Weekend Coffee Share – Summer is here!

Let’s take our coffee in the garden today. Last weekend it was almost summer, now summer is surely here. We’re having a high of 75 today and 80 next week, before it dips down for a few days with rain. This is pretty much how the summers are here. We might have a few days in the low 80’s, but most days are usually around 75-78 during the summer. The nights are cooler. When you walk out in the morning the grass is often covered with dew. To me this is perfect. How would you like your coffee today? 

Celery in a hanging pot on the wall outside my house. I really need to thin it out today.

It is so green and lush everywhere. I walked around the house taking photos to show you some of the flowers in bloom. There are hundreds of other plants that I do not know the name of. I believe some of them are wild herbs that I could use in some way, I just don’t have the knowledge. I’ve joined some facebook groups, and read some articles online to learn more about that. In the US I had a plant app on my phone telling me, it worked really well, but I have not found anything that work like it should for our area. Our soil is rich and natures abundance is overflowing.

It’s been an intense week at work, as I expected. It’s been productive and I am satisfied with the result. I still have some work that I need to do today, not overwhelming, but some writing that I am going to tackle this morning. Due to the business of the week I had some things to do around the house yesterday, and I still have some things to do today. In the weekends I let everything take the time it needs to take, no stress. Yesterday we walked to a lake, we do that most days, but yesterday my daughter jumped in for the first time. I’ll wait and let the water warm up a little before my first swim. 

My landlords parents lives a few minutes away from us, and they invited us to fika (Swedish for coffee and a conversation between friends) yesterday afternoon. It happened that my daughter and I just baked two Tiger Cakes (vanilla/chocolate). I still have cake left, would you like to try some? My daughter is having a picnic with her school next Friday, and I am not sure I’m going to have the time and energy to bake anything during the week, so I figure we bake something this weekend and put it in the freezer. My daughter never had Tiger Cake before, but she had seen a picture and really wanted to bake one. It is just as easy to bake two as it is to bake one, so we did. Now we could bring one with us. We practiced social distancing sitting outside in their backyard. It was a pleasant afternoon. My daughter likes them a lot. She’s always connected well with elderly people, and I encourage that. There is so much wisdom there. My landlord parents are very kind people. They have a beautiful garden with a great variety of vegetables that they are growing. Among other things they have enormous amount of rhubarbs growing, and they are kind enough to let me pick whenever I want.

I picked some last weekend and made a rhubarb pie. I picked some more after our fika. I am going to try to make some marmalade today. I’ve made different types of jam many times myself, but I’ve never tried to make marmalade. I saw a recipe yesterday with rhubarbs, lemon and ginger that I am trying. I’ve had sliced rhubarbs, grated lemon peel, and lemon juice soaking on my counter overnight. I’m excited to see how it’s going to turn out. If it’s good I’ll share the recipe 🙂 I better get going in the kitchen.

How are you? How is your week? 

Love,

Maria

39 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Summer is here!

  1. I’ve noticed that quite often your weather in Sweden mirrors our current weather in the UK, both being Northern Europe after all I suppose.
    We’ve had hardly any rain, it’s been the sunniest Spring and the driest May on record. Or was it the driest Spring and the sunniest May? Either way, you get the picture!

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    • I bet our weathers can be similar. We had some good rains in May though. Enough rain 😉 Tomorrow its suppose to be 28C and that is a little too hot for me, at least since I am working. I like it the best around 18-20 C. I hope everyone in the family is well and that you are having a great weekend.

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      • Yes I’m like you, don’t like it too hot, despite these northern legs coming out in a previous post! There’s been no rain, but that’s set to change on Wednesday. The gardens are in need of it. Around 24 C for us today. Hope you are both well, too, give a British man’s best wishes to your daughter.

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  2. Sounds like a great week. Tiger cake and rhubarb pie sound good. I did see a picture of the marmalade on FB, so know that is now complete as well.

    I hope you have a great week ahead 🙂

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    • Thank you! It has been a fabulous weekend! That marmalade is going to be a frequent star in my kitchen. It was insanely delicious, I picture having tea parties serving scones with that marmalade in the fall 🙂 I hope your weekend is fantastic !

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  3. I enjoyed coffee with you today. The tiger cake sounds divine and I’ve never had rhubarb marmalade but the flavors sound good. I hope you like how it turns out. I Love all the blooms you are getting as the warm weather and sunshine bring things to life. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! 😀❤️

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    • Thank you! It is always great having coffee with you Diana. The marmalade turned out way over any expectation I had, it was fabulous! I loved it and my daughter loved it. It was fairly easy to make as well. What is the weather like in California now? I’ll better head over to your coffee share, right? I hope to see some gardening pics there as well 🙂

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  4. Yay for summer! I’m glad your weather is warming up, Maria. Rhubarb pie is so delicious! I’d wait for the swim too, bbrrrr. It was 108 here a few days ago, 99 for today. Be well!

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    • Last weekend when I had rhubarb pie it was the first time since I was a kid, I’m pretty sure. I actually got tears in my eyes, it was that good! LOL. Not kidding. It’s suppose to be around 80 here tomorrow, almost too warm for me. 🙂 Stay safe my friend.

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  5. Its so comforting to have elderly neighbors close by and I love it when young kids bond with them too. Its like you said, there is so much wisdom there and even for me I love listening to old stories from their lives, there is so much to learn! Have a good week Maria.

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  6. Glad to hear you had a good week Maria. Your home made cake, pie and marmalade all sound yummy. We had a few very warm days last week then back to normal. Today is just gorgeous. I went for a two-hour walk in the morning and now am relaxing at home. Thanks for the coffee share.

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  7. Cake, marmalade all home made, Yummo. we do apple & rhubarb pie my absolute favourite. Your week sounded great, beautiful photos, how nice that you could have fika, with such generous people. Don’t you love the energy of kids to have a swim even before the real heat kicks in, I remember those days. haha. Hope this week is even more splendid for you both.

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    • Thank you! It was a great week last week, this one is as intense, but this is the last stretch before vacation time. Just a few more ends to tie 🙂 Things are good. I hope you are well.

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  8. It is exciting when the world leaps to life in spring. I love that explosion of growth – you can almost hear the squeak of grass growing! 😉
    I’m thinking your flowers pictured in order are Clematis, Spurge, Speedwell and Solomon’s Seal. If that rhubarb marmalade comes out well, I’d love to see the recipe. I have all the ingredients in stock. 🙂

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  9. That cake sounds marvelous! And your rhubarb! I’ll pop over for some rhubarb pie when you have it . Just kidding but it look like it will make a scrumptious pie!

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  10. Hi Maria,
    Great to catch up with you for another week. Your photos of your garden are lush and revitalizing. I have actually done some gardening myself yesterday. Our neighbours gave me some geranium cuttings and I’ve planted them in some of the nutrient-rich soil from our worm farm, which is rarely used. Fingers crossed, although it seemed a bit prophetic when she said I could come back for more if they die. I don’t have a good track record with gardening, largely because I’m busy elsewhere.
    BTW, I wouldn’t mind getting hold of some of that rhubarb to make a rhubarb ad apple pie. Your marmalade sounds much better than the English traditional version.
    Our kids have returned to school. It’s gone fairly well for our daughter, but our son is more stressed and he’s also in his second last year. He came home with a funny story about his mate having the coronavirus test. He said they push it right up your nose until its almost touching your brain. i loved how he put it and posted it on Facebook and a few of my friends agreed with him which surprised me.
    Anyway, take care and I hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    • Worm farms are the best! I don’t currently have one, but I’ve had a few, I should make one. Best of luck with your gardening.
      Just let me know when you are coming over for that coffee and pie and it will be ready 🙂

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