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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Off he goes



To the Parade


Going





Going





Going





Going





Gone to the Parade on his classic Ford Jubilee (1953) Tractor 





Utah celebrates Pioneer Day.



Pioneer Day commemorates the first day Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847





In our little town everyone is welcome to enter the parade. 





Our very own Horse Whisperer, Tennessee, takes his mules and wagons all over the United States.  





 Hard working Mules are preferred around these parts. 





Our friend Craig and his monster 1937 tractor.






And there he is waving to his adoring public. 

May each day be a very special day for you.  

Gina 


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pineapple upside-down Cake



Or it will be

When I turn it over.  







Recipe follows.








Volunteer sunflowers from my Garden. 
They always bloom early. 






 The next group, the planted sunflowers, bloom much later.







The wonderful thing about Pineapples, they are always available.  








When not being used in a recipe they make fine centerpieces. 



Pineapple upside-down Cake
Line baking dish with
1 fresh Pineapple cut up into small pieces
4 Tb unsalted butter, melted
½ cup of brown sugar

Mix together
1¼ cups sifted flour
½ cup sugar
½ tsp sea salt
2 tsp baking powder
½ cup melted butter
½ cup of fresh orange juice
juice from ½ lemon and
2 Tb grated lemon peel

Mix all ingredients and add one beaten whole egg.
Stir batter two minutes by hand with wooden spoon.
Pour over Pineapple mixture.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Let stand 5 minutes, turn upside down.


Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Gina 




Sunday, July 17, 2016

It's Sunday



I HOPE THAT YOU ARE WELL




Live each day to the fullest.





You deserve it.

Gina


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Don't peel the Beets



What is Summer without a Beet Salad? 



Instead of round beets grow cylindrical beets next year.  





They cook evenly and slice evenly and taste terrific.






Leave tops and roots intact, 
that way they won't bleed. 







Bake them or boil them, but don't peel them. 
Baking intensifies flavor.



When al dente let cool. 
While still warm twist beets in both directions. 
 Skin will come off in one piece.  







Slice beets, season with coarse salt, toss with Balsamic Vinegar and add
finely chopped, medium sized onion. 








Have a wonderful week dear friends.

Gina 


Partial repost August 1, 2014
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Finally



The garden is growing



and here is proof






Swiss Chard Bright Lights showing off. 







 Kale, Swiss Chard, Arugula, Basil, Collards, Tomato and Onions Quiche.
Beat eggs with cream and pour over steamed vegetables. Add tomato slices, crisp bacon pieces.  Add a little cheese on top and bake @ 325 until lightly browned on edges (about an hour) 

No recipe necessary, just add ingredients in the order in which you like them and in the amounts you like. 









Our geese have been on midnight raids.  Had to cover the Italian Parsley with chicken wire. 

Makes me wonder why they like only the Italian Parsley. 
A couple of weeks ago they went after the newly planted sage.






My neighbor, "Kissin Kate" would like to have a stomp through my garden.  
She is the one who abandoned her newborn.  
I'm still bottle feeding her calf Liesel who is doing splendidly.  

Did you know that female cows also have horns? 






These Tuberous Begonias are amazing. They are more than 10 years old.  






Just before a severe frost they go under a bench in the greenhouse where they go completely dormant. 

They have never been out of their clay pots and they have never been fertilized. 
Go figure.  






The flower pots are doing well. 








My rose bushes are a most pitiful sight. 

But I have been able to coax a few bouquets out of them...no one else can grow roses in this high desert climate.  







What we do have, are the bluest of skies. 

Have a great remainder of the week dear friends,

Gina 



Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day



Happy Fourth of July



Celebrate

Gina


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

And the winner is




Rosemary

Rosemary is the author of a beautiful blog.  
"Where Five Valleys Meet"

Rosemary is from England.  In her blog we see little glimpses of her beautiful garden. HER BLOG IS SUPERIOR TO MOST.  Not only does Rosemary share her beautiful photographs from the most exotic places in the world but she delves into the history of places which are not usually found in the most detailed guide books.  



Rosemary correctly identified 13 flowers and here is her list:

1) Rose, 2) Helleborus, 3) Astrantia, 4) Verbena, 

5) Cyclamen, 6) Nemesia, 7) Corydalis, 8) Salpiglossis,

9) Centauria, 10) Iceland Poppy, 11) Alchemilla Mollis,

12) Calendula, 13) Mimulus






And the mystery flower is: 


Godetia




Lavender Godetia.










Godetias come in many colors.  Direct sow in the Spring.





Congratulations Rosemary.



Gina

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

One step closer




to having the flower mystery solved. 


The two unidentified flowers are hiding in the photos.


Happy Sunday to you dear friends.  
Gina