Sundays on Silverado #56

Life Lately

Busy Mornings…

We’ve begun to settle into a new routine now that school has started again. Mornings are once again busy, and my coffee sipping on the porch swing has been relegated to just the weekends. <sigh>

I made a batch of energy bites to assist with the morning rush. My typical recipe is THIS one, which I still love, but I experimented with a new recipe this time, and it is also delicious. It’s nice to have options.

I hope to get this one up on the blog soon. They have a “secret” ingredient. Any guesses?

Trader Joe’s Find

We’re still foregoing our Hello Fresh deliveries a bit longer, since we have so much fresh garden produce to use. Hello Fresh was a big help last year in getting us through some extra busy times, so I think we will start up again after the garden has fully run its course.

For now, we’re looking for alllll the ways to use tomatoes! This week, I bought a Cabernet Pot Roast from Trader Joe’s to serve with some garden veggies on the side. Have you tried TJ’s pot roast?

Seriously, it had me at “Cabernet”, and we were not disappointed. We will be buying this again. And probably again.

It was so delicious for the little amount of effort it was. I just browned it on all sides, per the instructions right on the package, then popped it in the oven to roast, covered, for about an hour and a half. I used my Staub Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, so I was able to brown and roast in the same pot, easy-peasy.

I served it over creamy polenta, and sauteed fresh garden cherry tomatoes and green beans to along with it. A sprinkle of fresh Parmesan on the side, and it was ready to serve. This was one of those meals that had no recipe, but came together even better than I imagined.

Seriously you guys, go to TJ’s and buy this pot roast. It’s in the fresh meat section. You can thank me later.

Speaking of Tomatoes….

We stopped over at my son’s apartment this week, and delivered this box of fresh produce from our garden. He and his girlfriend also love to cook, so I can’t wait to see what they do with all of this homegrown goodness. ❤️

In Case You Missed It…

Tuesday was another round of the fun Pinterest Challenge, and this time the focus was on ideas for fall fireplace decor. I decoreated the mantel in our screened porch, getting it all ready for the upcoming cozy fall evenings. I’m so ready for this scorching heat to go away, how about you? Over it.

You can check out my cozy fall screened porch HERE.

More Fall Decorating Ideas

If you’re starting to get in the mood for fall decorating, you might be interested in these posts. I know it’s hard to think fall when we are having a heat advisory today, but the fall weather is on it’s way, right? Please say yes….

The Weekly Features!

I loved this tutorial from Paula about how to completely change the look of an old pillow with fabric paint. Brilliant! I’m definitely going to give this a try. Look out ugly pillows, I’m coming for ya….

How to Update Pillows with Paint | Virginia Sweet Pea

I always see various old keys for sale when we are browsing at antique shops and flea markets. This method to display them from Julie at Restyle Relove is so cute. Now I need some keys….

Framed Vintage Key Display | Restyle Relove

It’s no secret how much I love to picnic. My husband and I always look for places with lovely scenery where we can picnic with a bottle of wine and a charcuterie tray, so when I saw this beautiful beach picnic with a vintage suitcase as a table, I was smitten.

If you don’t have a vintage suitcase to haul your picnic in, you might try this picnic backpack that we love. It is insulated, has a wine holder on one side, a blanket on the other, and all the utensils you need for a lovely picnic, including a cork screw, cheese board, and plastic wine glasses. Picnic dates are the best.

Date Night Late Summer Picnic| A Life Unfolding

All features have been pinned to the Sundays on Silverado Pinterest Board!

Until next time, friends. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week.

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17 thoughts on “Sundays on Silverado #56

  1. There is so much great stuff in this post that I don’t even know what to comment on! I am hungry now though after the food pictures! I am looking forward to the structure of school days again. We have another week until school starts, but this week will be the mad rush to get everything we need. Thanks for hosting the party, my friend!


  2. Thanks for another fun party Niky. Harvesting from the garden is the best! I thought ours was pretty good this year but yours rocks! That post roast looks super yum, I will have to look at my local TJs. And your mantel looks beautiful. I hope to get to mine next week for early fall. Have a peaceful Sunday. XO- MaryJo

    1. Thanks so much MaryJo for your sweet comments. Our garden was out of control this year. So, so, so much more yield than last year. The only difference we can figure out is that we added several bags of organic garden soil from Costco to the raised beds this spring. I think Costco soil must be magical!

  3. Your pot roast looks delicious, Niky. I admire your ability to cook after a long full day of teaching. Gorgeous garden produce too. Unfortunately my hubby doesn’t like tomatoes, bummer. Thanks so much for hosting a great party. I always love coming to visit!

  4. Niki,
    Those energy bites look really yummy and it looks like you have had a great harvest from your garden!!
    Thanks so much for hosting this charming party each and every week!! I so appreciate all the time and effort that does into it along with visiting all the links and choosing Features!!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

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