This year’s Garden Party started off on an interesting note. I sent out one invitation for a Saturday Garden Party and my initial responses were “Regret that I can’t make it.” So I assumed it would be a more intimate gathering. But then I had to change the day to Sunday as I had a few kid related commitments I had forgotten about. Sunday seemed to work out much better for all the ladies, and as the RSVP date got closer, pretty much everyone who was invited said they could come!
But a few things happened that were putting a damper on my party preparations. The darn rabbits were eating all my flowers – just decimating them. Gladiola stalks chomped to the base. Stalks of roses with tons of buds mowed down, and huge dahlia stalks with buds cut at the base and just thrown aside. These rabbits were ruining my patch of flowers! Continue reading Prepping for our Garden Party 2016
Okay, here I was prepping my garden on the Friday before of my upcoming garden party, which was on Sunday. I am potting up a gorgeous pale pink geranium cutting that I wanted to showcase indoors at the party. I tussle a pot that had some potting soil in it and I get ready to pot up my geranium and what do I see? A ton of yellow jacket bees! One bit me on my arm, another bit me on my foot, and one was stuck to my leg ready to bite. I ran like a mad woman. When I finally caught my breath inside my house, I made sure no bee followed me in or got stuck in my mane of rough curly black hair. Then I slowly ventured back out with a coat on this time, and from afar took a look at my potting bench. And I see a group of yellow jackets just hovering on the ground in that area. Continue reading A No Yellow Jacket Garden Party
This pasta makes a great hearty one-pot meal. Pasta shells stuffed with ricotta cheese, spinach or baby kale, onions, mozzarella, eggs, nutmeg, and salt/pepper. All topped with marinara sauce. It’s delicious, nutritious, and easy to make! Continue reading Stuffed Pasta Shells
When we met our friends William and his wife Stella for dinner one day, William who works at Google offered to give us a tour of the Google campus if we were interested. Of course we were interested! So we arranged a date and the twins and I got to visit and tour Googleplex – Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. Continue reading Visit to Google HQ in Mountain View, California
Every year the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, a historic home and garden in Palo Alto, California hosts a Spring Garden Tour where a few private homes in this exclusive neighborhood open their gardens for public viewing. The tour is open on one Friday and Saturday only in April, and all proceeds from ticket sales go towards the maintenance of the Gamble Garden. Continue reading Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2016
Do you ever have potatoes that are sitting around for so long that the eyes start sprouting? That’s what happened with my small batch of fingerling potatoes. Continue reading Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” From William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. This is so true! Whether it is called a rose or any other name, it wouldn’t make a difference – a rose is a rose and it is gorgeous! No matter what the color, the variety, fragrance or not, there is something about roses that is pure floral joy. Continue reading “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose…
Mom. How can such a simple three-letter word conjure up so much emotion? Love, devotion, beauty, rapture, and awe in all of us. Mom has to be the most loved word in the dictionary.
To every one of us, our Mom is the best, the most beautiful, the smartest, the best cook, and the best at everything she does. I don’t know anyone who when they talk about their Mom doesn’t talk with unadulterated affection. It’s pure Love. Why is that? Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!
With Mother’s Day coming up I thought I would take this opportunity to write a few words about my Mom. And a few words about my Aunts too who have given so much of their affection, time, and love. Continue reading Mom
I am a big fan of cards. Not e-cards. I’m talking about greeting cards – you know, the old fashioned kind made of paper, the kind that Hallmark makes, and those cards you find in bookstores and stationary stores. I love greeting cards. I think they are the best way to let people know how you feel and what you are thinking. Greeting cards are so personal. You can keep them in your memory box or shoebox for years to come. Can you do that with an e-card? I bet you can’t even find those e-cards from years ago. Continue reading For the Love of Greeting Cards