Monthly Archives: July 2011

menu plan monday ~ july 25, 2011

I am always amazed by the beauty that can be found in the smallest details. Our menu isn’t too detailed, though. Hot weather, humidity, lots of work to do…all good reasons for keeping it as simple as possible. Monday Fridge Food Tuesday Turkey Sandwiches / Homemade Buns Veggies / Ranch Dip Grapes Wednesday Grilled Pork […]

Sunday bouquet

Each Sunday morning, DH picks blooms from the garden and I make a bouquet to take to church. It is my thanks to God for the beauty He has created. This is today’s arrangement. It has purple coneflowers, phlox, daisies and ‘In Depth’ double yellow daylilies. After the church service, we like to pass along […]

summer garden

As the daylilies bloom and the daisies fill in and the purple coneflowers keep coming, there is a lot of color in the summer garden. ‘Paprika’ [GN] Everyone comments on the Russian Sage. It makes a beautiful airy splash of bluey-purple in the flower bed. ‘In Depth’ The hydrangeas are ready to pick for drying. […]

menu plan monday ~ july 18, 2011

We’ve had a busy and tiring weekend. DH rode in RAIN (Ride Across INdiana), a cycling event, on Saturday. This was his tenth year to ride. He finished in 11 hours and 45 minutes, counting stops. Actual ride time was 9:55. DD#2 and I provided support. Food, water, cool washcloths, more sunscreen, etc. A good […]

a good year for the hostas

This year seemed to be an exceptionally good one for hostas. Perhaps because of all that rain we had in the spring. Most of our hostas are looking great. Lush and full. Of course, many are coming into maturity finally and look more filled out than they did for a few years after planting. Some […]

my own bread recipe

This is a recipe I used to make a lot. It fell by the wayside for a few years, but we’ve resurrected it this year. It makes wonderful soft rolls, as well as buns that are great for sandwiches. It makes 48 rolls, or three loaves (we rarely make loaves anymore), or 24 rolls and […]

menu plan monday ~ july 11, 2011

A couple of garden pics…then the menu for the week. The front yard has been quite colorful the past few weeks. Several more weeks and the majority of the daylilies will be done blooming. Enjoy it while you can! ‘Apple Tart’ Monday Taco Salad Tuesday Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry Rice Wednesday Grilled Chicken Veggie Packets […]

the evening garden

Last evening, DH and I spent some time in garden, just as the sun was setting. Here are a few pictures. ‘Catherine Woodbury’ ‘Designer Yarn’ We’re planning a plant sale this afternoon from 4:00 – 6:00. Stop by if you’re in the area. You can visit other gardens on Tootsie’s blog. ~~Rhonda

menu plan monday ~ july 4, 2011

Better late than never, right? I had the menu made and ready to post on Monday, but forgot about it. That’s what a holiday weekend will do for you. Hope your Fourth was fun! Monday Grilled Chicken Grilled Veggies in Foil Packets Garden Salad Corn on the Cob Tuesday Supper ~ Taco Salad Wednesday Homemade […]


This kitten was trying to eat from the outdoor cat dish on the back porch a week ago. When DH approached her, she tried to run away. But DH and DD managed to capture her. She was dehydrated and very skinny. She’d obviously not been eating or drinking much for a while. DD named her […]