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Back Yard Blooms

This morning I woke to rain, the mornings are cooler, and it gets darker earlier at night.  These are all signs our 53 days straight of Northwest sunny weather are over and we’re headed to Fall.

I realized I never shared pics of our backyard, the place where friends and family have gathered all summer for laughs, cheers, barbeques and fires.  And since August is almost gone today is a good day for that.


outdoor tablecloth orange yellow

row of dahlias

second floor pic orange dahliafirepit

along the fence

red dahlia



If you want to check out other parts of our outside space see front porch and summer pots, early summer blooms, and hanging on the side hill.

If I had lots of time and dollars I would love to have a wrap around deck from front to back, and a covered patio.  Maybe that will be next summer.  For now, it’s become a place people love to come to, where they can be comfortable.  Do you have a place like that?

One more day and it’s a 3 day weekend.  Yay!  Happy Thursday!


Salmon Salad with Grilled Vegetables

My neighbors, K and B were on vacation for a week and they asked if I would water the flowers and vegetable garden.  Of course!  That’s what neighbors are for.  They also said if any of the veggies need picking to go for it.  The zucchini was out of control so I picked 6 of them.

It was a hot night, one of those that require a quick light dinner.  Ever have those kind of days?  Salmon salad with grilled vegetables was the perfect answer.
full salad titled

Albertsons had  4 peppers for $5.00 dollars so I picked one up in every color; yellow, orange, red and green.  I love peppers.  I already had carrots.  Plus, my hubby had grilled salmon the night before and we had leftovers.

I sliced the peppers, zucchini and carrots and put them in a wire cage that I use on the BBQ.  I lined it with foil first.  I drizzled some olive oil on them and added some salt and pepper.  I gave it a good stir, then added a little sesame oil for extra taste.  I put them on the grill at medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
grilled veggies

Then it was just a matter of combining the grilled veggies and salmon with some romaine lettuce.  I added some grated parmesan.  The oil and seasonings from the veggies was enough seasoning for the romaine and the salmon was already seasoned when it was cooked the night before.


salmon close up

My hubby is not a veggie lover but he fell for this salad and in fact, just told me he’d like to have it again.  That’s a sure sign of a good thing!

Speaking of salmon, take a look at what my neighbor caught on Saturday.  A 19 pound king salmon.  Yum, their saving some for our Labor Day neighborhood BBQ.  I’m looking forward to that!
Bob Batie Fisherman

Do you like salads?  What kind of combinations have you tried?  Do you like warm salads?

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BFF BBQ and Flower Bouquet

Evening all!  I posted a couple of days ago my high school BFF ladies and I were getting together over the weekend for the second time in 5 months.  I know that sounds like a long time in between but it really isn’t when you think we have all those mother/wife/daughter responsibilities too.  This time, we brought our husbands and we all had the best time (smile)!  We all wish M could of come but we understand and send our hugs.

Our host and hostess for the day were J and S.  Cute couple, don’t you think? Married 34 years.  Congratulations!

161-1 Sorry S for chopping off your head.  I never claim I know what I’m doing. In fact, I was using a cheapo camera and the batteries died.  I then started using my phone and my service sucks and I have been having trouble uploading the pics.  Big bummer!  Anyhow, again sorry S.  Maybe this one is better…..oh wait, the other pic, the one that was great is in my phone….can you hear me wine?  But hey, I added a couple of hearts for the 34 years of love.  J and S were the perfect hosts and their backyard ultra secluded, comfy and beautiful.

Here’s some flowers from my yard that I arranged fore the hostess.  They needed something extra so I added a bit of “lattenene”.  Look what a festive box and some colored tissue do.

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Dahlias, Gladiola’s, lilies, cuttings of rosemary, thyme and peppermint and some sedum made up the bouquet.  Here’s a closer look.


I can’t share pics of everyone because of the camera with the dead battery and the sucky cell service, but here are some to justify we had a great time.

Cheers to life, love and friendship! Meet P (from New Jersey, J the hostess and K, the salon owner.  Where’s Mo? 

153-1 The silver fox (a.k.a B, Ps hubby also from New Jersey) is on BBQ duty.  Mission requires spirits!  And the Host S is sharing his handyman secrets on how to create a fantastic deck.

159-1 We had marinated steak, a big fruit salad, pasta salad (will steal and share the recipe soon), lots of drinks and appetizers and drinks and appetizers and drinks and…..Hubby and I brought the dessert.  Red Velvet cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting and crusher peppermint on top.  Yummmmmy!  Trust me, they tested much better then they looked.  And I’m giving a shout out to Duncan Hines.


OK, should not have looked at this picture, now craving something sweet!

latte-1 Lattenene