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Phillip Oliver
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Mexican Wedding Cookies
Slowly getting back in the kitchen and decided to go the easy route for a quick recipe. Michael loves these. Some call it "Mexican Cake" or "Tea Cookies". They have a shortbread type texture and very addictive. The recipe comes from an old Home Economics Te...

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Roses
'Westerland' As a follow-up to my Bloom Day post, I am doing one especially on the roses that are currently blooming. I have planted about two dozen roses if my mental count is correct. Almost all of them are blooming or have bloomed. Some are still very ti...

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June Garden Blogger's Bloom Day
Ah, June in the Pacific Northwest! It is kind of like April in Alabama - it seems like everything starts to bloom overnight. Here, the rainy season begins to fade, sunnier skies begin to appear and the temperatures climb into the 70s. Of course, that is "on...

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars Source:  Maida Heatter's Brand-New Book of Great Cookies (Random House, 1995 ed.) , pg. 85 . I have not been in the kitchen much lately but I recently made these for my co-workers and they loved them. This one is definitely...

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Hulda Klager Lilac Garden
We drove up to Woodland, Washington (about 20 minutes up Interstate 5) last week to see the Hulda Klager Lilac Garden. Klager lived in this house from 1904-1960 where she propagated lilacs and developed fourteen varieties. You can read more about her and he...

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Foliage Follow-up
This is my first "Foliage Follow-Up" posting. I have always wanted to join in but just never got around to it. As I was taking photos for Bloom Day , I noticed that there is some very nice foliage in the garden. I hope conifers count! One of my prized posse...

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