Friday, March 27, 2015

TEA TIME IN THE GARDEN

 I have always been in love with the idea of English Tea Parties. My only memories of tea parties were a childs tea my mother did for my sister and I , when we were very young. My Home Ec teacher  used to call it a tea when our last class was graded on table settings and we baked peanut butter cookies and invited other teachers as guests. I have been to one or two formal teas held at hotels.

My friend and neighbor recently had an Alice in wonderland themed party for her birthday. I made up several tea related quizes and games and we gave out prizes. It was a very nice event. Since then I have been obsessed with the idea of having tea parties more routinely.
 This is the tea set I have ordered with an extra set of 4 cups and saucers. I like that it looks so very vintage. I am a 1940's girl at heart. Its supposed to take 5 months to get here because of a port strike somewhere. I am not happy about that. I just hope it arrives so I can use it for my Grand Opening of The June Goodwin Memorial Little Free Library that I want to have when my husband gets home from Antarctica.
This is one of the table cloths I have . I have the sheer one on top, and I have two satin ones in this color called Hemlock. I am absolutely in love with this color. It was hard to come by but I have it and adore it. I've been collecting many tea accouterments . So I should have a lovely table once it all comes together.

THE JUNE GOODWIN MEMORIAL LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

 June Marie Goodwin 
June 23.1939- August 31,2014
This Little Free Library has been created to honor her memory. She was a world traveler and an avid reader.
  
This is our first Little Library. My husband is overseas and can't build a traditional LFL until he gets home.

 I am incredibly excited to have received our charter. We are Number 23199 in the world , and Number one in La Marque Texas. I have received great support from our Mayor, City Council, Chief of Police and the Genievieve Miller Library.
On June 23,2015 The La Marque City Counsel will Proclaim it to be June Goodwin Literacy Day in the City of La Marque.
 This is a general idea of how this Little Free Library Program Works.
 This is our Motto. It sounds just like something June would have said.
 Trying our Library out for size. I am maintaining a facebook page for people to be able to view what books are currently in the library as well as events we will sponsor such as book clubs, Book lovers tea parties, children's activities and reading contests.
I have done several coats of clear coat over the library and done chalk board paint on each side . I will be writing literary quotes, events etc on the sides. The Library contains a comment book so visitors can communicate with me and others. If they need something special they just have to know on the door. 
The library will be permanently posted outside our home once I am certain the weather is going to cooperate for awhile.

We felt this was the best place for it. It will be a constant reminder that we still have her in every book she read. It also gives me easy availability to ensure it is always maintained.

MISSING IN ACTION

Hello Lovely's,

I've been missing in action. My old computer made some type of update and it no longer allowed me to post photos to my blog. Aside from that it worked as normal. Anyway my husband just bought me a brand new computer with his safety points Hooray. So I hope to get back into the routine of sharing my thoughts , recipes and adventures with all of you.

Katherine

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fresh Dill Tzattziki with Salmon and new potatoes

I went to the farmers market. I love buying the beautiful fresh produce in season. Then comes the task of deciding how I am actually going to prepare it. I am as guilty as anyone for not always getting to it in time and letting things go to waste. This time  I bought minimal and am trying to use it all this week.

Fresh Dill Tzatziki

Ingredients

1 bunch dill ( washed and stemmed)
6 cloves garlic
1 lemon (juice and zest)
Sea salt and pepper
1 Cup Bulgarian whole milk yogurt

Mix it all together in food processor. This comes out more liquid than thick. I store it in a blender ball container in the fridge.

I serve this as a side sauce for a baked salmon and roasted new potatoes .

Baked Salmon
2 salmon filets
Rub olive oil on them and what ever spice rub you have in your cabinet. I used a citrus rub from pampered chef

Bake at 400 for 15 mins

Garnish with capers if you like. I just served it with the tzatziki

Roasted New Potatoes

4 small new potatoes wash, leave peels on, quarter
Toss them with olive oil and a spice rub. I once again used the citrus rub from papered chef as it was handy I roasted in oven at 400 degrees for 35 mins. The tztaiki was great on the potatoes as well.

TZATZIKI AND BROCCOLI TUNA CASSEROLE

Ingredients
1 head of broccoli- florets only steamed, then chopped
1 small jar mushrooms, drained, chopped
1/2 package of egg noodles cooked
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can of tzatziki ( fill soup can with tzatziki)

Garnish : French fried onions

Mix together as you would a traditional tuna casserole heat thru and garnish with French fried onions

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kathy's Yellow Summer Squash Soup



Kathy's Yellow Summer Squash Soup
 
I love the farmers market and this time I took a client. He bought loads of stuff. I thought I was being frugal with what I was buying for my house. But after cooking his stuff for him the past 2 weeks. I am burned out and several things I bought have wilted and gone to the chickens, turtles and bunny.
 
I looked for recipes on line and ended up modifying several I found.
 
This will serve 4
 
2 yellow crook neck squash chopped
1 small yellow onion chopped
1 6 inch sprig rosemary (stemmed)
1 lemon zested/juiced
2 cloves garlic sliced
salt and pepper
1 can vegetable broth
1/2 C heavy cream
 
Optional garnish with shredded parmesan cheese and crumbled bacon.
 
I put the first 7 ingredients in the pot. Brought it to a boil and let it simmer for 30 mins or so til things were tender. I used my immersion blender and puréed everything til smooth then added about 1/2 a cup or less of heavy cream . I topped it with shredded parmesan cheese, crumbled bacon would have been a nice addition as a garnish as well