May Mountain Moments

May Mountain Moments

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Today I’m sharing our May Mountain Moments. When I started this blog in 2013, it was a form of diary to document what we did and most importantly what we ate. Sometimes I get so caught up in sharing our delicious food, I forget about all the stuff in between. So this month I’d like to start sharing a little recap of what happened the previous month in and outside of our mountain kitchen. #MountainLife

May Mountain Moments is just a little bit more about what’s been going on with us. I feel this blog has lost some of the personal touches because I don’t get a chance to write like I used to. I’ve really missed writing about life outside of the kitchen, but don’t worry, there will be some talk about food. Our world revolves around our next meal. I’ll always talk about food here…lol!

So here goes, let’s recap what happened in the month of May…

May has already come and gone as we count down the days to the official first day of summer.

David and I worked our butts off and got the 1500 pounds of pollen and dead bugs, leaves and Lord knows what else off our deck and screened porch. (See my post about our deck and porch remodel here.)

Somehow David pulled something in his back last week when he was weatherproofing the deck rail. This took him out of work and he has had a trip to family practice and several visits to a chiropractor. The visits to the chiropractor seem to be helping. Needless to say, the weatherproofing and bumble bee protection have taken a pause. Looks like I will be stepping in to take over the deck rails since I finished the front porch.

Sometimes I wished I had listened to David before we put all that wood on the exterior of our house. It sure is pretty, but keeping the bees and elements off of it is W.O.R.K.! Oh well, you live with your own choices, right?

We’ve also been battling the wildlife. The other day, I went outside to find that our finch sock was gone and the shepherd’s hook bent down to the ground again. That can only mean one thing… we got a visit from a bear. 

A day after that, I spotted a huge-mongongos black snack in the yard, two days in a row. Both days he slithered down the hill, but he’s gonna have to go if he keeps on visiting!

Nevermind the freakin’ pesky groundhog that has been digging out around our porch and even chewing on the lattice. A neighbor loaned us a live animal trap, but so far the only thing we have caught was a poor raccoon that ate all the watermelon inside the trap.

Poor thing! He was scared to death. I bet he doesn’t like watermelon anymore…


Greek Seasoning

Greek Seasoning


“The pictures you take are wonderful and make anyone want to try everything. 🙂

– Jackie

“I made this for dinner tonight using the rub from your chicken wing recipe you shared a few weeks ago. I also added some jicama I needed to use up. The salad was fantastic! My husband’s new favorite:) Thanks for sharing 🙂

Betsy (Comment & 5-Star rating on Grilled Chicken Southwest Salad)

Wish I lived closer! Reading this post makes me hungry and thirsty!”  

– Paula  (Comment on May Field Trip Friday • Power’s Farm & Brewery + Black Bear Bistro)


easy cherry cream cheese danish coated with frosting

Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish With Vanilla Glaze

Thanks to puff pastry sheets, you can enjoy this light, flaky, and easy cherry cream cheese Danish with vanilla glaze in the comfort of your home, for breakfast or dessert any day of the week.

These delicate fried squash blossoms are filled with a creamy ricotta cheese mixture and dipped in a light batter, fried to a golden brown. They're amazing!

Fried Squash Blossoms Stuffed With Cheese

Believe it or not, you can eat squash blossoms! These delicate fried squash blossoms are filled with a creamy ricotta cheese mixture and dipped in a light batter, fried to a golden brown.

fried blossoms on a plate

They’re amazing! If you grow them yourself great, that’s the hardest part. If not, visit your local farmers’ market and talk to a farmer who may be selling squash. They may be willing to sell you some.

Also, try Squash Blossom Quesadillas and Squash Blossom Focaccia Bread!


My Japanese Maple Is Thriving Again!

7 years ago when we moved into our new home, my mama bought me a Japanese Maple tree. I love these trees and she managed to find one for a really great price. I planted it beside our house where I thought we could enjoy it as it grew. 

About a year after I planted it, it was eaten by the goats the bear chased into our yard and it took a really long time to get over it.

Anyway, I guess with all the rain we’ve had this past year this little maple tree is finally thriving and has grown a foot in the past year. This makes me happy!

I know it needs shaping up, but I’m gonna let it grow some more while the growing is good! Maybe one day it will get large enough to hang a birdhouse.


That’s all of the May Mountain Moments. Until next month…

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