Vegging out!

You might think of the title as literally vegging out, but quite the contrary folks, these six raised vegetable beds demand a lot of work, love, time and commitment.  These cold frame beds are located in Goodstay Gardens, a place where I volunteer once a week, and if you are a regular reader on my blog, you will remember the post where I wrote about these gardens a couple weeks ago.  Click on the green if you missed it.

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Sweet, Tangy and Spicy Roast Chicken

This chicken dish with the citrus juices, the sweetness of the honey marinade, the spiciness of the crushed pepper flakes and the tangy lemon flavors is grand enough to serve at a dinner party or for your family’s Sunday dinner.  The dates and carrots give the sauce texture and the garden herbs and pistachio nuts lend freshness and crunch.  The ingredients can be assembled up to 24 hours in advance then all you need to do is pop it in the oven before your guests arrive.  Serve it with a garden salad, rice or couscous.  This dish will not disappoint.

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Goodstay Gardens, Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Just off busy Pennsylvania Avenue with the hustle of commuters, lies a hidden gem: I am speaking of Goodstay Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware.  These gardens date back to the 1700’s and are amongst one of the oldest in the state.  The structures that surround these gardens,  whether stone walls, boxwood hedges or tall trees enclose the gardens in a sense of peace and tranquility.  In 1854, Howard Pyle, an American illustrator and author and a native of Wilmington, grew up in the home and gardens.  He recalls the gardens with old-fashioned roses and sweet shrubs that filled the air with fragrance when in bloom.  He remembers the beauty, the air saturated with the odor of growing things and birds singing in the shady trees.

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Frozen treats for summer

The dog days of summer are upon us all too soon on the East Coast of the USA.  Temperatures have soared, the humidity is uncomfortable and everything is just about wilting.  The last two weeks in May have seen unseasonably warm temperatures, but hopefully with some much needed rain predicted this week, things will cool down and we will enjoy some more favorable weather for the month of June.  What is the weather like where you are?

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