June Flowers

One thing we enjoy about our property is the variety of flowers that grow here. In May the land is covered with yellow flowers, and in June it’s primarily purple.


We also have quite a few of these bushes with thorny branches and pink flowers.


And these, which I think is Queen Anne’s Lace.


And these, which come in light pink, dark pink and a few yellow.

Dinner Last Night:
For the 5 people reading this that care about what’s cooking, I’m out of planned recipes until we shop again. So last night was pretty boring. I just sauteed some onions, mushrooms and zucchini and tossed with a red sauce and pasta.

2013 Cost of Camping:
51 nights paid camping
111 nights free camping
163 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $1,089.08
Daily average cost of camping: $6.68

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  • Reply Cheryl June 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Wow, beautiful flowers and I’ll bet it’s nice and cool there. As for dinner, I always like to see what you make and I try the “easier” ones! 😉

  • Reply John and Pam Wright June 12, 2013 at 8:21 am

    How nice to have so many natural wildflowers…very pretty!

    That is a very typical dinner plan when I am tired, out of supplies, or just out of ideas!! We’ll give you a few nights off:)

    Another favorite we love that came from a friend is quick and easy:

    2 c. chicken broth (or veg. broth)
    1 c. orzo
    handful of sun dried tomatoes (I love the smoked ones when I can find them. They add great flavor)

    spinach, or power greens, or kale

    at the end parmesan cheese for your taste

    Cooks up quickly and very tasty I usually need to add more broth.

    • Reply Leigh June 12, 2013 at 8:42 am

      I do love orzo and still have some kale on hand. Thanks for the idea!

      • Reply Nan and John June 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

        Add lemon zest and juice to that….yummm

  • Reply Santa Barbara Mary & David June 12, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Make that six/seven people: Mary and I are planning to go vegan, based on the delicious-sounding recipes you’re always tempting the readers.

    • Reply Leigh June 12, 2013 at 8:58 am

      WHAT?!!!! My biggest tip to you is not to be too strict about it, if you want to taste a little meat or dairy go ahead.

      When we first went pescatarian we would take bites of hard salami on cheese plates or of other people’s steaks when we went out. Just to see if we felt like we were missing anything.

      As for the vegan thing, we feel funny about the label since we aren’t hardcore, but people understand understand your food requirements when you say it.

      Our current experiment is excluding dairy and all meat which has had an interesting and positive impact on our digestive systems.

      Like the salami (and a recent bite of bacon which I instantly decided wasn’t worth it) if I want dairy I’m going to have it. For now, I don’t.

      I also really enjoy the adventure in cooking.

      PS: If you’re you head up to Portland this summer, we missed out on a fantastic sounding vegan restaurant: http://portobellopdx.com/

      • Reply Dave June 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

        “interesting and positive impact on our digestive systems” … you so missed an opportunity to have fun with colorful adjectives, similes, and other metaphors. I’m just saying – the topic is ripe (pun intended) for blogging fun. 🙂

  • Reply Claudia June 12, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Number 8. Love the recipes you share. Have tried several….yum.
    Your property is lovely. Travel day for us….we are as far east as
    You are west. Near Smokey Mountains.

    Thanks for sharing….Claudia

    • Reply Leigh June 12, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Aw thanks Claudia. Drive safe!

  • Reply Nan and John June 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

    That Portobello looks to die for! Last night a tamale merchant came by the motorhome with fresh tamales as she did last Tuesday. This time I bought cheese, pineapple and cherry tamales. Oh my gosh…to die for. They were so huge that we could not eat our desert tamales and saved them for today.

  • Reply amanda June 12, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Not to sound like a know-it-all, but those thorny pink flowers are Rugosa Rose and the small pink ones are a wild Geranium. Can’t wait to see what’s blooming when we visit in August!

    • Reply Leigh June 12, 2013 at 9:47 am

      I KNEW you’d know!! My gardening friend.

    • Reply Brian June 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Can you guys come up sooner so you can teach us more about our land? It’s going to get hot soon so who knows if there will be any flowers left by mid August.

      • Reply amanda June 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

        If it wasn’t so awesome here in Colorado we would 🙂

  • Reply terrie June 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I just recommended your blog to Ray’s guitar teacher, Ian today for recipes and encouragement to follow his road dreams….love your adventures in cooking….and your land is sweet….The Curtis glad to be on his property??

    • Reply Leigh June 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

      Yes, Curtis is happiest here. King of the land. 🙂

  • Reply Mary June 13, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Beautiful flowers! I love that you post recipes…I will anxiously awaiting more!

  • Reply Maggie June 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

    The purple lupins are my very favorites.
    I like reading your recipes too. While Dad’s away I’m going to try the roasted chickpeas.


    • Reply Leigh June 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Then you would love it here in June, they’re everywhere!

      The chickpeas need to be eaten right away. The freezer tip works pretty good – better than if you didn’t, but still not as good as fresh out of the oven.


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