life is blooming…

y’all have been reading about how life is blooming in my heart lately.  what is precious about that is that life is also blooming around my little cottage home.  thanks to the teaching of my amazing mother, i have a green thumb (i think).  and, i LOVE when my flowers are blooming. so, today, in honor of spring and life, here are the pictures of what is blooming around me.  i hope that you are taking all the time you can to watch the world burst forth with color, textures,... Read More

orchids re-bloom…

you may remember that i LOVE orchids.  i get it from my mom and my sister-in-law.  i just love their blooms.  my orchids are more sophisticated than i am, but they agree to live in my home and brighten it.  if you didn’t know that about me, then shame on you for not reading more of my blog. 😉  here are the posts about it….one and two. so, here is the trick….ready?  well, it’s easy…i just did what i said i was gonna do.  i cut down the stalk... Read More

bittersweet…

two weeks ago, my sweet mom came in town.  she came for a wonderful fundraiser and she was a great date.  i am thankful. however, the next morning, it struck.  it being THE cold.  not just any cold.  the worst cold ever.  yes, i know that sounds dramatic.  but, this cold was evil to the core.  mom made me chicken and vegetable soup.  from scratch.  she stocked my fridge and nursed me.  i was sad that she did not have a adventures with me for the weekend.  however,... Read More

how to make your own pesto….

i have two sisters. one is half italian.  we all have the same parents….kinda confusing, isn’t it? well, she went abroad in college for a semester to italy.   and, about 5 years later, she came back half italian.  with that half comes large hand gestures, bigger laughs, more humor, more cooking, more wine, just more of living life to the FULLEST.  she makes family dinners that would put top chefs to shame. so, she teaches me lots of wonderful things in the kitchen,... Read More

what to do with all those tomatoes…

if you have been to a farmers market recently, you know that there are some BEAUTIFUL tomatoes to be eaten.  and, there are LOTS of options for using those tomatoes.  as i make different things, i will share those with you.  for today, i want to share this idea with you. tomato and cucumber salad i bet you have all had this before.  yet, with my heirloom black krim tomatoes…oh my good lord…amazing. one of my fantastic foodie friends makes this at her house and... Read More

preparing for the east nashville tomato festival…

the tomato art fest is in 2 weeks and my garden is preparing.  i am going to take my tomatoes and try to talk my lovely and talented friend into making some more bloody mary mix, like she did last year.  she says she can’t recreate it, but i am betting she can come up with something pretty darn good.  if some of you are wondering what the tomato art festival is….let me enlighten you… it is EAST NASHVILLE's time to shine....   there is a whole website... Read More

i don’t know how to thump a watermelon…

so, i wanted to know if my watermelon was ripe.  my friends told me to thump it and then describe what to listen for.  i thumped it and thought it sounded EXACTLY like it should if it was ripe. I WAS WRONG.  isn't it adorable! it is a sugar baby so it is supposed to be small...   soooooo...adorable but not ripe....   i do want to avoid this from happening again, so i asked the GENIUS crew at DELVIN FARMS, and they told me this…   you will know when watermelons... Read More

living off the land…

well, maybe not completely.  but, at least i am on my way!  there are a couple of things that i did WRONG when i planted my garden this year.  and, then i added what i learned… i planted WAY too many tomato plants.  i cannot get to all of them because they have grown over each other.  which means i also cannot stake them….which means some of them rot on the ground.  sad story i know.  the lesson i learned is to pay attention to the instructions about how far... Read More

not enough hours…

i don’t even have kids and there aren’t enough hours in my day!!!  so, the posts are fewer than i would like.  i am sorry about that.  i hope you will all stick with me as the new job settles in and i am able to get back to my old posting ways! for the next couple of posts, i am going to update y’all on my garden.  it has been SO MUCH FUN!!!!  the veggies are plentiful, and exquisite to eat.  however, the veggies will come next.  the item in my garden... Read More

the fairy playland that used to be my backyard…

i hope you all enjoyed friday’s post and all the fruits and veggies that are growing!  now, on to the beauty of the backyard. as you saw last week, my mom leaves beauty.  she can’t help it.  and, that is exactly what happened when she came to visit me.  she took my vision for my backyard and made it more beautiful than i ever could have imagined.   see for yourself… what the backyard used to look like… from the other direction... between the... Read More

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