Yesterday my friend Jeannie and I had a date, with 3 goals in mind:

1. To get together to catch up on life.

2. To take a short walk together.

2. To stroll through my yard and garden (she always gives the best advice).

At one point during our walk around the neighborhood (looking at other yards and flowers), I reached out and grabbed Jeannie’s hand. Not because she needed my help, just because I just wanted to “feel” her hand.

Sometimes I secretly imagine my Mom walking next to me and feeling her hand in mine.

If your Mom is gone, have you ever done that?

I always loved to hold my Mom’s hand …

Jeannie brought me these beautiful flowers from her garden, so I added water and put them directly into the garden beds to enjoy.

Today I’ll update you on our raised beds! If you missed my 4-part series, HERE is the link to the last post that includes all of the garden posts.

I was on my way to Atlanta last week, to the Blog Her Food conference, and our friend brought us tomato starts from her greenhouse.

When I came home, these little babies were already planted and starting to grow …

I was a little worried because my husband, who was short on time, planted them the conventional way instead of the “trench-planting-method” way that we’ve always done in the past. He needed to get the plants in the ground … fast.

And more tomatoes are coming …

This picture made me smile. Our kids pick their own lettuce for salads. Clearly they are picking the outer leaves like we showed them to …



More lettuce …


Pepper that was started as a seed in our AeroGarden

Peonies getting ready to burst …

Raspberries …

Potatoes …

And lastly, our strawberry bed is really taking off (see the mint transplant in the very front corner?) …


I love the inspiration that comes from spending time with a friend and in the great outdoors. Also in the city, in our backyard with beautiful produce growing in our raised beds.

I’d love to hear how your garden is coming along this season, or will you be shopping at the Farmer’s Market?

I’m guesting over at Good Life Eats today sharing my scrumptious Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe! Head on over and say hi to Katie and get ready for the best appetizer ever using strawberries and only a couple other ingredients. My friend, Bren, also gardens and she lives in the Midwest. Take a peek at her blog, The BG Garden Blog, too!

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