The dogs were trampling this poor bush and this branch was laying on the ground. I had to rescue it.
These sweet little blooms are only about and inch across. Look how sweet those little buds are. I just love this rose. It's about 10 years old and one of the first my husband purchased for me and encouraged me to grow.
I made this vase hugger from a free pattern from Jenny at http://www.elefantz.com/. She has lots of great designs in her shop as well as her own magazine (which of course I had to subscribe to and am never disappointed with her talent).
Speaking of accomplished.... One down and one to go ....
This is the first of two I am making. Again, a "Jenny" design. I wonder if she feels like I'm stalking her yet. I'm really not, I just love her work. And as you can see it turned out great. It's going to be hard to give this one up.
Spent part of the afternoon making Summer Salsa. YUM...... Here's the recipe for you:
Prepare: canner, jars, lids (4 pint sized jars; 4-6 of the 8 oz. size)
4 cups Tomatoes - peeled, cored, chopped
2 cups Peaches - peeled, pitted, chopped
2 cups Pears - peeled, cored, chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper - seeded, finely chopped
3-4 Jalapeno peppers - seeded, finely chopped (if you like the heat, leave the seeds in)
Place these ingredients in a stainless steel saucepan (4 quart minimum). Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
Add to mixture:
1/2 cup Cilantro - loosely packed, finely chopped (I don't like Cilantro, so I used parsley)
1/2 cup Honey (liquid)
1 Lemon - zest and juice
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
1 T. Mint - finely chopped
Reduce heat and boil gently for about 5 minutes, until thickened, stirring constantly.
Ladle the hot salsa into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch (1 cm.) headspace. Remove the air bubbles and adjust headspace as necessary. Wipe the rim, center the seal and screw on the band just until resistance is met, increase to fingertip-tight.
Place the jars in the canner, making sure they are completely covered with water. Bring to boil and process for 15 (8-oz jars) to 20 (pint jars) minutes. Remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes and remove jars. Cool and store.
Quick and easy Party Dip: Stir 1 1/2 cups of salsa into 16 oz. of softened cream cheese or cubed processed cheese (or a combination of both). Heat in the microwave oven for 5 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes. Serve hot with tortilla chips, crackers or thick-crusted bread.
I hope you all have a great weekend. I'm looking forward to ours - it's supposed to rain and that just means more cooking and crafting.
Thanks for stopping by.