Sunday, April 20, 2014

Photo Friday - Textures

Last year I decided to plant some carrot seeds in one of my front flower beds. I like the leaves on carrot plants and I thought they would be kind of pretty, and if I could eat one now and again that would be lovely.  However, only one carrot survived - it is AZ and I'm not so great at planting vegetables at the right time.  Instead of pulling the one carrot at the end of summer I let it stay in the ground to see what would happen. This spring it has grown into this great big plant - about 3 1/2 feet tall and this is the carrot "flower".  It was kind of a cool experiment but now I'm curious to see how big the carrot is below this. Once the top dies I will dig it up and take a photo.  Anyway, in case you were wondering where carrot seeds come from, here is the flower. It has a pretty cool texture.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Photo Friday - Glorious

My readers know I love flowers. I think this shot fits the theme this week - these iris are glorious.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Flowering

This week's photo challenge is "Flowering".  I have lots of things flowering right now, but this gerber daisy is a favorite, and it has a ring in the center - get it? Flower Ring?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Springtime!

In my last post I told you  about how I made goodies for the guys at the pawn shop as a thank you, and how they said they would love to sample any of my baking experiments whenever I wanted to try a new recipe. My Mom gave me a recipe out of the newspaper around Valentine's day and last weekend I finally had time to make it. It was a Chocolate Fudge No Bake Cake. Man, was it yummy!  I stopped at the pawn shop on Saturday morning and just ran the stuff in and said "I made something new for you to try. I hope you like it" and ran back to my car. As I was pulling out of the parking lot I saw 2 men running after me - I thought maybe I had dropped something in the store. They came to tell me how wonderful the cake was and to come back any time with more!  I'm so glad they like it. They are such nice people. Here are a few pictures.





You melt together dark chocolate bars, brown sugar, butter and coffee, then you add crushed nuts and graham crackers and pour that into a cake pan. Then you top it with melted chocolate and chopped nuts. Next time I may add melted Kraft caramels.
It was super easy to make and well worth the time.  I originally cut it into 12 pieces but after tasting it, I cut it into 24 - it was that rich.  MMMMM...











Flowers:  As you all know, I just love flowers. My front yard is starting to look like "flower throw-up" to quote my boss. We had iris blooming about 2 weeks early, probably because it never really got cold here this winter. We usually have some below 30 degrees (F) nights during January and February in AZ which sort of gets the bulb flowers all set for the year.  This year I think I only had to cover plants one or two nights all winter so things are blooming earlier.  Here are a few pictures of what is blooming now and a few that bloomed in February.

We decided that these daffodils look like the servants from Downton Abbey all lined up to tell me goodbye as I leave the estate to go to work. Ha!



 I have 4 different colors of freesia. I can't decide which I like better.

 These purple iris are huge and very showy.  I think they look elegant. I'll post pictures of other varieties when they start showing off their beauty. So far I only this color blooming but I have some other great colors and shapes. I'm hoping the little yellow ones my sister sent from Montana will bloom this year. They are coming up but are far behind the others. I'm sure the climate change makes them freak out.
The hyacinth are a beautiful color pink.

 I like to add in some bright orange and yellow flowers to add a pop to the "throw up". These are really pretty and reseed them self each year. They even last through our blistering AZ summers.
I have these in both orange and yellow. They open up during the day and close up in the evening. 
Another freesia.
Stay tuned for more flour and flowers.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Photo Friday "Male"

This photo was taken in MT at my niece's wedding. These are my 3 brothers with their sons - all Redfield males - through and through. I love cowboys and they are probably the reason why. Upstanding, hard working and fun, that's how they roll.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

It's been a while...

I haven't felt much like posting blogs lately. There is so much going on in my life and many days I feel like a yoyo with emotions all over the place. But for those of you who like to see my food pics, I have a few new ones.

My brother Myron and sister Lisa came to visit me 2 weeks ago. Myron got me some tools at the pawn shop that my Dad used to visit. He was great friends with the owner and the employees and over the years my Mom has continued to keep in touch with them. She drops in and leaves them cookies and treats which they all love. They gave Myron the tools to give me, didn't charge us a thing, so I made them Oreo truffles as a thank you, They were very happy campers!

These are so easy to make.  You just crush up a full package of regular Oreos - no double stuff here. I do mine in a food processor so it gets really fine.  Then you mix in 8 oz of cream cheese and mush it all together - it's easier to do with your bare hands rather than a spoon.


Then you roll bits into 1 inch balls and refrigerate them for about an hour.

Then you melt bark chocolate and dip them individually to coat each ball.

And here are the little gems that are so, so good!
 

In my yard this week I have vines that we planted about 2 years ago. They have taken off and started blooming like crazy. They smell good. are pretty, and the bees love them. All good things and a nice way to start out 2014 in my flower world.. Enjoy!