Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Flashback 8/2/13

There are times when I am so happy I moved to the Pacific Northwest and summer is definitely one of those times. The winters here can be cold, wet, and seemingly never ending, but the summers......oh yes! 

I have really enjoyed my garden this year. It is the first time I have ever attempted container gardening, and there have been some challenges with it. I think I made a mistake planting 2 tomato plants per container, for some reason my chives are not so happy with me (maybe over crowding again), and my zucchini plants and the bees are evidently not on speaking terms, so I am having to hand pollinate them. 

I have 2 growing right now, but when I had an in ground garden a couple years ago, I had more squash than I knew what to do with. One of my favorite recipes I used my home grown zucchini in was my Turkey Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats. The family went crazy over them and I have really been looking forward to making them again. Now I just have to wait for the zucchini to cooperate with me!!

My peppers however, especially the serranos, are growing like crazy!!

I am not sure what I am going to do with all of these serranos!!

Any ideas??

Just a few jalapenos, but they look nice and healthy.

The other fabulous perk to living where I do is the wildlife that lives all around us. In California we had your occasional possum in the backyard, but here in Washington I have a family of dear right out my front door!!

It is amazing and I am like a little kid every time I see them!

OK enough rambling about plants and wildlife. This is Friday Flashback so let's get down to it. This is what has been happening in my kitchen this past week.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers for The Secret Recipe Club

Mini Meatloaves with Mandarano's Balsamic Glaze make sure to check out the giveaway and get your coupon code for 10% off your purchases.

The CookingPlanit Giveaway has been postponed so check out the new dates so you don't miss your chance to win!!

Make sure to check out the new Bestowed Offer
You'll receive healthy and delicious food, snacks, and more to try every month - all hand-picked by celebrity nutritionist and author Heather Bauer.

A review series for Tasty Bite's All Natural Indian and Pan Asian Cuisine

Plus some fabulous new desserts, burgers, and more...let's keep summer going!!

Now on to the tasty happenings on Pintrest. These are a few of the recipes that caught my eye...

Italian Shrimp and Grits from Barbells and Bellinis

Grilled chicken soft tacos with avocado cream from Po Man Meals

Grapefruit Sponge Cupcakes from Anncoo Journal

Bite Size Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Puffs in 30 Minutes from The Slow Roasted Italian

Well that is it for this week gang, I can't wait for next week!!

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  1. The peppers look super. I wish I'd have tried growing something this year!

    1. Yes, I didn't grow anything last year and really missed it. I love going out every day to check on everything and see how much it has grown!!