Thursday, April 28, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

 Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Last night, a storm knocked out our Internet, but the cable guy repaired everything before I could drive to a place that offered free Wi-Fi (I was hoping Dunkin Donuts would). Later today, I plan to do a little gardening, applying lots of insect repellent. Would you believe I've already been bitten by two ticks? Argh.
I thought it would be fun to do another flashback Friday--are you game? Three years ago, in April 2013, I grilled salmon on cedar planks.

In late April, 2014, I smoked a rainbow trout. The crabmeat stuffing was superb, and bacon brought all the flavors together.

Last April 2015, the trellis garden was untended but still magnificent.

This year, we replaced the rotten trellis boards--and the electric company trimmed the wisteria--at least, I think it's a variety of wisteria--as it was growing too near power lines.

 This April, I also began to organize the garage.

Are you spring cleaning? Working on an outdoor or indoor project? Do you have recipes or tablescapes to share? We can't wait to see what's going on in your neck of the woods.

I'm delighted to share a sampling from last week's party. Just click on the link to visit these lovely, talented bloggers.

Spring in the Biltmore Gardens by House at Forest Manor.

Rhubarb-Chevre-Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Box Bars by Fit Cakes.
Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars | gf and low carb |

Easy Fried Mozzarella Sticks by All She Cooks.

How to Make a Perfectly Stocked Cleaning Caddy by In the New House Designs.

A Little Monkey Business Quilting by Jo on Legacy lane.

Thanks to all of the talented bloggers who participate each week--you are awesome!

The Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party Guidelines:

 ***No "rules," anything goes.

 **Share your food photos with a larger community at Top Food Bloggers on Pinterest. Send me a message @ Pinterest if you'd like to join (so I'll be sure to see your request--otherwise, it may get lost in the feed, and I don't want to miss your note) If you need more assistance, an UPDATED guide to the linky party is available HERE.

 Ready to have a great time?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Late April on the Hilltop

Late April on the hilltop: sunlight on the grass and dappled light in the trees.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. This week brought summery weather, and I just couldn't stay indoors another second. I attended a tree identification seminar. (I've still got a long, long way to go until I can identify doodly squat.)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Each week, I enjoy looking at your contributions to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Your photographs, words, ideas, and recipes take me far away from my hilltop, and suddenly we're in your kitchen, eating chocolate cake, or we're walking around your garden. These visits are a pleasure and an honor. Thanks to you, I'm always learning, always growing. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Good Time Was Had By All

I was sitting by the window, watching birds and drinking hot tea, when the mischievous visitors showed up. They usually comes in pairs--a Super-Squirrel and his cheerleader. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dogwood Winter

From my window, the wisteria makes the yard seem surreal, as if the pale purple flowers have strayed from a fairy tale. It would begin Once upon a time, an evil sorceress planted a magical tree, but she didn't want anyone to touch it, so she sent a bitter cold snap, forcing the peasants to stay indoors.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to  Foodie Friday and Everything Else. We've had a windy week on the hilltop. I'm looking forward to calmer weather, and I bet you are, too. 

Potting Shed Progress

Just a little pottering update. I added an old enamel-topped table. Eventually, I may move the table to the solid wall and add shelves--this idea was given to me by the owner of the most famous shed in the South, if not the world, Mary at Home Is Where the Boat Is. Thanks, Mary!. For now, I'm using old wooden crates.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Slice of Life: Wind

Another rip-roaring storm moved through middle Tennessee, with gusts up to 54 miles per hour. We're under a storm warning until 6:15 PM. But it's not as bad as last weekend: the wind knocked down a heavy outdoor chandelier and ripped loose some wires. Scary times until the fixture was repaired Monday.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Container Gardening for Cooks

When I dream about kitchen gardens, I imagine the lush raised beds in the film It's Complicated.  It's one of those fairy tale gardens, casting a spell over all who enter. Anyone who saw that movie is still spell-bound in some way. But what if space is limited? What if you don't have 25 hours a day to pull weeds (or have a full-time gardener)? What if you have a physical infirmity, and you cannot traipse out to a garden when you need a tomato? A container garden on your back porch may be the answer.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Mrs. Antsy Pants Makes a Pizza Garden

 When it's too cold to plant outside, the antsy gardener will not be deterred. She must DO something, and it must involve digging. She gets it in her mind to make a portable herb garden, so off she goes to the local package store. However, it's a cold April day, and the inventory is skimpy.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

It's time to party at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. 
What have you been up to this week? Me, I'm waiting for April 15th, the traditional planting time in the mid-South. Our weather has skidded all over the place--a warm, sunny day is followed by wind, rain, and cold snaps. During this in-between time, I've kept busy.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Kitchen Garden in Late March

When I first saw the ranchburger, I was drawn to the fenced garden area. It had three raised beds (the herb garden was in the middle) and a small orchard. After we moved, my husband claimed the first bed. Earlier this month, he planted cold weather crops.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Temperature of Happiness

Did you know that happiness has an actual temperature? According to the American Meteorological Society, we are happiest when the mercury hits 57 degrees Fahrenheit. After being cooped up all weekend, I wasn't sad, but I wasn't dancing in the street. I was in a neutral mood, ready for breakfast and an hour of journal writing. Then, as I sipped coffee, I glanced out the window.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Potting Shed Goals and Ideas

I've had all winter to think about the potting shed. How would it function? How could I prevent my husband from using it as a storage room hoarding spot? Would whimsical touches get pushed aside by twisted sacks and seed spreaders? 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else, where great food and ideas are always on the menu. Wherever you are, I hope the weather is treating you kindly. In my neck of the woods, we awoke to wind and slashing rain. But now, as I work on the party, the sun is shining, birds are gathering around the feeders, and the grass is turning greener by the second.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Easter Ideas for Exhausted People

In celebration of Easter weekend, I'm sharing my favorite ideas for food and centerpieces--all are super easy.


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