Click for a better look. I had trouble getting good photos of the mirror chains but I had several requests to show how I make these so here goes.
Buy bags of mosaic mirror tiles or pick up an old mirror at a thrift store and cut it into little squares. Get some fishing line and fast setting glue.
Cut a piece of the fishing line to the length you desire. Lay it over the back of one of the tiles and put a dab of glue on it.
Press the back of another tile onto the one with glue.
Continue down the line spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. Let it sit until the glue dries.
Make sure you have a handy helper nearby.
Hang them from a branch in your garden where the sun will reflect off of them.
When the sun hits them, little sparkles of light dance on the ground. Again, they are hard to photograph but they are really very pretty.
A special cool spot on a hot day.
My clematis is covered in blossoms.
I already have over 2 dozen green tomatoes. I am fertilizing with compost tea and these plants are loving it. If you want to try this, just fill a bucket with compost and add water. Let it sit for 24 hours. Pour the water from the bucket into a sprinkler can and water your plants.Do this a couple times a week.
If you look closely here you can see 2 mirror chains.
I stopped at Sur La Table yesterday and look what I found on sale!
The last thing I need is another knife but I could not possibly pass this up. It's a sign. A sign of what I do not know!
I can't imagine anyone having cool weather since we have been melting in this ridiculous heat, but if you do, you might want to make this soup. Why I am making soup in 95 degree weather I will never know.
I made chicken stock but you can use store bought if you want to.
Saute' a large onion in a bit of olive oil. Add 3 diced carrots and 3 diced stalks of celery. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add your stock and bring it to a boil. Add some orzo. The amount depends on how much of it you want in your soup. I added 2 cups to about 2 quarts of stock. Add 2 packets of Knorrs Concentrated Stock.
Add some diced chicken. You can use a store bought rotisserie chicken if you don't want to roast your own. Shred a bunch of basil and add it to the soup.