What a relaxing, beautiful weekend here in Texas! We had sunny skies and 80 degree weather, perfect for gardening and barbequing! I got my hair done on Saturday and stopped by my parent’s house to help them plant their garden.
Last summer, my dad built this beautiful cedar planter for my mom. We filled it up with basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, red bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and onions. The herbs did great, but the veggies didn’t do so hot in the 115 degree Texas weather.
This year, my mom decided to plant more flowers than veggies. I love the purple and yellow flowers she chose. At the bottom of this picture, there’s the green onions that survived the winter! I love their purple flowers. They smell SO good.
Here’s another angle of what we planted on Saturday. In the bottom right hand corner is a small rose bush, that will hopefully bloom soon. The white flowers are cascade periwinkles– supposedly they’re going to grow into one large mass of flowers. Along the left hand side are a bunch of thyme plants.
My favorite! Basil, oregano, rosemary, mint and thyme. Such a must-have. Read about my balcony herb garden here.
These are some of my favorite flowers: pink geraniums! I have some planted in a pot on my balcony.
Flowers, flowers and more flowers! I’m so hoping the Texas heat won’t ruin all of my parent’s hard work!
Zoe decided to get in on the pictures!
What a cutie. I sure do miss her now that I live on my own.
My parents gave me some leftover pots that they weren’t using for their garden, and I planted some more herbs and flowers to add to my balcony collection. I’m super excited for the “pineapple mint” (bottom right). It smells sweet and minty– totally going to use it in a adult beverage in the near future.
Here’s me (pale me) enjoying the sun. My hair stylist did an awesome job touching up my blonde highlights. I feel more summer-y now– just need to get some more color on me… I wish there was a way to be tan without skin damage/looking orange!
It was such a beautiful day outside we decided to grill up some veggies– zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms and red onion with olive oil and Cajun seasoning.
Top that off with a juicy 8oz salmon filet!
SO GOOD! Grilled salmon tastes 10x better than baked, in my opinion. What a relaxing weekend. There is nothing better than being outside in beautiful weather. It is so calming and peaceful.
Have you planted anything yet? What is your favorite thing to grill in the spring and summer?
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!