Sunday, June 27, 2010


Sunday, June 27, 2010

After almost five years on, Garden Gate Designs is closing. Come help me empty my shop by taking advantage of 50% off every jewelry making supply in my shop. It has been a fun time and I have made a lot of great on line friends and customers. But, the time has come to close and be off to bigger and better endeavors.

Just an example:

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Garden Kitty Bike Spinner

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Last Friday my friend Elaine and I took a trip to Downtown Medina, Ohio and had lunch at Miss Molly's Tea Room. It is always a pleasure to go there with a friend or relative as Miss Molly's is a very popular Victorian Tea Room. Having been there many times in year's past we were both looking forward to their excellent scones of the day served with Devonshire cream and raspberry jam. Friday's scones were blueberry and did not disappoint. We both settled on the Chicken Fruit Salad accompanied by the Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad and lemon poppyseed tea bread. Excellent choice! It is always consistently great!

When we first arrived at the Tea Room, we noticed a lot of garden spinners outside of the building all animated by the wind. There is a great toy shop for children in the same building as you enter to go to the Tea Room. We decided to check out the Toy Shop on the way out from lunch. Sure enough, the toy shop owner showed us a really great selection of garden spinners. I decided on The Kitty Bike Spinner and Elaine just had to have the Frog Bike Spinner and the large Hot Air Balloon.

The bikes wheels spin in the wind. Kitty has a mouse in his bicycle basket. The fabric parts are made of Sun Tex UV resistant textiles. I just love the way he looks and hope he has a fun summer peddling his bicycle around my garden.

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Little Gardens, My How You Have Grown

My gardens are finally at full growth for the season and I wanted to share some pictures of them with you today. The first picture is of my back garden. I have placed my sundial there this year and my bee balm (on the right hand side) is going to open any day now. Food for the hummingbirds!

This year I made wave petunia planters for my deck rails. Wave petunias self shed and the baskets should be huge by the end of the season. More food for the little hummers.

My side shade garden has a number of yellow corydalis (dicentra). This year I have had lots of babies pop up in the garden and have been able to transplant them into other areas of the garden. They are in the same family as bleeding hearts.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Scallops Breaded in Panko

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Serves 2

10 Large Sea Scallops fresh or frozen
Japanese Panko Breading Crumbs
2 tbls. olive oil

If your sea scallops are frozen, defrost them under cold water in a strainer and place them in refrigerator for the day to defrost. If they are fresh, you can go ahead and dry them in between paper towels to get the extra liquid out of them so that the panko breading crumbs adhere. Do the same with the frozen ones once they are completely thawed out.

Roll the dryed scallops in the panko crumbs and place them on a plate, ready to fry.

Place 2 tbls. of olive oil in a medium sized fry pan. Place heat on med. high. Fry breaded scallops on both sides until lightly browned. Try not to overcook the scallops as they are delicate in nature and will dry out fast.

I have made these several times using this method and found them to be really delicious. We serve them with a pinapple coconut mango sauce which you can purchase ready made in your grocery store.

This is a lighter version than regular breading and deep frying them. I bet you will agree with me that they are just scrumptious.

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs