August is here, bringing late summer flowers and a birthday! We were happy to celebrate Sally's twenty-fifth birthday with her this week-end. A chocolate cake with chocolate frosting was in order!
Brown-eyed Susan's, cone flowers, pinks, roses, and lavender in simple vases brought life to the table as homespun centerpieces.
The mix of purple, pink, and yellow created an eclectic mix of cheer.
Local watermelons are ripe and so tasty. I enjoy local melons because the farmer's make sure they are well-ripened in the field before harvesting them. A friend shared her recipe for watermelon and sweet-onion salad with me and it was yummy! Orange segments, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro added much depth of flavor.
Recently I've been trying my hand at spring rolls as well. They are so simple and very tasty! The wraps are made from tapioca or rice starch. They look like hard, translucent crackers and can be found at the Asian market. There's no cooking of the wraps involved. Instead, soak the wrap in a bowl of warm water and then remove, drip dry a bit, and place on a plate. Then add a filling of choice. I used a filling of stir-fried vegetables with tofu, seasonings, and soy sauce for the one pictured above. For another option I made a fruit salad of mango, apricot, and cantaloupe that was served with a cherry fruit sauce.
Fortunately Sally stuck by while we sang Happy Birthday to her! We had a false start and were a bit off-key, I'm afraid! She blew out all the candles at once, so she's in for a great year!
Gift time included some beautiful prints, patterns, and notions. A tiered sun-dress in pink and orange is option one.
And a turquoise tunic is option two. I stopped a woman about Sally's age at the fabric store to ask her opinion on prints and colors. I figured she'd set me straight if I was way off fashion base! I made sure I asked someone who looked like she knew something about style or it could have been disastrous!
Of course Sally needed something to stitch the garments together with, so a new sewing machine was in order as well. Since Sally's career involves being a computer expert, we made sure her sewing machine was computerized as well. A girl can never have too many computers!
Happy Birthday to you, Sally!!!!
All the best for the year ahead!