Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Garden Safari, Boys, Pattern & Recipe :-)

I am so pleased at how many of you enjoyed the epic photos in my last post about our camping trip to a high mountain wilderness camping spot in the Cascade Mountain range!  Thank you for all the wonderful comments - I enjoyed them immensely!!  We've been recuperating from the trip, and unfortunately we contracted a cold/flu virus and came down with it the evening of our return.  So, we've been puttering around, emptying the trailer and tidying up home and just relaxing and trying to get over this illness.  Today I went out to walk the dog and took my camera as I'd seen a Begonia in bloom that hubby has nursed through 2 winters, along with many geraniums.  This is what I found...
And some of the pots of geraniums.. notice the Autumn-ish leaves beginning to collect on the deck?
Below is a flower of a new variety of Geranium we picked up this year.  It's brilliant in the middle and fades to a pretty pink near the outside of the petal.
Below is a really pretty but really TINY and delicate-colored hardy Fuchsia we got this year.
Below is a more common color of fuchsia.
Here is a small Japanese glass fishing float from my collection - this has a "signed" stamp on the glass seal.  It's about the size of a grapefruit and rests in the moss of my husband's little Bonsai tree he's growing.
Another of my fuchsias... I love this one, the pretty dark pink and the lovely purple to dark red inner petals... like little ballerinas.  It also has interesting variegated leaves.
 How's this for lovely color?  Lavender and raspberry and white....
We also have several pots of Asian lilies.. here is a big white one.
And my favorite.. the Stargazer Lily.  Our sailboat is named Stargazer and we had these at our wedding in my bouquet and on the cake. :-)
And a lovely yellow and orange rose in bloom that our son, Travis, planted for us.
Hubby put some rose fertilizer stakes near the roots of our roses this summer and it seems to be paying off!!  This is my dear "Scentimental" rose.
And here is my son, Travis, with our two precious grandsons.  They were playing around the farm and got good and dirty, but they had a ball.  They're enjoying our swing on the front porch.  I want to thank my son and his wife for taking care of our chickens, watering our plants inside and out and coming in to pet our cat, Lucy, while we were away.  
I meant to take photos of my 3 give-away gifts, but forgot before I packaged them up today and sent them in the mail.  One went to Sarah in Arkansas, one to Bobbi in Louisiana and one to Trang in Vietnam!!  Ladies, please let me know when your gift arrives and if you're pleased. :-)

Pattern for the washcloth in my last post:
Gentle Ridges Dishcloth

Finished size approx 8"x8"
With size H crochet hook and any kitchen cotton yarn, ch 30

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, sk 1, * sc and dc in next ch, sk 1 * - repeat from * to * to end of row, ending with sc in last stitch. Ch 2, turn.

Rows 2-21 are worked in back loop only except for first and last stitch.

Row 2 - 20: dc in first st, sk 1, * working in back loop only, sc and dc in next space, sk 1 *, repeat from * to * to end of row, ending with sc in last st. Ch 2, turn.

Finishing: After completing last st in row 20, sc/ch 1/sc in that corner space, continue to sc around all sides of piece, with sc/ch 1/sc in corners. Join with sl st to first sc in first corner worked. Bind off and work in ends.

For Pammy Sue.. and anyone who thought our noodle dinner looked good. :-)
Teresa & Dayle's Chicken Yakisoba 

Yakisoba Noodles (the ones we buy are pre-cooked)
Your favorite Teriyaki Cooking Sauce
skinless, boneless chicken thighs
lots of fresh veggies such as:
pea pods, cabbage, onions, carrots, fresh mushrooms, broccoli, celery, cauliflower or any favorite veggie. 

Simmer chicken thighs in frying pan in teriyaki sauce until cooked through-15 minutes or so.

After chicken  is half cooked, start stir frying veggies in oil on high heat.  When veggies are about done, pull apart the yakisoba noodles and put in with the veggies and sprinkle the teriyaki sauce over the noodles and stir fry them with the veggies.

When chicken is done, remove from the pan and slice in 1/2 inch slices, toss into the veggie/noodle mix.  Drizzle the sauce in the chicken pan over the veggie/noodle/chicken mix and VOILA.

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Your flowers are looking beautiful Teresa and how I wish we had a front porch with a swing.

  2. I hope you are feeling better after your 'Flu'. This morning this post was a perfect 'pick me up' a tour around your garden, it is looking very pretty. I think the Chicken and Noodles may be on our Camping Menu. I am off again this weekend finally to the Yurt! xxx

  3. Such beautiful flowers! Thank you for the pattern and the recipe (yummm), get well soon!! xxxx

  4. I love your garden photos... the stargazer lillies are beautiful!

    I cant wait to receive my gift! I will take photos and post them on my blog... hopefully it will be here before I leave for the PacNW on Saturday!

  5. So I'm wanting to know when you're going to pop into that camper and head cross country so that you can turn my poor desolate yard into a beautiful blooming garden? Just gorgeous! That chicken dinner looks so yummy....it's only 8:45 in the morning and I'm ready for dinner :)

  6. Love the colors of your flowers but most especially the roses. They are just gorgeous. Glad you're feeling better!

  7. Get well soon Teresa, at least you are unwell when you got back and not during your wonderful holiday. Enjoy pottering around and tending those beautiful flowers in your garden,
    Jane x

  8. I loved all your beautiful flower pictures, such delightful colours. I'm sorry you caught one of those summer colds but glad you're on the mend now, and puttering around at home is the perfect way to recover. Take care, and have a happy rest of the week Teresa.
    Helen x

  9. I've heard all about that glass washing ashore in OR. I have wanted to walk the beaches there for a long time to find such treasures. Oh, how I do love Sea Glass, you have to show us more of your collection.

    Please get well soon. I can't believe just how many flowers you still have a bloom. We are pretty much done here. In fact, I got some mums today.

    I know Pammy will love this one. She is always keeping me cooking here too. Can you believe her today's WOO-HOO....

  10. Such beautiful flowers Teresa. I had hoped that are garden would be looking good in time for our celebrations but plants have not done so well- nd after all the hard work in anticipation of people being out in the garden I am very disappointes. I too hav had cold/virus - hope you feel better soon. Anne x

  11. I love looking at your flowers. Everything not cactus is so brown here.

    Stargazer is my favorite lily. My favorite geranium is Martha Washington. I asked my mom to send me a Martha Washington, but that wasn't going to happen.

  12. You flowers are lovely. I love your porch swing..I soooo want one.

    Hugs to you.

  13. Yay! Here it is. I am just catching up...just a little behind on my reading. Thank you so much for posting this! I'm printing it out now. I have never seen those noodles. I may have to use plain spaghetti noodles.


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