Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Garden Tuesday, the one about being late and not getting much done

Wow, want to see what I got done?


This area should hold multiple photos about all the progress in my gardens. Yes I currently have more than one house, so that means I have more than one garden. To enjoy, to work, to be a success with or not........

The above photos showcase my garden successes since last Tuesday. Oh wait there is no photos say you. That would be because of down pouring rain, and strong winds mixed with down pouring rain and finally drizzle when there was no down pouring rain.

I did get other work done, other non garden related accomplishments.

Such as,
My car can now be parked in the garage.
All of the boxes have been unpacked and each item has a spot. That spot might change, and most likely will, it is the way it goes when settling into a new home.

And,
I love cooking in my new kitchen, our first family Sunday dinner went very well.
I have mastered building a solid and warming fire in the wood stove.

Then,
My vacuum wore out and I need a new one, same with the dishwasher that passed with what appeared to be flying colors at the house inspection.
I have learned that the wind will thin the cherry crop.
And the tree that I had hoped was a flowering plum, might be, but there are no little plums growing on the
branches, like the flowering plum trees from my son's neighborhood.

But I will share the following, it should allow me entrance to Garden Tuesday this week.....


Large flat leaf house plants have always been a challenge for me to water. I usually have water flowing off each leaf to the floor and the plant remains dry.


Nest a funnel in at the base and water through the funnel, the water stays off the leaves and goes where it will do some good and you won't have to wipe up the floor.

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rutabaga Mash, with dried tomatoes, shallots and garlic

Let's eat more vegetables. I have said that time and time again. But honestly, I mean it each time! You will see more vegetable recipes right here, in the future.....

This is delicious, give it a try, we did!

Rutabaga Mash with dried tomatoes, shallots and garlic
adapted from:  Seasonal Ontario Food

4 c peeled and diced rutabaga

2 large shallots, peeled and sliced thin
1/4 c dried tomatoes in oil
1 clove garlic, minced 
olive oil and/or oil from the jarred dried tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Cover rutabaga with water by 1 inch, add salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer until tender when pierced with a fork or the tip of a knife, about 20-25 minutes. Drain and keep warm.

While rutabaga is cooking, saute the shallots and garlic in oil. When soft and beginning to brown, add the tomatoes, cover turn off heat until the dried tomato pieces are tender. 

Using a potato masher, mash rutabaga, stir in the shallot mixture. Adjust seasoning and serve. 

Serves 4 - 6

Recipe rating:  already tagged in an updated post.

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

As we observe Memorial Day

It is more than a BBQ and day off from work.....

Take a moment to thank and remember those who serve, and especially those not able to return.....

I still feel honored to pledge my allegiance to my country......

Yes please, because.....

May your time today with family and friends find you safe, happy and proud.

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Our Sunday Cafe, May 2012

 Man Pleasing Chicken 

Rutabaga with shallots garlic and dried tomatoes

Oven roasted zucchini with Italian herbs and garlic


artichokes with lemony mayonnaise


crisp vegetables

Oven roasted mushrooms

Crazy Pizza Bread


Blueberry Cheesecake Bars


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday's words...........

Welcome to our home!
This greeting hangs right at the front door.

I am done moving in when the decorating is done. 
Yesterday I got the photos up in the hallway. 
It is a busy hallway, just the way I like it!







This group is items made for me or gifted to me. It leads right to my bedroom, a friendly thought each night as I turn in.

The blue kettle for the wood stove arrived.

We are having spring rain and chilly weather, I love being able to build a fire and settle in with a cup of coffee.
And with this I am done with the inside of the house, it is time to start on the yard. There is much to be done, and much to be enjoyed!

As always thank you for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Garden Tuesday, the one about cherries!

When I was working in the yard this past weekend, look what I found, 
on the cherry tree of all places.....


yes, we have cherries! I don't know what kind, but there are a lot of them, it is a large tree.

And as I rounded the corner of the house, on my way to the wood silo, 
look what else I spotted....

grapes, these were visiting from across the fence.

I planted some Dusty Miller and Red Carnations, I tend to plant in clumps of color.

Fortunately the flower bed area was not hard and packed with clay. So far I really like this yard!

What have you noticed in your garden?

As always, thank you for taking a moment to stop by. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Next year at this time, I should have some home grown rhubarb for this recipe. Strawberries too. But these ingredients did come from my local market. I am going back to the old house on a regular basis to keep the "garden" going until all can be transplanted this fall. Oh and the rhubarb, it is doing very well thank you!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
adapted from:  The Foster's Market Cookbook
375 degree oven


the intro:  This crisp is slightly tangy. You may want to add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter dessert. And, as with most crisps, vanilla ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream is a wonderful complement to this dish.


Topping:

1 c flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c rolled oats - I used 1 c oats in place of the oats and almonds
1/2 c sliced almonds
2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves - I did not use.
1/4 t salt

12 T (1 1/2 sticks) butter, cut into 1/2 inch dice

Combine all dry ingredients, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.


Filling:

2 c hulled and halved strawberries - I used 4 cups
4 c chopped rhubarb
1 c sugar (or up to 1 1/4 c sugar for a sweeter taste) - I used 1 1/4 cups sugar
3 T flour
1 T cornstarch

Combine filling ingredients, turn into a 11X7X3 inch pan or a large skillet.

Crumble the topping over the top.


Bake 45-55 minutes or until done in your oven.

Serve with your choice of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Recipe rating:  Oh Yes! (will make again)

As always, thank you for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Sharing the view.....

A Friday view.....
This is the last of the rubble to clean up. Some of this actually belongs in the garage, and just needs to be put away. Some is newly appointed camping gear from the kitchen, and the rest is pictures that need to be sorted, wiped down and put up on the walls. Then I can park my car in the garage.....

Also in the garage is this set of cupboards...

they hold my small kitchen appliances and canning gear.



The hole on the shelf is where my crockpot sits. Dinner is cooking now for tonight. I am also fairly organized in the kitchen and back to cooking.....

This is my kitchen pantry.....








The dining room holds my favorite hutch...

it looks like I still need to stock the wine racks.....

this is in the dining room, it mirrors my enjoyment of company come to call.

The garden window above the sink gets hot, too hot for plants. Especially when I am gone all day, however it makes a great storage area for my pots and pans.

And above the cupboards I have my collection of hammered copper pieces and a couple of bean pots to end cap the whole thing...













Tomorrow I am helping my daughter with a batch or two of homemade strawberry jam, and then helping her get settled in the old house. While I am there I will water the berries and rhubarb. She will keep them alive for me, while I get the yard and garden area ready for transplanting in the fall. 

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your visits and your wonderful comments!