Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Motivation - Natural beauty

I went to the botanical garden with my brother this weekend, and was pleased and delighted to see so many things were still in bloom!  I took a ton of pictures, and I thought I'd share some of them with you today so you can start your week off by looking at something pretty.  Enjoy!


  1. Wow, I'm impressed there were so many flowers still blooming, and green leaves. It's been warm for so long here in Georgia but this week the cool weather has finally moved in.

    1. It was a gorgeous weekend! It's finally starting to get cool here, but not cold enough to freeze the plants, so things are still going strong! :)

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh, lovely! Thanks for sharing, Lara!

    1. Absolutely! One of the benefits of living in such a warm state--our flowers last well into the fall! :)

  4. Oh! So pretty! And the sunshine too...

    1. It was a gorgeous day--just the right amount of sun!

  5. Lovely! I bet you didn't want to leave. :)

  6. I love that rainbow butterfly bush (I think that's the name? third from the top on the left?)

    ...and here's the recipe:


    • 3 large, waxy potatoes, scrubbed, peels on, cut off any greenish spots (I prefer white potatoes. You can use Yukon gold if you like. Red potatoes work well, too. Do not use Russet potatoes.)
    • 1 small to medium onion, chopped. Sweet or yellow makes no difference. Don't use red.
    • 1 large or 2 medium eggs.
    • salt to taste (I use about 2 teaspoons)
    • fresh ground pepper
    • 1/4 C flour
    • oil for frying. corn or soy or canola work fine. Olive does not.

    • a grater with large holes. Can be a disk to a food processor, a box grater or an instrument of torture (if you write horror).
    • a slotted spoon. This is very important. If you don't have one, improvise with a colander or some mesh. Old pantyhose don't work.

    1. grate potatoes coarsely. (You do this now because if you grate them first they start looking somewhat pink. It eats just fine but some people don't like the look and start complaining)

    2. mix in the chopped onions.

    3. add egg(s), salt and pepper

    4. stir in flour

    Now let things sit for a bit. Five minutes will be fine. This gives you the chance to pour about 1/4" of oil in a nice skillet and get it warm. (splash a very little water in to see if it's ready)

    Using the slotted spoon, scoop up a spoonful of the potato mixture. Using the back of a soup spoon, squeeze the excess liquid out. Put in the pan and fry. (Don't crowd the pan. I wait until the bottom is looking golden, then flip them. Chain mail and a fencing mask are a good idea.

    Drain on paper towels. They should be crispy on the outside. They stay hot very nicely in the oven. Some people serve with applesauce. You can reheat them in the toaster.

    Diana at About Myself By Myself

    1. Mmm... This sounds amazing! Re: pantyhose. Do you speak from experience here? ;)


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