Worked in the gardens a little this past weekend, mostly pulling the weeds that seem to grow prolifically even with no rain. I am still enjoying what summer flowers I have and hadn't noticed that Autumn has started to creep in. Shot a photo of the red berries on the dogwood tree that the birds will devour later on. The second photo is just one I took because I loved the play of the dogwood leaf shadows on the umbrella.
I was recently given this Blogging Friends Forever Award. I now have my very own gold card. Isn't that something? :) Thank you so much Lynne Laura for thinking of me. Lynne Laura of A Romantic Home is so sweet and makes the prettiest pin cushion cupcakes all decorated with pearls and old jewelery. Won't you give her a visit and a hello.
Another nice blogger tagged me recently. I must learn to run faster. :) Colby of Acorn Cottage Crafts wants me tell a few (weird) things about myself that you might find interesting ( or not). I did this once but it was a long time ago so let's see......hmmmm.
- I have been on the road to Hana.
- In college I worked for the grandson of President Tyler ( President of the United States). He was an assistant Attorney General who worked at the Virginia State Supreme Court building. He was the sweetest man and I dearly loved that summer job.
- I never owned a Barbie doll.
- I have never used an ATM.
- I once toilet papered my neighbor's house. I was in my forties at the time. Bad Girl!
- I don't like public transportation.
- While shopping at the grocery store I sometimes slip a weird grocery item in someone else's cart and then watch them when they get to the check-out counter while they ponder how the artichokes got in their basket. BAD GIRL!
Many of you asked for the asparagus guacamole recipe that I talked about in the "Dump Breakfast" post. I had no idea so many people cannot eat avocados. I just got the recipe from my neighbor's weekend guest chef. It's a recipe from the Canyon Ranch Spa and they serve it with fat-free baked tortilla chips. I understand it's quite popular.
Canyon Ranch Guacamole2 cups (12 oz.) chopped lightly steamed asparagus. (if using frozen spears, it is not necessary to steam them. Just thaw them to room temperature)
2-1/4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped onion
1 large tomato, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt, (optional)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
dash tobasco sauce
1/3 cup light sour cream
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to bowl, cover tightly and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.
Find of the Week: Found this in a charming French Garden House shop in a little town/village last week. I had gone there to look at a new sewing machine I am thinking about buying. If you consider yourself a girly girl then you better sit down, be calm and don't forget to breathe. My find of the week will send you into a frenzy of femininity. I am only showing you a tiny peek as I haven't gotten it listed in the boutique yet. It's a vintage
pink Italian silky brocade bed coverlet. And the best part...... be still my heart..... it has CUPIDS on it!!! Don't ya' just love that fringe?
There is a fun day coming up. Ms. Brenda of The Brenda Blog is hosting a "show us your creating spot or blogging spot day(s)", starting this Sunday August 24th. So stop in at her place for a list of participating bloggers or better yet join us. Mine will be included in all it's glory or not so glory. I told Brenda I was not going to do one thing to spruce it up or clean it up. (Okay...I lied...I did vacuum the glitter up this past weekend). Isn't this a great badge she had made to promote it? Everyday Women in Everyday Spaces.
Okay...it's at this point in my ramblings today you may want to quit reading if you are squeamish. The other night I was watching the Martha Stewart show (rerun) and she and her guest was talking about the pollinators and how all important they are. It was National Pollinators week and there was lots of discussion on our missing bees. But they also talked about the other pollinators...... bats, butterflies and birds. I know it's good to have bats around. My son just put up a bat house at his home. Out here on the lake they help control the mosquito population. But I hadn't thought of them as pollinators. That's a good thing. :) Unfortunately this little bat was skimming for bugs over the pool and took a noise dive I guess. We found him in the skimmer. Oh dear!
And on that note I will close for today. Have a great week and I'll see you on Pink Saturday.