Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Smoothies...


One of our sons lived with us for a couple of months this year. This particular child of mine is a healthy eater. It's impressive. One way he influenced me was he got me to love smoothies for breakfast. I love going to the store {or to my garden}, getting a bunch of fruits and veggies and creating a different smoothie each morning from the food in my fridge. Almond milks, pecans, apples, cucumbers, carrots, squash, kale, spinach, bananas, melons, berries of all kinds -- these {and more} have made it into my morning smoothies. This morning it was simple:

Ice, almond milk, spinach, apple, cucumber...


It was delicious -- especially after weeding in the garden for an hour. I love the fact that I can have a good deal of my daily allotment of fruits and veggies by 10am!

When I was in Nashville last week I was introduced to two different kinds of smoothies. I made the chocolate one for dessert this week. It's that good! If you're a smoothie lover, you'll want to try these. You can personalize the amounts of ingredients to suit your needs, but I'll give you approximations.

Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
6 cubes of ice
8 oz. Vanilla Almond Milk
1 apple
2 small handfuls spinach
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch - Cinnamon

Peanut Butter Crunch
6 cubes of ice
8 oz. Dark Chocolate Almond Milk
1 rounded Tbsp. Greek Yogurt
1 rounded Tbsp. Peanut Butter
1 banana
1/4 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch - Cinnamon


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bloomin' Tuesday...


The last few weeks have been busy. Two weeks with grandkids and kids visiting here in Colorado, and then another in the Nashville area watching three of our grandkiddos while their mom took her finals. It's good to be home, but being with our children and grandchildren is the best! My husband worked hard in his spare time weeding, trimming and mowing our yard while I was away, but there was still a lot to do when I came home. I completely neglected our potted plants for weeks, so yesterday morning I spent a couple of hours tending to the patio area and those container plants. My container plants struggle in the heat this time of year. That's one reason I've loved planting grasses in containers the last couple of years. Ornamental grasses are hardy and don't mind the heat, so even in the throws of summer they thrive.


This spring I planted some pansies in a container. They lasted till the 4th of July and then started to wane, so I planted some Mexican Heather in their stead. I love this plant. In Colorado it's an annual, but it does well planted in a rock garden setting or in containers. The three little plants have already spread and filled the container.


The impatiens I planted in late spring have filled in the entire area...


And my morning glory have reached the tops of the "tents" and are filling in beautifully...


Lest you think everything is butterflies and rainbows in our yard our veggie garden is a complete flop this year. We had some unusually cool, wet weather early this summer, so I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but I'm so sad it's not producing. I guess I'll have to rely on generous friends and farmer's markets to supply me with zucchini, fresh lettuce and ripe tomatoes this summer.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye some... 
coral. 


Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a warm weekend!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bloomin' Tuesday...


Although bindweed or morning glory is a considered a noxious weed in frost-free areas, in colder climates like mine the cultivated varieties are an absolute favorite! Although considered an annual in Colorado, in late Spring/early Summer one can have many "volunteers" sprout up where they grew the year before, but if you have them in the same spot every year, like I do, one considers this a great advantage. For a number of years I've planted them so that they climb up a tee-pee like poles in my backyard or my crawl up twine on my fence.





I love going out in my garden early in the morning and seeing their bright, three-inch blooms. This year I planted some different varieties along with my favorite that reseeds every year {Grandpa Ott}. A variety of pink and light blue blossoms have emerged as a result...


We are due for a huge rainstorm the next couple of days and are under a flood watch. Of course there is not a cloud in the sky as I write this. I imagine all the plants in my garden are looking forward to a downpour after a very hot week!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer fun...


My blog is on hiatis for the most part the next couple of weeks. Last week we had six of our grandchildren here, this week three will be here, and then I take them back to their home in Tennessee and am there for a week or so. It's been wonderful. We've done so many fun and summery things.

 Estes Park - Rainbow Slide


 ...and ice cream


Fun with cousins at the pool...




 And s'mores in the backyard...




Summer is a magical time of year when children are around.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fabulous Friday Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye something... 
bright and beautiful.


Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a colorful weekend!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bloomin' Tuesday


It's Bloomin' Tuesday today, so I thought I'd share some shots from our garden. Generally, mid July in Colorado is the hottest time of the summer with temps in the 90's and up, which stresses our gardens and lawns. Fortunately, we've had more rain this summer than is typical, so I think our flower gardens and lawns are bearing up better pretty well. This week will be the test though, as it will be in the high 90's all week.

Among other blossoms, my morning glories are beginning to bloom. This variety, "Grandpa Ott", is one of my favorites. It's dark purpley-blue flower is about 3" across, and I love the pink flush at its throat. It's one of the easiest morning glory to grow and it will self sow even in Colorado's cold climate. I can always count on it, but I also planted other varieties this year to add more color. Hopefully they will start blossoming soon...


Our daylilies have past their peak, but they're still showing off...

 
It's been three summers since I planted three hydrangeas, and this year they are boasting big, beautiful blossoms. There's nothing prettier...


My hostas are also lush and beautiful, but their huge leaves have taken a bit of beating with all the rain and hail we've had this summer. They're beginning to flower too...


I love spending time in our garden in the morning. It takes on a park-like atmosphere, and there is a peacefulness in those early morning hours that fills my soul.



Our veggie garden is finally beginning to show life. It's been slow going this year, and I haven't figured out why. First, I thought it was too much rain, then too little water, then too hot, then too cold, then not enough fertilizer -- who knows!?! We've had it all, and it's struggled. Hopefully it will find whatever it needs to produce in the next couple of months!




Three of our grandchildren are visiting us for the next couple of weeks. Last night I noticed that our garden bear had been accessorized. He's never looked better...


Wishing you a Happy Bloomin' Tuesday!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye a...
foggy summer morning.


Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a fun summer weekend!