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 folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown 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 junky 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 ... Oh, the two pictures below are NOT of my garden, although the one with the pink French doors looks very much like the backyard I grew up with. I am searching for pictures of that wonderful place and will post soon.

JEWELS OF MY SOUL

JEWELS OF MY SOUL
My Book Available on AMAZON

Stacey Torres ART Prints

Stacey Torres ART Prints
A very limited selection of reproductions from my paintings can be found here

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.

Church Lady Iced Tea Punch


I don't know what made me think of this ... perhaps, because it's a hot, summer Sunday morning. Thinking of church picnics; teas and socials in the steamy church basement with paper fans from the funeral homes ...
But, this is good punch - for any event on a hot summer's day.

Church Lady Ice Tea Punch Recipe
They served this amazing punch all of the time at our last church - it's a grown up punch, no sherbet or floaty things in this one! by HeidiRenee
SERVES 24
3 liters ginger ale
1 cup iced tea mix powder
Pour dry cup of Iced Tea Mix into bottom of punch bowl.
Add 3 liters of Ginger Ale.
Stir.
Add bag of ice.
Enjoy - it's really amazing and refreshing!

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!

Old Fashioned Tips