Tuesday was grill-out day for the Marksberry house – first of the season. We spent the entire evening out on the back deck enjoying the view of the gradually greening hillside. Last week I bought these Double Impatiens. I couldn’t resist even though they probably need more shade than they are going to get anywhere in our yard. I don’t get that excited about plain old impatiens but the double variety remind me of wild roses.
Also last week I bought these new chairs, umbrella, and planter in an effort to pull the look of our deck together a little more. Last year it reminded me of a circus – our umbrella was pink, orange, and blue striped, there were tiki torches mingling with a strand of malfunctioning Christmas lights, and all the plants were randomly thrown together in mismatched pots. I’m going for more of a zen feel this year.
This picture actually makes our deck look much less decrepit than it is. In real life it is stained a fading, dusty blue (I’m still looking for whoever sold the blue stain to the former owners- the same people who also painted the wrought iron rail on the front steps a bright, primary blue) and many of the rails/steps are rotting or loose. One of our projects this summer will be to repair, power wash, sand, and re-stain the deck a reasonable color. I’m actually really looking forward to that project.
Our first grill-out of the season featured teryaki chicken kabobs with marinated onions, peppers, and mushrooms. It was all pretty good but I’m still looking for a marinade recipe that tastes just like the chicken on a stick at Chinese restaurants. Also, while I can throw together a main dish I usually flunk the side dish category. Many times the subject of a side dish doesn’t even cross my mind until we sit down and our plates look awfully bare. This time I did plan one side dish, but it turned out to be disastrous. I followed a recipe for Korean green beans that sounded really good but didn’t pan out.
To top off the evening Randy and I went for ice cream at what is rapidly becoming our new favorite place – the Dairy Crest in Covington on 17. Its about ten minutes from our house and though its about the size of a closet, they offer any kind of frozen treat you could want including my favorite – 24 flavors of soft serve every day (magic!) – and – they have a full food menu including chili dogs, hamburgers, fish sandwiches, pizza pockets, onion rings, and fries. I’m not gonna lie – Randy and I have already eaten dinner there twice this season…………….I think this will be a nice summer.