Monday, June 7, 2021

Springing into Summer

It's hard to believe it's still spring here in New York. We've had July weather, and it's HOT HOT HOT.  What veggies are you most excited about right now?  Rhubarb is always the first vegetable to appear in the garden, and I look forward to it every year for pies, jelly and muffins. The recipe for Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Jelly can be found on this blog . Those vanilla specks melt my heart. I reverted back to childhood and have been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on my hikes.  

My first CSA pick up was June 7, and I love spring greens. I got shitake mushrooms, spinach, beautiful lettuce, kale, radishes and Asian greens. I make frittatas and enjoy a salad as a side.

This is my second clematis to bloom this year. Roguchi is a cutie. 

‘Betty Corning’ is always first to bloom and she puts on a show throughout the summer. 

Our sweet princess Claire will be having her first birthday in August, and I helped mom photograph her for the invitations. This is not the photo we chose (I took 100), but she definitely enjoys cake which is good since she was born into a family of women that have a sweet tooth :-)
Rhubarb Streusel muffins are now at the top of my "what should I make with rhubarb" list. I used my 40 year old church cookbook for these muffins. 
Currently blooming in my garden. 

the garlic seed
is multiplying..soon
there will be many and plenty to last throughout the winter. 

Poppies too...I just sprinkle seeds each fall or spring and they do their thing. I will be gifted with poppies in July. 

I added several bare root roses this year, and the leaves are beautiful and healthy right now. Soon there will be blooms. 

Pandora's Box recently shared how to paint on glass. I used a mason jar to gift my homemade granola. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. You did a great job on both the jelly and that hand painted jar!Excellent and sweet little♥♥Nothing cuter!

  2. This post is full of beauty and color! Claire is adorable with her little red cheeks. I love babies at that cuddly stage/age.

  3. This is such a lovely post Deb. You've made me quite hungry for toast and jelly, my favorite breakfast. I love rhubarb and strawberry jam. I think yours has such a pretty color. I love going to the farmer's market here, always a good selection of fresh greens and vegetables. Claire is such a little cutie, I'm sure a big birthday celebration will be had with lots of cake! It's already so hot here but the humidity is making it worse. Summertime is here......

  4. The jelly and the muffins sounds so good! How fun to go to the farmers market for veggies and other items. I love the mason jar you painted. I hope you have a wonderful summer.

  5. Great job on the jar Debbie! Cute idea! I must confess I've never had rhubarb! Your garden flowers are gorgeous!

  6. Claire is adorable and I love the photo you took of her! ♥ Two great ideas you shared! I need to try the rhubarb jelly you found and what a cute idea to paint on jars. Would love to try that too. Lots of clematis starting to bloom here too. Your Roguchi bloom is adorable. I had to pull mine out a few years ago. Too few blooms and it was a space hog. :(

  7. Claire is absolutely precious!! I still have a picture up of Hayden with her first bday cake. Rhubarb doesn’t grow here, Debbie, but I wish I could taste your creations. The painted jar is so pretty! ❤️

  8. Have you ever baked rhubarb and strawberry pie? It's yummy. OMG Claire is a little cutie! What a cute photo! Your flowers in your garden are beautiful, and I love the heart-shaped M-C dish with them displayed in it. May I use it for a post and link back to this post? We have little around here because so much was blown away or damaged in the tornado, and things are getting replaced and replanted very sloooooowwwwwwllllllly....


  9. Great job Debbie on painting the jar and jelly. Claire is such a cutie pie. Love your flowers arranged in a heart dish.The clematis are so pretty. We have a couple. I just wish we had nid water, instead of using our well.


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