Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Our Garden

That is not a pile of overgrown weeds- it is our garden! The squash and pumpkins and tomatoes are overtaking everything! I am just amazed at how well it is growing. Now if the tomoates would just hurry up and get ripe!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Independence Day

We had a great 4th of July celebration. We had Rob's sister Kritsy and family over for a barbecue. We played some volleyball and then had a fireworks show. What we weren't expecting was that from our back patio we could view the fireworks over the whole valley. Wow- they were amazing! I guess Idahoans don't have qualms about setting off illegal fireworks, because they were EVERYWHERE! It was a great show. In fact, we had a hard time keeping our eyes on the fireworks we had bought, because they were just not quite as exciting.

Rob and I were grateful for the patriotism of the valley, it made missing the great fireworks show in Oregon by Matt a little less painful.

Rob already has plans of building a balcony off of our bonus room so when our trees get bigger we can still see the fireworks. We'll see about that. :)

Needless to say, we are pretty excited about our house, and the direction it faces! (Another something for nothing...)

I got this awesome flag cake recipe from my friend and fabulous cook Becky, who got it from Barefoot Contessa. I seriously cannot wait until next year so I can make it again- it was soooo yummy! And, it looked GREAT! Thanks to Kristy and her boys who supplied the berries from their yard. (Our three little rasberry sticks just aren't yielding that much yet!)

The frosting was really melting- it was pretty warm. I was supposed to put a little star on each blueberry (actually we used blackberries) but it was just too soft.
Doesn't it look good? Anyone want to come to next year's party?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Something for Nothing

That's what I feel I got with these beautiful flowers that just started blooming in our front yard. They were already planted in the yard when we bought the house, but since we bought it in December, we weren't sure what plants we had.

Aren't they pretty?

There are red ones,
peach ones,

and purple. I just think they are great!

Here is a snapshot of our garden. Corn...

tomato plants...
I am just amazed at how well our garden is growing here. I guess this Idaho dirt isn't as barren as I thought. :)
yum yum! I can't wait until it really starts producing! Anyone have a good pickled beet recipe?
Best of all- strawberries! Our patch is pretty small right now but hopefully in a few years we will have strawberries everywhere!!!
I love summer!!!!!!!!!!!