Happy Saturday! It’s our weekly ‘Three Things” post is where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy. And yep, that’s more than 3 things- I’m simply using 3 as a way to organize these weekly updates (and I'm even throwing in a bonus this week). Let’s get started! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.)
Three Things That Happened
The peppers got planted! I keep meaning to write an Ultimate Guide pepper post with how to plant sweet peppers in cooler climates to ensure getting some ripe peppers - ripe peppers are NOT green and they are most definitely not sweet. One of my gardening missions is to tell people far and wide that all peppers will ripen to a color (red, yellow, orange, and more) if left on the plant. And then they are truly sweet. (Gee, can you get the idea I don't like green peppers? Ha, not too subtle! Sorry to all you green pepper lovers out there.)
I just had to share with you how quickly flowers respond to being planted with these tips, they've already started filling out nicely! This also shows that all you need is a few weeks patience to save some money on flower starts by buying the smaller 6-packs and containers. Sweet.
Ugh. Sharing the good, bad, and ugly around here (you had no illusions about me, right?). This is the area we highlighted in our paper-and-mulch video last year where it looked clean and tidy. And it would've still looked close to that this year (the paper-mulch combo really works!) except I let my multiple verbena bonariensis (tall, airy plants you see) go to seed back here and we had a super mild winter which resulted in a million little verbena seedlings. That's all these are - really. And I don't think I'm even exaggerating with the million. Guess what I'm gonna do? Just cover it all with cardboard and mulch, ha! Oh, and cut down the verbena in the fall this year!
Three Things I'm Loving
This Arizona Chipotle is the BEST seasoning ever. We discovered it during one of our trips to Arizona and my dad and his sweet wife brought it to me for my birthday when they returned from Arizona. I've been trying to replicate it, since I can't find it locally and the Amazon price is high, but I just can't get it right. Hmmm, not sure I'm going to be sharing this...
Dear Mr. Knightly is a fun little book I'm in the middle of and enjoying (finally!). Nothing too heavy and written in a letter format, which I like since it's great for being able to read a bit here and there. Any of you read this? I thought it was going to be more Jane Austen-ish, but it's not. The main character just likes Austen and English lit. Kinda sweet so far.
Oh, and thank you all for your book recommendations a few weeks ago - I'm taking them to heart, putting them on a list to explore further. You guys are the best- I knew I could count on you!!
I think I mentioned I like cooking with garlic olive oil and had been using Trader Joe's brand, right? Well, I ran out and we weren't making any trip to TJ's so I used my 2-day shipping (really, I do love Amazon Prime - you can Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial here if you want to see if you will, too) and had this garlic olive oil delivered since it had pretty good reviews. And it's good with a nice garlic flavor. What's better is the price, though, just .41/oz! Win-win.
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