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Update on Greenhouse!

Does anyone remember this post: My Greenhouse Effect has Affected My Gardening? https://perceptivedelectables.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/my-lack-of-greenhouse-effect-has-affected-my-gardening/ ???

Well, I have to say I am so blessed and thankful that my husband had someone who was willing to help him lift the trusses up and place them on the greenhouse frame that was created earlier this year. Not only that- but plastic sheets were also placed! As you can see- they worked until the sun was down and moon was bright. Amazing!

I am so very excited and hoping that I’ll be able to have a completed project to use for my starts next spring. I may even try experimenting with growing herbs this winter! Just had to share!

PS: Any advice for my husband in putting on the finishing touches? Any advice for me in using it for my plants?



Even Dogs Deserve Delectables!

I am writing this post in honor of my featured artist for the week on my website- Nora Bartlett with Lollypaws Dog Bakery. I found the cutest 4th of July dog treat gift box in her shop that made me just laugh out loud while thinking of how much my dogs would LOVE something like this! My dogs aren’t very spoiled- key word “very”. My dogs get to sleep inside (not something most of my dogs as a child got to experience). They get to eat the occasional leftovers from our dinner plates. They get to run around our property for hours chasing birds, gophers, and our goats and pig. And our dogs get a treat before we leave the house each day. That’s not too spoiled is it? The way I figure it: Even dogs deserve to have a delectable moment!

I am definetaly saving Nora’s shop information for future reference. For example- we may decide to celebrate one of our dogs’ birthdays! 🙂 Or Christmas boxes would be great!!! Why don’t you check out the information I posted for Nora here: http://delightfullyperceptive.com/perceptive_delectables/featured_food_designer? You can also visit her Etsy shop directly… http://www.etsy.com/shop/Lollypaws.

Happy 4th and hope your pooches enjoy the day too! Let Nora know I sent you!


Watch Out- Daddy’s Cooking!

This is not to be a prejudiced post against any male chef in this online community of great cooks- it is just a silly story that some women and children can relate to in regards to the daddy figures of the family. I feel safe to say that there is a general perception of men not being able to cook as well as women in the common household. I do know this perception can be debunked many times over, however, as proved by both of my sisters and my sister in law ending up with men who did ALL the meal cooking. In my household (and please give a shoutout if it is your household too) the woman does the cooking- because there’s a lot of love, time, patience, and creativity that goes into it that my husband can’t quite pull off as often as I do.

I don’t mean that the man of my house CAN’T cook- he just doesn’t do it very much (maybe once a year?) as I’m sure it’d be too much work to make a good family meal each night. He’s got enough on his plate as it is (pun intended). So, in honor of Father’s day, I thought I’d give credit to my husband for a time when he delighted me with a perceptive breakfast food for Mother’s day (last year). I wish I had a photo of what he made for me, but you’ll have to just use the pan image above and imagine it.

I had been craving a good omelet forever. I had never made them at home before so I opted to buy our family an omelet pan as a “house gift” when we bought our first house last year. Ok- so it was more for me and my craving than anything. Anyway- I hadn’t had the energy to try making the egg dish because I was afraid of ruining it. A couple of weeks went by after buying this pan, and it was Mother’s day. I was “allowed” to sleep in but I kept smelling this delicious aroma of roasted onions and bacon. My kids kept coming into my room and telling me to stay in bed because Daddy was cooking a surprise. This worried me a tad- but the scent was so good that I had faith whatever it was could only be a good thing. After about a half hour of my kids going in and out of the room, they told me it was “safe” and ready to come out now.

My darling husband prepared me an omelet. And it was AMAZING! Olive oil, free range chicken eggs, olives, bacon bits, onions, and seasoning salt. I was completely surprised. Needless to say- my husband making me this beautiful meal out of such great thoughtfulness made me overcome my fear of making omelets. After all- if he could do it then so could I, right? Now I just wonder what kind of thought I can put into my Father’s day meal for him that will amaze him- because my cooking does that anyway…

Tell me your story of a surprising meal by a man- and not by a man who is a great cook. I know there are a lot of you out there. 🙂

Happy Early Father’s Day!

Garden Love Connection- New Beginnings

Gardening is like life…
Some of you may remember my posting of how my greenhouse blew over and killed all my baby plants. First I started all my seeds inside- but most of them grew too fast and too close to the light that they reached too far and fell over to die. Then I had to take the rest of my plants and bring them outside into the only greenhouse I had available. It blew over and killed everything else. Hence, I had to start fresh by planting in the outside soil directly when the conditions seemed just right (a couple weeks ago). And now I have cute little paired leaf baby plants popping up all over. It just gives me a tingling and good mood feeling to see new beginnings in my garden.
New beginnings in my garden also remind me of new beginnings in life. Looking at my cucumbers push through the soil and open up helps me remember that there are so many times in life when things seem to go wrong but are just in need of the right conditions to go right. This can especially be identified with when it comes to relationships.
Many years ago (ok, only about 9 years ago) when my husband and I met, we were smitten with each other from the beginning. But our relationship was not planted at the right time or with the right conditions. We grew too close, too fast. We were both reaching so high for a love that we started to wilt and die off. We held on though- thinking it wasn’t too late- until we came to a point where everything seemed to blow away. We knew we were still meant to be planted- but we needed to have better conditions before we could really begin growing in a healthy relationship.
We then had to start fresh with the seeds of our affection. It was a bit of a struggle in our new beginning with having to push through the soil of life to reach out to the light of love we needed. But we pushed through. Now we are a healthy and fruitful couple progressing and growing constantly to be better while we intertwine with each other. We don’t always have a “romantic” frame of mind, nor are we perfect, but we fight off the weeds as they come with our strong root system and continue to soak in all the positive things we need as a couple.
Now I can only hope that my cucumbers will be as successful as my relationship has been!
Have a great week and remember to let everything have the chance for a new beginning with the right conditions!

Food List Friday: Picnic Anywhere- And Bring Chocolate!

This week’s theme for my artistic and delectable creations is one of romance and all that mushy stuff. In regards to this, I had to be creative with a romantic idea of how to spend time together and eat too (without that restaurant bloated feeling of overstuffed). This idea is one that can be done at any time of the year and any place with a variety of different foods. Picnicing! How do you picnic in the rain you say? Here’s my list of places you can picnic with some ideas on what you can pack to enjoy time with your sweet one!

  • Where: In a park. Pack a basket with cheese, grapes, and wine! And don’t forget chocolate!
  • Where: On the living room floor. Pack a basket of small cheese sandwiches, sodas, strawberries. And don’t forget chocolate!
  • Where: In the back of a truck with a blanket on the bed. Pack a basket of devilled eggs, a couple of wine coolers or beers, and cherries. And don’t forget chocolate!
  • Where: On the shore of a beach (river, sea, lake, etc). Pack a basket of shrimp cocktail, champagne, and tangerines. And don’t forget chocolate!

And here’s where the chocolate comes in. My featured delectable artist on my website this week is Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates. You’ll see a sample image of her work below that I found in her Etsy shop. Check her out http://www.etsy.com/shop/nicoleleechocolates and you can go to my website this week to find other avenues of how to get in touch with her delicious delights! http://delightfullyperceptive.com/perceptive_delectables/featured_food_designer