Saturday, April 5, 2014

Quite the busy weekend.

[I started this post last weekend. Does that give you any indication of how my week has gone?]

To recap a few things from the past 10 days or so...


I did some party food demos for a group:
Pinterest for the win -- homemade mac and cheese made into cupcakes. Pretty tasty.
Tortilla rollups, and of course I forgot to take a picture when the platter was full.
Fruit pizza made on individual sugar cookies


...which actually started the day before with a lot of prep, and was followed by a bit of this:
Visiting with a sweet group of girls and women and discussing hospitality
The rest of the day was spent doing stuff like this:
Basil, cilantro, dill, parsley, and thyme -- planted in something that I hope the dog will leave alone.

Rearranging and cleaning the porch for the season. We bought this set last year and still really love it.
Jumping ahead to the current weekend, we continued the party with a little of this:


I love our baskets - petunias and some other stuff. We usually manage to keep them alive if we pay attention.
We went nuts on the crazy overgrown shrubs - vitex and wax myrtles now allow
RDub to mow the yard without risking losing an eye!
But THIS was the most hilarious part of the yard work. Meet my favorite version of a redneck garden:

We've had the raised bed (the bottom part) from a few years ago, but it was just impossible to maintain. Between the dogs, weeds, rabbits, and birds, anything we grew was quickly trampled or eaten. When we saw this somewhere, it seemed like the perfect solution. RDub got a pallet and 2x4s for free and built the "table." Two bags of dirt, with drain holes, and that's it. I decided to start simply. Dwarf cherry tomatoes on the right, red onions on the left. 

I cannot wait to see if this works! No risk of weeds, and I don't even have to bend over to harvest anything! We're planning to put okra in the bottom bed--and cover it with chicken wire to keep the goofy dogs out. RDub also has watermelon planned for that part--we'll see how that works. 

I got a tiny sunburn on my neck from Friday, and then today I'm bundled into a jacket and wrapped in a blanket because it was "cold" again (50s). I said before that I will make it be spring through sheer will--and I've got the plants to prove it!

Hope you've had a great couple of weekends. Now let's get to the weather that lets us sit outside enjoying all the work. 

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    1. I KNOW! So hilarious - Hubs found it somewhere and we just had to try it! I'll let you know how it goes.

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  2. I love the fruit pizza idea and also your hanging plants :)

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