Aren’t these gorgeous? On this Sweet Saturday, I’d like to introduce to you Sweet Willliam if you don’t know “him” already.
Sweet William (aka “Dianthus Barbatus”) is a perennial, sweet-smelling flower that is usually planted as an annual. I remember buying these as Dianthus, where I included them in one of my flower beds way back when. They do enjoy some shade so if you live in a particularly hot and sunny climate—like I do in the southwest—plant these babies in areas where there is at least partial shade for a good portion of the day and keep them well watered.
I just thought I’d share this sweet flower with you seeing as it is Sweet Saturday!
Another sweet image of summer… sweet strawberries!
Can you say yum?
The best part about strawberries in the summer is the price, which makes them hard to resist. And why resist them anyway? They can be used in so many ways:
- with angel food or pound cake plus whipped cream
- in protein shakes (my fave)
- as a cereal topping
- stirred into Jello desserts
- as a decorative cake topping and in between cake layers
- and even by themselves
And who doesn’t love sweet strawberry pie?
I prefer to eat them after they are freshly washed and at the peak of their sweetness, without any sugar added. I have also been known to include sweet sliced strawberries in a salad and toss with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing… another yum!
So, how about sharing other special ways or recipes where you use fresh sweet strawberries?
Tonight I tried the method shown in the video for cooking and shucking corn for dinner and wanted to share my findings with you.
Let’s just say I will never make corn any other way again. This method is fantastic!
The corn not only cooks well but it is so easy to remove the husks and every bit of the silks with absolutely no problem. Please do yourself a favor and view the video if you haven’t already done so. [I’m sorry if you had trouble getting to the video before but I’ve fixed that here.]
Rick and I love having sweet corn this time of year because it’s fresh and usually on sale somewhere in our area. And let’s not talk about all that creamy butter that just enhances the taste!
I don’t think I’m alone in disliking the chore of shucking the corn because it is practically impossible to remove all the silk. I think we would enjoy it for dinner more often if there was an easy way to perform this nasty task.
Yep, you guessed it—there is! The other day I saw this video of how to use a microwave to cook and then easily remove the husk and silk. I am definitely going to try this out!
Sweet! Happy and easy shucking to all of you!
I haven’t shared anything pink with you lately so today’s the day! I love hats and have a collection of them as you can see here on my pink teddy hat tree:
Poor teddy! He looks a bit loaded down, doesn’t he? Rick gave him to me for Valentine’s Day awhile back (hmm… I see “2006” on his left paw, so it was indeed a while ago!). One day I plopped one of my hats on his head and that started things off.
The pink plaid cabbie hat on top is my latest purchase. Isn’t it sweet? I love the fact that it’s pink and plaid—two of my fave things wrapped into one! What’s not to like about that?
My straw Scala hat is MIA from this stack but never fear: I still have it and love it because of the special band inside that keeps it from blowing off my head. And since we do have a lot of wind up our way, that is something to take very seriously!
Right now it’s hanging on a hook by the patio door so I can quickly put it on before going outside. I love our ceiling fan on the patio above the conversation area but my allergy eyes do not love the breeze from that fan. If I don’t cover my head to keep the breeze off my face, my eyes leak the whole time I’m sitting out there. And that’s no fun.
So … that’s my hat story and I’m stickin with it!
I have now had my Nook Color e-reader for over a year and I can honestly say I really love it. When e-readers first came out, I could not see myself with one because I love everything about books: the feel of a brand-new one; turning each page; even the smell of the ink and paper. So I scoffed at the idea of an electronic book and couldn’t believe such a thing would catch on.
Ah, silly me!
I love, love, love having almost my entire library—around 425 books right now—available at all times, no matter where I am. It wasn’t long before I realized I needed a cover to protect my Nook because I’m not teased for being clumsy for no reason. So I found this cute and retro looking cover and use it every day:
Isn’t it the cutest?
But here’s the real reason for today’s Sweet Saturday posting. Recently while shopping online for a dear friend’s birthday I saw a pillow made specifically to prop an e-reader (as well as “real” books) while reading. There were only two pink ones left, so I’m sure you can guess the rest: I bought both! One for my friend and one for me.
Sweet, huh? I’m not sure if there are any other brands available but this particular one is called a “Peeramid.” Here’s what it looks like with my closed Nook propped on it. And below you can see how it looks while I’m reading:
The pillow is very light and easy to hold in your lap or place on a table, the floor or on a footstool. Here’s a better look at it:
The rolled edges are perfect for propping any kind or size of book, e-book or tablet PC. You can see that there are two pockets that can hold bookmarks (if you’re reading a real book), pencils, pens or highlighters, or even reading glasses. Notice the braided rope with a tassel at the end—this can be used as a bookmark. Isn’t that clever?
The Peeramid can be found at Hog Wild Toys and Amazon.com as well as other retailers. They run between $25 – $35, depending on where you find it.
I came across this pattern for a sweet crochet bouquet while browsing one of my favorite crochet pattern sites, Lily SugarnCream. Their cotton yarns are wonderful to work with and come in a variety of yummy colors.
I think this bouquet is so sweet and cute that I might just make it myself! Unless I buy flowers at the grocery store (which my frugal self only does a couple of times a year), the vases in my home are filled with silk flowers because I no longer have the urge for a flower garden. And even if I did still garden, I have a notorious “brown” thumb, so it’s better that I stick with silk.
So, please check out this pattern and take the time to browse the site for more ideas at Lily SugarnCream. For you knitters, they also have many knitting patterns!
“By day the LORD directs his love,
at night His song is with me
—a prayer to the God of my life.”
Have you ever had a song run through your mind during the day when you least expect it? Has it ever awakened you at night?
That’s what often happens to me. I shift positions during the night and a sweet song of praise is running through my mind and heart. Or I’m doing the laundry or the dishes and find myself humming a praise song.
God’s presence is like that praise song that runs through my mind: soft, soothing, sweet and always available to comfort and guide me.
Get this: He knows everything about me and still loves and cares for me.
It used to annoy me when a song would haunt my mind. Now I hang on to every word and melody that slides around my brain because I finally understand that this is really a prayer of praise to my God. How can I resent it when it helps me focus more fully on Him?
These days I long for God’s musical prayers to fill my mind, especially during times when I have too much to do and not enough energy. Or when I’m driving somewhere. Or even when I’m just sitting on my patio and contemplating the wonder of God’s creation in the nearby mountains.
When those sweet-sounding praises fill my mind, I know for sure God is right here with me, surrounding me with His love and presence.
I’m composing this ahead of time and scheduling it to post today (which I often do when I know I’m going to be busy or out of town). I’ve been in Phoenix all this week visiting friends and family.
I recently made a special afghan for my daughter, Kathy, and am bringing it with me to give to her. It’s called a Pineapple Squares Afghan and on this Sweet Saturday, I’d like to share how it turned out:
As I’m writing this several days ahead of time, my sweet Kathy hasn’t seen it yet. I can’t wait until she does! This was one of my favorite crochet projects and I definitely want to make it again. I can picture it in all kinds of colors.
This pattern came from the February 2011 issue of Crochet World magazine and is available for download here for a fee of $3.99. A free version (very similar but not exactly like the Crochet World version) is available for download here.
I feel blessed when I’m crocheting because I enjoy it so much and because it is one of the few things I can do even when I’m feeling my worst. And I especially like to crochet for my family and a couple of places which shall remain anonymous.