Last weekend, we had our neighbors up for a cookout. I had thought to just leave up my July 4th tablescape, but that holiday was over, and it seemed that a summer theme was in order. So I put my blue and yellow table topper back on the table and added a yellow ceramic basket holding jars with fresh cut hydrangeas.
Sunny summer lemon plates top white dinner plates. Yellow napkins are held with flower pot napkin rings. Everyday flatware, crystal water glasses and individual salt and pepper shakers complete the settings.
The lemon plates were used to serve dessert. I made a half batch of my Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies, cutting the cookies into large rounds. These were topped with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream, and then a homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce was added. Yum!! Click the links for recipes.
I am not sure who this is, I only know it isn’t Oliver or Jack. It may be Charlie, or someone new that has figured out a soft touch lives in the house. Actually two soft touches live here, but My Sweet Babboo doesn’t like to admit that. He sat right were he picked up the sandwich and ate it, without going to any of the normal spots the other squirrels go to.
I checked the wren nest yesterday, and it is empty. There are a few tiny feathers in the nest, and I hope this means that the little ones hatched and fledged while it was just too hot to enjoy the veranda. Seems hard to believe that they could get by for the two weeks it takes to get them big enough to leave the nest without me hearing them once, but I haven’t spent any time out there at all in July. So, I’ll keep that good thought.
On the bird feeder, a young male cardinal is slowly growing in his red color.
A downy woodpecker stopped by too.
Out behind the house on the mountainside, the gladiolas are blooming. There are a bunch of them, planted by squirrels I think.
They actually began blooming some days ago, but I didn’t notice them. Since we do not have a dog anymore, I rarely go out back.
Their pretty peachy apricot color looks velvety.
A stop by the farmer’s market yielded some lovely heirloom tomatoes. I cleaned and sliced some to dry overnight for a Tomato Pie.
Yum!! I made this one with ricotta instead of cream cheese, and added a bunch of fresh basil and fresh parsley cut from my garden. The crust is the one with vodka in the recipe. The alcohol burns off in cooking and the liquid won’t react with flour to make gluten, so the crust is flaky and stays flaky for days.
This youngster is still hanging around the area. I’d guess he is probably close to a year old, and weights about 100-125 pounds. He thinks he can get to the bird feeder but it is too high for him to reach. He jumps up to paw at it, and he caught my eye doing that when I was in the den. I grabbed the camera and went out to shoo him away. They are easy to scare with just some yelling and noise. He posed for a picture before running off. Don’t worry, I was far away from him, using the zoom lens on the camera.
In the garden, I picked the first produce for the season. Some cherry tomatoes and the little pie pumpkin were ripe and ready to come inside.
On Friday, My Sweet Babboo was looking out the kitchen window when he spotted the female turkey. She has been hanging around here for a few weeks now, but this time she had a surprise. She brought her brood of five little baby turkeys with her!
Little spotted fluffballs, aren’t they cute?
They stayed a little while, and weren’t concerned when I went out to the veranda to take some photos.
It was wonderful this week to get to go to a quilt guild meeting, visit with friends not seen for a year, and see the parade of show and tell! Such lovely quilts, and very inspiring to get sewing again. I can’t wait for the Mountain Regional State Fair, and then our guild’s Garden of Quilts Show next year! Later in the week, I had the privilege of being a part of a Quilts of Valor ceremony for husband and wife veterans Bill and Jackie Carden. You may remember her quilt that I quilted, it is the one with the embroidered center, on this post.
Tomorrow I’ll show you the restitch on the Dahlia quilt, and I hope to get farther on the miniature quilt this week. I finished a couple of wonderful books and will have a book review post for you this week too. I’m still working on putting sleeves on quilts while I watch season 3 of Virgin River on Netflix (fabulous series!!), and I did get a bit further on my embroidery project.
What’s going on in your part of the world this week?