Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Garden Tuesday, successes and failures

I am fairly new at gardening, and have spent a lot of time and money for very little return. Sounds like a complaint, but gardening is a hobby and hobbies are usually not free. Thankfully it is a hobby, because we would starve if I had to count on what I grow to see us through the winter.

Here is a bit of a recap on some of those successes and failures.


The berries failed, no strawberries or raspberries. Blueberries produced well, but they are quite sour this year. Definitely pie material, or maybe a batch of jam, but too sour for fresh eating.

The basil did fine, I will probably get one batch of pesto from this container plant. That Dusty Miller in the back is going to be transplanted, it is one of my favorites and this is it's second year.


The shredded brown paper for mulch is a success. It is also easy to make, store and use. All tasks that can be accomplished by children, as a group project. The shredder part will need adult supervision, but kids love using a shredder, so expect them to be thrilled to help with that part, my granddaughter is!


And after 3 changes, the rhubarb is finally happy. This is definitely a success, and one I am the most happy about. Yes I adore rhubarb, but I am happy I did not give up, this makes me aware that I can master those berries too!

Because we have several more weeks of warm weather ahead of us here, we will be having Rhubarb Pie at Thanksgiving along with that Blueberry Pie.

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your visits and your wonderful comments!

This post is shared with:
garden tuesday @ sidewalk shoes
tuesday garden party @ an oregon cottage

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hearth and Soul Hop! #63

Hello and once again it is time for the Hearth n Soul blog hop.


Thanks for joining us and sharing your ideas and recipes, philosophy and wonderful new discoveries. I continue to learn each week and I look forward to seeing what you have been up to, creating and enjoying this week. If you are new, please read the Hearth and Soul mission statement page which includes the rules for linking up.

If you have any questions, just drop me a line at MomsSundayCafe@gmail.com.

Now before we "go to the hop!" here are a few links that caught my eye from last week:

One Pot Herbed Chicken

Blueberry Squares

Apricot and Pineapple Jam

Easy Lemon Curd

Potato Carrot Mash

And now, on behalf of all the hosts, welcome to the hop!

Alea at Premeditated Leftovers

April of 21st Century Housewife

Swathi at Zesty South Indian Kitchen

and me, 

Melynda at Mom's Sunday Cafe

So come on, what are you sharing this week?








Sunday, August 28, 2011

Our Sunday Cafe, August 2011

I seem to have a profound fondness for "words", they decorate almost every table or spot in my home. I think it is because of the sweet reminders they offer. 



Beef and Corn enchalidas with Spinach Cream Sauce@

Chinese Coca Cola Chicken @

"knife and fork salad", lettuce wedges, red pepper strips and grape tomatoes,
served with vinaigrette and Gorgonzola cheese.

Party Bread inspired by

Dogs on Whole Wheat buns, for all the kids in the crowd!

Fresh melon wedges











Banana Cake from the Wednesday Chef


East or West, HOME really is best!
As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!




Saturday, August 27, 2011

Weekend Cat Blogging, is this like yoga?

Hello again, you might remember me from my last movie, or possibly not. But in any case, being caught in this unusual position, I thought I might explain.

It was brought to my attention that I needed a fitness plan. So I did a little research and it appears that all the folks in Hollywood practice yoga. So I am now a yoga master.

I know, I was surprised myself to find this so easy to master. But they say it is in the stretching, and you know how us cats can stretch, possibly even the truth........

In any case I am pleased that you are playing along with Weekend Cat Blogging, because really it is a lot of fun. Please leave me a comment when you link up, I like to know who is visiting, oh and thanks!

This post is shared with:
A Gallery of Favorites @ premeditated leftovers


Friday, August 26, 2011

Sharing the view.....

A Friday view.....

This has been a busy summer full of changes! There have also been medical problems/surgeries in extended family.  The garden did not do well, but we will have Blueberry pie on Thanksgiving from home grown berries. Possible a rhubarb pie as well, and boy do I deserve that one! I spotted this on another blog and they had posted it because it has such a good message, I agree. I have already taken some of the message and put it into play, the rest I am working on.......

I need a trip to the beach. These are the last few days of summer and I have not had the opportunity to camp or just get away. I miss the beach the most. Labor Day Weekend gives me a 3 day break, head west woman, head west!

The current weather is not our usual. Too hot to cook much, which has worked out OK, because not much appetite either. Odd for me, but still it seems to go along with the weather! I have decided upon a couple of single layer cakes for Sunday dinner, as we shall be celebrating a birthday. My oldest turns 37, tell me where have the years gone?

On this day, when the work day has ended, let the weekend begin. So that on Sunday this table will be filled with family coming together to celebrate a birthday and simply be a family.

As always, thank you for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your visits and your wonderful comments.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Just a little update......


I went shopping today, for my own URL.


MomsSundayCafe.com. Yes it is a sporty model so I bought it!




 












Change is a'coming!


As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

Garden Tuesday, a false harvest

From the grocery store, not my yard....

My "garden" was a sad affair this year. End of summer heat, almost beat everything to death, including me!

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

this post is shared with:
garden tuesday @ sidewalk shoes
tuesday garden party @ an oregon cottage

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hearth and Soul Hop! #62

Hello and once again it is time for the Hearth n Soul blog hop.


Thanks for joining us and sharing your ideas and recipes, philosophy and wonderful new discoveries. I continue to learn each week and I look forward to seeing what you have been up to, creating and enjoying this week. If you are new, please read the Hearth and Soul mission statement page which includes the rules for linking up.

If you have any questions, just drop me a line at MomsSundayCafe@gmail.com.

Now before we "go to the hop!" here are a few links that caught my eye from last week:

Rhubarb, and this is for breakfast!  Strawberry Rhubarb baked oatmeal.

Blended Watermelon Lemonade, from recipes to nourish.

Simple Sesame Noodles, from Cooking with K.

Cranberry upside down muffins, these ruby jewels can be made year round.

Runner Bean Stew, from Ms. EnPlace!

And now, on behalf of all the hosts, welcome to the hop!

Alea at Premeditated Leftovers

April of 21st Century Housewife

Swathi at Zesty South Indian Kitchen

and me, 

Melynda at Mom's Sunday Cafe

So come on, what are you sharing this week?





Friday, August 19, 2011

Sharing the view.....

A Friday view.......
Granddaughter is busy building Barbie's Dream House.

I particularly like the bunk bed. but that top sleeper does not look comfortable!

My latest cool find, an old fashion granite roaster.

Oh "hi" remember me? I like to play when I want, have a treat when I want, be the center of attention when I want, but that little girl is kinda stealing my show!

And how is your week ending?

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Garden Tuesday, the last to bloom

When this blooms, I know school is not far behind.





And I know summer is coming to a close. 

Then before you know it, it is time for Thanksgiving dinner and pie. If I have had a good year, there will be a pie made from something grown from the backyard. This year it will be blueberry pie. 

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

PS, this is a hydrangea, for those that inquired. 

this post is shared with:
garden tuesday @ sidewalk shoes
tuesday garden party @ an oregon cottage
flora cottage thursdays @ fishtail cottage

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hearth and Soul Hop! #61

Hello and once again it is time for the Hearth n Soul blog hop.


Thanks for joining us and sharing your ideas and recipes, philosophy and wonderful new discoveries. I continue to learn each week and I look forward to seeing what you have been up to, creating and enjoying this week. If you are new, please read the Hearth and Soul mission statement page which includes the rules for linking up.

If you have any questions, just drop me a line at MomsSundayCafe@gmail.com.

Now before we "go to the hop!" here are a few links that caught my eye from last week:


I have been searching for more Quinoa recipes, and this one is not only fresh and tasty, it is adorable! Zucchine-Wrapped Quinoa Sushi, that's right.....
http://teczcape.blogspot.com/2011/08/zucchini-wrapped-quinoa-sushi.html

I have mentioned this pizza on my Wednesday post, I guess you could say I think it is great and needs to be made for dinner. I love beans, and eating them in creative ways is simply fun and healthy. Take a look...
http://debbidoesdinnerhealthy.blogspot.com/2011/08/white-bean-italian-pizza.html

A squash round up, from our own Alea@Premediated Leftovers. There is always good food on Alea's table.
http://premeditatedleftovers.com/annual-how-to-use-up-summer-squash-recipe-round-up/

Homemade Onion Dip! No more dried onion and powdered beef salt.....
http://www.lovingmydomesticlife.com/2011/08/onion-dip.html

These rolls are beautiful! Moroccan Sweet Rolls.
http://elsascookingdiary.blogspot.com/2011/08/krachel-moroccan-sweet-rolls.html


And now, on behalf of all the hosts, welcome to the hop!

Jason at Alternative Health and Nutrition. Thank you Jason for all your hard work on behalf of the Heath n Soul!

Alea at Premeditated Leftovers

April of 21st Century Housewife

Swathi at Zesty South Indian Kitchen

and me, 

Melynda at Mom's Sunday Cafe

So come on, what are you sharing this week?







Happy Monday Evening and giveaway winner!

And the winner is!......but first, a few words from our sponsor.

Mom's Sunday Cafe would like to thank everyone who visits, everyone who entered and everyone that is a  follower. You are very appreciated! This was the first giveaway, and very successful because we do have a winner! So lets get started with the festivities shall we?

The Random Generator arrived, along with her Assistant.....




Immediately I was instructed to write down all the entry names, in large
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Next they were carefully folded in fourths so there was no possibility of reading and picking at the same time.

Then the Random Generator, mixed them thoroughly.

And now the winner is....................................

April of Polka Dots and Pinky Swears!

April, please send me your address, so I may get this into the mail! 

Again, thank you everyone.

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your visits, and your wonderful comments!

key words:  giveaway, person random generator,

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Spinach Zucchini Soup or Working on a deadline! Opps missed it! Taste and Create with Bizzy B Bakes

This is the second month I have participated as a Taste and Create partner. And I want to say, this is a fun project. First you visit their blog, learn about the blogger and then you get to chose what you want to cook from their different posts. When I spotted the spinach and zucchini soup, I was in!

Let me introduce my partner this month,  Bizzy B Bakes . She is busy! Not only does she bake, but she co-hosts hops and is also hard at work with all things related to family and home. I chose this soup because of an interesting ingredient. This soup recipe, starts with 3-4 cups of your own homemade (meaty) chicken soup, that you might have leftover or stashed away in the freezer for a quick meal on a busy night. This is great for those families that do not like leftovers of the same food. This is a smart way to change it up.

In this house, since we seem to gobble up all our leftovers, I started with 3 cups of home made stock and a couple of chicken thighs that I diced up, and that was my "soup" ingredient. So come on along, on lets make Bizzy's soup. Just be warned there is a detour, because I got busy and had to start again.........


Spinach Zucchini Soup
adapted from: Bizzy B Bakes

3-4 cups of homemade meaty chicken soup
OR 
3 c chicken stock (homemade bone broth if possible)
meat from 2 chicken thighs diced    (This part is where I ran into trouble, during the simmering of the chicken meat in the chicken stock, I got busy with other things and before you know it, the stock had simmered away and I was left with brown knobs of chicken jerky, not soup!)

2 c vegetable broth*
2 c water
1 onion chopped
1-2 cloves garlic minced
1 T olive oil 
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
1 c sliced carrots

1 can of cannellini beans, drained
3 c baby spinach or equivalent from your garden

2 T fresh lemon juice

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until soft and beginning to brown. Add all ingredients to stock pot through carrots, simmer 1 hour.

Add drained beans and spinach, cook 5-10 minutes, stir in lemon juice and serve. 

* you could use all chicken stock if desired.

Recipe rating;  It's Ok. (tasty but not special)

Thanks Bizzy, this will taste great as part of our dinner.

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sharing the view.....

A Friday view.....


Simple pleasures, that is what I am seeking! Quiet times, family times, time in the kitchen to cook, play and create.

But, I think I have this guy's attitude about too much work needing done this weekend!

A trip to the beach is needed, lots of walking on the sand and bowls of chowder. But not this weekend, too much to get done. Soon though, soon.

So far this summer, no jam has been made. These beauties are about gone......

And you, how is your summer coming to a close?

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What is going on here...Wednesdays

Look what I found in the garbage.........


Yes, it is a Playboy Press book, but it is a Cookbook! Seriously, who throws away a Cookbook? Not me, that's for sure! You know, I can actually say I read playboy for the articles, and while we are at it, lets take a sneak peek at the centerfold.......

Come to think of it, those are some nice buns!

This will be added to the Cookbook List.

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

key words:  cookbooks, humor