We have been busy! The weather has been yummy…yummy until today. Today it’s definitely un yummy. We have been meticulously placing all of our to be planted pots where they were placed last year and the year before and the years before that. Certain pots go under the portico in the front. Certain pots go in certain spots in the front. Certain pots go around the deck in the back of the house near the pond. Den is annoyed every time I come outside and walk around and harrumph at him and make him move the pots to the right spots. He is the mover…I am the creator! Needless to say we have lots and lots of pots. But yesterday we bought more pots. Our beauteous Costco trees were falling over in the wind because the pots were too light so we had to repot them in bigger heavier pots! I am totally potted out! But…pots are placed and ready for plants…that is Phase Two of the Patty and Den Potting Adventure…actually planting stuff in the pots. We have or rather I have one hard and fast planting rule…no red anything! Pinks, purples, lavenders, fuchsias, whites and a few yellows. Marigolds…yellow only not the orangish ones…go in the back and sides of the house. Oh…and…there has to be lots of ivyish traily climby green things…and lobelia everywhere…purple and pink and white lobelia stuffed everywhere! Den will be very busy as we enter Phase Two. I arrange and he plants the pots. It’s perfect!
We have been relaxing on the deck. It’s been so nice. Yesterday a bald eagle landed! This is all the way across the pond!
Den and I chopped ( food processor ) cauliflower, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots and a little parsley for this salad. We topped it with chopped hard boiled egg, feta cheese, baby tomatoes and roasted chicken. It was delicious. It was spoony salad! We ate ours with a big spoon! But we made way too much salad. Next time we will halve everything. After all of the chopping I did not feel like making the dressing, too, so we used a local tomatoey dressing that is all over farmer’s markets here…we loved it. We are going to have it for lunch today…same dressing but goat cheese instead of feta. It seems to be getting larger in the refrigerator rather than smaller and I think I need a break from eating it so I have devised a plan for the rest of it. It’s all vegetables that can be sautéed so I am going to freeze it and then use it later in a sauté or stir fry or even in a vegetable soup. I feel badly tossing it. There is so much of it! Anybody want any? There are variations of this salad but I like this one from gimmesomeoven…https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/seriously-delicious-detox-salad/. Isn’t it so pretty? You can add so many different toppings. We added dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds or nuts to ours, too!
Reading this after I finished The Perfect Mother…it’s really good, too! I am not even thinking about what to read next…I am going to try thinking about one book at a time for awhile.
Hopefully you had a great weekend!