Summer has always been my favorite. And this one is no exception!
Our succulents are doing so well this year. I am so thankful for the rain. It has made for cooler temperatures and growing plants.
And even though we have been terrible gardeners, our snap peas are going crazy. Thanks again to the rain! They taste oh so delish! I have been trying to incorporate them into as many meals as possible.
The baristas at our favorite coffee shop know how to brighten my morning.
My birthday chair is fitting in so well! Now I need to work on some curtains to bring some pazzaz!
I have done some experimental baking the last few weeks. The first attempt was to make Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes. I saw that Ruby from Cakies made them and decided to take a chance! They won’t be my go to recipe, but they were so much better than I expected!
The second sweet treat was to make Kate’s Rhubarb Pie. (Kate is the wife of our friend and wedding photographer- Lang. They met for the first time during our wedding weekend. And the rest is history!) I had never tried rhubarb anything so I didn’t really have high expectations. But we are major fans now! Ryan said this might be his favorite pie! If you haven’t given rhubarb a chance, now is the time! Last Friday, I went exploring with a friend for a collaboration project we hope to do and found this gorgeous home in the middle of a small town:
Isn’t it magical? We also ran into a 400 mile yard sale and got these goodies:We have been enjoying the outdoors by attending Hot Rods games, Monday Burger night on the square, lots of porch sittin’, card nights to the tune of Justin Timberlake, softball matches and good laughs with our friends. Bowling Green is the perfect place to enjoy summer and I am grateful that we have the chance.
The last couple of weeks have been full of celebration, family, friends, and enjoying what remains of summer.
Ryan and I have been so blessed by our community this summer. I am thankful for renewal and the joy we have received through these blessings. One thing that we have been really excited about it my new job. I am going to be the interim Talisman Adviser this year. I am already loving it!
This summer has been one of Zucchini Bread. Both our neighbor and the Clarks gave us some zucchini along with squash and cucumbers from their gardens a while back. We have been loving it! One of my favorite ways to eat zucchinis is in bread. This is the recipe I usually use, but with a couple changes. I use whole wheat flour instead of white and I use apple sauce instead of the oil.
The great thing about this recipe is that it makes two loafs. So you can enjoy one at home and give the other away!
I used the last of our zucchini today and it will probably be the last of the bread for a while.
On this especially toasty weekend, Matt put the planks on the tub platform. (We don’t have any lights in there yet and this was taken at night so you can’t even get how great it looks!) It is coming together!
We spent a lot of time with Ryan’s family from Minnesota. They didn’t know what to do with themselves in this HEAT!!! It was even unbearable after the sun started to go down. Thank goodness my in-laws have a pool!
Yesterday when we were watering the garden, we saw these little babies! Our first fruits!!! (Yes another spiritual lesson to learn from gardening.) They tasted delish! We are sooo proud!
How was your weekend?
It looks like we have a great thumb after all!!
This past week my mom and Grayson were in Nicaragua on a mission trip. Ryan and I got to spend a couple days with my dad in BG, then I went back home with him to Memphis. We decided to do a project that my mom has been wanting for a while: a succulent wall. She already has a ton of them (the ones above), but we wanted more varieties so we bought a few other pots at Kroger and Lowe’s.
First we built a box from treated wood and painted it.
Then we cut wire to fit within the frame to hold the soil and roots. And we stapled it to the box.
Then attached the back and added trim to the front of the frame. Since it is heavy, we added a wire to hang it like a picture when it is finished.
Then we added soil and the plants.
We are going to let it sit horizontal for at least one week so the roots will have time to grow.
What do you think?
Saturday I bought some new fabric to make a couple skirts. The first was this seersucker that I made from these instructions into a circle wrap skirt. I had to learn some new tricks like a buttonhole to pull this one off and I am really pleased with it.
The plants in our garden are getting strong finally! We have had some good rain in the past week so I ‘m sure they have enjoyed it.