Breakfast in the garden-

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Because our garden is one of our favorite places to hang out, we decided to have a breakfast out there one Sunday morning before the place outside becomes an oven.

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We definitely have plenty of eggs now, because all the chickens are laying now. My husband is in egg heaven, he is getting anywhere from 3-5 eggs a day.

We are getting so many eggs in fact, that we can start sharing with others. We took some over to my mother-in-law down the street. Next on our list are our neighbors. We made breakfast burritos for this Sunday breakfast. Another great meal from eggs is our Swedish omelet, which I am sure every nationality has their own version. All it is is an egg casserole of sorts with whatever you have available that you toss in and bake. Both the burrito and omelet travel well, so they make great road trip foods.

To make your own you will need:

Scramble eggs

Sausage

Potatoes

Onions (optional)

Cheddar cheese

Green and red peppers (optional)

Tortillas

After cooking everything just wrap in a burrito and there you have it…a breakfast burrito. Salsa goes great with this.

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Another breakfast favorite is homemade biscuits.

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Biscuits are so easy to make. The dough kind of reminds me of play doh. When my kids were little we made homemade biscuits all the time. We would also make pizza biscuits. The kids would roll the dough and add sauce, cheese and pepperoni. They loved mixing up this dough. This is a great tactile sensory play activity for your kids.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1-tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup shortening

¾ cup milk

Mix all ingredients then cut in shortening with fork until it looks like crumbs, pour in milk and stir. Roll out dough and use a round cookie cutter or a clean and empty tuna can to cut your shapes out of dough. Cook on ungreased baking sheet at 450 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

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My husband’s homemade jams went perfect with the biscuits. Up north at Our Little Red House there are wild blackberries growing everywhere. I noticed one year a little patch even growing in our back yard up there. That year we had a lot of rain though. There are paths to blackberry bushes on some of our neighbor’s properties too. One year we were able to pick some with the kids, enough for a small (extra small) jar of jam. We left some for the animals too; they need to eat as well. That was the best jam we ever had because we had to work for it and then make it. Those blackberry bushes come with some gnarly thorns but it was well worth it. Wonder how the little critters get around all those thorns.

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Along with biscuits and egg burritos I decided to decorate a little out by the garden for our Sunday breakfast. I believe it’s important to treat oneself now and then and to me a treat is making my environment pretty. Out in the garden flowers and colors surround us so this is not hard to do.

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It doesn’t cost a lot to make a pretty space. Look around your home and see what you can use to decorate your table with. Just for fun, take your kitchen table outside if you want an outside experience. Decorate with a bed sheet or quilt if you don’t have any table clothes on hand…get creative.

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One of these days up north at the little red house I want to set up a small table and chairs out in the woods and have a meal surrounded by nature. Imagine having a room like that to live and eat in, it would be cool. At least it would make an interesting photograph.

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In my garden I try to set up plants everywhere around the garden table. Most of my chairs throughout the garden are either tossed chairs I found and upcycled or second hand chairs that I bought for at the most $5 each. The table in the middle is an old glass door that was thrown away.

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The bunting was made from a vintage bed sheet. I had enough to even make some pretty pillows. Bed sheets also make great curtains and a nice valance for windows.

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The garden is a perfect spot to read early in the morning or sewing my little craft projects.

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The other day a lovebird visited me. I heard the prettiest bird chirp and looked up in our tree and there it was. I couldn’t get close enough to take a great shot but I tried. These little birds are wild now in our neighborhood and they are all over our valley. They are so colorful. They think years ago someone accidentally released a couple and they bred and now it is a special treat if one happens to stop by your yard here in the city.

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Another thing I like to do when making the outside pretty is use beat up second hand furniture. Second hand and damaged furniture may not work inside but it makes great furniture outside. Added bonus is that since it is a little damaged or worn, being outside just adds to the rustic and weathered look it will continue to have.

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The jasmine is starting to come in and the miniature white roses my son bought me for Valentines Day are blooming right now as well. The garden is filled with beautiful fragrances.

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One time my husband was out swimming late at night and he came in and asked me where that great fragrance outside was coming from “The Jasmine is in bloom right now” I told him. Jasmine smells wonderful, it will fill your whole yard up with it’s fragrance. Gardenia is another flower that smells heavenly. Gardenia is a very fickle plant though and mine is struggling at the moment. I am not an expert gardener, so I try the best I can. Hopefully the Gardenia will start coming around. Only one little gardenia flower popped out the other day, so I at least got one so far.

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This was a beautiful brunch and memory our whole family got to enjoy. Even if you don’t have a garden, pick a day to cook together as a family and eat together somewhere pretty. Decorate your kitchen table; add faux flowers and nameplates…treat yourselves at least once a month doing something simple and special as a family.

 

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Next on our list is pizza. Still waiting for that pizza oven. Maybe when we finally get it we will invite some friends, neighbors and family over for some pizza in the garden…before it gets too hot that is. Welcome to summertime in Phoenix.

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34 Comments Add yours

  1. What a blessing this was, and for us too since you shared it. Your breakfast sounded heavenly. Not only because of the food, yum, but how you made it so beautiful, cozy, and full of love. Thinking of every detail. I was so happy you gave us the recipes and I didn’t have to pry it out of you hahaha :):):) I can’t wait to make them both, especially the biscuits. Haven’t met many biscuits I didn’t like, and these sound divine! Your flowers, the garden, everything really, is so pretty :):)

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    1. Awww…thank you. Glad you stopped by for our little breakfast. Hot biscuits from the oven with melted butter and jams is so yummy, you’re going to love eating them in person. Have fun making them.

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  2. Breakfast in the garden sounds wonderful. We’re in the process of redoing our beds. I can’t wait to enjoy the finished product. Your pictures are all lovely. Thank you for sharing 😀

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    1. You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed it. You will really appreciate that garden of yours once it is all finished. Having meals outside is always nice.

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  3. First….lovely and secondly, my favorite breakfast ever!

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    1. Thank you, breakfast has always been my favorite meal, sometimes I even have breakfast for dinner. Who says you can’t have pancakes and eggs after 12pm.

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      1. Oh I totally agree! Breakfast for dinner is a family favorite here too!

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  4. runsewread says:

    I could look at pictures like that all day. Your setting was lovely.

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    1. Thank you. I also could spend hours just looking at nature photos. We have a beautiful planet.

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  5. mel says:

    Wow, what a great way to start a morning!

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    1. Oh it is, I love spending time out there early in the morning.

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  6. That’s too much of greenery in one post. How refreshing!! To be honest, the breakfast recipes didn’t steal as much attention as the garden. Kudos to the photographer and the entire family (I assume) that works hard to keep the plush environment alive. ❤

    Cheers,
    Divya
    https://merrymotherhood.co.in/

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    1. Thank you, we have been spending a lot of time out there in the garden. The flowers are from some of our seeds and my kids bought me Mother’s day plants which are mostly succulents and cacti. In the summer the flowers are all gone but the cacti and aloe are still around.

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  7. lanature76 says:

    Your flower picture is also very nice☆☆☆ I will smile unexpectedly. Thank you!

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    1. You’re welcome, glad you liked it.

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  8. Rageshree says:

    Breakfast in the garden sounds like breakfast in heaven💙 Beautiful pictures!!❤️ Especially the ones with the little flowers🌻♥️

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    1. Thank you, I am a little bit of a flower fanatic.

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      1. Rageshree says:

        Pretty evident😊

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  9. We love eating outdoors. when we camped every year at our trailer park my husbands favorite thing to say was “blank” in the woods, like “pizza in the woods” or “omelets in the woods” there is nothing better then crisp fresh morning air while you sit down to breakfast. Your space looks gorgeous and I love how you remind people it doesn’t take a lot of money or even new things to make a space pretty. Also youre a fellow bed sheet upcycler! the bedding section is my 1st stop when out thrifting. Also love all your “reclaimed furniture” used outside, its all breath taking in your photos.

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    1. Thank you, your comment put a big smile on my face. There is so much out there to re-do in the world. I know I drive my family a little crazy when I see items being thrown away and want to take it home to fix up. I have resorted to giving a lot of my remakes to neighbors, family and friends. Last month I made some adorable little doll pin cushions from a vintage bedsheet http://www.ourlittleredhouse.com/old-beads—pincushion-dolls.html. I am always on the hunt for old coats to make stuffed toys with as well, like little teddy bears. It is endless what we can create once we put our mind to it.

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  10. Those are so cute, only I sew amoung my family and friends (mom does kind of, not really) my nana taught me how to hand sew. a
    About 5 years ago hubby got me a sewing machine at a garage sale it was almost brand new, an older ladies who had passed, I couldnt help but to think it was symbolic and my nana and that lady would be with me as I learned how to use it. My go to for vintage fabrics is shopping bags and bandanas for our dog. I do othet things to but the bags are mostly made for us family and friends. Im glad hubby is ammused by my “junk” gatherings, he even knows a road side chair makes me smile more then a bouquet of flowers.

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    1. So sweet that your husband does that, my husband also knows those broken things are my favorite things. They only need a little TLC and they are back to new again.

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  11. My sister and I used to go and pick blackberries for my mother when we were younger and she made the heat cobbler. Will you share his recipes for his jam? I want to try and make some. I never eat jelly it’s always jam. Such a better taste and it spreads alot better. Sounds like a very inviting place and I like the chair ideas. On the show King of Queens if
    You notice all if there kitchen chairs are different. Finally got a Day. Off maybe I’ll get a blog wrote. My internet is awful here most of the time because of the trees but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! #becontentwithwhatyoyhave and I love your blog your writing is so real and down to 🌍 earth! Have a great weekend my friend!

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    1. Thank you, such a sweet thing to say. It is nice out in our garden early in the morning but this weekend we have heat warnings and pollution warners to stay inside. Up north in the high country they have had to close camping sites everywhere. Our state is in an extreme drought, we need rain desperately. Yes, of course you can have the recipe for the jam, just forgot to put a link in, here it is http://www.ourlittleredhouse.com/blackberry-jam.html Doesn’t it seem like during the Spring and Summer blogging is a little hard to keep up with? It does to me. Have a great weekend too.

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    1. Thank you. Although it is getting a little crunchy now out there in the garden. Our spring flowers don’t last long in this heat. They say we have rain coming so that will be nice.

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      1. I’ll be moving to Arizona in a couple of years. I think I’ll understand the full meaning of “summer” then!

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      2. Everyone over here says “At least it’s a dry heat” plus you get used to it eventually. We just get up really early in the morning to take care of our shopping and outside projects. Our chickens are under a huge shade tree and we also have their coop covered in shade cloth.

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      3. I was in AZ last summer, the highest was 108 while I was there. And yes, you do get used to the dry heat. I really enjoy your blog!

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  12. Hi,
    I have nominated you for the 3 quotes, 3 days challenge:
    https://merrymotherhood.co.in/2018/06/13/3-quotes-3-days-challenge-day-1/

    Hoping to read your post soon 🙂

    Cheers,
    Divya

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    1. That is so sweet, thank you so much. I will try to do a post on that with a link back to you on my monthly favorites. I try to get online when ever I can but sometimes I am crazy busy with other projects. We just got back from the little red house up north so I am just now catching up with reading some of everyone’s blogs plus getting some posts ready for the next couple of weeks. Up north we don’t have a computer, phone or cable in our place. It is so weird when we come back to the city after staying up in the woods to hear what the news was while we were gone. Thank you so much for nominating me. I will have to check out some of your quotes as well. I love quotes they are one of the best motivators out there.

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  13. What a lovely blog, so personal, you made me feel welcome like a friend :). I had a funny little chicken for a pet once. Chelsea Chicken laid two eggs a day, but she laid them at our neighbor’s houses all up and down the street in our tract home neighborhood! It was funny. She would just go up to their doorsteps and lay em an egg!
    Some people wonder if it’s safe to eat a egg so very fresh. That makes me laugh. silly people.

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    1. Thank you and that is such a cute story about your chicken. That chicken was leaving little gifts all over that neighborhood…how sweet. Chickens are so funny. Fresh eggs are the best.

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