This summer has been busy, even though we are in a modified quarantine!!
I have done lots of planting, one of my favorite pots is this one with 2 different colors of impatiens!! This is in our courtyard near Boston, I so love sitting in my chase lounge in the shade of the afernoon, working on my computer!!
Another favorite is on our front porch for all to enjoy as they stroll by!! I experimented with this one…2 different color begonias, an angel falls soft pink begonia, an ivy plant and a peppermint herb plant to add a nice scent!!
And another jigsaw puzzle, this one a little easier than the others I’ve done, but my favorite!! Gina gave this to me for Mother’s Day, it was our Christmas card!! She had it done at Shutterfly!!
What would the summer be without some fun recipes?!! This one I made around 4th of July for Victor and me for dessert and it’s healthy too!! A berry and banana smoothie, layered in red, white and blue, garnished with a strawberry and blueberries on a toothpick…
Red, White, & Blue Berry Banana Smoothie
- 2 cup strawberries, frozen, sweetened, whole
- 1 cup raspberry juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 medium banana
- 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 2 cup blueberries
- 1 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 2 tablespoon flaxseed, ground
- If you do not want the separate layers, just blend everything together at once in a high-powered blender.
- If you DO want layers, start by blending the red layer ingredients together. Pour into individual glasses, about 1/3 full. Set glasses in freezer for 10 minutes.
- Rinse out the blender jar to remove any remaining red layer mixture. Then, add in your white layer ingredients. Blend until smooth. Pour the white layer over the frozen red layer, filling about 2/3 full. Set glasses back in freezer for 15 minutes.
- Rinse out the blender jar to remove any remaining white layer mixture. Then, add in your blue layer ingredients. Blend until smooth. Pour the blue layer over the frozen white layer, filling to the top.
- Serve layered with a garnish on top…we ate it with a spoon, but you could drink with a straw!!
Victor enjoyed it!!
Another easy and sure to please recipe is this S’more Bark recipe, I made to bring to a friend for a socially distant visit. I thought she could serve it to her grandchildren…unfortunitely our plans got cancelled, due to a storm, because we were going to meet outside…so Victor brought it to work, in which it got eaten fast!!
3 Simple ingredients,
4 cups milk chocolate chips, 6 graham cracker rectangles coarsely crushed, 2cups miniature marshmallows…
- Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 2 minutes, stirring once, until chips are softened and can be stirred smooth. Stir in half of the crushed graham crackers and 1 cup of the marshmallows.
- 2On cookie sheet, spread mixture to 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle remaining crushed graham crackers and 1 cup marshmallows over top; press in lightly. Refrigerate 1 hour. Break into 2-inch pieces. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.
Place in paper cups for individually germ free serving…
Taking them to a friend…just layer in plastic container with wax paper between each layer…So easy and yummy for outdoor cookout!!
We spent The 4th of July in Virginia at The Train House!! Here are some before and after pictures…
Another veiw into the kitchen from the family room!! Before old kitchen cabinets and refrigerator were removed, and after…Victor took 3 layers of linoleum off the floor to reveal the old wood floor and we had the railing duplicated to add the same to the other side of the staircase. I painted an old mahogany dining room table white and we used our old dining room chairs that had been in storage!! I painted an inexpensive candelabra chandelier antique gold, to match the kitchen hardware!!
And now what’s behind the aqua door? Victor made this special door out of a plain white door, by adding moldings and a wood madalion, I painted it aqua to match the accents throughout the house!!
There was an old yucky half bath…
Now a new walk-in pantry!!
Two hundred years before coronavirus, the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had some poignant metaphorical advice to do your part in this pandemic, when he wrote, “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”
Good advice…I’m doing my part!!
And going a little further…
A fun activity to do with kids…rock painting with inspirational sayings on them, for your front yard, so people can be cheered up as they walk by!!
We used acrylics to paint rocks, then used special paint markers for the writing and designs!!
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama