My addiction to painting flowers is being fueled in major ways.
The heat just appeared yesterday like fireworks.
Warmth shooting through trees, as leaves unfurled madly.
Flowers popped up like magic.
As delicate ruffled frosting roses sat in shock.
So of course, I had to bring some in.
Any excuse to sneak off with a few.
Remember how I said I wasn't planting in the flower garden this year?
I couldn't help my greedy self.
I spent all Saturday driving around like a mad woman.
I was on the hunt for Cleveland Sage.
OH MY, a new fave.
It smells sooooo good and doesn't even like water that much.
I saw it growing at a church rummage sale.
I asked everyone there if they knew what it was.
An old man was so excited for me to have some cuttings.
But the ladies almost had my head when they saw me with it, haha!
Eventually someone knew what it was.
And in the midst of holding my sister hostage on my hunt, I found about 10 other perennial plants I could not live without.
By the by, I finally found Cleveland Sage at a local nursery called The Great Outdoors.
(in Catalina, Arizona)
They have some of the most beautiful plants I have ever seen.
I so recommend them.
Anywho, all the petals below now have new siblings :)
I can't ever get over roses.
They just always amaze me to pieces.
Oh and, did I tell you?
I spied a few berries.
I had my second strawberry today.
Why do such things amuse me so?
Actually, I only had 1, because I gave half of each to Mister Lovee.
They are so sweet this year.
I am a happy girl.
Petals on the table.
Pepto and corals a plenty.
Ready for treat time.
I made about 5 dozen pumpkin empanadas.
(Mexican hand pies)
Only, if I dare share the family recipe I might mysteriously disappear.
So, I will have to find you one that is just as good.
There's just a bunch of secret natural ingredients that make these super flaky and lovely.
And butter too, no shortening.
One of my hugest fairy tale pumpkins was used in the making of these.
I still have a couple more and a bunch of little orangies too.
These were the first good fairy tale pumpkin seeds, so it was most excellent to grab them before pumpkin planting begins tomorrow.
(Some are coming to you soon Ms. Misantropia)
The flavor and sweetness of fairy tale pumpkins is unlike anything I can describe.
The best for eating for sure.
Roasted and pureed.
I put some orange zest in my filling which took the empanadas from pumpkin holiday flavor, to a bit fresher spring version.
So now, we get to munch away.
And can you believe...
I only just yesterday washed the Christmas greetings off of my homemade chalkboard.
Pretty ridiculous :-)
It is 90'F here today.
Are you floored?
We got catapulted straight into summer my friends.
Weirdness weather patterns indeeeeedy!
ps: My sister and I had a great laugh (on our journey of belly laughs til we scream in pain) when she playfully suggested that my Metamorphosis post the other day, had an air of me sampling some serious shroom nog. Just for the record, I was not, nor have I ever partaken in funny fungi :-)
(Partaken? Is that a word?)
All this wackiness is natural my friends, hee hee!
I don't even feel wacky though.
Okay, maybe just a little.