Monday, August 27, 2012

Back to School Breakfast Table

 Yes I am.... (back to school).  How about a back to school table?

Do this  for nostalgia, cause if you do it to for your kids, most likely they will want to kill you. You are probably the only one glad to see them go back to school.

A sunflower bowl for cereal.

A little liquid sunshine. 

The early bird gets the worm. 

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Sunflower Tablescape

I promise this is the last you will see of sunflowers and tomatoes from me! Both are gone... I went to the farmers' market Saturday, and most had no more tomatoes for this year. 

I do love the  late summer, early fall colors of sunflowers and tomatoes.

The sunflower salad plates and platter are Provincial Sunflowers by Tabletops Unlimited. The yellow dinner plates are Pier 1 New Essentials in Butter.

Sunflower runner from Home Goods. 

Green goblets from Tarjay.

White pitcher is courtesy of GW.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tomato Tasting

I picked out several varieties of tomatoes at the farmers' market  with the idea of a little taste testing.

My daughter came over for dinner, and dinner was a mini tomato tasting.

It was over 100 degrees again today,  and  neither of us were very hungry. So this was dinner. Warm bread sticks, a little wine, and tomatoes.

We tasted  these heirloom tomatoes: Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, and  Old German.
I also threw in a beefsteak tomato, not heirloom.

The above Cherokee Purple was our favorite. It was sweet and had the clear tomato flavor one expects. 

Brandywine was our second favorite. It had a stronger, more acid flavor, yet still sweet. 

The first taste of Green Zebra was a surprise. It was kind of sharp and sour. My daughter said it would be good in Mexican food, salsa etc. Then she salted it and tried it again. We had not salted any of the tomatoes. Wow! It really changed the flavor of Green Zebra. Now we described it as tangy and crisp in flavor. We really liked it. 

Neither of us liked the Old German  at all, It had no flavor, but to be fair, it was less ripe than all the others. But I think it still might be too mild for our taste. 

I didn't even take a photo of the beefsteak tomato. By itself it was not that flavorful, but it works great for sandwiches, and with mayo and good old white bread, it is perfect.

The above tomatoes all came in one box, and I don't know what they are. Except, since we liked the plum shaped ones the best (see location at 12 and 6 above). I did some research. They are also an  heirloom Russian black plum tomato. Blackish purple on the inside, they taste a lot like the Cherokee Purple. 

What tomatoes do you like? Do you grow heirloom tomatoes? I would really like to know what ones you think are good.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Note Card Party: Ghost Town

Joining Vee's Note Card Party today with the theme of ghost town. If you know someone who likes history and old stuff, these would make great notecards!

I took these photos a couple of years ago when my daughter and  I stopped at this old mining town.

It is the town of Ludlow, Colorado. 

The entire post is here, with additional photos and some of the history of the town. 

Be sure to stop by Vee's to see more note cards! There is some great photography.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Blue Sunflower Vase

On returning from a recent trip to a sunflower farm, I came home to make an arrangement. Those sunflowers look a lot bigger at home than they do out in the field. This is the biggest vase I have!

Actually this vase was perfect. See those blue sunflowers on it?

To see more sun shiny faces in the field, click here to see the actual farm I visited. It is amazing!

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