July Musings

Early morning when the sun rises is such a beautiful time of day. There are bike trails that go along lakes that are just magical.

I was driving along the highway the other day and a huge Dragonfly just swooped right in the back seat window of my car. I stopped when I could and opened all the windows wide so that it could get out but it seemed to like the very back hatchback of my car. I left the windows full open and some time or other it must have found it’s way out.

The local farm-stands are open now and I just love the garden fresh veggies. I don’t have a garden, but these farm-stands are the next best option.

The garden salad you can make with their mixture of Kale, Baby Greens, Spinach and Beet Greens is just everything you need to start with. Then the freshly picked from the garden tomatoes and cucumbers add to the mix. A few chopped mushrooms and red onion makes a salad worthy of a restaurant Salad. Love Farm-stands this time of year. ❤

A nice veggie tray with your favorite home-made dip is always fun to make with all the veggies they offer. I have a few recipes for Dips on my Dip Recipe board on my Pinterest. But the far easiest and just as delicious is when you buy those little packets that you just add sour cream and mayonnaise to them. The Vermont Country Store has all kinds of them and some of the Farmstands carry them.

The Vermont Country Store has all kinds of Dried Herb Dips to choose from and they are available on their website to buy.

I worked at the Vermont Country Store at one time and I used to make up these dips for samples in the store. They are sooooo good.

I saw the above kitchen island on the market place on facebook. It was located near where I live and they were selling it for a moving sale. You had to move it yourself and it was on a second floor and very heavy. The price was unbelievable because they just wanted to not have to move it. I could have gotten it because I saw it early and it’s just everything I love. I just couldn’t figure out a way to get it. So someone else grabbed it fast. I love those chairs and the round rug. Such an idea that is just my style.

Years ago Ree Drummond had a recipe for a low carb breakfast that had zucchini and summer-squash with a poached egg over the top. Then it had slices of cheddar cheese on the side. She said that she recreated it from a breakfast that she had in a fancy hotel in New York City. With all the summer-squash and zucchini that are in the farm-stands now, I made this the other day. I just sauteed the chopped squash and added mushrooms and chopped red onion. Then two extra large, farm fresh eggs poached that I got at the Farmers Market. Also a few slices of Cabot Vermont Cheddar cheese on the side that melted in from the sauteed veggies.

When eggs have a dark yolk, they are the best in my opinion. I just love farm fresh eggs.

I like to use the eggs for a Frittata that I put sauteed mushrooms and onions in and chopped Vermont Cheddar. Then I tried making a Peach Bellini which was totally scrumptious. I just put some orange juice in the bottom of the blender and added frozen peaches and blended it. Then I added some Champagne and pulsed it in. Ice cold and the orange juice brought out the flavor of the peaches. The Champagne just gave it an extra touch of bubbly.

There is a place in Norwich, Vermont that has baking classes. Things like the above are offered. It’s on my bucket list to take a couple of those classes. Gesine Bullock-Prado has the classes at her house that has a built on to her and her husband’s beautiful Colonial house a baking studio. Her sister is Sandra Bullock and Gesine occasionally also gives classes at King Arthur Flour in Norwich. The classes from her house baking school fill up within a few minutes of being posted, but sometimes there are people that cancel and she lets you know when there is an opening.

I like the above Iced Coffee Protein Shake idea. I make it without the protein powder and just add a tub of Greek Yogurt and Pumpkin Seeds to the blend.

The above is my idea of a dream cottage. To have that near a lake and walking and biking trails would be the ultimate.

I saw the above dress on one of my favorite fashion blogs. It is so cute and a must have. That fashion blogger usually has designer, very expensive styles from Nordstrom, J Crew, Gap, Banana Republic and such. But this dress is from the Walmart and only costs $11.50. I love it! It looks comfortable and stylish. There is a Walmart near where I live and I can have it sent there and not even have to pay postage.

I want the above Keurig Coffee machine that makes really good coffee and Lattes. QVC has the above package with all the extras for a really good price.

802 is the area code for phones in Vermont. So I love the above photo with two of my greatest loves, Vermont and coffee.

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