Penny's Passion: Five on Friday

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Five on Friday

This week has flown by!  Here's my five for this week.

1.  First Fresh Fruit from the Garden
Eric and I have a VERY small garden and we picked our first ripe tomato this week.  Even more exciting than getting our first tomato of the season is the fact that we beat my dad this year.  That rarely happens!  Of course, we had to call him and rub it in a bit.  Better luck next year Dad.

2.  James Taylor
This concert was definitely a check off my bucket list.  I have wanted to see James Taylor for years and it finally happened on Tuesday night.  He was playing at the Verizon Amphitheater in St. Louis and he did not disappoint!  It was the perfect evening to be sitting there in the lawn listening to James do his thing with two of my favorite concert buddies.  The biggest surprise of the evening was how truly funny he was.  Thanks for making the evening a blast Jane and Debbie.

3.  Fourth of July Mantle
The Fourth of July mantle is complete!!  Not bad for less than an hour of work.

4.  Lemon Tartlets
These babies are a breeze to put together and taste like little pieces of sunshine!  If you like lemon, you should really give this recipe a try.
Take this....
and make this.
Here's the ingredients:
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
In the top of a double boiler, beat eggs and sugar.  Stir in lemon juice, butter and lemon peel.  Cook over simmering water for 15 minutes or until thickened.
This recipe is found on and it's by Margaret Balakowski
Heat the fillo shells in the oven at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes.  When the shells are cooled completely, fill with the lemon curd.  Garnish with a bit of grated lemon peel.
5.  Girls Night Out
Can't wait for girls night out tomorrow with these great friends to celebrate (belatedly) Tracy's birthday.  We'll be hitting Cherokee Street for a little shopping and then on to Modesto's for dinner.  Check back next week to hear about the fun.


Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Yum - that tomato looks amazing! How great to be able to pick your own fresh produce. Hope you have a fab night out with your ladies!

  2. Well those lemon tartlets look absolutely divine! And I love James Taylor- I bet that was an amazing concert!

    Found you through Amanda's link up! I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. So jealous of your tomato!! It has been so wet here. I'm afraid our garden is going to be a flop :(