Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Note Card Party……..

My Easter and Springtime theme for this month's note 
cards spotlight my white china bunnies.
Each year I love bringing them out from their storage 
box tucked away in the attic, unwrapping the dozens of 
sheets of tissue paper they nestle in through the 
remainder of the year, and placing them around the cottage.
I think you can see how happy they are!

The bluebells and jonquils are the flowers I'm 
cutting from the garden this week.

Joining Vee's fun Note Card Party for the month of April.
Pop over to visit all the lovely cards here at 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tasty Tuesday……………..

Flatbread with Fontina cheese, caramelized red onion and figs.

Easy peasy if you need something quick and tasty for a luncheon or simple supper.

A flatbread/pizza crust
Red Onion
Olive oil
A few dried figs

Thinly slice a large red onion and sauté in olive oil with a smidgen of sea salt until lightly browned and soft - stir constantly so as not to burn.
Take a Stonefire (my favorite) flatbread/pizza crust - I keep a couple in the freezer - cover with sliced Fontina or other cheese you have on hand.
Add the caramelized onion.
Thinly slice the figs and scatter on top.

Bake in oven on rack according to flatbread instructions.
Remove when done and add arugula - healthy and pretty - tossed with a little olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.

Click my version to enjoy - then rustle up your own!

I'm joining Penny's Tasty Tuesday - 
go see all the delicious recipes on her blog The Comforts of Home.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wonderful wisteria…………………

Spending a little time each day working outside in the garden. 
Much to get done whilst it's warm and mostly bug-free, however the pollen 
is quite heavy now and the landscape has taken on a yellow fog, and my 
sneezing is almost constant.
The azaleas are opening gradually and should be ready for Easter. 
 My wisteria bloomed this weekend, not a lot of blooms (perhaps due to 
the very cold Winter) but still pretty and the fragrance delicate and lovely. 
Soon it will just be an arch of pale leaves over the arbor.  

Click on pic for pretty wisteria close-up 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Photo Challenge April….

I seem to take 99% of my macro shots out in my garden. Capturing many spectacular garden bugs seems pretty easy when they are visiting flowers and shrubs and, if we're lucky, they actually keep still for a minute or so. Flowers are also are wonderful macro subjects because of their intricate shapes, colors and textures, all making close-up shots really worthwhile.

So, for Donna's photo challenge this month, I hope you will 
enjoy these beautiful creatures visiting my garden 
last Summer. 
All shots were taken with the Olympus SP-590UZ set on Macro.
A little touch up with thanks to PicMonkey.

I love the chunky bumble bee. He always comes 
to the sedum flowers with a crowd of family and friends 
in tow, busily buzzing from flower to flower, gathering 
nectar and pollinating.

The Eastern tiger swallowtail on the 'ham and eggs' 
lantana……the loved or despised, depending where you 
garden, invasive plant.
One of the most familiar butterflies in the 
Eastern United States.

My blue hydrangea blooms fried in the heat of 
last Summer, however the katydid still 
clambered about the crunchy petals……………

……………but seemed happiest here in full camouflage on the 
still green leaves. Nature is amazing up close.

I cheated with four photos instead of three! I beg 
forgiveness Donna - I just love the up-close katydid pics - 
their camouflage is amazing on the green leaves. 

Hop, fly, creep or crawl over to Donna's monthly Personal 
Photo Challenge - I bet there are some great macro/close-up 
shots to see………and you can add yours also.

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