If you have been around here awhile, you may remember that I shared our small herb garden with you a couple of years ago.
It needs some work right now. We said good-bye to all our students last Friday, and yesterday was the race-to-finish-all-the-paperwork final day with teachers, so hopefully I can make some time to work on that small garden soon (along with all the exterior painting work that needs to be done.) But I did manage to work on the pots on the back decks over the weekend.
The pots have hollies and boxwood growing in them, and every summer I plant geraniums, sweet potato vines, and lantana in them. This year, I decided to change it up some by planting herbs with the geraniums.
I love my new herb markers. They are wooden stakes, so I don’t know how well they will do in the soil, but we will see. Taking on an old-worn-look is definitely not a bad thing in my eyes. (Spraying them with some kind of sealant might be a smart thing to do though.)
Our deck areas are on two levels. Those pots were on the upper level where the grill is located. Now let’s go down to the larger lower deck.
More pots and herbs are on that deck too, along with another adirondack chair and our picnic table. I decided that since I was planting so many herbs, it might be nice to have a meal that utilized all of them. So viola! Our herb meal for dinner on the deck was born.
Normally I think of green and white for garden parties, but I guess those red geraniums made me bring out the red plates.
I used some small plants in peat pots on the table with kraft paper labels I lettered, and I also hand lettered some names of plants around the border of the kraft paper runner. The citronella candles helped to keep some of the insects away.
Here is the menu for our herb-inspired meal:
The fruit salad was simply cut up watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries with mint leaves mixed in. The grilled chicken with herbs was a recipe from here. (I would suggest adding a good bit of salt to the recipe for the marinade. It needed it.) The potatoes were a Barefoot Contessa recipe available here, but we did not slice the potatoes the way she does in her meal. Ours are simply chopped into pieces. I used my baked tomato recipe from here. And the wonderful cheddar garlic biscuits were a mix from Walmart that is delicious. (Read about here.) Yes, a mix that is delicious!
Sorry for the fuzzy photo…the food was ready and we wanted to eat! The potting bench made a perfect place to serve beverages.
Lemon slices and mint leaves were added to both the water and the sweet tea to continue with the use of herbs.
And again I did a little hand lettering on kraft paper there. (The top of the potting bench is not real pretty – after all it is a potting bench that has seen its share of dirt!)
You might remember on our recent trip to Savannah we stopped in Back in the Day Bakery and tried out a variety of their yummy foods. I loooooved their lavender shortbread cookies and thought they would be the perfect dessert with ice cream (what else?) for this meal. Here is a link to the recipe for them. (Yes, the ice cream was melting in the heat here while I was taking this photo.)
Now I don’t want you to get the impression that I did all of this by myself. No way. I did prepare the baked tomatoes, set the table, and cleaned up the potting bench, but while I was working on the plants and things outside, our daughter prepared the chicken for grilling, baked the cookies, mixed up the salad, and made the biscuits. One of our sons prepared the potatoes, and my husband and other son were busy putting out pine straw in the back flowerbeds. So it was definitely a family affair.
And now something for you. Because I am a blogger, it seems that weekly (sometimes daily!) I am sent emails from companies wanting me to do a post on their products. It has been everything from women’s clothing to ceiling tiles to blankets to rug pads to…you name it. And although many of these may be perfectly fine products, I am p-i-c-k-y. I have said, “Not now,” to every single one because I have not felt like they fit with the style you are accustomed to seeing here. But a few months back, Donna at Timeless-Settings sent me an email asking me to simply look at their site to see if there was anything that might work with my style of blog. I was leary, thinking…Here we go again. But oh my goodness I was wrong! There were many things on her site that I loved. She asked if I would like to do a giveaway with any of them, and here is what we came up with just for you.
Recognize the wooden tray of pots from my potting bench above? Yep. She is giving a set of those to one of you. I love how the pots look old and worn. They are beautiful…truly. And that is not all. She is also including the wooden glass topped box of herb markers too! There are 9 different stakes in the set.
I normally just ask that you leave a comment to be entered in my giveaways, but because this is a sponsored post, I am asking you to do a little more this time. Please visit their site at www.timeless-settings.com and browse through the many items you find there. (I especially loved all the garden items.) And then come back here to leave a comment telling what item(s) you like there. The contest will remain open until next Thursday night, June 5, 2014 at midnight. I will do a random drawing from the comments after that. Then Donna will ship out the goodies to the winner.
I also want to let you know this post is the first of my series on gardening to officially kick off the summer, so if you love anything related to gardening you will want to check out the next few posts. You may enter the contest once with each post if you will visit their site each time. I look forward to seeing which items you like from Timeless Settings, and I hope to see you back here soon.
Until next time…
***Giveaway has closed. Congratulations Amy!***