Monday, July 26, 2010

Harvest Time

Ah the bounty of my deck top garden...aka...three terra cotta pots with tomato plants. I have mentioned before the battle that is gardening in the high Sierra. The soil is slow to warm and critters are many so pots are my best option.  I am bent on raising something for the salad bowl myself.  We have a terrific Farmer's Market but I miss growing things on my own.  And even though the tomato plants weathered frost, hail and deer they produced fruit. And it was delicious in our salad last night.  Totally worth the fight.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sa..weet Strawberry Daiquiri

Oh so cool and oh so sweet. Puree some fresh berries in a blender, add a can of strawberry daiquiri mix from the freezer section and some rum.  Yum. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Farmer's Market bounty


I miss my garden. Gardening in the high elevation climate we live in is beyond challenging.  Short growing season, cold soil, frequent temps near or below freezing throughout the year and hungry chipmunks  .  Not easy.  The tomatoes in the pots on my deck can testify to this.  But the Foothills Farmer's Market comes to town twice a week during the summer months.  Hurray.

Here is what I picked up this week.

Roasted new fingerling potatoes and spring onions on the grill.  Delish!

Heirloom tomatoes will go with mozzarella and basil for a salad on Friday night.

Sliced cucumbers just stand on their own.

What are you harvesting and enjoying right now?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fruit Pizza

Happy 4th of July and the Monday after!
Here's a quick easy treat for the season.

2 pkg ready to bake sugar cookie dough (the refrigerator kind)
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 container marscapone cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Berries to top with

Spread cookies dough with fingers in a sheet pan or Pampered Chef large bar pan.  Bake as directed.  It took about 20 min.   Meanwhile in a bowl combine the cream cheese and marscapone. Whip the sugar in until combined.  Add the vanilla and mix.  When the cookie is cool spread the cream cheese mixture on top.  Top with your choice of fruit.  Slice and enjoy.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Worth the wait

After a really long, cold spring and a delayed growing season my flower beds have finally taken off.  They've decided to put a show on for the July 4th weekend.  Totally worth the wait.

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