summer at thistlewood

Happy summer from the country.

This is what my friend brought me yesterday.

Summer squash and cucumbers and tomatoes.

I think I’m going to try this fresh salsa recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

Except without the onions…..and extra jalepenos. 🙂


In other totally random news.

I’m thinking about growing broccoli (after I learn how to spell it).

Have you ever tried to grow it before.

If so…..can we please discuss in the comments?

According to this….I need to start the seedlings now for a fall crop.


This is for all the pillows I left out in the rain.

Where has this tutorial been all my life?


Just when I have it all figured out…..I learn something new.


This week I was lucky enough to participate in a favorite paint color series hosted by Shauna from Satori Designs for Living.

I know you’re surprised at my choices. 🙂

SW Mindful Gray tops the list.

There’s a lot of great suggestions from some really talented bloggers.

For part one….click here.

For part two….click here.


I’m always looking for a good marinade to drop into conversation.

So I look like I cook all the time.

This one is perfect.

Lemon and lime and greek yogurt = the perfect summer recipe.

And in the totally random news department.

This week I:

Searched for quotes on love to paint on a sign and found these (the Dr. Seuss quote is my favorite).

Laughed out loud when I saw this.

Am making this for my next party.

Learned the best way to prune knock-out roses.

And I sighed over this post from one of my favorite bloggers ever.

She’s right.


And this project is for anyone walking the aisles of Lowe’s and finds an extra spool lying around. 🙂

Happy random Saturday to you. 🙂


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  1. Image for Gloria Gloria

    So here's the thing. I love reading your posts not only because I will always learn something, am inspired to try something and well, laugh, but mostly ... truly .... because I love the way your write. I feel like we are sitting on the edge of a porch, shoeless , summer drink in hand, chatting away. Love your style. Have a great weekend! Gloria

  2. Image for Kim Kim

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful finds on Thistlekeeping each week. They always leave me inspired. I've been having great luck with broccoli in my garden this year. Last week I direct seeded for a second harvest this fall. For your overwinter crop, amend the soil well beforehand, but don't fertilize once they're established. You don't want a lot of tender new growth when winter comes. Remember to give them plenty of room--mounds 2-3 feet apart. Protect them with mulch and/or floating row covers over the winter, and wait for a tasty harvest in the spring. Good luck!

  3. Image for Shelley Shelley

    Love Thistle Keeping! I use a similar salsa recipe however I've Tweeked it just a bit. If you roast the garlic (slice tops of garlic bulb off, drizzle olive oil over, wrap in foil and bake 40 minutes) first it gives the salsa a smoother deeper taste. I realize you omit the onion but for those who add them I suggest using a sweet or yellow onion and running cold water over the chopped onions for 5-10 minutes. By doing so it keeps the onion from overpowering. Happy Saturday!

  4. Image for Paige Paige

    My family and I have been making that salsa for years! It's definitely a family favorite. We blend ours a little more, almost into a purée. The cilantro is definitely the key! Happy cooking!

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    The Perfectly Imperfect post is spot-on. I strive to find rest and space in our family life, but it can be a struggle. Thanks for linking up a great post. Oh, and the waterproof cushion tutorial is great! :)

  6. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Happy Random Sunday to you KariAnne. I didn't get to the computer yesterday -- yard work. Those tomatoes look so yummy and juicy. I love salsa and I don't think you can ever go wrong with one of Ree's recipes. My favorite quote is Dr. Seuss and the first Bob Marley. I didn't know he could be so deep. He says it all. Watch those pesky bunnies and tender young shoots of broccoli -- they can be pretty voracious!n Big Hugs to you!!

  7. Image for Annette G Annette G

    What a lovely, wonderful, whimsical blog! The salsa is getting made today! All perfect to read on a Sunday morning... :()

  8. Image for Beverly Ozburn Beverly Ozburn

    We have grown broccoli for the past 4 years - as a spring crop. It got hot suddenly here in middle TN and ours bolted without giving us one good crown of the stuff. I was so sad and our freezer is, too. So, we will try to grow it this fall for a change. The only advice I have to share is DO NOT plant it in a raised bed just off the back patio where you like to sit and drink your morning coffee and sit late in the evening and unwind. Why? You know that smell broccoli has after it has been washed and put in the plastic bag in the fridge for a couple of days? Well, that smell tends to linger there on the plants when you put them in a raised bed just off the back patio where you like to sit and drink your morning coffee... It is not really conducive to such activities there. Now, we grow it in the garden...out beside the barn...

  9. Image for Julia G. Julia G.

    We planted broccoli once and it was a lot of fun, until the ducks decided they liked it too- so we had to put up chicken wire. We are trying again this fall :)

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  11. Image for Celeste Celeste

    KariAnne I have a weird request. I love the photo of the produce and would love to paint a picture of it. It's so bright and looks luscious compared to my puny garden tomatoes. The photo looks like it was cropped. I know photos are important to your business, but would it be possible to get a copy of the photo so that I could paint a still-life from it. If it's not possible, please know I'll still enjoy your posts every day. I live in the suburbs and enjoy the county life through your blog.

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