Summer

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I love Strawberry Rhubarb pie this time of year.  The star shape crust for the top of the pie is a neat idea.  I saw the recipe on King Arthur Flour website.  I pinned the recipe on my Pie board on my Pinterest.

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Love all the recipes for using the spirilizer machine.  I have a ton of recipes on my zoodle board on my pinterest.  The farmstands will soon be having lots of fresh zucchini from local gardens as well as beets, carots and summer squash.  I got an OXO Spiralizer at TJ Max last week.  I’ve been wanting that machine for a long time and I was so happy to see a nice one at a reasonable price.

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I love just sauteeing zoodles in butter and a little olive oil and squeezing lemon over them and then sprinkling on shredded Parmesan.  Yum!

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I love salads in the summer especially because you don’t have to heat up the stove.  Plus they are very healthy.  I like the salad above with kale, chickpeas, artichokes, quinoa and cherries.  It looks like they put walnuts in it also.  I found some grilled artichokes in a jar at Marketbasket that I love to use.  The grilled artichokes are delicious in any salad.

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I love a farmhouse porch with a glider swing.

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I just love the above dining room set.  I would put a window seat in a bay window and this dining room set.  A fancy chandilier.

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The ceilings style and everything about the above bedroom is awesome in my opinion.

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I think that Peonies are beautiful.  They look like big cabbage roses.  They are easy to grow and come up every year.

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I love Le Creuset and my favorite color is the Caribbean.

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I love gardens and the above garden is so neat.    I would love to have a garden like that.

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Barefoot Contessa’s garden is totally awesome.  I have a couple of her cookbooks and one time I read an article that showed all the cookbooks that she has in her library.  I think that I have watched every cook show that she has on the Cooking channel.  One cookbook that she has that is my favorite is her “Barefoot in Paris”.  It has easy French food that you can make at home.  She even shows how the French make flower arrangements.  She shows how the most famous Parisian flower designer, Christian Tortu arranges flowers and tips that she got.

She also shows cookware shops in Paris and says that good cookware not only enhances the quality of her cooking, but it’s also an incredible joy to use.  She uses Le Creuset a lot on her cook shows.

Some of my favorite recipes in her book are Zucchini Gratin, Carmelized Shallots, Beef Bourguignon, Lentil Sausage soup, Raspberry Royale, (she has a chapter on French wines),  and she has a chapter on French Cooking classes.  And she shows Poilane bread bakery in Paris and shows shopping in open air markets.  Lots of color photos.

Today it is very humid and yesterday the temperature was 94 degrees.  I am in my room I call my office with the door closed and the air conditioner on full blast.  Love it.

And that’s my thoughts for today.

 

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