Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vazu Vases- Perfect for your Backyard Party!

I found Vazu vases on a local coupon site, and bought 4 offers, because I thought these were an amazing idea.  You can see them on Amazon, or at the Vazu webiste:

Here they are in my backyard, where I used them to make the table pretty for a starters and wine party with my friends.  My friends thought they were glass!  They are so pretty, and yet you won't have  to worry about them at all.  They fold flat after you dry them out, and you can use them over and over again.  I'm thrilled with my Vazu vases.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Easy lunch today- turns out purple basil jam is amazing on bratwurst!  I put purple basil jam on one side of the buns, and brown deli mustard on the other- amazing!

Think of purple basil jam as pickle relish for grownups.  You will find it at

My Tomatoes!

I'm so proud of my tomatoes.  They are doing really well this year.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

How to pack delicate food for picnics

Do you need to get your cookies to a party in one piece?  Transporting a delicate pastry?  Save that bubble wrap.  When you need to get something somewhere in one piece, bubble wrap it, tape it,  then place it carefully in a cooler or picnic basket.  Your food will get there in one piece.

Tomato Tart

Our fresh garden tomatoes baked in to a pie.  Sliced tomatoes were arranged in an unbaked crust, then the fruit was brushed with heated purple basil jam.  Finally, the pie crust was pushed down around the edges, and the tart was baked at 350 until golden brown.

Kiwi ApricotTart

The top picture shows the fruit arranged on the uncooked pie crust.  The fruit was then brushed with lemon curd.  Finally the pie crust was pushed down around the edges.

And here is the finished product!  Delicious.  Baked at 350 until the crust was light brown.