Did you celebrate the 4th on the 4th? Though I had it off work (strange to have a Wednesday off) we didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. Our plans are for this Saturday, swimming, snack food/appetizers and pizzas and then some fireworks, I bought enough to put on a half hour to 45 minute show, it should be fun! I’m excited. You would think I still had a little one at home but, it’s not the case. I’ll be the coolest Granmama though with all these fireworks someday in the near future :)
Sticking with the “don’t you dare turn the oven on” ban this week, I’ve made an old favorite of mine. It’s also a great pot-luck dish and comes together quickly and it won’t break the bank either. I’ve taken it to work for lunch two days in a row now and it’s plenty to fill me up on these lovely, hot days. Try it and I bet your palate will say thank you!
2 oz. parmesan cheese (or eyeball it ;))
1 T. sesame seed
1 T. paprika
1 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. accent
1/2 t. pepper
1 t. poppy seeds
Mix with 8 oz. cooked (cooled) spaghetti
8 oz. bottle Zesty Italian dressing
And veggies of your choice. I used two roma tomatoes, 1 large cucumber, 1 white onion and 1 can of slice black olives.
Dice everything about the same size.
You could also add: mushrooms, green (or any color) peppers, carrots, celery. The sky is the limit
Voila! A simple side salad that is easy and filling.
Now a few pics I’ve taken of my hollyhocks along the way. I mainly have white or a very pale pink but, I also have some dark pink that are just gorgeous. These are between the two back doors of my house and along side the garage (which faces the house). This first picture is from April 27, 2012.
This was May 28, 2012, I tried take pictures about a month apart. Look what a difference in height, my lights are almost covered!
This was on June 25, 2012. Just starting to bloom.
A week later on July 3, 2012 and they’re in full swing!
Here’s my darker pink…aren’t they lovely?
These flowers produce hundreds of seeds. As you can see they get 5-6 feet tall and make great border flowers. If you put them where it’s windy though, you may need stakes. If you would like some seeds, come this fall, leave a comment about the seeds and I will put you on my mailing list. I’ll get your address farther down the line. Have a wonderful holiday weekend y’all!!