Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Charcuterie Board -Easy Entertaining

This week the Sweetwater clan gathered for a belated birthday party for little old me.
With an almost 3 year old and a two month old to work around, it makes no sense to try to serve any kind of sit down meal these days. We are all too busy holding babies and playing with toys to sit down at the table.
The solution: Charcuterie!

Ooh La La!! Doesn't that sound french and fancy? 
So what is Charcuterie? 
The definition is actually the shop where you buy cured meats....but it has come to mean the way of serving them.
Basically it is just a fancy word for a big platter of cold meats (usually cured), cheeses, fruit and nuts!

The Sweetwater Daughter delivered a huge bag of goodies from Aldi of all places.
My job was to figure out how to make our Charcuterie look something like this!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Sunflowers "Eclipse" all other Summer Blooms

In honor of the solar eclipse....here is a repost about Sunflowers and a trick for arranging them.
Enjoy!



You gotta love Sunflowers!

Big bright and beautiful!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Avoiding the August Flower Gardening Doldrums

 
The lazy days of summer are upon us.
We have finished with most of our summer traveling and now it is time to get back to taking care of business around here....especially in the garden.
I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with August gardening.  
I LOVE that everything is growing and lots of things are blooming.....but the fact is....by mid-August most plants are past their prime.
The garden is in the DOLDRUMS
dol·drums
ˈdōldrəmz,ˈdäldrəmz/
noun
plural noun: doldrums
a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or depression.


Here are some tips that I found to combat the "stagnation"!

Now I just have to get myself out there and "just do it"!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Musings

Happy Monday!
It has been too long since I posted anything here....
Why?
It seemed like all the stuff that has been keeping me busy didn't really fit with the mission of Sweetwater Style.
It seemed that my projects really aren't anything to blog about.






All the "writers block" advice articles say just go for it and start writing.  So that is what I will do!









Mr. S and I took a trip to Voyageur's National Park with some friends.  We stayed at the charming Kettle Falls Hotel in a "Villa".....
 Our adventures started when our room came with an overpowering ODOR of vomit!  Yikes....but luckily we were given the room directly above.  It had  no kitchen, but we were allowed to use the kitchen in the "vomit" room.  The smell gradually went away....and all was well. 

I clearly am the poster girl for high fashion on the water.....and I even caught a fish or two.....





 We used the Air Fryer to cook the fish without a bunch of oil.  Oh...YUMMY!









The scenery was amazing and so was the weather!





Nothing beats time spent with good friends making memories!










































And then there are the Grands.....
Getting to know this sweet little Grand Girl is beyond wonderful
I forgot how all consuming babies can be....how fortunate we are to spend that time!
The Grandboy is a constant source of wonder!
All boy and using whole sentences to have conversations with us!



Helping GG (GreatGrandma) with her knitting!

This photo was taken BEFORE he completely unwound the whole skein of yarn!





Ahhh.....what is better than a costume box so that you can instantly become a SUPER HERO!



Loving the excitement of a summer time parade!


















How interesting.....an a bit A..musing!  All this Monday morning musing has given me about 10 ideas to blog about.  I guess the writer's block advice is correct....just start writing and the thoughts will come!
Stay Tuned...
Have a wonderful day....and thanks for listening!