Showing posts with label Garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Garden. Show all posts

Monday, September 8, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In the Garden

In the Garden
Words: Charles Austin Miles (1912)

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
I’d stay in the garden with Him,
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

Sunday, May 11, 2014


~ dainty, blue forget-me-nots blooming in the garden this week ~
~ remembering Mommy this Mother's Day ~

Sunday, May 4, 2014


 The sweet fragrance of lilac fills the air and it reminds me of the joy and blessing of friendship!
 It's been a perfect couple of days after some very heavy rain this week.
The grass is green, the trees are blooming and it is really spring! 
 It is also Raider's birthday
 I think he is feeling his 11 years
 a quick selfie before heading out for another full day of yard work
my boy

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Rosemary Wreath and Rosemary Parmesan~Crusted Pork Chop Dinner

I've got another wreath idea to share with you.
This one is not just decorative but also useful in the kitchen
A wreath made of Rosemary sprigs is both aromatic and handy to snip and add in meal preparation.
For the base of the wreath I looked for a small circle.  I found a package of four, five-inch metal circles in the leather supply section of the craft store.You could use a heavy wire and make the circle yourself.
After cutting the rosemary into 5-6-inch pieces, I wired several of them into a bundle. 
It took six bundles to go around and fill out this 5-inch wire circle.
That's all there is to it.
It smells wonderful too!
My Rosemary was a windowsill-size gift from a friend.  I kept it indoors for a year and then planted it outside in a pot.  It grew and I transplanted it into a raised bed herb garden two years ago.

Rosemary is an aromatic, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves. The leaves are used as a flavoring in foods such as stuffing, pork, chicken and turkey. It is native to the Mediterranean region. The name "rosemary" derives from the Latin for "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea".  Rosemary is reasonably hardy in cool climates and it can withstand droughts.  I live in zone 6b and my rosemary has no problem wintering over. It is easy to grow and pest-resistant and can be grown in pots. Be sure it has good drainage and a sunny location.
Parmesan & Rosemary Crusted~Pork Chops
adapted from Giada recipe

1 large egg
1/2 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2-1 tsp. snipped rosemary
3 (1/2 to 3/4-inch thick) center-cut pork chops
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3-4 tablespoons olive oil

Whisk the egg in a pie plate to blend.  Combine Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and the rosemary in another plate. Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and pepper.  Dip the pork chops in the egg and then into the cheese/bread crumb mixture, coating completely, patting to adhere.

Heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops, and cook until golden brown and the center reaches 150 degrees, about 6 minutes per side. Add additional oil as needed when cooking second side.  (My chops browned quickly, so I covered pan with lid, leaving slightly ajar and cooked for less time until just cooked through keeping them nice and juicy).  I served with mashed potatoes and fresh green beans.

sharing at
Cupcakes & Crinoline Project Inspired party

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

late springtime blooms

lots of heavy rain
 is making for lots of pretty flowers
~ lobelia and sweet honeysuckle ~
 hydrangeas are just beginning to open ~ Astilbe at peak
~ white hydrangea ~ clematis ~ day lily ~ begonia ~
and a resilient cleome flourishing in a crack in the driveway! 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hot July 4th

After an intensely busy May and June, then a nasty stomach bug last Saturday and Sunday, John and I enjoyed a laid back, mid-week 4th of July.
 Early breakfast on the patio before the high 90's temp with matching humidity, included Cream Biscuits with jam and strawberries from a recipe shared by Kitty @Kitty's Kozy Kitchen.
We made plans to head to my favorite nursery for a break from chores and responsibilities and maybe pick up a few new plants to fill empty spots in the gardens.
After the thirty minute drive my head was beginning to clear and I got excited to see all of the selections offered at this beautiful nursery.
Owners James & Joan Pope are very friendly and helpful.
Rosie, the goat was at her usual place, perched on a bench shaded by a trumpet vine. 
 Rosie seems to be keeping an eye on the bunnies in the cages nearby.
She was cool and comfortable and looking dapper in her purple bandana.
 There are a lot of animals to see here but it was just so hot we visited only a few located up front.
This young emu hatched in February and a couple of cute ducks quacked for our attention.
 I came home with more than I wanted but who can resist... I wanted one of everything!
 Bees, butterflies and moths were as happy as us with so many beautiful blossoms.
A peek out the back door of the shop revealed a most beautiful space!
Since it is the Popes' private backyard, I asked Joan if we could look around and take some photos and she graciously gave us permission.
 What an oasis of well designed and abundantly blooming plants
 I love walking the path with the various ground cover growing among the stepping stones.
Looking toward the back door of the shop.
 Keep cool, Rosie...
See you next visit!
James & Joan Pope
1146 Old White Horse Pike
Waterford, New Jersey 08089
Phone (856) 767-3343
Remember my post on the birds nesting in the patio lantern?
Look what's peeking out these days.
Linking to Seasonal Sundays @The Tablescaper

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Think on These Things #14 ~ Psalm 91

After completing the book, Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney, our community group Bible study is finishing the year studying Psalm 91.
It is a beautiful Psalm and I am sharing each verse with a photo of a blossom from my garden this spring.

Has God impressed on your heart something special this week?
Was there a Scripture verse, a song, a quote, a poem or an encouraging word that came your way and caused you to pause.
I'd love for you to share.

Here's how:
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 With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart


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