Garden Party

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to host a garden party. You know what I mean: dazzling white lights, fresh garden produce, the best of friends sharing a meal together, and maybe even a bit of excess wine…

After months of deliberating about when said garden party should occur, we ultimately decided that August 31 would be the perfect date to celebrate the end of summer. We planned the Gatsby’esque affair and invited our favourite people to come celebrate with us. From the elaborate and creative costumes to the roasted fresh veggies (straight out of the greenhouse, I might add), to the dazzling light show that my wonderful husband created, it was a smashing success.

First stop: greenhouse to harvest beets, tomatoes, and carrots

Then we enlisted the help of our guests to prep the veggies:

I made an heirloom tomato, flat leaf parsley & blue cheese salad with these gems:

We set a table for 12 outside on the patio:At twilight we all sat down for the feast and spent the rest of the evening sitting around the table, eating, drinking, and relaxing.

I think this is up there (as far as my favourite events go) with the winter fire that took place in March. It was a great time to celebrate the friends we have, the success of the greenhouse, and the beautiful place that we live. Based on the success of the incredible evening I am thinking that this will become an annual affair!

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it was a warm summer night so i decided to make a cup of peppermint tea

You probably don’t happen to google ‘burns lake weather’ as much as I do (which is obsessively), but if you do, you would know that the past week has been unusually HOT! With this burst of warm weather came days and evenings spent lounging on party island, soaking up all the sun possible in order to off set those -40 degree days, and entertaining wonderful out of town visitors.

One set of recent visitors persuaded me to pick up (and by pick up I really mean invest in amazon.com and wait two weeks for my order to arrive) Home Made, an incredible DIY cookbook that is quirky and fun to read (not to mention well worth the wait), but also boasts tricks and straightforward recipes that work well in rural locations where Whole Foods is less than local. Plus, it happens to cater to my love for all things homemade.

When the temperatures dropped this evening, I opened up my new book and got excited about all of the amazing possibilities! I realized that Friday Night Dinners aren’t enough, I need to host more parties, start Sunday brunches, and invite guests for afternoon tea!!! However, while that wasn’t really a possibility tonight, Yvette’s recipes for homemade tea got me thinking about the peppermint exploding in my greenhouse…

After some careful reading and creative thought, I decided I could probably forgo the usual tea bag and opt instead for a few sprigs of fresh mint. Who knew!?

Needless to say, I am pretty impressed. Enough that I decided to document my tea adventure. The tea is sweeter, smoother, and far less aggressive than its boxed counterpart. I may never buy tea again!

With my first adventure complete, I plan to stay up all night reading and re-reading this amazing cookbook. Don’t worry, I will let you know how it turns out.

fresh produce!

I have been so busy eating this delicious produce that writing about it hasn’t really been a priority. But, I am taking advantage of this rainy evening to show you all of the new and exciting things that are growing in the greenhouse! I had to rig up this elaborate ribbon system to support the crazy growth of the sweet peas and cucumbers: Compare this to this from just a few weeks ago!

And of course, the best gardening pal in the world 🙂

I have to admit that despite the fact that things are blooming and the sweet peas are producing, nothing is really making giant leaps and bounds towards actual veggies! I even pulled up a carrot, hoping for a bright, orange carrot. I expected it to be small, but it was pretty much nonexistent. Apparently gardeners learn patience through this process too. I am, however, hopeful that the tumbler tomatoes will start turning orange whenever our next big heat wave comes to town. I will keep you posted!


veggies!

Summer arrived in the north a few weeks ago and with the onset of great weather, I traded traded blogging for gardening. Now that the gardens are blooming and the veggies are growing, I have a little more time to post! I am sure that all of you are anxiously waiting to hear about our greenhouse endeavors and I do not want to disappoint the masses. At long last, here is where we are at:

sweet peas

tomatoes

tomatillos

corn

peppers & tomatoes

chives

hanging tumbler tomatoes

carrots, lettuce, mint, basil, & cilantro (l-r)