Planning A Beautiful Garden...Who's Ready For Spring?

It's not quite time to start digging in the dirt...but early planning is essential for people with busy lifestyles...

My garden gate...

My garden gate...

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Every time I don't take the time to pre-plan, I end up at the nurseries just walking around in circles and carrying out the same old thing...promising myself that "next year"...I'm going to put more thought and research into an overall plan that delights me.

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OK...this year...is the year...Sister and I have promised ourselves that we are going to find a way to take an entire week off from work...yes I'm saying it out loud. An entire week with no appointments and no computer time? Yikes! Did I really say no computer time? Sister may have to hold my feet to the fire on that one!

Yes, one entire week...cleaning porch furniture, potting plants, planting herbs and vegetables...and the list will go on and on.  But it's the kind of work that leaves you both exhausted and satisfied...I can hardly wait!

I love potted plants...they are fun to create, can be used in a variety of situations, and always ensure instant gratification. And we all like that!

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But beyond ordinary potted plants...Sister and I are both completely obsessed with urns...

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 Another idea that is intriguing me is the creative  use of potted trees and shrubs incorporated into the  landscape. Obviously irrigation is a bit trickier...but that's where that pre-planning thing comes in...Your pots can have automatic irrigation just like your lawn.

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I've only begun to gather inspiration...these images and many more have been collected on Pinterest. 

Pinterest Landscape Board... Click to view

Pinterest Gardens..Click to view

Pinterest Urns...Click to view

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

Another reminder that our new site and online store launches soon...

We may be down for a week for the conversion...but we will be back!

Fabulous Exterior Details...

We are working with several clients on new construction projects so we've been doing a lot of Exterior Details research...There is a never ending supply of fabulous interior images out there...but when it comes to the Exterior, great inspiration is harder to find...We've found some real beauties here...

Enjoy!

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Saved one of the best for last...I adore this house! 

Do you have a favorite?  What details define excellent curb appeal for you?

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Sunday Supper...Happy 75th Birthday!!!

Happy Mothers Day!!

I'm late publishing this Sunday because it's been a whirlwind around here for the past few days...We celebrated our Mother's 75th birthday with a surprise party last night...

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Sister and I have had a great time pulling it all together...

Hydrangeas are in full bloom right now...so they were the inspiration from the beginning...

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Tara (Talenas's daughter) is very creative and just loves invitations...so she took care of those ...and they were really beautiful...

Love the reverse side of the invitation as well...So for security reasons...we'll just show one side...

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We had about 50 guests...and it was a seated dinner. We passed wine and the appetizers on trays...it really helped with the flow.

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It was a family affair getting everything ready for the party to begin...

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These little mini individual layered dips were so cute and much easier than trying to hover over a bowl with a large crowd. We placed them on small plates with extra chips around them.

 Click here for the recipe.

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After the crowd had time to enjoy wine and appetizers we played a video that we had produced of Mother's life chronicled through both funny and serious photographs taken through the years set to music...It was about 15 minutes long and the music varied from big band sounds that had everyone tapping their feet...to Kenny Rogers "Through The Years", that had us wiping the tears away.

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Then it was time for dinner...

On the menu...

Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin...

2 pork tenderloins

Bacon

½ cup soy sauce

3 tbs. grated onion

2 tbs. cider vinegar

¼ tsp. pepper

3 tbs. sugar

3 cloves garlic, minced

Place tenderloins side by side in large roasting pan. Wrap bacon around tenderloins, tucking ends beneath. Combine soy sauce, onion, vinegar, pepper, sugar, & garlic; pour over top. Bake at 300º for 1 ¾ - 2 hours. Baste often with juices during cooking. Marinate several hours or can be cooked immediately.

We did 20 of these...

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Tossed Green Salad with Black Peppercorn Dressing

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Green Beans Supreme

Just before we popped them into the oven...Click here for the recipe.

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Cheesy Potato Casserole.   We did these in two crock pots, because even with two large ovens, there just wasn't enough room to cook all of this food at the same time. They were delicious...

Click here for the recipe...

Dessert was birthday cake...

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Chocolate with creme cheese frosting.

 Unfortunately the ice cream is still in the freezer...don't you just hate it when that happens?

After dinner...it was time for the band to play...The Drugstore Cowboys.

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This 3 piece band is made up of a group of retired pharmacists. They sing "Country"and "Gospel" music and are phenomenal. They played for over an hour...it was delightful  to just sit and listen on such a wonderful evening outside..but at times the crowd just had to get up and dance...

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Mother and Daddy...they have been dancing together for over 50 years...

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It started getting a little dark for the guys to read their music...so we hauled a lamp out from the family room...we dubbed them the "French" Cowboys...

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The weather teased us all day long...literally up until the party started we were still afraid it was going to rain...but the Lord blessed the crowd with a beautiful evening and we were able to enjoy the party both inside and out...

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Happy Birthday Mother...and Happy Mothers Day too!

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Sunday Supper...Lemon Garlic Chicken Kabobs

Lot's of work and fun outside this weekend...finishing up planting annuals and container gardening...

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Working in the garden always leaves me wanting to grill and eat outside...

enjoy some of the fruits of our labor...

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So tonight it's...

   Lemon Garlic Chicken Kabobs...  a recipe from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

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Ingredients:

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more, to taste

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more, to taste

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

Optional Vegetables

Juice of 1 lemon lemon

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks

2 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks

Directions:

1) To prepare chicken: In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Add chicken and stir to combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.

2) To prepare grill, plank and skewers: Soak a cedar plank in water according to package instructions. Prepare a medium fire in a grill and heat plank. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water to cover for at least 20 minutes.

3) To prepare vegetables: In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside. Thread onion and bell pepper onto skewers, alternating pieces and dividing them equally. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Thread chicken onto separate skewers, taking care not to pack pieces too tightly.

4) To grill: Lay skewers on warm plank. Brush vegetables with olive oil-lemon juice mixture. Close lid and cook until chicken is opaque throughout and the vegetables are soft and beginning to brown, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer skewers to a warmed platter and serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings

The table is all set...

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Spring Sensory Overload...

I'ts Spring and we are on sensory overload...

From the the garden, to lot's of fun projects, to" Spring Spiffing" in our own homes...we feel immersed in so much beauty.

 This is going to be a really random post... filled with the things that are inspiring us through it all.

Enjoy!

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We love herbs planted in willow baskets..We've found some that will work and are selling them in the store...Contact us if you are interested...

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Set of 3  !0"  x 7", 12" x 9" x 15" x 11"  $75 for the set

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Gardenvisions 

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We've got bedrooms all over our brains right now...

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Love the basket bedside table...

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This is a favorite...

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Lot's of lighting research going on...

Look at this beauty from Rock Paper Scissors...

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These are available from our shop...

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Lamps ...Lamps...Lamps...

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Researching lots of pretty fabrics and pillows..

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Always, always...lot's of linen...

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Beautiful pillows from Cobblestone and Vine...

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Bella Notte Linens...

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So much  going on...but just don't want to miss the beauty of Spring...

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What has you busy this Spring?  Are you taking some time to enjoy all that this special season has to offer?  

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Click here to shop her entire collection...just in time for Mother's Day!