Monday, October 23, 2017

Honey Comb

Some of you may remember the video I posted last year
of the bees flying in and out of my lovely ivy topiary
I had on my back porch last summer.

If you want to see it again click HERE.

I couldn't bring my ivy in the house when the
weather turned cold or we would have had a house
full of bees! This past spring I pulled it out
of the pot to see what the bees had been doing
in the dirt and found this.  The bees were all
dead, unfortunately.  I guess they didn't survive
the frozen winter either!

No bees, no topiary, but I do have these cool
combs by which to remember the whole thing!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where The Fairies Live

I found this little spot in our wood pile today
and I was immediately taken back to my childhood.
I would have had hours of fun playing here, pretending
that it was the home to little fairies.  I could almost see
them sitting under mushroom umbrellas!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Foyer Table

cell phone photography

I finally put the red, white and blue away from the summer
holidays and brought out a little fall decor for the foyer
 table!  I feel a little late getting this done but am enjoying
 the change!  I said on Instagram that the white pumpkins
have a Cinderella story.  They were lowly things laying in a
bin at Wal-mart and then they got to come home with me
and get a jeweled crown and a special place under an
antique dome.  So fun!

Thursday, September 28, 2017


A half moon above my home sweet home last
night.  I could really tell the humidity was gone!
 The air was clear and the craters were extra sharp!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Gourmet Baked Beans

I thought I'd share this yummy recipe I made up
this summer.  It's so good you'll want to make this
instead of your regular baked beans from here on out!
If you give it a try, let me know how you like it.

Gourmet Baked Beans

1/2 package of bacon, cut with scissors into 1" pieces
1 lb 90% lean ground beef
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup sliced celery
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 T yellow mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 16 oz can baked beans, undrained
1 16 oz can of butter beans, drained
1 15 oz can navy beans, undrained
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
A few dashes of liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 teaspoon worchestershire

In a large skillet cook the bacon until crisp.
Add the ground beef and cook through.
Add the onion and celery and cook until tender.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
Bake 350 uncovered for 30 minutes.
Add a little water if they are too thick.

A few hints....
Don't sweat the type of beans.  I've used lima beans,
navy beans, etc.  Just use a nice variety.
Don't sweat the size of cans or the draining of the
liquid.  If the liquid is thick, then leave it.
If it's watery, then drain it.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Looks like Garden Girl has jumped right
into the Halloween decorating, doesn't it?
I'm going to have to have a talk with her.
It is still officially summer for one more week!
Look at her smile...I bet that web tickles!