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07 Aug · Tue 2012
Easy Rose and Coleus Topiary's, Garden 'Junque' Decor, Potting Shed Door Organizer, Yummy Asparagus Bread
Right now garage & rummage sales are around every bend along with estate sales! I don't always have time to go to these because I am typically at market on Saturdays and by the time we are on the way home, the last thing I feel like doing is 'saleing'. Thrift shopping is another story though... I know I will find just about whatever I want at the ones we drive past in the city on our way home. But good garden junque is not so easy to find this way. Antique shoppes, flea markets and sales are better shopping opportunity for this kind of stuff. I love to add elements into my beds that give a feeling of invitation... cool old chairs, stools and benches say 'come on in for a stay!', tin pails and buckets add height and dimension in the flower beds; ladders and bird cages can be incorporated as well! I love to get lost in my flower beds and just relax... weed, water and rest... gardening, what could anyone want more? [Read More]
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Posted by Neil & Jean @ 04:55 PM EDT
07 May · Mon 2012
Cookbook Journals, The Gift of Bread, More Garden Tips, Potting Shed Organization and Taylor's Yummy Beef and Veggie Soup
As I have mentioned so many times, I love to journal! Taylor was looking through the cookbook journal I had made her several years back and I thought that would be something interesting to talk about. After all I always add some recipes so why not. Journaling through my blogs has been such a delight for me and a way to share my thoughts and ideas with all of you. So often I get asked questions about a lot of the things that I have been blogging about and now I can direct the folks to this blog. Thanks for staying turned and if anyone has any question please don't hesitate to ask through our Facebook page and I will try to address each question as best I can!
*Several years ago I was going through one of my Scrapbook magazines and they had a whole section on Cookbook Scrapbook Journal's. Well that's all it took for me and I was right into it. I called my mom, Neil's mom & sisters and got all the families 'favorites'. One stipulation was that each had to send the recipes in their own handwriting- not typed. I had several of my Grandmas, her sisters, my aunts & my moms as well as some of my own from when I was a teenager. I also included some of Neils own concoctions along with his brothers. But I needed more than just the recipes- I needed photographs. I wanted photographs preferably of each person in the kitchen or doing something in the line of cooking- even camping & grilling. I got more than I dreamed of, this was going to be fun. One more key ingredient to the book was to be the story telling aspect of it- journaling! This comes easy for me, so with each recipe and photo is a short story about the cook and why the recipe is special. Being the avid scrap booker I am I of course had the perfect 10x10 inch Creative Memories scrapbook and all the supplies any one could dream of, so it was just getting it organized and decide on the format I wanted. Once I had all the recipes I made copies of all on Scrapbook paper so they would not deteriorate over time. I put the appropriate photos with the right recipes; I decided on my title pages and the order they would go in; knowing that this couldn't be an encyclopedia I had to decide on what recipes to use and which to scrap- (get rid of) -no pun intended- this was the hard job. In the end Taylor now has a beautiful Scrap-Cookbook that she truly enjoys and uses quite often.
*Everybody loves bread, and if they don't they should! Bread makes a lovely gift~ weather it be a yeast, sweet or flat bread, they are all yummy. To make your gifts of bread even more special, pick up inexpensive yet cute Tea Towels at discount stores and tie your loaf up into one, tie with raffia, jute or cute ribbon and add a special tag. The recipient will be so tickled.
*More Garden Tips....
Potting Shed or Garage Organization is a key for a content & happy gardener. I am very blessed to have a very lovely Potting Shed and as I mentioned in a previous blog, it is a mess each spring that I need to clean out. This mess is never my doing, I will not take the blame for it. I have several wonderful helpers that just have not acquired my love of organization~ YET! Kyle is the closest yet with Evan not far behind. Everyone else is 'a work in process, or should I say progress?' Anyway, I have a spot for everything in my shed and I am much happier when I can find what I want when I want it. As I always say in & out of doors, "Everything has it's place so put everything back in its place.... please!" On that note, here are a few tips on organizing your potting shed, garage or where ever you store your tools.
Taylor's Yummy Beef & Veggie Soup
3# or so, Beef Chuck Roast from Garden Gate farm (of course :-) )
1. In a large crock pot add water, meat, onion, salt & pepper and rosemary. Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours.
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Posted by Neil & Jean @ 09:56 PM EDT