Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Random...

So I've had a little gap in posting. Every time I sat down to do it I just blanked out on what to post about. So this will probably consist of random babble that will make the reader stop reading... about now.

I do want to promote a couple of Pioneer Woman's recipes that we had this month & really liked! The cookies especially! :)

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi

Also, I recently purchased this beauty: I literally sat down & actually read a lot of it. The dessert section is AMAZING. Almost an inch of pages for just cakes!

Some of the recipes are very old, and the author gives the background on a lot of them which I enjoyed. I'm planning to make the Lemon Meringue Pie for Easter, so we'll see if I can pull it off.

Eric has been traveling, and what does that mean? We have a tornado warning in Tulsa last week. The severe weather hits when he is gone about 85% of the time. Fun for me & Capone :) We almost got in the closet under the stairs, but like a good Oklahoman I just went outside and looked up and around and decided we were in the clear. And we just got a good rain, so I continued on with making dinner :)

We have spent the last 3 weekends almost working in our yard. Trying to get the grass in shape (which by the way I mowed the lawn for the first time EVER on Sunday, it wasn't so bad!) and working on the mucho flowerbeds we have.

We aren't quite done so I will post pics when they are finished. Our backyard is almost all shade (some sun here & there), and luckily the past owners had landscaped most of it with pretty expensive stuff. But its ALL green. Lovely enough, but sorry I need some flowers and color! So off we went to Southwood Nursery to get some flowering, mostly shade loving perennials (they will come back every year). I also got Impatiens to scatter throughout the beds.

I got these perennials (pictures courtesy of Internet, not our yard):

Bleeding HeartColumbines (I got purple, fuschia, and yellow)
Clematis (Purple & we have 2 blooms already!)Hydrangea (LOVE these, I so hope it will do well)

We have a bed on the front of the house that wraps around the corner of the house and it was pretty lame to say the least. It also gets full sun. We built the bed up about 3 inches and added a consistant brick edged border onto it. The side part consisted of nasty Nandina bushes, can't stand these things! So we replaced them with pink & yellow Knockout Roses. The front part was basically empty except for mulch, so a blank slate=no weed pulling. We put boxwoods there and I will add begonias & periwinkles this weekend.

Anyway, landscape pics to come and here are a couple of fun pictures of Capone