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Friday, August 12, 2011

A few of my favorite things - August

                                    Big bunches of basil from my garden being turned into pesto!  YUMM!!
                   Lots of Romano cheese, garlic and olive oil ( didnt have pine nuts in the house-darn).
         Finished pesto will find its way into brown rice pasta dishes, and maybe even stuffed mushrooms.
                                    Having fresh pesto in the house is definitely one of my favorite things.
                                                                        Made about 3 cups.

                             Okay, I do realize that baked goods have nothing to do with gardening lol..
                                          except when I get tired of  pulling weeds, I turn to baking...   
   Triple chocolate cheesecake: Oreo crust, chocolate cheesecake and Guitard Chocolate
                                peppermint ganache, topped with Guitard chocolate peppermint shavings.

          So, many of you already know I love to bake, but I don't eat this way. I've been on a cheesecake
                     baking spree for some time now and this seems to be a hit with the recipients.

                                                                Okay, back to the garden

                                                                This dragonfly was stunning! I LOVED him!
                                 He (or she) had leopard-type spots and metallic gold veining, on glass like wings.

           I am loving the old-fashion-ness of this Pee Gee Hydrangea tree in my Potting shed garden.
                                  I only wish it would grow a little faster. Ah, impatient me.
Somehow this Hibiscus reminds me of a costume skirt! It makes me smile and always gives me a little joy
                                                     when I come into the garden in the early morning hours.
             Sunflowers bought at a farm-side stand. I love stopping at markets and farms for their specialties. Goat cheese at one, flowers or herbs at another, peaches or berries just coming out of the field at a third.
                        My first Mammoth sunflower has bloomed, Isn't she pretty? She's about 12 ft. tall!
                                                            If it curves into a bowl shape,
                       I will turn it into a moss-lined basket with a twisted vine handle for decoration.
                                              Hopefully, I will post about this in the near future.

                                   So, What are you loving? What are some of your favorite things?


  1. Hmmm I should make my monster basil bushes into pesto too.

    Love that dragon fly and the sunflowers are stunning...especially your giant.

    Blessings Kelsie

  2. Amazing photos! How in the world did you capture that dragon fly?!?

  3. Baked goods have everything to do with gardening! yummo i say! Thanks for sharing your cheerful photo's (love the sunflower!) here at Fishtail Cottage Garden party! xoox, tracie

  4. Wow your cheesecake sounds luscious! Beautiful garden photos too!

  5. Beautiful photos! Love your little potting shed-I'd love to have that as a studio!

  6. Wow, that triple chocolate cheesecake looks good. Love the sunflowers too!

  7. Thanks to all of you for your encouraging words!

  8. Wow, that cheesecake looks to pretty to eat, but I think I could manage a bite or two -- or 10!!


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