Blue Flag Iris

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This is Iris versicolor, it has many names, also commonly known as the ‘Blue flag’, ‘Harlequin Blueflag’, ‘Larger Blue Flag’, ‘Northern Blue Flag’, and ‘Poison Flag’.

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I planted hundreds of these two years ago and finally this year they are really beautiful! From the looks of it I will be thinning these out at the end of summer. Do you grow this iris in your garden?

Enjoy your weekend!

The Land & Water Co. has posted the picture of Chef Ruiz food presented on one of my Walnut cutting boards on their website, photo credit is Carolyn Himes!!

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Mountain Laurel & Rhododendron

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Mountain Laurel grows wild all over the mountain and is in bloom. It is absolutely specular this year! The first and second picture I took today while on a hike of the Mountain Laurel, very beautiful!

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Purple Rhododendrons are also in full bloom! I also took the Rhododendron pictures in our garden today.

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Purple Rhododendron are beautiful but so are the pink! Check out the next few pictures of the Pink Rhododendron blooms!

can you spot the tiny ants and insect on the blooms?

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So which do you like the best, the Mountain Laurel or the Rhododendrons?

Enjoy your evening!

Check out my handcrafted Black Walnut Feathered Crotch Sushi Board. The colors on this board are beautiful!

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Spring Flowers

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I snapped a few pictures while walking the garden today and thought I would share a few spring flowers! In this post you will also find Hosta Guacamole.

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The above picture is Hosta Guacamole, this is after the hail storm we had on Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon. We had a thunder-storm that lasted 40 minutes that brought nickel size hail. Then again that afternoon we had another thunder-storm that lasted 35 minutes that also brought hail but was ping-pong ball size. All of my hosta look like this, it made me sick because hosta do not re-grow their leaves but once a year in the spring.

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Enjoy your evening!

 

Check out the beautiful photo of my Walnut board that was taken by Aubrey Jenkins!

Handcrafted Walnut Cutting Boards

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The above photo was taken by Aubrey Jenkins, check out her website, Drum Beets

 

 

 

Strawberry Pies and Tarts

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This time of year I love making and eating Strawberry Pies and tarts. Yesterday afternoon I made a pie and tarts. They have been in the  fridge since yesterday but I could not wait any longer to have a taste!! I know it’s just before dinner but what the theck!!

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If you like Strawberry pie and tarts, you can get y recipes from my post last year, Best Ever Strawberry Pie recipe! This is a very easy recipe and it is delicious!!!

Enjoy!!!

Photo credit Rina Jordan, wonderful photo of my Walnut Cheese Board, check out her website, Rina Jordan Photography

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Capers Blades and Blue Tips

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Above picture – Capers Blades

I spent the last few days this week at Isle of Palm with my friends, together there were  six of us. We had a big house with a pool that was one block off the beach. This house was huge and had 6 master suites.

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Above picture – Blue Tips

We all enjoy eating oysters, so we ate oysters each night at different restaurants, Pearlz, Boathouse, etc. The above picture is Capers Blade oysters, these are elongated and are delicious.

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I love all oysters but my favorite are Blue Tips, all with a little lemon, sauce and horseradish!

Do you like oysters? What is your favorite?

Photo credit Rina Jordan, check out her website, Rina Jordan Photography

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Hand Mirrors

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Many of you might think that all I make is cutting boards, serving boards, cheese boards, etc. but I also make hand mirrors too! I made 9 hand mirrors this week for customers, pictured above is a right hand and a left hand mirror made from Walnut. Walnut is by far the most popular wood for hand mirrors.

After sanding smooth, I then finish the hand mirrors with 4 coats of a hard, low gloss poly. The poly helps bring out the grain and protects the surface.

Enjoy your week!

 

Easter Desserts

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I made several cakes for our Easter dinner yesterday afternoon, the first one I made was the coconut cake! This is a four layer cake with an old fashion coconut icing. It is awesome :) This recipe has been handed down thru our family for many, many years! If you like coconut cake, you would love this recipe. Coconut Cake recipe!

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The second cake was a chocolate cake covered in chocolate ganche! Delicious!

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Ok, here is the question, which cake would you choose? Or would you choose both?

Happy Easter!

 

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One of the best ever photographs of my work!! Photo credit Tricia Buice