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Sunday, April 26, 2015
When our Mom passed away, my sister and I promised ourselves we would take a sister trip in the not too distant future. Well, the week has arrived, and I am so excited to be able to spend time with my sweet Sis. Today, we are heading to a lovely inn in Virginia, close to art galleries, the Blueridge Parkway, wineries and other fun places. See you soon!
Monday, April 20, 2015
As it's Monday, I suppose you know I'm joining in with Frugal Accomplishments. I transplanted the tomato seedlings into bigger pots, bought 4 larger tomato plants, swiss chard & basil with a gift certificate a dear friend gave me. These were all planted in the garden. The tomato seedlings I'm growing are still pretty small, so this should give us tomatoes quite a bit sooner. I walk with the pups for exercise most days. If there is a light misting rain, I typically walk, but if it is a harder rain or an especially raw feeling day, I tend to skip it. Some bargains found at the discount grocery store were 25# sunflower seeds, organic apple juice, organic crushed tomatoes, 3 liter tins of olive oil, and novena candles.
Made quiche with our eggs, peppers and garlic, along with store bought ingredients. Made a green bean dish with our beans, garlic and thyme. Made tomato rice loaf, using our tomatoes, garlic and celery. Vegetable scraps went into the broth bag or the compost. Used our oregano and chives in a potato dish. Made Brandy's black bean burgers. Fixed ravioli with our garlic, and made a vinaigrette using muscadine syrup I had canned. Frugal Fail: with the last winter squash, I tried a new recipe, a soup with coconut milk & garam masala spice. I had to come up with plan B, as we both tasted it and said "yuck!" Good thing I had some leftovers and a fresh out of the oven Fig Sherry bread... still trying to empty the freezer.
J transplanted a large portion of our asparagus patch last year, as bermuda grass and mint had overrun it, and he wanted to get all perennials out of the garden, so he could till as needed. The asparagus has really been set back by the move. There are very few spears large enough to harvest, as they're putting energy back into the root system. I did harvest two spears from what's left of the original bed. These plants still need to be moved, when we have time.
I've been collecting canisters for several months, and got to work on them this weekend, turning them into compost crocks. The holes are drilled in the lids, they were washed & measured as to what they will hold. Once I've fit them with carbon filters, taken photos, and calculated shipping, they'll be listed in my shop. Are you planning on growing any edibles this year?
The clematis have started blooming, as well as a few others. Once the rain lets up, I'll be getting photos of those to share with you.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
|National Museum of Art|
Just a few weeks ago, I shared my canning adventures with a failed Tattler lid. Last week, I saw they have changed their lids due to this very thing. Bravo! Follow the Tattler link for more info on this.
|blueberry blossoms & a butterfly|
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Happy Easter & Happy Passover, friends! We're off to Washington, DC, while a couple of friends mind the homestead. We'll be spending our days visiting the Smithsonian, and hopefully the cherry blossom festival. May you have a most enjoyable holiday, however you choose to spend it.