We love a fresh spinach salad with my homemade sweet poppy seed dressing. This salad has Spinach, fresh pineapple, avocado, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, almonds, scallions, carrots, and bacon. Usually I use chicken breast, but this time I had leftover bacon to use up.
Here is my Poppy Seed Dressing:
2/3 cups canola oil
2/3 tsp salt
2/3 tsp onion powder
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
2/3 tsp dry mustard
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup vinegar (I use Rice wine vinegar)
I put everything in a pint Mason jar and shake, shake, shake. Just prior to serving I put the jar (without the lid) in the microwave for about 20 -30 seconds to warm it up and make sure all the sugar is dissolved.
I love these crunchy little gems in my tossed salad in place of croutons.
They are so easy to make. I used canned beans. Just rinse them and then dry on paper towels as they will not crisp up if wet. Put the beans on a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Dribble a bit of oil over the beans with whatever spices you like. I used salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until they reach the crispness you want. After 15 minutes, I checked them every 5 minutes.
They are also great just to nibble on with a glass of icy Chardonnay (so I am told).
I am really loving this Celosia 'Intenz'. Eagerly waiting for the canna lilies and yellow calla lilies that are also in the 1/2 whiskey barrel to bloom.
This year I combined yellow calla lilies with marigolds and I am enjoying that combo as well.
The container next to the steps has orange Butterfly Weed. It's a perennial that I've had in that same pot for the past 4 years. Each fall I just cut it down and store the pot in my unheated garage. It should be blooming soon.
Where does the time go???
I can't tell you how many times I have returned to this old blog to help me figure out something I wanted to know but could not remember. I decided to make a few posts of my garden this year just so I have them for my own benefit.
I am really enjoying this combination of Ninebark and Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus). Goatsbeard is the one with the feathery plumes of creamy ivory. I planted three of them in 2014. The blooms are not what I expected, but I have grown to really love them in front of the Ninebark. They come back larger every year and require almost no maintenance.
My Ninebark planted by the road has gotten so large that I had to remove all the other shrubs and allow it to take the stage:
Spring in the garden was spectacular this year with a gazillion purple, pink and yellow iris. Unfortunately I only took this one picture.
My Royal Purple smoketree is over a decade old and finally supplying gorgeous reddish-purple height.
This year I planted something new to me - this Celosia Dragon's Breath - in a container planting. I love the bright red color and am waiting for the Tropicanna leaves to do their job to fill out the planting so it doesn't look so lopsided.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.