Monday, August 31, 2015

August Dinner

We spent another great evening last night with family and friends.
And since it's late August, and tomato time, our entree was Tomato Cobbler.

I've made this dish before and it's always a big hit.  If you have lots of tomatoes as we do, then don't hesitate to try this.



Here's the recipe:  (click to enlarge)


Note:  Cherry tomatoes are not a requirement;  just chop up whatever tomatoes you have on hand.  Remember, this is a "cobbler", you wouldn't put cherry sized peaches in a peach cobbler.


Keeping to a late summer theme I also made this apple salad.


Dessert was super easy;  this frozen lime terrine is much easier than it looks and makes a good impression.  Be sure to unmold it before your guests arrive, sometimes it takes a bit and you'll be standing around waiting on it to defrost enough to come out of the pan. Unmold it onto a plate and put it back in the freezer until you're ready for it.


The recipe calls for blackberries but the store was out so I substituted raspberries instead.  No problem.



What have you been making with your tomato crop?



Monday, August 17, 2015

The Dregs of August

We didn't plant many August blooming flowers.  Thus our garden is a bit boring during this month.
But there is still a bit of action.



There is also some inaction as Scarface enjoys some sunshine.



And I entertain myself feeding the koi:



That's about it.  Hope your garden is more exciting.  Or at least your summer is.



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer will turn into Fall...

Ready for Halloween?????
My blogger friend Jeanne creates all this herself.  Fantastic.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Random Summer Stuff

While doing some cat sitting for a friend, I heard rustling in her shrubs and turned to see this.
Can you see that little thing on the sidewalk?


I should have used the video on my camera.  These little guys were way too fast for me.


Here is the parent quail, being very brave.


This little birdhouse was adorable during the past few years in our garden;
seen here during the fall after a trace amount of snow.


But during the week Kim was gone to Montana the wasps did this:


Yeah, it's something, isn't it?
Wasp information.
There's a lot of wasp spit on that birdhouse, that's for sure.
This will get dismantled during their winter hibernation, that's for sure.



Kim planted tomatoes in the cold frame this year.  They're doing well.  He had to remove the roof.








And some random pictures of our garden.























And just look at my son and his family.  Casey is doing really well post surgery.





Saturday, June 27, 2015

Big Changes

My son, Casey, had a brain tumor removed this week.
So, I've been preoccupied.


The surgery took place at the UW Medical Center in Seattle.  Luckily the tumor was benign and was completely and successfully removed.  It was the size of a baseball and the surgeon figured the tumor had been growing for 15 years.  The surgery lasted 13 hours.

Two days before the surgery Casey and his fiancee, Ivy, were married in the hospital.  They had planned a surprise ceremony for that day in Boise but it was pre-empted by the unexpected quickly scheduled surgery.


My daughter, Vanessa, and I were lucky enough to be able to travel to Seattle to offer our support.



Casey has a ways to go to fully recover but his wonderful surgeon assures us this will happen.  It may take up to one year but I have no doubt Casey will give it 100%, as he does to everything.


The wedding, the surgery, and now moving to Seattle has all happened within one week.  It's been a whirlwind.  More like a hurricane.

I'm going to miss this little family like crazy.  My granddaughter was such a sweetheart in the hospital and was constantly signing, asking for her daddy.  I've been told she has been giving her daddy lots of kisses since the surgery.


My consolation is that my son is alive and well.