Summertime

Summer is FINALLY here!

What a BEAUTIFUL day here in Western Washington!  It's sunny, 70+, and it SMELLS like summer!  Finally, we can all say, YAY!

For a break from the computer I took a brief walk through our yard.  Along with all the unfinished work and projects (DOH!) are some definite signs of summer.  And laying out on the grass, enjoying the breeze and the smells of the warmer summer air, I realize that as much as I'm ADDICTED to Fall (and Christmas, but not necessarily winter) and the rain, I also love the summer - particularly when it's not hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, like it was last summer.

I hope you're all enjoying the wonderful day, regardless of where on the planet you are!  What are YOUR favorite summer sensations?  Leave a comment!


Lori Mitchell Patriotic & Summer

Ok, folks, our selection of summer Lori Mitchell figures have arrived!  Beach, circus, wedding, and patriotic, even a few fall ones already!  We've got most of it opened and I managed to snap a few photos so you can see better what they look like.  Unfortunately, I was working against the sun, so I couldn't take photos of everything.  So, this will be just a sampling of all we have.....

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Clowning Around

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Scarecrow

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Blonde Wedding Belle

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Ellie and Her Hoop Dee Doo


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Little Patriotic Boy

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Tin Man

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Purdy Peep

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Little Babe Ruth

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Rumba the Ringleader

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Getty Up Lil' Cowgirl

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Andy and Annie

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Billy Blue

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Bernie's Beach Ball


Always, you can view our complete collection of Lori Mitchell on our website by clicking the Lori Mitchell category.  Get em while they're hot! :)


Pea Patch

We've been enjoying our neighborhood pea patch at Country Village.  These folks have done an amazing job planting such sweet goodies for us to gaze at.  We've watched them grow and grow these last couple months, a little of everything, veggies, fruits, herbs, in all colors shapes and sizes. 

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Chard?

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A dewy 'kin

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I like the tops...

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Corn, Mmmm.....

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More goodies growing!

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Perfect.

Fall harvest really is something to celebrate, isn't it??




Remembrance

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"Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored."  ~Daniel Webster

Happy Memorial Day everyone - I hope yours is filled with good memories, good feelings, and good family and friends.  Enjoy a beautiful day out in the sun!  If you are so inclined, Country Village is open today, and a great place to take your family.

Take care,

--Janene and the rest of the Weed Patch family.


Fummer...? Or, Sall...?

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Here is a bit of pretty for you.  Seems appropriate this time of year, as we're just getting into that gorgeous time of year where it is kind of fall and summer at the same time.  Fummer.  Or Sall.  Anyway, the sunflowers are blooming, leaves are starting to die, and it is hot, but we're getting some nice fall-like breezes and smells.  I like the smell of dead fields.  We were in the car the other day, stopped at a light next to a large span of dead grass, and Chris says "why does it smell like fall?"  So true.  Some dead things smell really very nice.

The photo is of a design painting I did in college.  Sometime I'll tell you how it was created, as it was the third in a series of design products that grew more and more complicated until it came to this painting.  It was also a color lesson - every color in the painting I created using basic primaries, plus black and white.  It was such a wonderful class!  Anyway, I was entertaining the idea of selling prints of the painting, but I'm not sure if anyone besides me loves this painting.  We'll see.

Adding more products like mad to the site!  It's killing me, because I have a whole big huge spreadsheet of products ready to get uploaded onto the site, but just haven't been able to do it yet, as it is a time consuming, complicated process.  But we've got Tag, Blossom Bucket, and Kurt Adler Christmas all ready to go, just sitting here waiting!  Ack!  But it is coming, I promise. :)

Take care...


Summer Vegetable Pasta

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This is a versatile recipe that makes the most of summer's bounty!  Use any fresh, favorite vegetable or herb that is in season.  The closer to your home it is grown, the more tasty and nutritious it will be.  Mess around with this all you want, just adjust the cooking times as necessary.

Summer Vegetable Pasta

10oz Whole wheat or spinach spaghetti or linguine
Cooking spray (or olive oil)
½ Sweet Onion (such as Walla Walla), chopped
1 small Zucchini, quartered lengthwise and chopped ¼”
½ Red Bell Pepper, chopped
½ Orange or Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped
¼ cup Sun-dried Tomatoes, packed in oil, drained and chopped
2 cups Grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup leftover cooked Chicken, shredded or chopped
¼ cup Kalamata Olives, chopped (optional)
½ cup Cream
2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
2 T Fresh Basil, minced
¼ - ½ cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parmigiano_Reggiano)
Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid, set aside. Return pasta to pot and set aside.

2. Coat medium sized stir fry pan with cooking spray (can use olive oil instead, if you like), and heat over medium high heat. Add onion, cook until it begins to soften, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes).

3. Add zucchini, peppers, and dried tomatoes; stir fry until crisp tender, about 5 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4. Add cooked chicken, grape tomatoes, and olives if using. Cook until heated through, about another minute. Add to pasta in pot.

5. Add garlic to stir fry pan (add more spray or oil as needed), cook, stirring, until fragrant, being careful not to brown. Add reserved cooking liquid, cream, basil, and salt & pepper to taste. Simmer until reduced by about half. Add cheese to taste, stir until it melts.

6. Return pasta and veggie mixture to stir fry pan, and toss until pasta is coated with sauce. Top each serving with additional cheese.

Feeds 4 or so.  Email or comment if you have any questions.  Enjoy!

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