Sunday, we had wind, rain and cool weather as everyone arrived.

We have much to be thankful for.

Today we can enjoy the leftover turkey, and of course, a piece of apple pie.

This autumn our hydrangeas have been beautiful, turning a prettier pink than usual. I seeded some Osaka ornamental cabbages, and they too have been very pretty. I love the delicate markings on the leaf edges.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend