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June Is Busting Out!

A busy June is flying by. This week, we are sharing a garden update, as well as a great baby gift idea. Outdoor temperatures have started to rise, so we’re reposting one of our favorite cool salads. Check out Martha Stewart’s rainbow cakes – they are perfect for Pride Month or any time!

THE NAME FRAME

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When a friend or family member welcomes a new baby, we create a special frame with the newborn’s name. To do this, we decorate a flat frame with good quality stickers. You can find stickers with many themes. If you know the decor of the nursery, the frame can be customized. We have made frames with jungle themes, beach themes, balloons and more. If the proud parents have e-mailed pictures of the new addition, print your favorite on photo paper and insert in the frame. We created the frame below to celebrate the birth of a friend’s granddaughter. Our example is without the photo we used out of respect for the family’s privacy. For this frame, we chose a garden theme with 3D flower stickers and butterflies. We also put a sticker on the glass that says: “Love at first sight!” (That’s not a water stain in the bottom right-hand corner, it’s photographer Kevin’s shadow!)

Money saving tip: These stickers can be a little pricey. We usually buy them at Michael’s or Joann’s. Check the store’s websites – they often have coupons!

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COOL FOOD

Now that warmer weather is here, we are trying to cook and eat cooler foods that are light and refreshing and won’t add too much heat to the kitchen. Our BOW TIE PASTA SALAD, first shared in our Academy Award post, “OSCAR! OSCAR! OSCAR!”, fits the bill!

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BOW TIE PASTA SALAD

Ingredients: 1 pkg. bow tie farfalle pasta (we chose a vegetable variety for extra color), the juice of 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/2 cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons Italian salad dressing,         1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 3 chopped plum tomatoes, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn,         2 tablespoons chopped chives. Prepare the bow tie pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and refrigerate until cool. Combine lemon juice and zest with oil and salad dressing. Mix chopped tomato with corn, toss pasta with dressing combo and parm. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with chives. Chill and serve.

THIS WEEK’S PRIDE MONTH RAINBOW:

We continue our celebration of Pride Month with a collection of wonderful rainbow cakes from Martha Stewart.

http://www.marthastewart.com/1058558/rainbow-cake?socsrc=soc_fb_2015_06_08_Food_Scale_Nocost_L_Topic

And click here for some information about events at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, NY, in 1969, widely recognized as a defining moment in the fight for LGBT rights.

http://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/gay-pride-stonewall-riots/2015/06/10/id/649796/

GARDEN UPDATE

This week, our crop of baby cherry tomatoes has doubled from 3 to 6! The tomato plant is shown at the top of the page. We also continue transplanting our seedlings, re-potting some marigold plants into our original toolbox planter and our new painted terra-cotta pots, which were featured in our Mother’s Day blog. The remainder of our seedlings will be transplanted this weekend. There are some concerns about our pansy seedlings – looking a bit scrawny at this point. We would appreciate any advice!

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A welcome addition to this year’s garden is this cute flamingo watering can, which we bought in memory of our beloved friend Sondra. She loved gardening and pink flamingos!

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“The Earth laughs in flowers.”                                                                                                                     – Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source – goodreads)

Next week: Father’s Day!

Enjoy!

Roy and Kevin

June – A Rainbow of Possibilities!

There is a lot going on this week! We are focusing on the final leg of the Triple Crown, our quick and delicious recipe for pizza, a garden update and Pride Month!

THE BELMONT STAKES

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The Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the Triple Crown. Excitement is high this year with the possibility of a Triple Crown winner, which has not been accomplished since Affirmed won in 1978 – almost 4 decades ago! American Pharaoh, who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, will face a group of talented, well-rested challengers. We look forward to watching on Saturday afternoon and will be filling out our racing forms. Hoping for better results this time!

Click here for information on this year’s Belmont Stakes contenders:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/horseracingspecial/belmont-stakes-2015-contenders-american-pharoah-vs-a-7-horse-field-for-the-triple-crown/ar-BBkGbJk?ocid=ansSBNation11

And here is an interesting article about the ever-changing Belmont Stakes official signature cocktail(s):

http://www.newsday.com/sports/horseracing/belmont-stakes-keeps-changing-its-official-drink-1.10508204

ITALIAN BREAD PIZZA

The Belmont Stakes are in New York. As a nod to one of the foods served at the food court at the track, New York-style pizza, we thought we’d share our Italian bread pizza. Its easy, economical and delicious. You can use your favorite sauce and toppings or try ours.

You will need: a 1 lb. loaf of whole wheat or white Italian bread, a jar of your favorite tomato sauce, 1/2 lb. of browned ground beef, 8 oz. of shredded Italian cheese blend, mushrooms and peppers.

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 To make the pizzas: preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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Using a serrated bread knife, cut the loaf horizontally into three layers, as shown. Toast in the pre-heated oven on parchment paper for 7-10 minutes.

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Top each pizza with 1/2 cup of sauce, 1/3 cup of cheese, 1/3 of the ground beef, mushrooms and peppers or the toppings of your choice.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Cut each pizza into 4 slices and enjoy! We especially like the center layer!

GARDEN UPDATE

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June started with temperatures in the 40’s, but our plants have hung in there. One of the joys we get from gardening is discovering the unexpected. When we were buying this year’s plants for our patio, we spotted some small, bright purple flowers called Lobelia and decided to give them a try. When we first planted them, we thought they might not make it, but as the picture above shows, they have thrived. They make a nice, bright backdrop in our garden!

BEACH HOUSE DECOR

We love the beach and we enjoy decorating with beach-inspired items. We jokingly call our home, “the beach house”. This week’s featured photo of Kevin with a rainbow shooting out of his hat is one of our favorites. Roy took this photo in Provincetown, MA, a couple of years ago during our vacation. We decorated the frame with a few shells from the trip. They attach easily with some craft glue. You can cover the whole frame with shells or just add a few.                These embellished frames make great giftstoo! 

Speaking of rainbows:

PRIDE MONTH

President Barrack Obama has officially declared June to be LGBT Pride Month. There are great concerts, educational exhibits, crafts fairs, festivals and parades nationwide in June. We are looking forward to Rhodes Island’s month-long celebration. Go on-line to check out events in your area.

Here is a timeline of LGBT history:

Click to access LGBT-Pride-Month-Timeline.pdf

Rainbow Life Quotes – Bing Images

 

Enjoy!

Roy and Kevin