Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Really Humid Sunday

Every late spring I buy a lavender plant.  I hate to cut the flowers off because the bumble bees love them so much but this morning I decided it was time.  With each snip the bees grew more upset. When the last stem was clipped they buzzed away.  I cut the stems down as far as possible so the bush will grow new shoots.  Next I wound elastic around the stems and went downstairs to the unfinished part of the basement and hung them upside down on a pipe with a string.  I'll forget about them for a few months.  When dry the seeds pretty much fall off the stems.  I like to make sachets for my drawers and put a handful in a decorative dish and leave them in the kitchen and bathrooms.  The scent of lavender is supposed to be calming.  I can’t vouch for that but I love growing and drying it and then being able to use it in so many ways around my house.
After that I decided to make my summer blueberry cake.  The last few containers of blueberries I bought were small and tasteless.  I almost didn't buy them yesterday at the grocery store but they were big and plump.   Here it is hot from the oven.  The recipe is in the recipe section.


This is the best of summer!  I'll be making this a lot!  I'm going to serve it tonight with vanilla ice cream.



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Flowers!

Jennifer found this $2 teapot at her church's tag sale.  She thought I might like it.  As soon as I saw it I knew it was meant to hold daisies.  Now there is always a fresh bouquet of daisies sitting in it.  It reminds me that even though the weather so far has been less than perfect it is still summer and the flowers and vegetables like the rain.