Thursday, May 26, 2011

Raised Garden Bed

The last couple of weeks I have been working on my garden, when the weather has been cooperating.  It's a raised bed, that my husband and I built last year.  It's approximately 4 feet by 6 feet and 18 inches high.  

Last year, was the first time I had my own garden and I planted tomatoes, strawberries, squash, broccoli, peppers, chives, shallots, mint and basil.  I might have gone a little overboard, but I was excited.  Not everything was in the raised bed, some were in planters.  It was so much fun to watch everything grow and to go out in the back yard and be able to get veggies and fruits fresh from the garden.  

This year, I decided to try a few new things: romaine lettuce, sugar snap peas, and cucumbers in addition to tomatoes, strawberries, mint and basil.  I also expanded our strawberry section this year.  Parker really enjoyed those last year.  They spread really fast, so I have a couple pieces of wood placed in the garden to contain them in one end.  I decided to skip the broccoli this year.  It took up way more space than I realized it was going to.  The mint and the basil are planted in separate planters, since mint spreads like a weed.  I'm excited to see how everything grows and turns out.

And yes, I know the raised bed and our fence need to be stained.  Its on my list of things to do, but I need to wait until the weather has a couple days without rain in the forecast.

Next year, I would like to have another raised bed so I can plant a few more things.

Here are a few pictures of how the garden looks now.

Romaine Lettuce




Snap Peas
And this is little of what we harvested last year

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Citrus Party

I am part of my sorority's alumnae association and a few weeks ago we hosted a luncheon for alumnae and active members, with a citrus theme.  

I loved how our centerpieces turned out!  We took oranges, lemons and limes and sliced them and propped them up against the glass.  We used end pieces and extra whole limes to fill the vase and hold the slices in place.  Then we added some fun white flowers to the top. 

To go along with the citrus theme, I made cupcakes and topped them sugared citrus candies.  Unfortunately, I didn't get any close up pictures of the cupcakes.

Here are a few pictures from the luncheon.  We had so much great food, with lots of fresh fruit and some lemonade to wash it all down.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Happy Sparkling Cider Thursday!

Happy Sparkling Cider Thursday!  We will be replacing our Thursday night champagne for sparkling cider or some sort of sparkling mocktail for the next little while.  We are excited to announce, we are expecting baby #2 in November!

This is also the reason there hasn't been any posts lately.  I've had pretty bad morning sickness (all day sickness), but its slowly getting better.  I'm hoping to get back onto the blogging bandwagon soon.  And the weather is finally starting to warm up, so hopefully that will motivate me to get to work on some projects.

Guess who is excited to be a big brother?


Oh and check out my husbands new blog here.  It documents his 30 day experiments in business and life.