Behind My Red Door

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bee skeps, being blue, a baby's belly button, baking, a birthday, burgers and Bonnie!!!

LOL - sorry, the post title was much shorter originally but I kept seeing B's pop out at me and so the title had to change to reflect them! Just be happy I stopped when I did!
Don't you just love bee skeps? I do! I have 5 right now. Cept I can't show you one of them because it is almost completely covered with ground cover and it is slowly becoming one with the earth. That's what happens when you leave them out all winter in New England. It has been disintegrating for a few years now. I didn't dare move it after that winter. I won't make that mistake again -leaving it out I mean,. They come inside with me about the time the pumpkins and cornstalks go up. So right now I have 4 that are still in fairly could shape. Some in better condition than the others, but I love them all. I was trying to remember where or when I first saw them but I have drawn a blank! That is soooo not me. I have a pretty good photographic memory. It could be in one the many books I use for inspiration - and then I may have seen the first one in person the first time I went to Pickity Place with the Garden Club I belonged to before we moved to this town. Jen was 3 so that was 25 years ago! OH MY! How time flies when you are having fun! If are a new follower, click here to learn about this wonderful restaurant in the woods of southern NH. It is one of my favorite places to go with a friend. The food is yummy, the gardens are gorgeous and they have a cool gift shop with all kinds of food and herb and spice related items. Of course it might have been on one of our many trips to Old Sturbridge Village. I think I have seen them there. They have some interesting old time gardens there and a wonderful gift shop too. I know I bought this big one at the Handmaiden in the town of Sturbridge.
Or perhaps it was the first time we went to Williamsburg, Va? It could have been - but I have a good reason for not remembering everything I saw there that visit. You see it was 110 -with an even higher heat index. As in degrees. As in HOT! Not, let me re-state that. As in EXTREMELY HOT!! So while we did tour some of the many gorgeous gardens there, I am sure I had heat stroke by the time we were done so my memory of those days is not the best. That was also the year of the blue smurf incident. Yes, blue smurf. ME - a blue smurf. I heard you giggling. It wasn't funny then and it isn't funny now. It all happened after one of the water rides at Busch Gardens. I have no one to blame but myself. That makes it even more painful to recall. I HATE the heat - did I tell you that yet? But I am a very good mother so I do what has to be done. That year, we needed to visit Busch Gardens amusement park on the way home from Jen's National dance competitions in Myrtle Beach. How did we know it would be the hottest day recorded to date! Yes it was HOT. EXTREMELY HOT! So it was my idea to go on that water ride first thing so that we would get a little wet and that would help keep us cool. I had on the cutest matching top and shorts. Remember the ones they sold back in the early 90's? The top usually had a pretty design. I had a really cute blue set I had gotten in Myrtle Beach. I had my brand new white tennis shoes and white ankle socks on too. They didn't stay white too long. Because we didn't get a little wet. Nope. We got DRENCHED TO THE BONE. Yup. And my pretty blue outfit started to run. As in loose the dye. Did I tell you I was wearing shorts? Do you know what happens when blue fabric is DRENCHED and starts to run? Did you know water follows gravity? YUP. That smurf blue water went right down my legs. And into my white socks and my white sneakers. I turned blue. Yes I did! Even though it was 110 degrees (with an even higher heat index) I was turning blue. Right in front of thousands of curious eyes. Do you know that I can run from the back of Busch gardens to the exit in the front in 10 seconds flat? You would too if you were turning blue!! Did I ever tell you how much I HATE the heat?
Well, no matter where it was that I first saw bee skeps, I have had at least one ever since. They really say summer don't they? Much better than water rides at Busch Gardens if you ask me. Who needs those!
I have been asked about my sources for skeps several times and I have to tell you that I get my bee skeps at local shops that don't ship. BUT I do know of one online source. I have never ordered from this source but I know a few gals that have and they were pleased. Click HERE for that source.
I got an email from Jay the other day and his excitement came right through the computer!Liliana has a belly button! Yup, the umbilical cord finally fell off. It must have tuckered her out so much that she fell asleep on the couch watching TV I guess. Just like her daddy, and his daddy too! At least she doesn't snore. And she sure is a lot cuter - no offense guys.
The next dayLiliana and her mommy came to lunch with me while Grampy and Great Grampy were out playing golf. Her mommy and I had turkey wraps, but she just had formula. Now don't let this picture fool you. She may look all sweet right here but let me tell you, you don't want to know what she was getting ready to do. I think she even looks like she is contemplating it! How can one sweet little girl, make such a stinky mess? TWICE! That's when it is time to assert your Grammy's rights and say "here mommy- change your baby!!" hehehe And here she is clapping for joy because she is now clean and dry and sweet as can be!
After visiting me, she and mommy went for a walk around the park and she loved the fresh air.
I had a few questions on the pronunciation of Liliana. The best way I can explain it in print is that it is pronounced like this: Lily Ah Na ...Not Lily Anna. I hope that makes sense!
You might have guessed that DH's parents are in town from their home on the golf course in SC. They usually come home in May, but this year they waited until the baby was born. Jay is their only grandson, and so they were very excited to meet their second great grandchild. Their first lives in Texas and they don't get to see him because of the distance. It is getting harder and harder for them to make the trip back home here even, so we treasure each visit. My MIL loves babies like no one else, so when she got her hands on Liliana, it was a love fest for sure. It was great to see DH's parents enjoying our first grandchild so much!
Four generations..

Today is also my FIL's 82nd birthday so we had a party here. It's been awhile since we were together on his birthday. We had a cook out and I made a variety of salads to go with the burgers and it was the perfect weather for it. On the menu-
French onion dip (my own recipe) and chips
Broccoli salad ( humm shoulda put that in the title too!)
Italian Pasta Salad
Garden Salad
Hermits (my in laws love them!)
Swedish Rhubarb Meringue
I found the recipe on a blog weeks ago and can't find the source now, so if anyone knows it, please let me know. I'd like to give credit where credit is due because this was out of this world! My in laws are Swedish and love rhubarb and I knew they would like this better than a cake.

Swedish Rhubarb Meringue
2/3 cup margarine or butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar

5 cups diced rhubarb
4 egg yolks (save whites for meringue)
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup evaporated milk or whipping cream ( I used cream)

4 egg whites
5 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first 3 ingredients and press into the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Prick the bottom with a fork and bake 10 minutes. It will come out looking like this.

Mix the next 6 ingredients and pour over crust. Bake 45 minutes. It looks like this.
To make the meringue beat the egg whites until foamy in an electric mixer or by hand. While continuing to beat, add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Meringue is ready when stiff peaks form. Spoon over rhubarb mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until meringue is browned.This result was so worth all three steps!! OH YUMMO!!!!!! I imagine you could substitute apples or peaches or some other firm fruit for the rhubarb if you wish!
We all loved it!
Note: the bottom crust pops out easily because of all the butter but the second two layers stuck to tha pan so I would grease the pan next time.

Happy Birthday Dad !


After my last post I had a few requests to make a new summer wool pillow pattern to share and while I so appreciate your confidence in me, I am not sure I am ready for that right now. It's one thing for me to try and decipher my own hen scratching but quite another to make it presentable to the world! I also had several gals ask if I sell anything I make. I don't. I have a hard enough time making what I want for myself and the gifts I need to make. I had vowed some time ago to read more and I am indeed doing that so stitching often takes a back seat. And of course the number of blogs I follow is huge and even though I can't get to each post - especially those that post several times a week- I try to visit them at least once a week. We all know how much time that takes. And then there are the small projects around the house and the gardening and the keeping of the house and the cooking nice dinners for DH every night and well, like the rest of you I am sure, there just are not enough hours in the day!! A gal that used to be one of my teachers, still works at the school. We were chatting the other day and I asked her is she had thoughts of retiring and she said to to me " I could never retire and just sit at home twiddling my thumbs". I told her, I wish I had TIME to twiddle my thumbs!
And then there are the prim friends I love to see in person too! Later this week I am having a little gathering with my friend Bonnie and new friend Audrey. You met Bonnie here. They are coming to my home for brunch and then hopefully, a few of the prim shops around here will be open. I'll hope to take plenty of pictures to share.
Thanks for stopping by everyone. I hope your weekend is being good to you!

Until Next Time - Hugs, Grammy Linda