Summer Treats — Summer Projects

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Rose Arbor Entrance to garden

Rose Arbor Entrance to garden

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IMG_1002I thought I’d share a bit about myself and one of my summer projects: fairy gardens. I thought it would be cool if my gardens were a fun place to explore for my grandchildren. The start of my medicine wheel garden before shrubs planted around the circle. Okay, I have one granddaughter who is only a year and a half but hey, it will take me a while to do what I have in mind!A few years ago, I put in a circular medicine wheel garden as part of my love of Native American culture (I write as Susan Edwards, NA/western historical romance).  I have circle (26 ft) of Rose of Sharon Shrubs. An inner walkway all around, and 4 sections with spoke going to a small circle in the middle.  Each section was given an element and its corresponding direction. An archway of climbing roses is the entrance. It was very cool.

Wow, a person could get lost for days in there

Wow, a person could get lost for days in there

Wow! How my garden, er, weeds have grown

Unfortunately, an injury, deadlines, and life kept me from being as attentive, and hot, triple digit weather in the summer kept many of the plants from surviving (including me working out there!)  I went out there during this last spring and was greeted with a Secret Garden! And the thought that I needed to rethink my original purpose (enjoyment) and plants. There were wild brambles (where the heck did they come from, weeds waist high and an total air of neglect.

cinder block planter painted

cinder block planter painted

Planter at night

Planter at night

I came up with converting it into a fairy garden. My first section will be a terraced village built up by cinder blocks in my “Fire” section. A water scene is planned for the “Water” area, complete with lighthouse, and yes, a fairy boat. At the moment, I’m working on clearing the pathway and widening it and bricking it. In the meantime, as I started the brick path leading to the archway, I needed a place to dump the dirt. So I created a cinderblock planter on the patio. I’ll be adding 3 more (great way to use all that excess dirt). Eventually, I’ll add my progress to my website but in the meantime, enjoy my pictures of my fairy planter.

Couple of fairy houses

Couple of fairy houses

The houses are Bernstein Bears. The roofs come off to reveal a scene inside the house. My little granddaughter as she gets older will enjoy those. I glued them onto rock slabs and added bits to create a home and yard. A very fun project. For the other gardens, both planter and garden, I’ll be taking bird houses and making fairy houses. Pinterest is a gold mine of ideas.

 

In the meantime, as this is a more spicy blog, here is a recipe for one of my favorite summer vegetables

Erotic Food. Did you know that Asparagus is considered an erotic food?  Here is a great recipe. (Original article on my blog here http://www.sydneystclaire.com/erotic-food-asparagus/

Asparagus  Garlic Parmesan

Olive Oil Cooking Spray (or you can use enough olive oil to coat a 9×13 pan, 1 lb Asparagus with tough ends cut off. I break off.  Seems to break where it gets too tough to eat, ¼ cup of Parmesan Cheese grated. You can also use Romano or Asiago, 1 tsp Salt (I use sea salt) or you can let everyone salt to taste after its cooked, 1 glove garlic or more. Or ¼ tsp garlic powder. Depends on your love of garlic!

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees, Spray 9×13 pan, Sprinkle asparagus with  parmesan cheese, salt and garlic, Roast until tender—approx. 12 minutes.

Erotic Food #2 The yummy avocado is also touted as being a food good for great sex? Sex requires energy and a healthy libido and avocados can give you both!

Berry Avocado Salad & Honey Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

2 ripe Avocados (Peeled & diced, 1 package spring mix salad (5 oz.) or your own combination of lettuce, 1 can mandarin oranges drained well. (11 oz.), ½  cup glazed walnuts (chopped coarsely), ½ cup sliced, green onions, 1 ½ cup fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or combo)

 Dressing   1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar, 1 ½ Tbsp. honey, 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp. salt   Instructions:Mix lettuce, mandarin oranges, walnuts and green onions in a bowl. Mix oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, and salt in a small separate bowl. Drizzle over the salad ingredients in your bowl then toss until the lettuce is well coated.Add avocados and raspberries to the lettuce mixture then toss lightly. Grab plate & fork and enjoy a nice refreshing taste of summer  Full article here http://www.sydneystclaire.com/erotic-food-of-the-month-avocados/

So what is summer to you? Is it a time to work outdoors, redo gardens, enjoy summer veggies? What is your favorite summer vegetable? Feel free to share special summer treats as well.

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