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Sometimes summer memories slip into each other, blurring the lines of what happened from year to year. Carolyne Roehm's Summer Notebook is dedicated to beautifying your home and life, inside and out. It is filled with useful gardening tips and delicious summer recipes that can be made with the fruits of your labor, and it provides plenty of space to jot down notes about what you did, what you planted, and who shared your homemade Peach Shortcake or Blueberry-Orange Tart.
Carolyne Roehm offers many suggestions, not to mention inspiring photographs, for using your garden to its utmost. For instance, Roehm suggests you do something with your bright, colorful flowers and plants. She includes techniques for floral arrangements and crafts that can be assembled from the fruits of your garden. Every summer, my mother grows tomatoes. And my sister always says, "What are you going to do with them?" Inevitably, many end up in salads or spaghetti sauce. But Carolyne Roehm's Summer Notebook challenges you to do something more. Several easy recipes — including Mozzarella, Tomato, and Pine Nut Tart; Individual Jalapeno and Tomato Tarts; and Tomato-Dill Soup — make for lovely summer snacks.
Not everything comes up roses in your garden, as you may well know. Carolyne Roehm's Summer Notebook is the perfect source for noting your successes and failures. It comes with deep pockets in which to stuff special planting instructions, seed packets, recipes your next door neighbor may have given you, and pressings of beautiful flowers. Whether you are an avid gardener orjustgetting started, Carolyne Roehm's book will help you bring some summer into your home.