Bread-and-Butter Zucchini Pickles | Sidewalk Shoes

Bread-and-Butter Zucchini (yellow squash) Pickles

I am not one of those people to go buy 40 pounds of some fruit or vegetable and can a bazilliion jars so that I am all set for winter.  I use whatever my CSA gives me and occasionally something purchased from the local market if it is a good deal.  My CSA never gives[Read More...]

Daylilies | Sidewalk Shoes

Garden Tuesday ~Colorful Daylilies

Last week I showed you my all yellow daylilies. This week, I have my more colorful lilies have started blooming.  I have another set that is even darker than these, but with all the rain last year, our trees in out backyard have gone crazy.  Areas that were once sunny are now partial to almost[Read More...]

Cauliflower Risotto | Sidewalk Shoes

Roasted Cauliflower, Sage and Almond Risotto

I don’t know about you, but there are some veggies that I associate with fall and winter.  Pumpkins, butternut squash, and cauliflower to name a few.  I don’t know why cauliflower is on that list, because since my CSA gave me a gorgeous head of it, it obviously is harvested in early summer.  I am[Read More...]

Sidewalk Shoes Wine Reviews | Waterbrook Chardonnay

Weekend Wine Reviews #214 Waterbrook Chardonnay

Waterbrook Chardonnay, 2013, Columbia Valley, $9.99, Costco.  They say:  delicately blends the aromas and flavors of fresh green apple an dlemon zest with notes of butterscotch and toasted almonds creating a soft citrus finish.  We say:  citrus with a hint of butterscotch.  Very nice!  Buy again:  definitely! Sharing is fun!

Calico Cat | Sidewalk Shoes

Happy Caturday!! Coco Kitty

Coco kitty is not impressed with this hot weather.  Come to think of it, she is not impressed with cold weather either.  She is kind of like me, there a couple of days in March and October where the weather suites us just fine. Sharing is fun!

Farro Sweet Potato Salad | Sidewalk Shoes

Farro and Sweet Potato Salad

After finding my pantry filled with jars and jars of grain (3 of quinoa alone!), I have declared the summer of 2014, The Summer of Grain Salads.  If you missed my “Spicy Bean and Quinoa Salad with Mole Vinaigrette” – go right now and pin it or bookmark it or whatever you do to ensure[Read More...]

Shaking Out the Dead | Sidewalk Shoes Book Review

Shaking Out the Dead by K.M. Cholewa

Shaking out the Dead is going to go on my best books read of 2014 list! This was so good, that when I finished it, I sat there for awhile.  Not wanting to leave the lives of all the characters I had grown to love and care about. The book is interesting in that in each[Read More...]

Veggie Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto | Sidewalk Shoes

Veggie Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto

The inspiration for this recipe came from a pasta salad recipe in The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen which called for making a basil almond pesto and then stirring it into a pasta salad.  I thought this would be a great use for the last two jars of basil pesto in my freezer.   I make basil[Read More...]

Yellow Daylilies | Sidewalk Shoes

Garden Tuesday ~Daylilies

I’m showing you a few photos of my yellow daylilies today.  My bright and colorful ones haven’t opened up yet.  These yellow ones are in the front bed and get more sun, so maybe that’s why they are first.  They are such large showy flowers, I love them! You know what garden peeps?  I’m going[Read More...]

lemon sherbet

Lemon Sherbet

Summer is here.  It’s 95 degrees today.  While I approve of summer, I do not approve of 95 degrees.  I would like my summer in the low to mid 80′s please.  I’m hot (and not in the good way that makes men whistle at me) – I mean in the “I hate hot weather” kind[Read More...]