Monday, May 17, 2010

I was being followed.......

As I was out gardening in my backyard yesterday, everywhere I looked, this little guy was there (sorry for the bad picture quality, all I had on me was my cell phone).  He landed here on my little gardening bench. 

Monday, May 10, 2010

My Favorite Finds #13 - 1st Holiday of the Summer

The official 1st holiday of the Summer is just a few weeks away......time to plant the tomatoes, dust off the picnic table and fire up the grill!  We grill and/or barbecue just about every weekend during the summer.  We love our hamburgers, brats, ribs, chicken and steaks.  We also love to grill fresh vegetables in our special grilling pan.  This is also the time for get-togethers, picnics and potlucks with family and friends.  My daughter tasted the following dish at an office potluck and told me how delicious it was.  I made it for a Christmas party (though it's a bit more expensive to make in the winter due to the price of the grapes) and it was a big hit!  My daughter made it for our Mother's Day Brunch yesterday, and again, everyone just loved it!  Try it for your next potluck and you, too, will get many compliments and requests for the recipe!

Grape Salad

1 cup cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract (to taste)
4 lbs. of grapes (2 lbs green & 2 lbs red or your choice)
3 tablespoons pecans, chopped
3 tablespoons brown sugar

Mix together first 4 ingredients. Stir into grapes. Mix together pecans and brown sugar and sprinkle on top of grapes.  Chill.