Vegetable Garden Closed



I’ll be spending the day closing out the garden.  Frost it hit Friday night, so it’s done for the season.  This is my second year gardening, and I’m really enjoying it.  There’s nothing better than picking fresh vegetables in your back yard and preserving them for future use.  This year I planted a variety of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, green beans and Sugar Baby watermelons.  

I love sliced tomatoes with a little mayo.  I freeze the green beans to use with green beans and corn for holiday meals and family gatherings.  This year I froze a variety of peppers and tried my hand at pickling them.  I have to say the pickled peppers are the bomb.  I sent a few jars home with my daughter and in-laws and they received great reviews.  They are so good the cleaning lady at my office chased me down as I was leaving with two empty jars asking me to refill them, lol. 
I eat them on nachos, in chili and anything else that I can find to put them on.   I made fresh salsa and canned it.  It’s a lot of work, but so worth it.  I love being able to pull out a jar of garden fresh salsa during the winter and it tasting like I just worked down to the garden and picked the ingredients.  I’ll be munching while reading my kindle when the cold weather sets in.  What I’ve enjoyed most is having my grandson involved in watering and harvesting the veggies. 

Here’s a picture of one of my prized tomatoes weighing in at 1.136 ounces.  It was huge and delicious.  I managed to harvest at least 6 colanders of green beans putting away 5 – 6 quarts in the freezer.  Probably the same amount for peppers.  In addition to the frozen peppers, I’ve canned (pictured below) 30 – 40 pints/quarts of pickled peppers, most given away.  
 
I’m working on 12 pints of salsa this week-end.  I’ll be putting them in baskets along with salsa chips and homemade cookies and brownies for Christmas gifts.   Do you have a garden?  How productive was it?  If not, are you interested in planting one and exchanging gardening techniques and seeds next season?  Please leave me  a comment and let me know your thoughts.  You can find my gardening blog here

Celebrity Baby Nurseries We Love


It’s been a year since we decorated Zarriah’s nursery.  I was browsing pictures of celebrity nurseries that I found adorable, and thought I would share them with you.  I love taking ideas from various rooms, they may inspire you or give you an idea for a baby shower gift.  

This is Buddy Valastro’s, Cake Boss, nursery.  I love anything chocolate, and feel in love with the Espresso colors used in the nursery now.   We used the Espresso furniture in Zarriah’s nursery with lavender and pinks.  Not on the scale of a celebrity, but you can see our ideas for her nursery here: http://mother-2-mother.blogspot.com/2011/10/decorating-nursery-on-budget.html

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This J.R. Martinez and his wife’s nursery for their new daughter Lauryn Anabelle.  They too used the Espresso furniture.  I love how the name is spelled out and the angels above the crib watching over Lauryn is adorable.  This may be one of my all time favorites.  Simple, but elegant. 
 

This is a picture of P. Diddy’s twin daughters nursery.  They went with the off white furniture.  Check out the mural on the wall.  They too incorporated angels into their nursery theme.  Talk about bringing the outdoors in, I love it

This Dr. Phil’s granddaughter’s nursery.  I personally don’t know any grandparents who have a nursery in their home especially one of this caliber, but it is absolutely beautiful.  I love the window seat and the colors are soothing. 

This is Mel B’s nursery.  I love the pastel colors.  The canopy and bows are adorable.  It has just a hint of color, but it’s bold enough to bring the room to life. 

I hope these celebrity nurseries inspire you!  Leave me a comment, and let me know which is your favorite. 

Christening Day

 

 

Last month we lifted Zarriah to the Lord.  It is such a blessing to know that your children and grandchildren will be raised as Christens, and the icing on the cake is being a witness to the event.  We chose this adorable 2 piece Shantung Dress from Pink Princess for the big day.  I’m glad we did, the picture doesn’t do the dress justice.  The price was great, and it was exactly what we were looking for, simple but elegant.  I’m going to have it cleaned and boxed for Zarriah.  We ordered an adorable bracelet; however, it wasn’t shipped.  Pink Princess did give me a refund promptly, but when you’re counting on using a particular accessory for a special occasion it can be disappointing when it is not received.  Thankfully, a friend of my daughter’s had given Zarriah a bracelet as a gift.

 

 

I must say, my little Zarriah was an angel during the service.  Because we had the huge carnival party the day before, we only had a small family gathering after the service.  We used the ladybug cake made for the carnival party for dessert.  Zarriah is enjoying her cake along with her God mother, who is a friend of my daughter’s from college.  Amazing lady, she was juggling a 3 month old and a 4 year old that week-end, but still made time to celebrate the Christening with us.

We were so blessed to have so many family members join us at the service.  I will always cherish this picture.  Zarriah will be able to look back one day, and see how much she is loved and those who stood as a witness to help raise her as a Christian. For other Christening Day ideas, click on this link, Christening Day – Make It Special

 

Squash Casserole

Need to use up that squash and zucchini from the garden or that pile that you found on your porch from the neighbors?  You’ll love this recipe.  It’s quick, easy and delicious.  My garden didn’t produce an abundance of squash or zucchini this year.  I started an abundance of plants inside to get ahead of the season, but I got hit with vine borers and squash, but I was able to salvage a few for this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 – 10 ounces of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of mayo
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • bread crumbs.

Cube squash and zucchini
and saute for 10 – 15 minutes along with the chopped onion.  Mix the mayo and
eggs.  Add the cheese to the mixture; blend well.  Drain the squash and zucchini
and add to a greased baking dish.  Mix in the mayo, egg and cheese mixture.  Top
with bread crumbs and drizzle the butter over the bread crumbs.  Bake for 30
minutes at 350 degrees
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Follow my garden adventures at A Diva’s Garden, http://adivasgarden.blogspot.com

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Look Who’s 1

Wow, it’s been a long time since I posted.  I took a much needed break to focus on my grandchildren, rest and just figure out where I was headed in my life.  I ended a long term relationship, got tired of being in it by myself.  I did a few home improvements, planned and hosted the grandchildren’s birthday parties, planned and hosted my little Zarriah’s Christening party, planted a garden and harvested and canned my crop, vacationed in St. Croix and the list goes on.  I’m feeling energized and have lots of posts for you so lets get on with it. 

Look who turned 1 August 28.  My little preemie, Zarriah, who weighed 2lbs 10 ozs. when she entered this world is thriving.  Miss Muffin is weighing in at 20 plus pounds as you can see.  She’s not walking yet, but she’s crawling, pulling herself up and taking steps while holding on.  She has become quite a handful.  She’s no longer on formula and we’ve moved to stage 3 foods. The doctor said her eye sight is fine and they don’t foresee any vision problems in the future.  She’s had an ear infection, but other than that she’s a picture of health. 

We decided to celebrate big for her 1st birthday.  We felt so blessed that she had survived and was doing so well, we wanted a big birthday bash for her with family and friends.  Celebrate we did. Stay tuned for pictures and all the happenings with the children and my journey as a 50 plus single mother.   It’s so good to back. 

Veggie Tales – Robin Good & His Not So Merry Men Review

My grandson and I love the Veggie Tales.  We had the opportunity to review Veggie Tales’ Robin Good and His Not So Merry Men DVD.  A long time ago, in the faraway town of Bethlingham, roved a band of merry men, led by the fearless Robin Good.  Their mission:  to help people by fundraising from the rich and giving to the poor!  But when a greedy Prince starts stealing the townspeople’s hams, donations are down and Robin’s friends take off and decide to give robbing from the rich a try.  Feeling rejected, Robin thinks can’t get any worse, until he finds out that the ham-hoarding Prince has also captured his friends.  Can Robin overcome his own hurt, rescue his friends and restore the townspeople’s hope?  Find out in this fun Veggie Tale story where kids learn that there’s no hurt too big for God!  God will take care of you.  It teaches children to give their burdens to the Lord.  I think this lesson is so important to children these days.  They need to know they have someone they can always talk to about their problems. 

There’s another fabulous story on the DVD, Lenny & the Lost Birthday.   Lenny is sad because he thinks everyone has forgotten his birthday, which is March 1.  Because it is Leap Year, February has 29 days.  Lenny is not aware of the extra day and doesn’t take the extra day into consideration when counting the number of days to his birthday.  His mother explains Leap Year, and tells him that his birthday is the next day.  Lenny realizes that he is not forgotten, and all is right with the world. 

I love the lessons on this DVD.  I think it’s important to teach our children Christian values.  My 4 year old grandson loves to go to church.  He understands saying prayers and counting blessings. 

We would love to give away a copy of this wonderful DVD to share with your children.  Here’s how you can win:

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Beyonce Uses Harness For Blue Ivy

Looks like Blue Ivy is about to loose a slipper.  Aren’t they adorable.  Beyonce takes advantage of the beautiful weather we’re having on the east coast and strolls with her bundle of joy in New York.   Blue Ivy is becoming a big girl.  According to her grandfather, Matthew Knowles, she’s going to be tall.  Granddaddy said,   ‘You just want to love and kiss her, but the great thing with grandkids is that you can give them back.’

I agree with Matthew on that note.  You allow your grandchildren to get away with things th at you wouldn’t let your children get way with.  Extra treats, sweets, late nights with the TV and the list goes on.   Blue Ivy is the second grandchild for Matthew and his ex-wife Tina Knowles who divorced him after 31 years of marriage.  He has a grandson, Daniel “Julez” Smith, by his daughter Solange Knowles.  Thanks to the Daily Mail for the picture of mother and daughter. 

Kristi Yamaguchi Book Give Away – It’s a Big World Little Pig

It’s been awhile since Mother 2 Mother has sponsored a blog give away, so we’re going to give away a copy of Kristi Yamaguchi’s adorable book,  It’s a Big World, Little Pig.   Dream Big is the message that Kristi Yamaguchi sends in her new book.  Poppy the pig is an ice skater, and has been invited to skate at the World Games ice skating championship in Paris.   Poppy is nervous about heading to Paris.   She lives in New York, and becomes anxious about heading to France. It’s so far away. She is encouraged by her friend, Emma, who tells her to “Dream Big, Pig!” Poppy’s grandparents said, “You go girl!” and her parents give her comfort by letting her know that they would be with her every step of the way.

Emma gives Poppy a good luck charm, and Poppy heads to Paris. Once she arrives at the World Athlete Village, she is nervous and bumps into a snowboarder from China named Li. Li and Poppy become friends and walk the village together to find the athlete check-in. Poppy becomes hungry and decides to head to the dining hall. The dining hall is full and she scans the room for a seat. A skier from Italy waved to Poppy and offers her a seat at her table. They too become friends.
Poppy leaves the dining hall and heads to the practice rink. There she meets another skater from Japan. They admire each other’s costumes and become friends. Poppy skated from her heart during the competition and remembered all the friends and discoveries that she had made during the trip. Her parents were there to support her and decided they would stay for the remainder of the week so they could visit the Eiffel Tower, museums and eat French food. It turned out to be a beautiful trip, one that Poppy would always remember.
We would love for you to have a copy of this beautifully illustrated book.  It will make a great bedtime story or gift.  Here’s how you can win:
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Easy Recipes – Zucchini Bread

Looking for clever, easy recipes.  Whip up a batch of zucchini bread.  My grandson loves it with a glass of milk.  You can freeze it or wrap it tightly and put in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.  I make mine with walnuts, but if you’re not comfortable giving chopped walnuts to your little one leave them out.  I love indulging on the bread myself with a nice hot cup of coffee. 
Planting my own zucchini has been rewarding.  I blanched and froze several quarts this summer, and I love being able to whip up a fresh batch during the winter.  It tastes a good today as it did this summer. 
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.  In a large bowl, beat eggs.  Gradually beat in sugar, than oil.  Add flour mixture, alternating with zucchini into egg mixture.  Stir in walnuts and vanilla.  Pour into two greased lightly floured loaf pans.  Bake on lowest rack at 350 for 55 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes. 

Jessica Simpson’s Nude Pose

Jessica Simpson has duplicated Demi Moore in her nude pregnancy photo shot.  Jessica is gracing the cover of Elle magazine, and looks beautiful.  Jessica said she wasn’t uncomfortable with the shot, but in fact felt comfortable in her skin.  She has stated that she is more confident than she has ever been.  Pregnancy can be such a beautiful thing for some.  Many are saying the pose is getting old; however, it’s generating some buzz.  Personally, I wouldn’t have the encourage to pose in all my glory.  Besides, I didn’t feel pretty when I was pregnant.  Maybe because women at that time weren’t encouraged to embrace our beauty during pregnancy.   Maternity clothes weren’t fashionable, and we surely wouldn’t have posed in the nude for a photo shoot.  Just looking at yourself in the mirror was a nightmare for most.  My how time changes things.  My daughter took so many pictures of her growing bump with my grandson, and did so with pride.  She showed her bump to everybody she encountered, lol. 

Jessica has revealed that she is expecting a girl, and baby girl will be a whopper.  Her doctor is expecting the baby to be around 10 lbs.  Jessica is contemplating starting a maternity line.  She believes a woman should feel beautiful during her pregnancy, and should be able to wear stylish clothing.  She has stated that she has stayed away from maternity clothes, but purchases regular clothing in bigger sizes.  I love the maxi dresses she has worn, and think they make great maternity dresses. 

It is rumored that Jessica has gained 40 lbs. during her pregnancy.  Doctors recommend an extra 25 – 35 lb. weight gain during preganancy.  Jessica has reportedly signed a $3 million deal with Weight Watchers to loose her extra pounds.  She revealed that she enjoyed a slice of cheesecake before her photo shoot, lol.   

What do you think about Jessica’s nude photo?  How much weight did you gain, and what was your favorite craving when you were expecting?  Leave us a comment on you experience carrying your bundle of joy.  Thanks to Elle Magazine for the photo of Jessica.