So Here We Sit, My little Lemon Tree & Me

So we were out shopping and that is the first problem  with my husband… My husband and I saw a little Meyer Lemon tree and I told my husband I had to have it!…. He of course told me I don’t need one and it is not on the list. SO I spent the remainder of the trip around the garden center complaining that “they never have these, they are rare, I looked them up last summer and I was going to order one on line but I just didn’t”…. “look that lady already is getting one of them and there are only 6 there!!!!” He said “they will have them when we come back next time”. I quickly followed with “but they won’t, they didn’t last year and I really want to get one!, I will go ask” so I ran over to the sales person, “uh excuse me….there are a few Meyer Lemon Trees over there and there are only 6…well now only 5, Are you going to get more of them” and they said “No we don’t ever have those, I think it is a 1 time thing”. Ah ha! “See! They will never have them again, ever!! I will never get the lemon tree I have always wanted, I read about how to bring them in for the winter too”
Herb….”FINE, (sowered face and stern no longer happy voice) put it in the cart- then that is it, no vegetables or anything else you wanted” -Me… “Ok all I want is a lemon tree and I want to write a blog about it”

So here we sit my little Meyer Lemon Tree and me. It is late afternoon and the sun is going down over the willow but not below the hedges. The sun is finally warm……

It was an awful winter. I really cannot remember why I stay here in the cold until the Spring pops up and days like this make me feel like Ahhh the is what Newport is. The smell of the salt in the air from the Ocean breeze, the birds chirping the water fall in the koi pond splashing into the bottom, Ive got the Bridge to the left of me and the lemon tree to the right, Here I am stuck in the middle.

The flowers are now starting to bloom and I am so excited, they are pink when they are buds and then yellow when they open.

3 week old and here is what we have: I will make recipes with my Myer Lemons so do not worry I have not branched out in to just writing!








Cheese Cake Strawberries Via Whim & Wanderlust

Lately I have been so inspired by other Bloggers I have been making their delicious creations. The latest were the “Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries” from Whim & Wanderlust . I of course did a little variation on them to make them my own & share so more people could see and enjoy these. Whim & Wanderlust have a beautiful blog and well worth following.
Here is my version and be careful, you may gorge yourself they are THAT good. I had to make a another batch…….We ate about 50 I think.

Large container of strawberries (approx 25)
8 oz Cream Cheese (room temp)
1/8 Cup sugar
l lemon (juice & zest)
1 lime (zest only)
1 package Graham Crackers (approx 6)

In a bowl mix together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and lime zest until combined. It should be thick but spreadable.
Using a Melon Baller remove the green and just “scoop” a small portion of the top of the berry.
In a food processor whirl the Graham Crackers until they are “crumbs” and transfer to a bowl.
With a spreading knife scoop about a teaspoon of the Cream Cheese mixture and fill the strawberry.(more or less depending on the size of the hole you make).
Holding the strawberry by the end, dunk it and gently press into the Graham Cracker crumbs.
Enjoy -T