Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Now that it's fully in bloom, just wondering who is enjoying the pink dinner portion sized Dahlia!  Is it me whenever I walk past it or look out our window??  Or is it the bee that would not fly away???


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Just Need to Wait

A Dahlia is Blossoming!!!

The Dahlia bulbs in our front garden were planted this spring.  We planted bulbs saved from last year & also bulbs purchased this spring.  The saved bulbs would have coral colored flowers & the newer bulbs- pink flowers.  The coral Dahlia have added color to our garden for the past month. 

How exciting to see the green sprouts appear & leaves form from the pink Dahlia bulbs.  Then, there was the "watch the plants become taller" time period.  One day buds appeared on the tall stalks.  When would they blossom???  That was the question.

Today, August 28th, a beautiful flower opened! The anticipation is over!  Yes!  There are more buds to follow.

We will Enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Colors of August

Our Colorful Greeting in Our Front Yard
Those little Zinnia seeds that we planted from saved seeds this Spring have added brilliant colors to our yard this summer.  It's August & those colorful flowers along with the flowering Vinca keep blossoming!

Marigolds, Zinnias & Grasses

The bright Marigolds add a colorful border to the Zinnias in our side perennial garden.

It's definitely August!


Saturday, August 13, 2016


Sometimes brewing the single serve of Solar Green Tea is easier!  Before I know it, it will be ready on this HHH day!

I'll Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Blueberry Torte

Blueberry Torte
There was one container of local Blueberries sitting on the bottom shelf of our fridge.  There was one container until this past weekend!  It had been too hot to bake!  Now, it was cooler outside & the Blueberries were beckoning me.  Gone was the 8 day heat wave.  Thank goodness!  It's summer, but we do not live in a southern state.  Heat waves that are not as long as that one are much easier to take.

A Blueberry Torte had been on my mind.  This is a great dessert to bake using Marian Burros' & Lois Levine's Plum Torte recipe.  Then, change it a bit.  We like the taste of Blueberries better than Plums, so I bake a Blueberry Torte.   

More of my changes:
  • Use 2 Egg Whites + 1 Whole Egg instead of 2 Whole Eggs.
  • Add 1 teaspoon Cinnamon into batter.
  • Add 1/4 Cup Milk (I use Soy Milk) into batter.
  • Sprinkle less Cinnamon/ Sugar on top.  
Ready to place in the oven!
Rather than eat every last piece until the Torte is gone, I cut it into slices.  Who can resist this yummy dessert the day it is baked?  We sure cannot!  But, a little self control is good.  The extra individual slices are packaged in sandwich bags, then into Freezer Bags.  Into the freezer they go.  This Torte is delicious when defrosted, too!

Click here for Blueberry Torte recipe.

If you have 2 Cups of Blueberries, bake this Torte!  If you do not have Blueberries, put them on your grocery list!  It is so good!  Oh, don't forget to add a small scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on top before serving a slice!