Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Call me compost-stupid but how exactly do you compost? Okay I know I live in Oregon and everyone does it here. Am I the only one who doesn't know how? Since I'm pretending to be a gardener, I thought I would try the composting thing a whirl. Where to start? I did a lot of research on-line. Gotta love Google!! I also hit up friends for their thoughts and pearls. After feeling a little more confident, I decided to take the plunge.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I've been trying to take pictures weekly of my plants. It amazes me how well some have been doing! Here are a few of my favorites....
I bought two fruit tree this year and thought I would give it a go. We'll see how well they do in the ground. I bought a dwarf mandarin orange and a plum tree.
I bought tomato plants as starters this year. I didn't have the patience to wait for the seeds to grow. I love tomatoes!!
Friday, May 15, 2009
This year I started some vegetables from seeds. I was a very diligent momma, constantly checking on my seedlings....waiting for some for of life. There was that AHA moment when the first green shoots poked out of the dirt!! Be still my beating heart! I have grown something!!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
So I told you my dad was visiting and I had a "Daddy Do" List right? Well this was one of the things on my list. My dad is really good at building things. He built this nifty raised planting bed for my vegetable crops!!
If you're a gardener who likes to grow from seeds, it's your lucky day! Park Seed Co. is having a sale on seed packets. Most are on sale for $1 or less!! Stock up! They have a great selection of seeds! Here's the link:
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
What's not to love about slow cooking? Put the ingredients into a Crock Pot in the morning, putter around all day and come home to a wonderful smelling kitchen and dinner that's all ready! I did a slow cooked pulled BBQ pork last week. I thought roast would be a good thing to try. I found a few different recipes but only had a few of the components in my pantry. Instead, I elected to combine and alter a few. Here's my take on a Slow Cooked Pot Roast....
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
....I really must. Have you seen that commercial on the Travel Channel? You know which one I mean. The one where all the different show stars say that they have the bug. Yeah, I told you I watch too much tv. Well I went to the website. There's a choose your own adventure type quiz on there. In the end it tells you your travel bug evaluation.
One of the big clues that spring is around the corner are all of the bulb flowers that start blooming. Daffodils are usually the first clues to warm weather. Next are usually the tulips and irises. I love going to the Tulip Festival at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn during the spring. It is an amazing array of every type of tulip you could imagine! They literally have acres and acres of flowers in bloom! The scenery is spectacular!
Monday, May 4, 2009
What's Bakin?: Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies (aka Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or Heaven in a Cookie)
If you were on a deserted island and could only have 1 cookie, what cookie would you choose? I don't know about you, but for me this would be a very very tough choice! Well not anymore thanks to this awesome cookie recipe!! It combines 3 of my favorite cookies all into one. So to answer the original question.....give me an Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies please!!! These are sooo good I had to give some away just so I wouldn't eat them all!!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I have a few friends who have been good about honing in on their photography skills. They've managed to set a goal of taking at least 1 picture every day of the year. It's called POTD or Photo of the Day. It's also referred to as Project 365 (for the 365 photos you'll have taken at the end of a year).
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
I've been debating about a trip to Europe this year. My #1 wish list trip is Spain and Portugal but not knowing any Spanish is terrifying to me. My passion for Spain has been further fueled by the show "On The Road Again". Have you seen it? I'm addicted!