Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear, regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a visual folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown and/or painted by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how overgrown and wild it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ...


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June 28, 2009

The garden this morning ...

Well, I guess these photos are a true indication that I need to break down, somehow, and get/use a real camera, and stop using my cell phone to take pics. But, this is what's going on in my garden this morning. Lots of container plants this year; tomatoes, peppers, petunias, nicotiana, etc.


  1. your garden is just beautiful....what a pretty place to visit! thanks for joining...I hope you will share again!

  2. I made corn bread that nearly made me cry yesterday. Then I was almost in tears because the two (2) guests we had over ATE THE ENTIRE LOAF EXCEPT ONE PIECE. Here it is: plain old Aunt Jemima's recipe (been my favorite for ever) with a twist:
    1 cup corn meal (the REAL stuff, not that self-rising whatever)
    1 cup flour
    2-4 Tbsp sugar (I use 4 Tbsp of sugar in the raw)
    4 tsp baking powder
    1 cup milk
    1 egg
    1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use Canola)
    [also calls for 1/2 tsp salt, though I have never used any]
    about 1/4 cup finely chopped southwestern peppers (yesterday I used one jalapeno and two small cow horns from the garden)
    1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

    Preheat oven to 425 F
    Mix dry ingredients. Add milk, egg and oil. Beat (I hand stir) till fairly smooth. Add chopped peppers and grated cheese. Mix in well. Save some of the cheese to sprinkle a handful on top of the batter after you pour it into greased pan. Bake 20-23 minutes or till toothpick/fork comes out clean. You know - golden brown on top.


I would love to hear from you regarding this post. Please feel free to leave your comments. All the best, Anastasia a/k/a Stacey

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

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