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Late summer side…………..

Summer’s waning days are always a challenge to me in the kitchen.  Summer fare, like summer fashion has begun to run its course, to beg for something a bit more substantial, complex…

the answer:  beans!

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white beans, garlic, olive oil

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rosemary, thyme

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plated and drizzled with more olive oil, salt and pepper

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topped with oven-dried tomatoes

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roasted corn cut from the cob

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roasted green onions

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surrounded by croutons

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garnished with basil

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served with grilled rack of pork

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TRANSITIONAL!!!!!!!

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inspired by ‘How Sweet It Is’

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Postcard from the library

Summer reading at Nona’s for my favorite little people!

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Simple Summer Sandwich

Hot, humid here…with a chance of rain

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French country bread, cucumber, basil, mayo, cracked pepper

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soft…crunchy…piquant…subtle

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a summer treat to keep you cool as a cucumber!!!

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A peach by any other name…..

Who knew a nectarine was simply a variety of peach………..possibly domesticated in China over 4,000 years ago!?!  Although bearing tiny fruit, our nectarine tree continues to ride out the drought.  Searching for a way to use the small, but delicious fruit, I adapted a recipe found on the internet.  An immediate hit, the pie has been on repeat now using amazing nectarines from Trader Joe’s.

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Postcard from summer

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not home-grown, but deliciously beautiful nonetheless!

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Pike Place Flower Market – Seattle

 Happy summer Monday morning!!!!!!!!!!

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Wishing you each a lovely day!!!

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Postcard from the garden wall

For the last several seasons I have not planted annuals, choosing instead to work to keep my established perennials alive and as healthy as possible in the midst of drought.  Now in this first week of spring, I am missing fresh blooms to bring into the house.

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Always struggling to keep the creeping ficus on the garden wall under control; cutting lovely new shoots nuanced with color from spring-green to rust…rather than relegating them to compost, why not first bring them inside…

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Adversity, at its best,  can introduce us to new ways of looking at and appreciating our individual worlds.

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Celebrating spring

Bringing a bit of spring inside…and playing with colored pencils…

geranium

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anemone

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pelargonium

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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 25

HOPING FOR A RAIN DAY!

north

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south

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east

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west

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we have had March miracles in the past………………

and so it begins!

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Hingham, Massachusetts….part 1

Since spring seems always to come early in our part of the world……….already thinking about ways to bring freshness and sunshine inside.

Twigs, dried grasses, feathers, bird nests……all have served me well through fall and winter with a beauty all their own.

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Now I am craving

GREEN!!!!

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searching the mental archives for inspiration,

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recalling a visit some years ago to Winston Flowers in Hingham – loving their curated use of living plants and cut flora.

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(love the logo:)

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So much inspiration!

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Coming: 

Hingham…the town,

Hingham…Old Ship Church,

Hingham…Family History Connection

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