Friday, January 15, 2010

Show and Tell Friday & Thinking about summer.......

Thanks Cindy for hosting the fun show and tell friday you can visit Cindy at My Romantic Home~ she looks like she is having fun over there with her new convertible!!
Well our thoughts have turned to summer and we have been happily browsing through seed catalogs and imagining what our summer garden will look like. We have begun to plant and start some seeds from flowers and our warm winter sun has them starting to sprout. This is our first winter living in this climate so we have no idea what to expect but from what we hear at the nursery the growing season can be year round. We did put up a little greenhouse just in case we should get the threat of a frost.

There is a book that has been influencing the flowers we would like to grow it is called Dried Flowers For All Seasons
This is an amazing book if you have ever wanted to make some dried flower arrangements or decorate your house with them. I am picturing lots of lavender, and larkspur and goldenrod in my garden. I was fortunate to pick up this book at the thrift store for 1$
I also found another wonderful book called Dress Daze for making modest dresses. This has one standard pattern that you can then take and make a whole bunch of different dresses or jumpers from. What I like is there is also a petite size which will be wonderful in a few years time when Anna gets just a little bigger. I know it is harder to find modest dresses for that pre~teen size.
Here are some pictures of the dress I made. I used an inexpensive calico from walmart 2.44 a yard and I used 3 yards to try this pattern out.


And I will leave you with a recipe for a wonderful yummy green sauce so if your not feeling the warm sun like we are a quick trip to the produce department at the grocery store will at least leave you with a taste of summer itself. I think this would be delicious on a salad especially if you are looking for a dressing that does not have high fructose corn syrup or sugar! And the garlic is so good and healthy for you!! We enjoy it on our chicken.
Green Herb Sauce
for baked potatoes, salmon, chicken or eggs
2 lemons
5 garlic cloves ( I put way more I love garlic!! :)
1c. fresh cilantro chopped
1c. fresh basil chopped
1/2 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1c. olive oil
1tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Grate zest from both lemons. Halve and squeeze the juice from them. Add garlic to lemon juice and zest. Stir in chopped cilantro, basil, and parsley. Add olive oil, stirring until blended. Add salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.
*suggestion ( I like to put this whole mixture in the blender and we enjoy it that way.)

Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
John 8:31-32


  1. Enjoyed my visit. You did a great job on the dress and it looks like it would be cool in summer.


  2. Ohhh that sauce sounds yummy. And I love the dress - looks so comfy!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Dear friend,

    What delightful things to share this Friday! I love the dress pattern book you found and am going to definitely have to check it out. I love your dress Heather! It's beautiful! Both of you look so feminine an beautiful in your dresses.

    I long to be thinking of gardening... if only I had some space to garden! lol Thanks for sharing today all your thoughts!

  4. Dear Heather,

    Wow, year-round gardening! The inside of my house would never see me :).

    I love the dress; so comfy and cool! I love taking basic patterns and playing with them, too.



  5. Busy Girls, as usual! Fun time starting the seeds and seeing them germinate. Before long you will be enjoying their beauty. You both look sweet in your dresses too. And even a recipe to share! Looks good!

    Kindly, ldh

  6. Awesome job on your dress! I have yet to attempt to make one for myself. And speaking of summer...I can't wait! It is very cold here and our house is pretty cold, too. I'm eagerly anticipating warmer days for longer walks and gardening.

  7. The green herb sauce sounds delicious. I'm going to have to give that one a try. Thank you!

  8. What a comfortable looking dress! The print is pretty too! I am going to have to try your green sauce. I still have lots of cilantro in the freezer -- hopefully it will work from frozen herbs too.

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


  9. Oh, it's so exciting to see your little sprouts! And your garden is looking amazing!

    Sweet dresses on both you girls. =)

    And thank you for the yummy recipe! We ARE missing the sunshine here in the drippy Northwest! =)

  10. You have a lovely blog and I am now a follower. You live in beautiful country too. Your pics are great.

  11. I know what you man about the new seed catalogs. We have been getting them in and you would think they are gold around here because of how much we thumb through them!

    have a wonderful day!

  12. You sew beautifully and the dress looks so pretty on you. I see your little daughter near you~did you also sew her pretty skirt? I like the Magazine "Dress Daze"~The 2 dresses on the cover look like the ones I usually wear. I love them long so I don't have to wear stockings in the spring/summer. I just hate stockings. The recipe is one I am going to try! What a wonderful Bible verse you chose. It is true that Jesus can break our own man made chains of bondage~set the prisoner free~just by letting Him into our hearts. Thank you for this lovely post Heather. God bless, Rose

  13. Going to try the sauce recipe! Thanks for sharing.


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