Here's what's left after a very hot & dry summer..

It's time for Cottage Flora Thursday over at
Miss Tracie's Fishtail Cottage
and Flaunt your Flowers Friday over at Miss Glenda's Tootsie Time
so I'm sharing a few things that have made it through this summer
but most of my flowers have given up. 
We were to long without rain and all those long hot days took their toll on me and my flowers.

Jasminum sambac
~ It is occasionally referred to as midnight jasmine due to its flowers opening up during the night. This is one of my favorites. I have it planted right outside the backdoor/porch growing up a trellis. In the evening and first thing in the morning the fragrance is wonderful.

I love my Morning Glories

and this white cockscomb is climbing into my top 10 favorites.
 It is starting to open up I can't wait to see how big it gets..

Basil's are still going strong the hydrangea's are pooped out. One late blooming daylily is finishing up.

My Zinnia's are drying in the beds

The Brown eyed Susie's ( sorry that's what I call them ) are loving the heat.

and some more pretty morning glories these are Tie Dye's every blossom is different. 
I'm not sure how it happened but it is the end of July already. 
Now if I can just make it through August without melting.

I have just found a cute Blog that host a garden party every Tuesday come check it out

and one more beautiful blog that I just found

Sidewalk Shoes She pretty much does it all
and in a beautiful way her food looks yummy
 and her garden is beautiful come see for yourself..

Come see all the pretties being shared today and tomorrow
 just click on the buttons above. 
Hope everyone enjoys these last few day's of July STAY COOL..
hugs from Savannah, Cherry

My Week 5 of Summer in snapshots 2011

Happy Wednesday ya'll ~ It's time to share some of those summer snapshots from the past week with Miss Amber and friends over at The Starfish Blog and while you are there make sure you checkout Amber's amazing jewelery line I would so wear any and every piece she has design ..

Wednesday morning trying to start the morning out being good.. Have ya'll tried Silk's Pure Almond DARK CHOCOLATE yet? If you haven't run to the store and get ya some it is awesome ... My smoothie was 1/2 of a banana, a few frozen strawberries, plain fat free greek yogurt and Dk. chocolate Silk all blended together then topped with ground Flax seeds .. yummmmy this tasted just like the bottom of a banana split. You know what I'm talking about, when everything has melted together and you have the bowl turned up trying to suck down the very last drop.. yeah it's that

This past week has been nice and quite even had a little time to do a couple little projects. Like putting together a simple wreath using an old grape vine and pieces of driftwood that I picked up last week while at Tybee.

Friday I put together some different flavors of Simple syrup.~ Lemon verbena, Colonial mint, peach, basil then I made ice cubes out of it. I love having these in the freezer I add them to unsweet iced tea, hot teas, lemon aid and mixed drinks.

Saturday afternoon... I grabbed the newest Dorothea Benton Frank book Folly Beach my towel a glass of lemon aid with a few peach cubes & a splash of vodka and in my pool chair I floated the afternoon away.. If you have never read one of Dot Frank's book pick up Sullivans Island while you are out getting the dk. chocolate milk you will love it..

have to have our Sunday naps

Monday a late afternoon ride on the bike lead us to a dock where we watched people crabbing and fishing.

and yesterday I started turning a yard sale Christmas sign a little beachy

Thank you so much for stopping by and a big thank you to Miss Amber for throwing this weekly summer party .. I sure hope ya'll are enjoying it as much as I am.. Come on join the fun over at The Starfish Blog with me.

Hugs from Savannah ya'll, Cherry

Saturday Farmers Market in Statesboro, Ga

isn't the lady with the laundry basket on wheels adorable. She is a local and comes to the market often so she put the basket together to make it easier to get everything she wanted. She had a watermelon in the bottom and was on her way to filling the rest of it with fresh goodies. If you are anywhere near Statesboro and haven't checked out your local farmers market you are missing out on a true gem.. I was in awe and wish I lived close enough to go every Saturday morning. Everyone is super friendly, they have live entertainment, BBQ grills pouring out the most wonderful smells and lots of great fruits and veggies to sample.

There is several Organic farmers there like Walkers Organic Farms which have the sweetest Canary melons I have ever tasted and the coolest looking carrots.

A booth about saving heirloom seeds and gardening

and then my favorite booth of all was Miss Jill of Petal Pusher Farms from Vidalia, Georgia not only was her Zinnia's some of the prettiest I had ever seen she was such a sweetheart telling me all about her planting 3 acres of zinnia's.... Can you image how beautiful it would be to see 3 acres of zinnia's every day... I hate that I waited to take pictures of her booth it was so full when I first got to the market. It was glowing with every color imaginable. Within the hour that I was at the market she sold almost everything.. I had to have one of her really cute Tee shirts.

The Tee says ~ " Sharing a piece of God's beauty ...
" Perfect

There is a whole lot more to this market ~ A Dairy farmer, local honey, a cattle farmer, organic eggs, handmade crafts a wonderful local baker who had an 8 ft table full of goodies one minute and the next it was wiped out .. I was so busy shopping that I didn't take many pictures. Go early and buy what you want when you see it or it will be gone .

Also Walker Organic Farms is at the Forsyth park farmers market in downtown Savannah on Saturday morning so if you can't make it to Statesboro head on downtown...
you have to try the Canary melon.

hugs from Savannah and happy weekend everyone, Cherry

My Week 4 of Summer in snapshots 2011

Happy Wednesday ya'll ~ It's time to share some of those summer snapshots from the past week.. I love doing this. I have enjoyed seeing everyone's pictures and hearing how they are spending the summer. This past week was really nice the humidity was down which made it more enjoyable to be outside.

Wednesday I got a nice surprise my Guild Grape ( the gold one ) has shown back up. I planted my little window box with the gold & the blue Torenia and almost immediately the gold died. I love the little wishbone in the center of the flower... makes me want to pull it apart and make lots of

This was what the entire day was like on Thursday. Everything I touched went to crap! This is what it looks like when you drop the sour cream carton upside down .. ugggg .. Thank goodness it was only 1/4 full.

I think this guy has on his fall colors.. He looks like he is ready for some Georgia football !

Saturday I finished up the table (well I might scuff up the legs a little) I used Annie Sloans Scandinavian Pink to start with but it turned out to be to much pink. This table and chairs is being used on the back porch and the walls are painted almost the exact same color as the Scandinavian Pink so I mixed up Versailles and Antibes Green then fell in love. It is a perfect soft green . I'm not finished with the chairs yet and it has done got hot again around here so maybe one day ..

Sunday morning hubby looks out and sees this guy asleep in the bird feeder. I don't remember ever having a kitten get into so many different places to sleep and of course he couldn't figure out how to get

Monday ahhhhhhh Monday's ... The hubby has decided to take Monday's off for the rest of the summer so we made a pack that we are going to spend them doing whatever we want to do

So to the beach we headed where we did nothing but people watch and splash around a little in the cool saltwater .. then we came home grabbed a few beers, a glass of wine and climbed in the swimming pool .. Monday's = Ahhhh

Tuesday Mr turtle gave me the scare of my life. I was watering tomato's and looked down to see his ugly self looking up at me I couldn't get my bare feet into a pair of shoes quick enough some of those tomatoes were right at my toes and he could have cared less he just kept on chomping..

I tossed him some bell pepper pieces and he worked on them till there was almost nothing left but stem and seeds.. I love having turtles in yard but I truly think they are super uglyyy.. Maddie look aunt Cherry has live turtles too!

Thank you so much Miss Amber for throwing this weekly party it has made me open my eyes everyday in search of something to share .. Hope ya'll are enjoying it too... Come on join us over at The Starfish Blog for some summer fun..

hugs from Savannah ya'll let's make it a great day, Cherry

It's National ice cream day !

I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream ...
until we get it in our little hands then we get to licking.. lol

Lexie and I hope each of you have a great Sunday .. Now go eat lots of ice cream.. Happy ice cream day ya'll and hugs from Savannah, Cherry

My Week 3 of Summer in snapshots 2011

Wednesday ~ I noticed my perpetual Wisteria had started blooming. I love the color of it.

Thursday ~ picked a quart of blueberries from one bush in the back that I would not have noticed if not for the wisteria blooms and boy are they sweet this year.

Friday ~ Newest Southern Living with a bowl of yum ! Canary melon, cantaloupe, blueberries, greek yogurt and Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil. Adding Basil's to melons is my new favorite way to eat them.

Saturday ~ time to start painting again .. Annie Sloans Chalk paint strikes again

Sunday ~ I had been wondering why this plant was flat in the middle !

Monday ~ beach day with some of my nieces, the wee ones and friends .. It was a perfect day on Tybee. Miss Cristle my love you look more like your grandmother everyday.. Beautiful

Tuesday ~ I realized I never showed off my Peaches to Beaches dresser once I finished it. I waxed the drawers and the top only which gave it a two - tone finish the knobs came from World Market which I got on sale 2 for $ 2.99 .. I'm madly in love with it. CD's, movies, remotes, and candles are now hidden inside the drawers. Oh and the paint is of course Annie Sloan and the color is Versailles ...... So there you have it week 3 of our Summer 2011.

Thank you so much Miss Amber for throwing this weekly party now come on everyone and join us over at The Starfish Blog for some summer fun..

Hugs from Savannah ya'll let's make it an awesome day, Cherry

Mators, mators and more beautiful mators

My tomatoes have been fantastic this year the best I have ever had.
The Giant yellow is awesome it has the best flavor.
I can't get enough of these I have eaten more tomato sandwiches this year
 than I think I ever have and 99% of them were with the Giant yellows.
I only shared 2 with Miss Lois .. the Black cherries are fab they taste like little plums to me..
The Black Zebra's did great and made for some really pretty pasta salads..

My plants have been healthy and are still going strong which doesn't normally happen around here
 with the heat.. I am giving all the glory for this years mators to
 Farmers Organic Soil Conditioner
it is made in Newton, Georgia and this stuff is the bomb...  
Checkout their website to find it.. I promise it is awesome stuff...

This was just one afternoon the grapes, Roma's
and Black Cherry just keep on coming..

I also did Arkansas Traveler, Box Car Willie,
Grapes & Roma II (which is a harder Roma to me in texture)
 but was great for cooking with.

here's a little something I threw together `

Zucchini, Tomato, Ricotta Baked Frittata
~ say that 3 times really fast
Slice tomatoes sprinkle with 1/4 tsp of salt allow to drain then pat dry / wipe off salt if you are like me and don't do a lot of salt because the cheeses are loaded with salt. I tossed fresh basil on the tomatoes and added it to the egg mixture. I love my basil..
  • 8 large eggs ~ beaten
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
Mix together add next group of ingredients
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 herb flavored Feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
Salute zucchini in a pan with following ingredients
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • a couple pats of butter
  • thin slices of Vidalia onions
  • zucchini's washed and sliced into thin rounds 
  • ( the amount really doesn't matter I find the more the merrier )
Lay tomatoes in a sprayed casserole dish top with cooked zucchini's and onions
 then pour in egg mixture and bake in a preheated 375 oven
till the center is set this one took about 45 minutes.

You don't have to use all these cheeses I was just using up what I had in the fridge.

As you can see I am not a recipe writer or chef just a girl that enjoys eating and
slinging together a meal every now and again.
This was a simple supper I added a blopp of sour cream
and chopped heirloom tomatoes to mine the hubby added salsa to his.
We both really enjoyed it but if you try it and don't .. I so so sorry ..

Come join the fun...

Hugs from Savannah ya'll, Cherry