Do you love my hydrangea’s? Straight out of our yard. But even more amazing – all of those beautiful colors in that bouquet are off one hydrangea bush! I love that!
Tonight I have a new product and blog to introduce you to: Julie Anne’s Granola. Okay, with such a great name, I really did need to try this granola out. But I actually first heard about Julie Anne’s Granola from some of my Bake-Off friends who rave about the product and the person. Turns out that Julie Anne is clever, beautiful, friendly, busy and makes a really good granola. I went on her website and ordered a bag of each flavor. So far, the tropical granola is my favorite. And maybe what I like most about Julie and her granola is the name of her blog: Peanut Butter and Julie! Do you love it? C’mon, that’s a really clever name. Take a moment soon and check out her upbeat blog — loaded with great-sounding recipes — and send her an order for some yummy granola.
Next, let’s not be bitter anyone, I mean it is my job, but I got to, er, I mean had to, tour the Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream plant this past week. : ) I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that every once in awhile my job can rock the house. : ) So, here’s the cool thing and why we were out at Snoqualmie Ice Cream: they are committed to doing business in as sustainable a way as is reasonably possible. For them, that has translated in to building their location out of sustainable/recycled materials. It means they have an unusual kind of porous blacktop parking lot. They practice conservation. They installed energy efficient equipment and heating system. They grow many of their own ingredients and they put solar panels on the roof of their location. And that’s just the stuff I know about. Oh, and by the way, they make some mighty tasty ice cream too! Yum-o. I didn’t get to have but a few bites because of my very inconvenient intolerance for dairy products but it was probably just as well. I am certain I could have polished off a couple of quarts all on my own if left unchecked! They have a Lemon Custard that was calling my name and a very very dark chocolate called “Mukilteo Mud” that I know Glen could make himself sick over. Even if you don’t live here and can’t get out to Maltby, don’t let that stop you. I believe their ice cream is becoming available at locations around the country these days so check out your grocer’s freezer. It’s a delicious treat, my mom grew up in Snoqualmie : ) and this kind of company – with such a commitment to helping to make our world better and demonstrate that businesses can be successful and operate sustainably — deserves our business. Spread the word. http://www.snoqualmiegourmet.net/
Isn’t my fruit and veggie bowl pretty? Just makes me smile looking at it. (Those are Honey Crisp apples. The best!)
I’m happy to report that Dandy got a clean bill of health today from his doctor. He needs to lose three pounds (don’t we all?) but she says he probably ate something bad for him and is coming out of his weekend lethargy. Thank goodness.
My dad is also one of my favorite things. (Hi dad! : ) ) I mention this because while we got Dandy back to good health already my dad has to go in for a day surgery this week — just a little tweak to some previous work – so I’d appreciate all your good thoughts being aimed his way this Wednesday afternoon. And to Glen’s mom Gloria too. She has no surgery planned but she is having a very slow recovery from her recent health setbacks and is expected to be in the hospital for several more weeks. We’re ready to get the good news that she is back on the road to good health and heading home.
Okey dokey, that’s it for now. Glen seems to think he needs to eat. Too bad I didn’t bring home that Mukilteo Mud ice cream for dinner. : ) Just kidding – but that is his kind of dinner. No worries, I’ll fix something. I’m thinking big bowls of granola with banana slices. (C’mon, it’s a work night, you didn’t think I’d be cooking did you? You’re so funny. : ) )