Monday, September 2, 2013

gathering in the garden *****

present: gathering in the garden~

if you are looking for a darling little book, packed with artistic beauty, fresh ideas and recipes, please look no further, sit back and let the novel bakers present a gathering in the garden week for your viewing pleasure. from this wee book comes BIG ideas on how to creatively enjoy your very own garden parties. each of the dozen chapters offers you the perfect venue to enjoy natures bounty, right down to delicious recipes. each chapter offers you ideas for theme parties in the garden, from sunrise service, to tea time, straight on through to a little twilight magic~

this adorable book was written by two friends who met in kindergarten, 50 years later they still see their souls and spirits reflect back in one another. they grew up in the country, spending their days in the fresh air, every season was theirs to make the most of it, every day opened new doors for them to leap through. their imaginations created the world in which they lived, they needed no props to make it happen.

when they were 7 they both studied art under the same teacher. in this book you will find their love of art, combined with their great affection for the outdoors, coupled with a gardens bounty, from its preparations, to its final presentation. their garden gatherings are simply a way to take an ordinary occasion and make it extraordinary. as you read this book all they ask is that you take delight in their artwork and savor their menus, recipes and homegrown ideas...

for my kick off to a gathering in the garden, i am starting with chapter one, the tomato taste off. a coronation of the queen of the garden~

for a unique summer gathering, plan a celebration that heralds her short lived reign, highlighting the luscious red ripe heart and soul of summer, the tomato!

time to gather up my harvest and let the fun begin, starting by the crate load!

bring on the food and lets get this garden party started~

i hope you enjoyed yourself visiting our little tomato tasting, we dined on gazpacho shots on ice, roasted tomatoes with herbed mozzarella on skewers, little tomato basil jack cheese tarts, a gorgeous mini heirloom tomato tart with goat cheese and a delicious lemon basil herb dressing, fresh tomato bruschetta and for dessert tomato cupcakes, still on the vine. i guess you could say we partied til the cows came home~

as a little back story our beach house backs up to pasture land, when we first bought it was just wide open spaces, but a neighbor rented the land and brought in cattle... i do not like living with cattle for many reasons, but number one is they have a predetermined life span, and i detest that... as an animal lover i can't even look at them, knowing their days are limited... its hard on my heart.

i wanted to take advantage of the barn behind us as perfect focal point, i had my husband pick up the hay and drive it to the back fence area. all was calm and quiet... within 15 minutes it was a near stampede! with the off shore breeze the winds must have been laden with fresh hay bales and they came running from out of sight down a steep hill, and MOOING at the top of the lungs. of course this doesn't make me happy... my little picnic is being crashed, but the good news is my flapping banner keeps them a wee bit a bay. don't get me wrong, i love cows, i am just sad for them... its too close for comfort living with them.

there is nothing i can do about our uninvited guests, i just can't have eye contact or i will be begging scott to buy them all back and lets move and save their lives... i am just pointing the camera and clicking without looking. i continue on setting up our picnic, clicking as they move about filling in the voids, until i get on the computer i didn't know i have one more reason why i don't like living next to cows, its not the wholesome kind of pictures i am used to sharing ;-)

as double aside, when at the beach i am beginning to play where is the beach boy waldo. i wanted to tuck in a little seaside nod, see if you can catch the 3 seaside references~

check back all this week while the novel bakers gather in the garden to delight all of your senses~

home is where the boat is

once upon a plate

rattlebridge farm