SHOP BY DEPARTMENT
Houzz Logo Print
amybabyboy3

July OBF "Friends are flowers in the Garden of life"

amybabyboy3
7 months ago



This month is going to be a simple swap. We are going to send two cards.


One card is going to be sent to your partner with a little surprise include something small that fits in the envelope with one small pack of seeds (10-15 seeds) and can be mailed with one or two postage stamps. Some ideas could be stickers, tea bags, sachet, papercraft. There are actually lots of ideas if you google small gifts that fit in a envelope.


The second card you send will be only a card and I will send you the name and address for this card. We are sending this card to a former Houzz/Gardenweb friend that has not joined in for a long while. We will just send a card because they may have moved or had life changes where the card could be returned but we are going to attempt to reconnect and let our old garden friends know that we still think of them.


Please join by 7/7 and please send by 7/25.

Comments (124)

  • brittneysgran
    6 months ago

    Annie sorry you lost Baby J...we get so attached to our dogs.


    Ameena our German Shepherd has not returned home after the July 4th fireworks.


    My cards have been mailed since last Friday.


    Something I love in my yard:








    amybabyboy3 thanked brittneysgran
  • SoLovelyLily
    6 months ago

    Wow Shirley those flowers are gorgeous.

    My cards went out yesterday. Hope everyone has a good day 😎

  • Related Discussions

    *ObF* JULY Birthday Lady!

    Q

    Comments (6)
    Happy Birthday, Carol. I hope you are having a wonderful day! (Melissa, you were so creative with the picture for this month and it's just perfect for Carol.) Jeanne
    ...See More

    UPDATE: obf: christmas in july

    Q

    Comments (64)
    Great boxes sent and received this month. I guess we are skipping August? What does everyone think? I believe I am hosting September. Sorry to hear Sue is sick. Hope she comes back soon. Wonder what happened to (arizona) Sue. Vina, absolutely everything you sent to me is so appreciated. Between the ungodly heat and the extreme rain, my stuff is still soaking. i am going to do my best to at least get them in temporary spots as i have so much stuff to divide and move. what i would really like is new property to go plant on - that would be the best thing!!!! Shirley sends to Michelle - received Jen sends to Shirley - received Beth sends to Faye - received (i think - see first thread) Rose sends to Jen - received Carol sends to Rose - received Michelle sends to Beth - received Maryanne sends to carol - received Vina sends to Maryanne - received Faye sends to Vina - received Happy Blooms everyone! Maryanne
    ...See More

    NEW: obf Christmas in July swap

    Q

    Comments (54)
    Margo it arrived yesterday.....I found it on the front porch this morning tucked away behind a pot...intact!! I had to leave this morning thus I just opened it over a Margarita. Margo, as usual you send me way to much! I love it all...as usual! Miss Margo sent me....... *a very nice note! *a snowman ornament...cute! *a gingerbread sticky note pad and pen...cute! *a little cookbook with Chocolate recipes! *a red scour pad! My husband thought it was for my face! I hope he was not right...LOL! *Two red and white kitchen towels...love...love...love! I am big on red towels in my kitchen....perfect...perfect...perfect! *Two colorful insulated hot pads...not potholders...these are for hot pots/dishes on the counter. Love these! *Made by Margo...a red (my favorite color) and white beaded necklace....the little white beads remind me of dice....yes, I like to gamble. I am headed this coming week to my favorite Indian casino for a few days...this I will be wearing! This is wonderful!! Thanks Margo for your generosity.....what a wonderful Christmas in July!!! Annie
    ...See More

    OBF July Not Over Thread

    Q

    Comments (29)
    a McKana Giant ?? My sister and I took off for the Chicago Botanic Garden this morning. The Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden were on the agenda. We passed lots of beauties walking through the entrance gardens, salmon shaded dahlias planted with salmon peach zinnias and the Physic Garden of Historic Medicinal Plants. There are so many roses on display and so many of each one. A big swath of Dainty Bess with its maroon stamens or a double row of Easy Does It in its bicolor yellow gold/peach glory. Europeana glowing its perfect red under the overcast sky. After the roses we stumbled into the Chicago Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale and entered their raffle. We never made it to the Japanese Garden. The Cactus and Succulent members put on a great display of plants we've only seen in pictures. The info sheets on the display plant state "How Acquired", "Home Depot" on the big blooming Adenium obesum. We both won books, Tshirts and plants! .
    ...See More
  • amybabyboy3
    Original Author
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    Shirley, Thank you for the cute red, white and blue card, perfect for July. I like the pretty silver beads and will use them for a neat craft project. The lavender seeds are perfect for me to try this fall. Thank you! Amy

    I will post a picture soon.

    Bingo words: flies, free

    Margo-25

    Annie-25

    Shirley-10

    Jeanne-25

    Kim - 10

    Shirley, I hope you find your german shepherd!


  • canyonwind
    6 months ago

    I got mail.....

    Margo, THANK YOU so much for the lovely card....smile!!, four varieties of basil....Persian, Blue Spice, Emily and Purple Ruffles and yummy gift card to Starbucks. I am a huge coffee drinker....but also love Starbucks Caramel Latte. And it is perfectly OK that they don''t serve wine....haha!

    Very much appreciated.....


  • canyonwind
    6 months ago

    Thank You Margo!!!

    amybabyboy3 thanked canyonwind
  • beth_b_kodiak
    6 months ago

    I am so behind in posting and reading posts. Maybe after Thursday I'll get to spend some time catching up. I did mail so that is covered at least.

  • amybabyboy3
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    Im going to post bingo words tonight but i wont post more until Sunday or Monday as i am going out of town to meet family for a few days. I am going to see my grandson after being apart 11 months. I will check in though.

    Today’s words:

    seashore

    fruit

  • canyonwind
    6 months ago

    Amy, have a wonderful time...safe travels!

    amybabyboy3 thanked canyonwind
  • smitties
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    Rec’d my card from Kim today. She sent morning glory seeds with a plant marker, seed packages. labels

    and stickers. Thank you Kim

    Had our 9 month-old and 3 year old grandkids over the weekend. Met my son and dil for dinner on Monday to get them back since they live 2 hours away. Found put today that they tested positive for covid. I started cold symptoms yesterday but tested negative today. Praying we escape it.

  • lufurl1949
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    Gm ReC'd this very nice card & Seeds from this Lady in your Group Thank you ANN /Canyonwind Thank you it has been along time since i have visited OBF I Still reconize a few of the Members I spend Most of my time on FB for i have 2 Garden groups there. I had surgery on Monday so I'm laid up for awhile & Not able to get into my gardens for awhile so maybe i can catch up on your group I Remember starting this Group years ago & so happy to see it is still going on . I don't recieve Notices of post anymore . but thank you for reaching out was a very nice surprise getting my card.

    amybabyboy3 thanked lufurl1949
  • lufurl1949
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    thought i posted a Picture its been a long time since i posted here

    Smitties are you the Lady in NY who Grew Siberian Irises ?

    & I Forgot to Mention Canyonwind I'm Sue Kohler I & VEEJAY Started this Group Years ago .


    amybabyboy3 thanked lufurl1949
  • beth_b_kodiak
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    Daughter delivered mail from town and I got a nice card from Jeanne with two nice book markers. Seems that reading is the only thing I have energy enough to do this summer, so, They are handy to have spares.

    Also a packet of Baby Blue eyes, which I think I will add to the winter sowing collection. That did very well this year and some things have even held up to the drought and heat fairly well. Thanks Jeanne and to Amy for hostessing.

    amybabyboy3 thanked beth_b_kodiak
  • amybabyboy3
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    Great envelopes ladies!


    Sue, So happy you reconnected with the group and to hear that you originally started OBF.


    I am still out of town with my grandson and enjoying every moment! Take care! Amy

  • smitties
    6 months ago

    Sue, I am not from New York, I am friom Ohio. I do recognize your name and VeeJay as well. I was with Gardenweb for years before they switched it to Houzz. I was also a member of Planttraders many years ago which I believe some members here were also. Glad you received your card and stopped by. Margo

  • SoLovelyLily
    6 months ago

    Thank you Beth for the card, tea bags and squash seeds.

  • lufurl1949
    6 months ago

    Smitties yes i do remember you & Amybaby , Sandlapper rose, Brittneygram , when it was Gardenweb I'm Lost on here Now I have tried to come back & check out the daylily groups but It is so messed up for this old Lady to figure out. so happy to see you all are still trading Not doing Much this yr to many Health issuses . but maybe i can pop in & chat with you all Now & Then .

    amybabyboy3 thanked lufurl1949
  • amybabyboy3
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    Sue,

    Please stop in when ever you can. I remember your name also and have notes from the old days with OBF and you are in there. I am not gardening like i used to either but still do a little. It is so good to hear from you! Take care, Amy


    Happy Saturday ladies! Hope you enjoy your day!

  • canyonwind
    6 months ago

    Sue Kohler, I am trying to remember you.....possibly you were on GW/OBF prior to my GW joining in maybe 2005. So nice to meet you!! Good health to you!

  • sandlapper_rose
    6 months ago

    I remember you, Sue. So nice to hear from you.

  • smitties
    6 months ago

    Sue, manuvering around here ever since Houzz took over is difficult. I just stick to this group and another called Fotess. I am glad you were able to stop in.

  • lufurl1949
    6 months ago


    I have this HUGE Clump of Daylilies That i got in trade from BrittneyGram yrs ago One of my Favorites in my Gardens .

    We got a nice rain Last night .

    I have a Ledger here somewhere with all the members way back when & their address . some of the trades . Now that i have found you all again I will Look for it . Nice chatting with you Ladies . Have a great day . sue

    amybabyboy3 thanked lufurl1949
  • amybabyboy3
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    bingo words

    sailboat

    frolic


    Sue, The daylily is beautiful!


    5 points for favorite salad recipe

  • smitties
    6 months ago

    I grow cucumbers ever year along with tomatoes as they are my favorites. I love making salads out of the many cukes I pick. This is one of my favorites to enjoy along with my fresh sliced tomatoes


    INGREDIENTS

    1/2 cup sour cream

    2 Tbsp lemon juice

    1/2 tsp dried dill

    1 tsp sugar

    1/2 tsp salt

    1 large cucumber

    1/4 red onion


    INSTRUCTIONS

    To make the dressing, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, sugar, dill, and salt in a bowl. Set the dressing aside.


    Peel the cucumbers, if desired. Slice the cucumbers and thinly slice the red onions.


    Combine the cucumber, red onion, and dressing in a large bowl and stir to combine.


    Let the salad sit for 5-10 minutes, give it another stir, then serve.

    amybabyboy3 thanked smitties
  • canyonwind
    6 months ago

    Margo, your salad sounds perfect!!


    Salad is my very favorite food. Caesar, Cobb, any salad greens work for me.


    Butter lettuce

    Garbanzo beans

    Black beans

    Blue cheese

    Red onion, sliced


    For dressing, a nice fig or garlic and cilantro balsamic vingear. And lots of freshly ground black pepper. Toss and top with garlic chives. Simple and refreshing.

    amybabyboy3 thanked canyonwind
  • canyonwind
    6 months ago

    Shirley, hoping you received your card. If you have not received by now, let me know and I will resend.

  • smitties
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    Annie, I like the sounds of your salad as well. I love all the ingredients although I’d do a light bit of blue cheese or choose a different one.

  • brittneysgran
    6 months ago

    Annie I did receive your pkg and thank you so much!

    Annie sent a card, stickers and lettuce seeds.

    I do love lettuce so will plant my seeds.



    Sue, hello its been a long time and we miss you. We did a lot of daylily trades way

    back then. I remember that daylily and still have it.

  • sandlapper_rose
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    Amy, thank you so much for the cat themed card. Very appropriate for me these days!

    Amy also sent Phlox 'Stars and Stripes' now that certainly ties in with July ... and a package of embellishments that will be really nice for making cards. Thanks so much!

  • amybabyboy3
    Original Author
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    BINGO WORDS

    FAN

    SEA

    GREAT SALADS YUM YUM! THANK YOU LADIES

    Margo-30

    Annie-30

    Shirley-10

    Jeanne-25

    Kim - 10

    Beth sends to Kim=COMPLETE

    Kim sends to Margo-COMPLETE

    Margo sends to Annie-COMPLETE

    Annie sends to Shirley=COMPLETE

    Shirley sends to Amy=COMPLETE

    Amy sends to Jeanne=COMPLETE

    Jeanne sends to Beth =Complete

  • sandlapper_rose
    6 months ago

    I mailed to Beth and she received and posted.

    amybabyboy3 thanked sandlapper_rose
  • sandlapper_rose
    6 months ago

    Greek Salad Recipe

    INGREDIENTS: GREEK SALAD

    DIRECTIONS

    • For the dressing; in a processor or use a wire whisk process/whisk the olive oil with lemon juice, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, garlic, dried, basil, red wine vinegar, salt and sugar until smooth (add in more oregano and lemon juice if needed).Season with black pepper.Chill in fridge for a couple of hours before using to blend flavors.Place the salad ingredients in a large bowl.Pour dressing over; toss to combine.
    • If desired allow the salad to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving, or you can refrigerate for 1 hour (tossing a few time during sitting time).
    amybabyboy3 thanked sandlapper_rose
  • lufurl1949
    6 months ago

    Shirley I Miss our trades I Have Lost many tags to my Lilies so i don't trade allot or sell much anymore for No one wants unless they are tagged . but that is ok :) I Still Enjoy them.


    My fall FAVORITE RECIPE with Those extra GT's

    GREEN TOMATO PIE

    Made Just Like you would a APPLE PIE The only Difference

    is you DICE & DRAIN the GT's & add an extra 1/2 Sugar &

    I ADD 3-4 TBS Of Flour to the SUGAR then Pour over tomatos

    then put into the crust top with upper crust & bake the same as

    APPLE PIE . also I rub a liltte Milk on top pie crust & Sprinkle with sugar.

    BAKE ATE 350* for 45 min or till Golden brown.

    amybabyboy3 thanked lufurl1949
  • amybabyboy3
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    Awesome recipes ladies!


    Margo-30

    Annie-30

    Shirley-10

    Jeanne-30

    Kim - 10

    Sue-5


    Favorite Dinner Entree recipe 10 points


    bingo:

    sandals

    scorching

  • canyonwind
    6 months ago

    BINGO BABY BINGO.....scorching put me over the top!!


    RE: favorite Dinner Entree.....I will post later tonight or tomorrow.


    Happy Evening!!

    amybabyboy3 thanked canyonwind
  • amybabyboy3
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    Congratulations Annie!

  • canyonwind
    6 months ago

    Thanks Amy!!


    I don't know that this is my favorite dinner entree but since it is Summer and it is hot, it is on my mind. But it is good during the colder months as well. No fancy entree here with Pulled Pork. It is casual, easy and has a nice flavor....very moist and tender.


    PULLED PORK


    I love pulled pork. I never make it the same way but this recipe is pretty good. Whip up your favorire BBQ sauce, or not.....and go to town. No bread for me....just the pork with spicy sweet BBQ sauce. I do usually make pulled pork in a large crockpot

    This makes quite a bit...so you can cut the recipe in half. If you cut in half, your crock pot cooking time will no doubt be reduced.


    8 lb pork butt

    4 Tablespoons oil (optional if searing)

    2 Tbsp brown sugar

    2 tablespoon chili powder

    2 teaspoon onion powder

    2 teaspoon garlic powder

    2 teaspoon cumin

    2 teaspoon kosher salt

    2 teaspoon black pepper

    24 ounces coke (not diet)

    bbq sauce, home made or bottled for coating meat



    Trim pork of excess fat and cut into 4 pieces.


    Combine spices in a small bowl and rub all over the pork. I usually do this the night before, cover and then fridge it.


    Sear pork. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a Dutch oven pot over mediu m-high heat. Add the meat and do a quick sear on all sides.


    Slow Cooker Method: Place pork in slow cooker and pour coke around it. Cover and cook on LOW 8-10 hours (depending on size of pork butt, cooking time will no doubt be less), until pork is tender and shreds easily with a fork.


    Serve with BBQ sauce.


    Store leftover pulled pork in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Can be frozen as well in air tight zip lok bag.



    amybabyboy3 thanked canyonwind
  • smitties
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    Congratulations Annie. Double win for you this month. I say get a ticket to the big lottery drawing.



    Shortcut BBQ ribs cause who doesn’t want a shortcut during the summer?



    INGREDIENTS

    1 rack baby back ribs (about 3 lbs.)

    kosher salt

    4 garlic cloves, minced

    3 tbsp. brown sugar

    2 tsp.smoked paprika

    Freshly ground black pepper

    1 c. Barbecue sauce


    DIRECTIONS

    1. Preheat grill (or grill pan) over medium-high heat. Cut ribs into 3 sections.
    2. In a large pot over medium heat add ribs, then fill with enough water to cover ribs. Add about 1 tablespoon salt, bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain ribs and place on sheet pan. Dry well with paper towels.
    3. Meanwhile make spice rub. Combine garlic, brown sugar, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl. Spoon the mixture onto the ribs and rub all over with hands.
    4. Place ribs on grill or grill pan and cook for 10 minutes, turning halfway through. Brush barbecue sauce on ribs and cook for 1 minute more until lightly charred. Serve ribs with barbecue sauce.
    amybabyboy3 thanked smitties
  • sandlapper_rose
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    I haven't made this for a long time, but I really like it.

    Chinese Chicken and Peppers


    1 clove garlic, minced (or garlic powder)

    2 raw chicken breasts
    3 tablespoons cooking oil
    2 tablespoons of soy sauce
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    3 green peppers (or green and red if you like)
    1 onion
    3 celery stalks
    1/4 tsp. sugar
    1/4 cup cold water

    Cut the chicken in 1 inch squares. Mix with the garlic, 1 tablespoon oil, 1
    tablespoon soy sauce, the salt, pepper, and 1 tsp. cornstarch.
    Let stand 20 minutes. Cut the peppers in 1-inch squares.
    Slice the onions and celery in approximately 1/2-inch pieces.
    Heat the remaining oil in a skillet; sauté the peppers 3 min. Add
    the onion and sauté 2 min. Remove vegetables to a dish.
    Cook the chicken in the oil remaining in the skillet for 3 min.
    Mix the remaining soy sauce and cornstarch with the sugar and water.
    Add to the skillet with the sautéed vegetables. Cook over low
    heat 3 min. Serve over rice or with rice to the side. (If you like your vegetables less crunchy, you can cook them a little longer.)

    Serves 2-4.

    amybabyboy3 thanked sandlapper_rose
  • amybabyboy3
    Original Author
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    Margo-35

    Annie-35

    Shirley-10

    Jeanne-35

    Kim - 10

    Sue-5

  • canyonwind
    6 months ago

    Thanks Margo....and yes, I buy several lotto ticket every few days! I don't know about winning 1 billion plus....a bit much, I think LOL!


    I l so enjoy good ribs!! Your recipe sounds fantastic. In fact, I have not had ribs this Summer. What is wrong with me?? I better get on the stick.


    Happy Evening ladies!!

  • amybabyboy3
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    It has been a great month ladies. Thank you for joining in! It was great to reconnect with Sue and hopefully we will here from others. I will send out prizes this week and thank you for your participation. I can’t believe it is almost August already and my youngest son is headed off to college to complete his degree. Time sure flies! Hope you all have a wonderful healthy and safe Summer!

  • canyonwind
    6 months ago

    Amy, wonderful month!! Thank you very much.

    Happy Summer to all!!

    amybabyboy3 thanked canyonwind
  • SoLovelyLily
    6 months ago

    Sadly my card for the older members came back with no address to forward to. Great idea though Amy. Fun month thank you :)

    amybabyboy3 thanked SoLovelyLily
  • smitties
    6 months ago

    I never heard from the past member I sent to. it was a great idea though. Thanks Amy for your awesome hosting job. Margo

    amybabyboy3 thanked smitties
  • lufurl1949
    6 months ago

    i also Enjoyed catching up with you Ladies who will be starting AUG OBF Post ? & How can i follow you since i'm laid up for awhile yet

    Would love to know what you will be doing .

  • smitties
    6 months ago

    Sue, I was originally signed up bed had to pull out and i don’t think anyone took over. I do believe someine is doing September.

  • sandlapper_rose
    5 months ago
    last modified: 5 months ago

    I did not hear from the former member I sent to and nothing was returned to me.

    Sue, many of us belong to this group and also FOTESS (Friends of the Earth Simple Swaps). You are welcome to sign up to be a member there and swap with us for August if you like. We have games for the month and the swap is just to send a card and a recipe - although you will see there is a specific theme. I'm adding the link here. You can play the games as a member without being required to do the swap and vice versa. Time to sign up is soon so please check it out if you may be interested.

    https://www.houzz.com/discussions/6291026/august-fotess-swap-fables-fairy-folk-tales-legends-mythology#n=12

  • canyonwind
    5 months ago

    Amy..thank you for my Bingo prize. Excited to grow Gogi Berry.

  • smitties
    5 months ago

    Amy, thank you for the pretty nore and pansy seeds. It was a fun swap!

  • sandlapper_rose
    5 months ago

    Amy, I received my prize. Thank you and thanks for being the hostess. Such cute note cards!