Saturday, August 24, 2013

High Summer

This is my favorite part of summer. It's so close to being over that every day feels more important. The bloom of the goldenrod is my very favorite natural phenomena (I guess it doesn't take much to woo me) and it's getting closer every day. And... 
The tomatoes! They are at their very best right now. I loaded up the other day at the Farmer's Market. 
The corn! 
And I also made some fabulous stuffed zucchini (inspired by Karen at This Old House Too) but mine turned out far too ugly to photograph. 
Also made this cheesecake recently...of course the one time I plan to put a topping on a cheesecake it comes out perfectly smooth 
The fruit on top was a very easy and delicious sauce. Just fresh fruit, 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar, 1 Tablespoon whisky. I used Middlewest Spirits OYO Whisky which is distilled right here in Columbus.  Let sit at least 6 hours. Alcohol is a conductor of flavor and really amplifies the taste of the berries. Not too syrupy. 
I got this LED pink collar for Barbie so she no longer disappears at night.  
This is turning out to be another very haphazard post. 
Got my very first bloom from the 'Elizabeth Taylor' hybrid tea rose I planted in May. 

Also, I'm really trying to become a better gardener not a better shopper so I'm hoping to learn more about propagation. These are rose cuttings taken from a friend's beautiful rose garden. I started them about a month ago, I'm not sure if they'll root or not.