Totally Taco Friday & a Garden Update


It seems like a miracle that we’ve made it to the end of this work week. Between feeling down for personal reasons and the horrific events of Boston and West and the gun bill not passing even though 80% of Americans support it and the floods that are now ravaging the midwest, it seems like […]

December Garden Update


I didn’t mean to disappear like that–just sometimes there isn’t time to get that “I’m going away for a week” post up before you have to jet to the airport. Fun recaps of vacation in New Orleans & Christmas as my mother’s place in Mobile coming soon. But in the meantime, a quick look at […]

November Garden Update


It’s been awhile since October 3rd, hasn’t it? The garden sure shows it, at least. Turns out that the perfectly sunny patch of yard for the summer isn’t so grand for the autumn & winter. No sunlight means plants that hardly grow. And I’m sure the frost isn’t helping them either. One thing that seems […]

September Garden Update

Fog and rain and cooler temperatures rolled into the Virginia mountains this week and it looks like I couldn’t have picked a better time than last week to pull out most of the summer vegetables and get the fall/winter garden on the right path. Folks are predicting heavier snow than normal this year, but I’ve […]

August Garden Update

One of the many dahlias September! How the heck did September get here? Isn’t it still summer? (The right answer in my book is ‘yes,’ by the way–screw this seasonal change stuff.) Death of the zucchinis The tomato bed–terribly overgrown & messy, but producing! Okra flower–who knew they were so pretty? Okra Eggplant flower Black […]

July Garden Update

Shoot. Looks like I totally forgot about the June garden update. Guess we’ll just have to jump right into the full fledged thing with only the May update for reference (things have changed a little…a lot…you know how the season rolls). To catch us up a little, here’s the garden on June 17. Notice anything […]

May Garden Update

Back in April, I posted a first look at our garden efforts and, while we haven’t seen too many changes, there are still quite a few ones to report on! (Although, for reals, I cannot–will not!–believe that it’s mid-May already. Next weekend is Memorial Day, say what?!) This past weekend while G was out of […]

Beginnings of a Garden

Rainy day here in Roanoke and since we can’t be outside working on the garden, it’s the perfect time to sip a beer and write about the garden! We’ve had a bit of a slow start–with the new house it took a long time to draw up plans and then being gone for half of […]

Grilled Potato Pesto Pizza & a Patio Reveal

Wow, that was a lot of “p’s” in the heading…alliteration much? So remember when I said I was going to take care of the overgrown mess that our patio had become? Well, I ended up going hiking on Sunday, so that exhausted me for the rest of the day, but that was a good thing […]

Balsamic Preserved Figs

The weekend!  It’s the weekend!  Was it just me, or did this week actually fly by?  I can’t believe I’m sitting here at home, sipping an Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit (yum), and blogging.  Some weeks just drag by, but this one ended before it began (I know, I know, it was a four day work […]