“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” ~ Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
You know my passion for lavender. Since Lavender Beach came out I’ve had several requests for my recipe for lavender ice cream. The problem is I don’t have one. But Andrea over at her website, Cooking with a Wallflower does. Her recipe is a No Churn Peach Lavender Ice Cream to die for!! It’s lavender infused ice cream with little bits of fresh yellow peaches. This no churn peach lavender ice cream is the ultimate summer dessert. Check out Andrea’s recipe. I intend to make this first chance I get. Thank you Andrea for letting me repost this from your blog!!
There is courage in each step, no matter how small
After losing her leg in Iraq it’s been an uphill battle for Eastlyn Parker. When Nick and Cord decide to confront her in Bakersfield, the ex-helicopter pilot reluctantly agrees that starting over in Pelican Pointe might be the only option for her. It won’t be easy though. She has addiction problems that go beyond her low self-esteem.
After a long absence, Cooper Richmond has come back to his childhood home. In an attempt to escape his own painful memories, he’s traveled the world over as a photographer. But no matter where he goes, he’s locked in an emotional void. His approach to life is merely to get along. He does that with his books and his train store.
But when Eastlyn walks into Cooper’s shop, their brief encounter blossoms into attraction. Both are cautious. Both have trust issues. But if these two have the courage to leave behind their baggage once and for all, and set their sights on the future, there may still be hope for a happy ending.
The weather’s been so wonderful here that I got out yesterday to weed the raised beds in the backyard. But this morning I’m paying for my enthusiastic “workout” with sore muscles I haven’t used in too long. My knees aren’t what they used to be either. So I’m hobbling around like I attempted to climb Mt. Everest instead of doing a little digging in the dirt. Keeping my pug, Beau, out of the mix is darn near impossible. But that’s another story.
For the life of me I can’t figure out why I simply cannot grow rosemary or lavender. I dug up the dead plants and decided to wait until spring to plant more. Sheesh, I guess I’m a sucker for the old adage, “give it one more try.”
I confess here that I get most of my gardening inspiration off Pinterest. And my hubby wishes I’d suddenly lose the DIY board there so I won’t be tempted to drag him into my dream plans. Many of these projects are a little too large even for two people but they are fun to dream about and to wonder how they’d look in that bare corner of the backyard where nothing seems to work. My hope for spring is that I can create an outdoor reading area. I have the bench, but my trees are nothing like this picture. They just aren’t mature enough yet and I don’t have a cute fence for a backdrop that looks like it jumped out of a pastoral setting.
Which means this arbor bench below might work better anyway. But one look at the how-to instructions and it reminds me that it’s a little ambitious. I mean the materials listed goes on and on. If I want to include my hubby in tackling such a project I’ll need to plan on being extra sweet until March. Who knows? Maybe I’ll just stick my bench out there and leave it at that.