a NEW addition to my garden

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Happy Friday!

So, where do you put your small garden tools? I made this handy-dandy mosaic mailbox for my garden to hold my gloves, spade, garden snipers and even a little notebook where I tape all the plant tags – you know, the instruction-thingy that tells you how to care for the plant?  I put that in a plastic bag with tape, pencil and reading glasses.  I’m all set in my garden! I LOVE it!

Can you tell I spelled out GROW with the broken up tiles?  On the other side I spelled out BLOOM. My hubby earned his way through college doing tile work, so now even though he’s a finance guy, we never pay anyone to do any tile work at our house – and that means I have plenty more tile scraps to do more projects.  This was my very first mosaic attempt and now I plan to make some garden stepping stones etc.

Here’s the front view:

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Isn’t it amazing what a boost something NEW and different brings to life?!?

Have a great day! Let me know know what’s NEW with YOU!

 

The NEWness Explorer is BACK…

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HELLO again, Blogland!  I took an unplanned 9-month break from blogging, but I’m back!  Things have settled down (at least for the moment), and I’m excited to document the upcoming NEW things I plan to be doing or learning about!

I started this site on 5 September 2012, so I gave myself a deadline to ‘get-back-at-it’ as of TODAY, 5 September 2017!

The main reason I was MIA was because of a huge work-related project I had to work on, but “regular life” got in the way too.  Some fun stuff though…

We went on a trip of a life-time to Europe this summer (pic above of one of the hotel’s we stayed at).  We cruised around the Mediterranean (Spain, Italy, France) and then hopped back over to England to visit our ancestral stomping grounds. The entire trip was fabulous! I’ll probably share some more pics from the trip in upcoming posts.

We worked on a couple of NEW house projects…we tore out a wall in our workout room and stuck a sauna in there so the door would face the bathroom (and therefore be accessible to the shower), and re-did the workout room including a ballet barre.  My hubby teases me and asks if I use the “bar-A” for my workouts.  Well, YES, today I did a HIP HOP BARRE WORKOUT! Thank you very much! :o)  The plan is to finish up the room with mirrors behind the ‘Bar-A’, …still need to get a bid for those.

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A LOT of time went into planning a summer camp for teenage girls from our church.  It was time-consuming, but also fun and rewarding…and the girls will probably always remember getting totally rained AND hailed on!

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And I FINALLY started on my “Secret Garden” that I posted plans about way back in May of 2014!   My hubby made this arbor that I LOVE, and little by little, I’m adding plants – but it still has a long, long, LONG way to go!

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So! That’s {some} of what I’ve been up to.  I’m looking forward to catching up with many of the blogs I follow as well as get great ideas for NEW things to do or learn from YOU!

Have a great day! Try to do or learn something NEW today!

a NEW recipe…Basil Butter

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I’m loving my indoor herb garden!  {see previous post with details HERE}  Today I tried a NEW recipe and used up some of my basil that I’ve been growing.  YUMMY!  I got the recipe from Paint Chips and Frosting (that’s a fun blog name, huh?!?).

Now I’m on the hunt for more great fresh herb recipes…the only catch is, my garden is kind of small at the moment, so the recipes can’t call for more than a cup or so of basil, parsley or cilantro, and only a tiny bit of chives…but I have PLENTY of dill!   Does anyone have any fabulous dill recipes???

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW recipe…{OH.MY.DELISH!} Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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I tried a NEW soup recipe….and ok, WHY have I never made homemade tomato soup????  This recipe was DELICIOUS!!!

I recently visited my Mom and she was raving over my sister’s homemade tomato soup.  So I texted my sister and asked for the recipe…(she just got it online, but didn’t keep it)!  So this recipe linked HERE is one of the top google searched tomato soup recipes, and OH.MY!…it is REALLY yummy!

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My hubby and I keep saying we need to convert more to a plant-based diet.  Well, this recipe is a keeper and our vegan Daughter-In-Law will be soooo proud of us if we eat in this style more often! 🙂

Have a great day!  Do OR Learn something NEW today!