Daylilies

My dear friend Cary Peterson LOVES Daylilies.  Once I knew about Daylilies, so did I.  I’ve always loved the Lily, but the variety and beauty that comes from a Daylily is unparralled.  In the fall, Cary gave me my first Daylily as a gift.  I planted it, excited to see what blooms I would get the spring.  That had to be the best part, I had no idea which one he gave me.  Well, it’s first blooms showed this week and it’s heart stopping gorgeous.   I’m still waiting to hear which one it is – but I’m guessing on “Too Many Husbands” .  I can’t wait to get more types to add some color and beauty into my flower gardens!  Cary operates http://www.mydaylilies.com and there is an extensive and fantastic gallery of flowers that you can view or even buy online.  Take a look, they are beautiful.  Thank you Cary!

I took this little blurb from www.daylilies.org to explain a little about the flowers:
“The genus Hemerocallis is native to Asia. Since the early 1930s, hybridizers in the United States and England have made great improvements in daylilies. Originally, the only colors were yellow, orange, and fulvous red. Today, we have colors ranging from near-whites, pastels, yellows, oranges, pinks, vivid reds, crimson, purple, nearly true-blue, and fabulous blends. Many people are familiar with only the common yellow or orange daylilies which are often seen along roadsides. These daylilies are cultivated forms of the wild types of daylilies which have “escaped” and are growing as if they are wild. All the modern daylilies have been developed through a complicated history of hybridization among these and other wild types.”

Here are a few photos I took of my Daylilies first blooms, I can’t wait to print one up and put it on the wall . . .    {A}

Pita Pizza

My husband found a Tuna Melt Pita Pizzas Recipe in a magazine awhile ago and we tried it out today – with our own twist of course.  I thought it worked so well, I just had to share.  I think this would be great for an appetizer as well.  And with the many options of pizza out there – you can get really creative with the Pita Pizza idea and make this is a lot of fun for everyone in the family to make together.  I hand-picked the dill and lettuce from my garden.  It’s great to have the little extras just outside my doorstep!

Tuna Pita Pizza

1 Can solid white tuna in water, drained
2 Tbsp. Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp. fresh Dill, finely chopped
1 Green Onion, finely chopped
4 Pitas (white / whole wheat)
2 Cups Baby Greens
1/2 Cup grated cheddar cheese (I plan on using Dubliner Cheese next time, we pick it up at Costco and I use it in almost everything!)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a bowl, mix tuna, mayonnaise, olive oil, dill, green onion, salt and pepper.  Place the pitas on the baking sheet, then spread the tuna mixture overtop.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of each pita and bake until cheese has melted, 8 to 10 minutes.  Cut each pita into wedges and top with baby greens.  Enjoy!  {A}

Tuna Pita Pizza

Tuna Pita Pizza

Going Fast, SO Yummy!

Lettuce Garden

Dill

Millcreek Pipeline Trail

The Pipeline Trail in Millcreek Canyon is far from a secret. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome.

Just a short 15 to 20-minute drive from downtown (isn’t that the absolute BEST part about SLC??), the trail is winding and mostly flat with a few rolling hills– perfect for when you want to get in a long run without tormenting your body with a herniating climb or knee-grinding descent. Hikers, bikers, and runners will find exposed, rusted pipes at the trail’s meandering corners. Shaded by tree canopies and the rock face itself, it’s also the perfect place to escape the dry valley heat.

During my collegiate days, I spent many a morning plowing through the terrain, more focused on my lactic acid levels and my stopwatch than the surroundings. While I still enjoy a good heart-pounding morning run, I didn’t feel too guilty about stopping to snap a few photos on my Sunday run a few weeks ago:


 

 

Salt Lake is surrounded by fantastic trails for runners, bikers, and hikers alike. Which is your favorite? {J}

Happy at Home

Do you have a virtual place you go when you need a pick-me-up? A dose of inspiration on a Tuesday? An online space to escape for a few moments?

For me, that place is apartmenttherapy.com. It’s certainly the first place I head when I’m fed up with my living arrangements, which happens more often than not for this ‘grass-is-always-greener’ girl (it’s a character flaw, I realize. I’m working on it.)

Though I think , as a whole, they’ve lost sight of a cohesive vision as the site has grown, I’m never disappointed in my discoveries. Whether I take a single small idea from one of their house tours, gain inspiration for a complete overhaul, or find a new swoon-worthy space to dream about, I always manage to find something worthwhile.

Today, I ran across this piece: ’10 Simple Things to Make You Happier at Home’. It’s just what I needed to read as I start to make memories at my new home — and work toward some other great changes in life.  I’m particulary into the idea of spending money on things to cultivate your experience at home. Many of my most meaningful memories are tied closely to domestic surroundings and SPACE.  The look of my  grandfather’s iconic mid-century style, the smell of my mother’s cooking, the sense-fest of rich red wine, cigar smoke, ethereal lights and folksy music at a family-owned tasting room wedding — these are the things that make life.  🙂 

Enjoy! [J]

Moving on Up

Moving blows. At least to me. But I doubt I’m alone.

It’s especially bad in 100-plus degree, dry, hot Utah weather. But sometimes it just has to be done and last weekend I was put to the task.

Fresh starts, however, are fantastic. So, after my back and my attitude recovered, I started the adventure of turning this shell of an apartment into a home:

 

I sold a LOT of my furniture (felt great), which also gave me just enough funds to purchase a custom kitchen table from Etsy seller Jlibby of Birdloft, who makes and sells a beautiful collection of furniture handmade from reclaimed wood and custom hairpin legs–  just the modern meets nature meets industrial look I was looking for. My table arrives this week and will act as a room divider/kitchen island/dining set, which will be paired with some steel Tabouret bar stools:

4ft Island Barn Whale Bench with hairpin legs - reclaimed elemental modern - old growth - vintage - industrial 

I cannot wait to see this all come together. Until then, here’s to new beginnings!

Independence Day

We hope that everyone had a fantastic and safe Fourth of July!