Garden
Lilac Drop Cocktail

Lilac Drop Cocktail

    It’s LILAC  season, so this pretty perennial garden favorite is a thing right now. Lilacs are putting on quite a show and they   can be intoxicating  in more ways than one! Sure, the icy violet, deep purple and white blossoms are gorge and the fragrance is divine, duh…which is why I scatter...
Lemon Chive Butter

Lemon Chive Butter

    So many cha cha chive blossoms in our kitchen garden right now…SO little time. What’s a girl to do but make lemony chive butter! It’s delish on crusty bread or baked potatoes and it’s seriously simple and so PRETTY! How can you possibly let these yummy blooms go to waste?     Here’s...
Late Last Week THIS Happened! ~ Garden Party Shoot for 425 Magazine

Late Last Week THIS Happened! ~ Garden Party Shoot for 425 Magazine

  A pretty little Garden Party  shoot for 425 Magazine!      This fresh photo shoot with the fab Brooke Clark  of Studio B Portraits {Can’t wait to see her pics!!}  just may have you GREEN with garden envy :)  but it will be SO simple for you to recreate in your OWN garden! Our 425 garden shoot...
Mimosas ~ Champagne & Citrus

Mimosas ~ Champagne & Citrus

  It’s the weekend!  Why not kick it off with a sunny sip!   You can pull together a pretty pink grapefruit mimosa in minutes!     It starts with fresh  squeezed pink grapefruit juice, a swirl of flowery St-Germain, champagne…of course and a hint of     fresh herbs. {Our #PNW  winter kitchen garden boasts sage &...
BLOOM in 2015

BLOOM in 2015

  First day back from a wonderful Southern Californina  vacay  {Thank you Jeanne C! See more on my INSTAGRAM @MonicaHart1} and I spotted these lovely branches at my local market, just about ready to… BLOOM! {Metropolitan Market}     I quickly popped the forced  quince branches into my standby, simple handblown glass vase. The plump spring buds...
Summer Garden Bounty

Summer Garden Bounty

So I’ve been sharing A  LOT  on Instagram lately… {Come join me @MonicaHart1} Some rather delicious pictures – from our edible  garden flowers, like these delicate zucchini blossoms which I stuff with seasoned ricotta then drizzle with olive oil and bake {YUM} to … the bounty of tomatoes and basil which I turn into a...
Flavored Olive Oils ~ Sweet Basil

Flavored Olive Oils ~ Sweet Basil

    Simple Dinner Prep  I’m talking about flavored  olive oils! So yummy, so easy and a little drizzle here and there…can truly elevate a summer meal!     This morning I ventured out in the kitchen garden and snipped some of our gorgeous  fresh basil. Very verdant & fragrant! & SWEET!      To...
Beet It! Roasted Beet & Radish Salad

Beet It! Roasted Beet & Radish Salad

    I could LIVE on this! My Roasted Beet, Radish and Herb Coated Goat Cheese salad! SO simple, SO earthy, SO DIVINE!     Just LOOK at that luscious color!!! #NoFilter!     Ruby red  and gorgeous golden beets   peeled, drizzled with good olive oil, sprinkled with S & P and     ...
Wild about Lavender! DIY Floral 'Cake' Centerpiece

Wild about Lavender! DIY Floral ‘Cake’ Centerpiece

Stefanie Knowlton Photography   Lavender is at its peak this time of year and what’s not to LOVE about lavender?    Stefanie Knowlton Photography  Miss Melaine of  My Sweet Savannah  fame  and I are still on a lavender infused high…from our visit to   Stefanie Knowlton Photography      the fragrant fields at Woodinville Lavender!   ...
DIY Garden Salad Bar

DIY Garden Salad Bar

  It doesn’t get any fresher  than this! Let’s dish… on our divine DIY portable salad bar!  This little garden beauty is parked right outside our kitchen door and it’s loaded with several tender varieties of lettuce…ALL at my fingertips!     A portable salad bar like this makes it so  simple to pull together a quick...
Create an Exotic Outdoor Room - Remake

Create an Exotic Outdoor Room – Remake

  It’s an easy little outdoor room exotic re-make for our waterside outdoor pavilion.     I brought in a few…other worldly  succulents & pulled out the shells and bubble glass.         Comfy pillows look like plump buoys propped up on their sides.      Strings of inexpensive shells swag our outdoor...
Lazy Sunday in the Garden

Lazy Sunday in the Garden

  It’s a lazy  Sunday morning in our garden courtyard. Old bench with NEW French  pillow & pad. Shoes off….fresh gravel…a comfy place to land and…      a second  cup with a touch of gold.  {LOVE}     Have a wonderful Sunday,