Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Breakfast - Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry season is upon us.

I have several pounds of blueberries
and what to do with them all?

Decided to be decadent on this stormy Sunday morning
and make blueberry pancakes. 
Oddly, I don’t think I’ve ever made blueberry pancakes before. 
Always been a purist when it comes to pancakes.

They were quite good…
and filling…
I think I need to go lay down for awhile…

Friday, July 22, 2011

Blue Nikko has found a home

My hydrangea has finally bloomed.
About 15 years ago,
this was the first “real” plant I purchased
when I finally had an apartment patio.
I was so excited to have plants I ignored common sense
 which said to buy only annuals for my potted garden.
Where to over winter my new shrub? My parents of course.
We have both moved many times since then
and my hydrangea has over wintered at my parents homes, 
temporary homes, family friends gardens…
this hydrangea has seen allot of mileage!
When I finally moved into my little bungalow  5 years ago
I was so happy to welcome it back into my life permanently. 
Unfortunately I first planted it in too much sunshine or too dry soil
and it kept falling over. 
I have moved it every year for the last 4 years
to see if would do better in the next new spot.
 Last year I planted in the shade of my front garden
and babied it for the first year looking at its stubby little branches
mourning the fact that it just was not likely to make it. 
This spring it seemed to have healthy leaves and behold,
the first blooms it’s had in 5 years. 
A true testament to its hardiness.
Never mind it’s a Blue Nikko Hydrangea
and not a speck of blue on the bloom. 
Its pure white petals are a joy to behold.
Welcome home!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Self Seeders: Dill and Day Lily

My neighbor is one of the best gardeners at nurturing self seeders.
I’m trying to develop the knack, but I also need to develop her discipline.
She is very good about digging up overly aggressive seeders in less desirable areas.
I’m always so proud that they have made it I have a tendency to let it run wild.

Here is my dill, running rampant in the garden.
I have to admit that I’m just fine with it weaving its way through my garden.
It such a nice contrast to the other leaves and clearly I have enough for any dish I may be preparing.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


one of my favorite ornaments...
I do like dragonflies...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hooked On You, LLC dba Jessica Knits

Deep into project mode.
A wonderful yarn shop in Scottsdale AZ,
Hooked on You, LLC dba Jessica Knits,
will be carrying my knitting journals.

Here is a sampling of some of the covers
I am sewing for the shop this week.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

i just love a parade

I just love these vases from Clay Bay Pottery in Sister Bay Wisconsin.
Choosing flowers to create the hat is a joy.
This one has Antiquity Cosmos, Bee Balm, Drumstick Alliums and Spearmint.
She makes me feel as though she is off to watch a parade.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

have a wonderful day

Been having a problem posting to my blog this last month
and now it's fixed!

About 2 weeks ago I took a fun "day trip"
to Sawyer Michigan.
These market photos are from the
Sawyer Nursury.
When I saw this sign placest amongst the fresh fruit and vegetables, it just made me smile.
Blogging issues resolved and
with it being a beatiful sunny day
here in Chicago
I think I have to go outside
and play in the dirt
to celebrate :-)

Happy weekend everyone
it is a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tip: Vidalia Onion Storage

Vidalia onions have been known to spoil more quickly if in direct contact with one another.
To solve this problem I am using some old hose that my mother gave me.
You simply drop one in and tie a knot just above it,
drop another in and tie a knot and so on.

This way they have good air circulation and no contact.
When you want an onion
you simply snip it off just below the knot for the onion above it.

The question I’m begging to ask…did my mother really wear green hose at one time?
Gotta love the 80’s!