Today will be one of the cooler ones (high of 92 degrees) as this week was indeed a warm one, well over triple digits. I guess summer is officially here in the southwest. Fortunately, our neighborhood has one of the largest tree canopies and I truly believe we are 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the Valley…at least it feels like it. Yes, it is another Saturday and a time for Saturday Meanderings, where we chat about all good things.
I think zucchini is one of the easiest things to grow….and does it produce! When I first planted this years ago, I had 6 plants that yielded over 85 zucchini. Friends and neighbors finally told me to stop donating it to them. This year I have 3 plants and a bumper crop of this squash. What to do with so much zucchini?
This week I made Zucchini Pineapple Bread (here is the recipe) which is perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. If you have a favorite zucchini recipe, please share. I will be cooking with this vegetable ALOT!
P.S. The recipe picture show chunks of pineapple, which is a bit misleading as the recipe asks for crushed pineapple.
Peaches, Peaches and more peaches
Another abundant producer now is the peach tree. It is so full of fruit and daily I check to see which peaches are ripe enough to pick. The birds often beat me to it, but I suppose they have to eat too. And I don’t blame them, as these peaches are fuzzy, juicy and just plain old delicious!
Super Cute Blouse
For the life of me, I cannot recall where I first saw this blouse but it was a recommendation from someone. Nonetheless, I ordered a small in the pink and love how feminine (and inexpensive) it is. The sleeves are fun too. Just ordered the blue which should look good with white pants for the summer.
It can be worn tucked in (I tucked it in the front only) or worn outside. It is loosely casual and can be worn as a V-neck or the drawstrings can tie closed. For $27.98 you cannot go wrong. Find it in multiple colors on Amazon here.
Check out this Cake
I love finding unusual things on the Internet. This cake makes me want to have a book themed party.
Interesting Tidbits from the Internet
My friend, Kristen from White Arrows Home is such a source of terrific information. In addition to being a mother of five, she has her own podcast, store and successful blog about her fabulous mountain home in Wisconsin. Her post, How to Have a Great Morning Routine Waking Up at 5:00 a.m., is full of information about the benefits of waking up early.
Though my morning alarm goes off at 7:00 a.m., our hearing and seeing deficient beagle, Sox, is our barking canine alarm at 5:30 a.m. Does that count? One of Kristen’s tips I did adopt is drinking a full glass of water, with lemon and pink Himalayan sea salt as soon as I get up. Seems to help keep me better hydrated.
What time do you start and end your day?
Through my blogging world I am very lucky to meet this talented woman who gardens frequently. My friend, Stacy Ling of Bricks ‘n Blooms has a very comprehensive guide to gardening. She is geared more toward flower gardening and you will enjoy the photos of her beautiful property.
Stacy lives in New Jersey so is in a different growing zone than here in Phoenix. So if you are taking the leap into getting a green thumb, check out her post here.
I have never used these rub-on transfers. But look at how Cindy from Reinvented Delaware transforms this sweet old piece of furniture from sad to fabulous. I have an old armoire in my basement that needs some love and maybe I will try this.
If you like to repaint or refurbish furniture, you may enjoy seeing more of Cindy’s website.
Speaking of DIYs
I am getting ready to re-paint the wicker/wood chairs in the pool house and will be recovering the cushions and lumbar pillow….hopefully this weekend. Can’t wait to share it when the refresh is complete.
Wishing you a relaxing weekend. Do you have anything fun planned?