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The Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle

The Sunny Bank I was very excited to get the opportunity to visit this garden because I've heard so much about it. It did not disappoint. The garden was created by Elisabeth Carey Miller and her husband Pendleton who purchased the house in 1948. Mrs. Miller was a self-taught gardener who used her artistic skills (she majored in Art History) to create the stunning garden which features a dense canopy of native conifers. She became a plant collector and tracked down unusual specimens and was known as a well-respected plantswoman in the horticultural community. The front entrance Visiting this garden is not exactly easy. It is situated in a restricted community and there is a limit to the number of visitors per year. You must make an appointment on the website at designated times or you can find a tour group like I did. The address isn't listed either although even if you had it, you would have to get past the security guard at the gate to the neighborhood. I think if I lived in

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This is a great comfort food for those frigid days and we've had a lot of them lately. I don't recall where I found this recipe but I do know that I embellished it somewhat. It is very rich and filling and I like it with cornbread!

Most recipes call for celery which I don't like. I've listed it in the recipe but it is optional. Here are the ingredients I use:

* 2 cups water
* 4 cups chopped fresh broccoli
* 1 cup chopped celery (optional)
* 1 cup chopped or shredded carrots
* 1/2 cup chopped onion
* 6 tablespoons butter
* 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 3 cups chicken broth
* 2 cups milk
* 1 tablespoon parsley
* 1 teaspoon onion salt
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


1. In a large pot, bring water to boil. Add broccoli, (celery) and carrots; boil 2-3 minutes. Drain and set vegetables aside. In the same pot, saute the onion in butter until it is tender. Stir in flour to form a roue (until it is smooth). Gradually add the broth and milk, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 1 minute. Add vegetables and remaining ingredients. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add the cheese, stirring to melt.


  1. yummy, can i have a bowlful pleeeease?

  2. We're having turkey vegetable soup for supper tonight, courtesy of my longsuffering spouse, but this sounds like it should be on tap later this week. Delicious.

  3. It is one of those days. Actually one of those months that is good for soup. Lentil is on our menu today. This soup sounds yummmmy.

  4. Oh yum!! I am going to make this, but with vegetable broth!

  5. Sounds awesome! Definitely on this week's menu! Have you recovered from this cold and snow yet?

  6. Broccol Cheddar soup is my favorite. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Beautiful and delicious sounding soup (and beautiful bowl!). Lisa, my husband cooked lentil soup today too (with chicken sausage). Great weather for hearty soup here in NC.

  8. Another yummy recipe Phillip. I hope all your plants are OK... Your Camellias?

  9. Looks and sounds delicious ;)
    I think this is my favorite soup, broccoli cheddar, I could eat it everyday.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us, yum !

  10. One of my favorite soups. Warming and filling. I had chili all weekend and something creamy like this sounds wonderful.

  11. Phillip, this is the perfect soup for these cold days & nights. I am definitely going to make a pot using this recipe. Many thanks...

  12. This is perfect soup weather, isn't it Phillip? Your pictures look good enough to eat. Sorry, it had to be said. We are having french onion soup tonight. :-)

  13. I love this type of soup, it sounds so good right now!

  14. That sounds delicious! And, it looks delicious too!-

  15. Oh.My.God. I am going making this this weekend. I am practically salivating just looking at the recipe.

  16. I swear, I am coming for dinner some evening. Your fault.


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