My herb garden has taken off! I might have to find a larger planter to put the basil in - it's growing that well.
I'm not sure if you know me or not - but I usually do not have this kind of success with anything that requires daily water - well, except Henry, but I'll be honest - Adam does most of the feeding Henry...
That said, this is cool to me that I have four herbs right outside my kitchen door to cook with.
The other day I decided to make my personal favorite Tomato Bisque soup for lunch and I actually got to use a bit of my garden.
I've talked about my Tomato bisque recipe before (number 17, if you are wondering!). I absolutely love making this stuff fresh and getting to enjoy it for summer lunches at home. So I thought I would share my recipe - it's not all Wolfgang Puck or anything, it's more my grandma's style of adding things from the fridge until it tastes just right (smile - I learned from the best!).
1 can of Campbell's Tomato Soup 1/2 can of water 1/2 can of milk 2 large tablespoons of sour cream 5-7 fresh Basil leaves finely chopped (this is not necessary, but use it if you have it). 1/4 teaspoon of pepper 1 hand full of shredded mild cheddar cheese
This hot sauce is Texas made and I'm not sure if they even sell it outside of Texas??? If not, a bit of Tabasco will work, but it's truly the Julio's that makes it JUST the way I like it. Sorry, non-Texas readers :(
Mix all of these ingredient together in your soup pan on medium heat on the stove top. I use a whisk to thoroughly mix all of the sour cream and cheese together. Let simmer on stove top for about 10 minutes - whisking every couple of minutes or so.
Ladle into a bowl and add a few croutons and shredded Parmesan cheese (or more cheddar) for topping.
(sorry about the photo, folks, it tastes SO much better than it looks in an iphoto)
Yeah, in our house, weekend projects usually = weekend+afewdays projects.
I've wanted to paint my scrapbook room for a while now. Finally Saturday I started cleaning stuff out, and moving it to the spare bedroom.
This photo was taken from outside the window while Adam took down the shelves he installed a few years back.
Crossing my fingers that by mid week, the orange will be out, and bright white will be in!
...gives me heart palpitations and nightmares!!! Seriously, how does so much stuff fit in one tiny room??? Either way, in the mean time, I will be doing some serious purging of my scrap supplies. Like deep cleaning. And isn't it funny that while moving things I was watching Criminal Minds episodes on A&E, and every commercial break was an advertisement for Hoarders. Nothing like a Hoarders commercial to make you start tossing stuff out.
But in other brighter, more cuter topics...
Could this sleepy face be any cuter?!
I think not (grin).
Caught with my phone last night after he had supper and maybe a few bites of our sour cream peach pie, too (smile, wink, wink).
I've been working on this labor of love for a while now. a loooooong while. several years kind of long while. Going back and forth - the should I, shouldn't I, kind of ordeal that always played over and over in my head and heart.
Well, today, at 11:10 PM, I am happy to say that BaconLettuceTomato is now open for business.
Artwork that I have created over the past four years, is now for sale in the form of digital prints. All of my artwork has been highly inspired by this girl's wonderfully simple life. I've taken favorite songs and put them into my own interpretations, heartfelt people and moments and created these pieces to forever remember those special times.
I chose the name BaconLettuceTomato, BLT is also my initials as a married girl. I'd love to say that I have a sophisticated name like Rebecca (I do, it's on my birth certificate), but the truth is, people who know and love me call me Becky. Becky Leighann Trump - BLT.
Like all things me, I have definitely taken my time getting on the Etsy train, but I must say, I am super excited to finally take the dive in. Get my hair wet, let the mascara run, and everything. Dive it.
As my dear friends and I say, "BOOM (with fist pump)!" There it is.
I'd love for you to take a gander, take a peek, and just browse my labor of love.
I have not done much scrapbooking this summer. Usually by this time, my work space has been wrecked and cleaned a number of times. This summer is totally different - though I can't quite tell where the days have gone?! Just been a la-zy summer (smile).
I did manage to get some older layouts into page protectors tho - these two are the last two layouts I scrapped back in the Spring. Not sure where all of the materials/items are from, but I am guessing they are mostly from my Studio Calico kits.
This first one, I created because one day it just hit me that I am thirty. My 30th came easy at the time. I feel great physically, mentally I'm still learning new things (and that's good, right), and personally, life is where I think it should be for me at thirty. It came easy. Just another day. And then sometime in the spring, it hit me - not in a bad way, but like "Oh yeeeaaahhh, I AM thirty. That's so weird." So I grabbed a photo that I snapped on my birthday night (no make up with a wet hair braid), and decided to finally document the milestone of thirty.
Notice how small the photo is (wink, wink). I'm thirty and think I still look pretty good sans makeup, but I am NOT crazy. You won't see an enlarged close up of me and my pores here (laugh out loud)... just keeping it real, folks. er. real enough (smile).
Journaling reads: It's me Here and now. Self portrait taken on the night of my thirtieth birthday. No make up. Wet hair styled into a braid. I feel 25. Not 30. It felt like a regular day. No tears or anxiety. I just went along with my day. To me, the best is yet to come. No regrets but total acceptance of what is and will be on the pages of my story.
Today, I am about 2 months out of turning 31. Gulp. Not sure how I will take this one - maybe a bit more dramatic? I'm not sure. But I will have this never-aging dude beside me...
- and though we sometimes compare wrinkles and age spots in the mirror together - what we remember more often than not is the wonderful and crazy time's we've had together in the past 12+ years. I was just two days shy of my 18th birthday, and he was exactly 21 and 1 day when we met.
I do actually frame some of my artwork. We've actually run out flat surfaces to put frames, so I've started hanging things on the wall. Yesterday's edition? Bathroom art.
The idea of this artwork actually came from a piece that is not mine. A lovely positive/negative shape cut out that a student of mine completed this past year and gave to me instead of taking it with her. The color completely matches our guest bathroom shower curtain, so I bought a frame for it and found two more frames that match the curtain. I decided to use my Cameo to cut out a couple designs for the same positve/negative shape look.
The middle piece is my students artwork. Sorry about the reflection in the frame - but that's the shower curtain. Also, I'm not sure why, but the color on the walls looks much better in person than in these photos - it's Behr Grass Cloth.
Last night I may have gotten a bit (very) heated by a certain fast food restaurant not getting our order correct and of course not finding this out until home and settled in to eat said order. Poor Adam had to listen to my "over-reaction." Poor guy.
Today while going through my camera roll, I noticed this photo from a while back and it made me giggle...
Sometimes fast food restaurants disappoint. But sometimes, they surprise you with a French fry in your box of tator tots. A BONUS FRY (cheers all around!)!!!
We hung a new piece of functional decor in our butler's pantry on Saturday.
This piece was given to us by some of our most closest friends, Max's parents ;), and they totally hit the nail on the head when it came to this quote.
"We must take every opportunity to make the most of our very remarkable life...Life's a ride. You've gotta buy a ticket, hang on tight and keep going around 'til they kick ya off."
It is such a thoughtful and adorable piece. We hung it just above a piece of artwork I made the year we got married. The two make me smile each time I pass by and see it.
The drawing is actually just a Sharpie drawing-type doodle that I created in the months leading up to our wedding - it has lots of little tidbits and images of things that described Adam and I at that time in our lives.
Sorry for the crooked photo (blush).
I think the two pieces compliment each other so nicely and are such a true reflection of who we were, who we are, and how things are going (smile).
Life's a ride...and we are certainly hanging on tight!