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Quick Fall Dinner

Dinner tonight. Sauteed Sage Leaves (fresh from the garden), Shallots, Garlic, Spicy Sausage, Mushrooms and Parmesan tossed with hot fresh fettuccine. A little crushed red pepper made it perfect.

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I picked my first three red tomatoes this weekend. Aren’t they darling? And finally, every tomato plant is loaded with green tomatoes. I was worried about planting a garden this summer. With a baby/toddler to take care of and a day job, would I have time to weed and water and prune and talk to the plants? Honestly, I haven’t, but Mother Nature has come through and the weather has been great for growing. It’s been warm and sunny and every few days we get a good soaking. I’ve only had to water a couple times. And the weeding? Well, I’ve only weeded a couple times. (Easier to pull when they’re larger, right?)

Anyway, I’m excited, here come the tomatoes!

Today at paper&clouds: Simple Six-Pocket Bag!

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Don’t forget to visit my new blog, paper&clouds, here.

There’s something about a BLT that makes it just perfect for a hot summer day. Crisp bacon, soft lettuce (from my garden), juicy tomatoes (not yet from my garden, but soon), and toasted bread with a smear of Mayo. I can’t have a sandwich without the crunch of potato chips, and ripples are the best.

Speaking of lettuce, my crop is growing beautifully. Like, almost, too beautifully. If you need lettuce and live in the area please stop by and pick some. It’s out back near the alley. Looks like lettuce, it’s green, help yourself. Seriously.

What’s your favorite summer sandwich, and how is your garden doing?

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My Clematis

I planted a Clematis a few years ago. And then another the following summer. And then another last summer. Nothing ever bloomed, and rarely did they even grow. I just don’t get enough sun in my yard for flowers. And since they can’t be eaten, I never really cared that much.

And then a few days ago I was walking through the yard and I saw this. Beautiful white flowers. And they’re huge. And did I say they’re beautiful? And I realized that finally my Clematis came back. And I’m so pleased. I spent a few minutes leading it’s greedy little fingers up the trellis. Suddenly I care about flowers. Quite a bit.

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I had a fabulous 2nd Mother’s Day yesterday. I didn’t want to make any big plans and my only request was to get plants for the garden. So after Husband made Daughter and I a breakfast of waffles and eggs we ran down to Gertens to load up on goodies. We got a ton, or a dozen, actually, pots of Creeping Phlox for the front garden and for the vegetable garden I picked out 5 types of tomatoes (grape, cherry, early girl, roma and an Heirloom), a sampling of herbs (mostly Basil),  kohlrabi and lettuce. I planted the vegetables while Husband and Daughter played in the backyard. Such a joy to have my hands in the dirt but to look up to see her smiling face.

Husband also gave me a beautiful locket. Simple silver with tiny daisy’s engraved. Just big enough for a photo of Daughter. It’s sentimental, but I love it. When I get a photo in there I’ll post a photo. Thanks, babe.

After lunch Daughter took a long nap and I went for a walk, alone, to the club and to the grocery store. I haven’t gone on a walk alone since we got Dog and it was strangly nice. On the way home I stopped at Caribou for a Cinnamon Rooibos Tea. It was delicious, but the napkin reminded me of a few other important things. Life is short. And so are Monday’s. Enjoy it.

Oh, and I almost forgot! Friday night I had the joy of picking a winner of the Belt Giveaway from last week. Congratulations, Patricia! I sent you an email. So glad the belt is going to a good home!

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Family Photos

This past weekend we went out to the Landscape Arboretum and met up with Photographer Kim Monsen to shoot Daughter’s one-year photos. Kim is so talented. She took photos of my Brother and his family last summer and was able to wrangle his four kids, as well as their two cousins, and I’ve seen the photos that prove it.

We wandered through the flowers and she took dozens of photos of Daughter, Husband and I. When I downloaded the above shot from my camera, I remembered this photo my Mother took of me thirty-some years ago. Look familiar?

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A Lovely Reminder from a Lovely Blog:

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

– J.K. Rowling


Enjoy your weekend!

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Surprise… Tulips!

For seven years these flowers have been coming up in my front yard. They’re small and just adorable. I’ve always wondered what they were, so I finally took a photo and emailed it to a few people who know flowers. My coworkers Mother immediately responded that she was sure they were a “Species Tulip.” I went to google and found out that these are called Tulip Tarda. They’re Tulips! I can’t believe it. I knew there was a reason I loved them.

This weekend I’m heading to St. Paul to the American Craft Council Show. I’ve never been and I’m looking forward to it. Next week I’ll let you know what I find.

Have a great weekend!

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