Friday, April 25, 2008
The park is gorgeous right now and the Knockout Roses we have planted in front of the building are out of control! these things just don't stop growing. I'm not really a rose girl but the colors on these things are so vivid they sort of exude happiness, and ya know I LURVE to share my moods with y'all.
So, here ya go-happy flowers just for you!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Today I spent the day doing forced fun at work and it turned out to actually be FANTASTIC. We did these collages at the art place. Love it, because ya know crafts are my therapy.
Anyway, the project is really simple and you only need a few supplies: a canvas (the one I used was 8x8), acrylic polymer, paint, and whatever else you want to add. things like concert tickets, newspaper articles, photos, buttons, marbles, old jewelery, ribbon, papers, sheet music, old keys...anything!
First you paint the canvas, then allow it to dry. You can use a hair dryer on low setting to help speed the process. then you put polymer on the back of the items you want to include in your collage and press them onto the canvas. Layer away, and as you place items on your canvas paint more polymer on top of them to help seal them onto the canvas. the polymer will dry clear.
Here's my first attempt at decoupage collage:
I was thinking about buying a bunch of picture frames and covering one wall in our home office with pictures, but now I think I'm going to make a sort of border around the room with these collages.
I found the supplies for really cheap here: http://www.dickblick.com/
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Horrific to see that kind of violence isn't it? I had to take the little guys inside. Sadly, some of them didn't make it. I won't allow this to happen again. The hoop was hauled off to the basement on charges of domestic violence.
I did have to take all of the plants in yesterday as the winds were a bit strong.
I had to reposition the brussel spouts and spinach because they were becoming a tangled mess. I also pinched off the initial leaves from the pole bean plants to allow them to begin to branch off and get really leafy. I'll put them all back out on the deck today, for more sun time.
The Peas are beginning to develop the little vines and they have started curling around each other. I'll probably get something to use as little stakes for them to attach to for support.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Yep, its that time of year again. The time of year when Georgia looks as though it suffered a nuclear attack and bright yellow-green radioactive fallout is covering everything. You can't open your windows or it will be covering everything in your house. Its pointless to wash your car and whenever you have to go outside for anything you come back in feeling like you've got a gritty film covering you.
It will be nice to get some good soaking rains to wash away this mess.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Well today I've got a funny (well I think its funny) story about my son that I want to share and of course pics to go with it. Its almost a requirement for me that a blog include pictures. Sounds like a first grader wanting to know where the books with all of the pictures are at right? I want to see what you are writing about and compare it to what I've already got pictured in my mind-or build a story around the picture(s) you've shared.
So anyway, I can include the funny story about my son-because I LOVE him and he is a child that is GROWing. I have decided that "grow.food.love." can really encompass anything and everything in my life. I can write about all the things I love, the people I love, the way I love and want to be loved. I can write about growing and garden, my child, myself, my relationship, my mind, skills, etc, etc...you see? The list can just go on and on. So the basis of the blog is going to be around this little vegetable garden but I'll always throw in random passages about the other goings on in my life. After all, the purpose to this thing called life really boils down to those three words "grow.food.love." anyway, right?
Saturday, April 5, 2008
1/2 cup honey
1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup dry bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts- sliced into smaller pieces
1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a bowl, beat eggs and honey together until thoroughly blended. In a separate bowl, toss together pecans, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper.
Dip chicken pieces in egg and honey mixture, then dredge in pecan mixture, coating thoroughly. Arrange chicken side by side in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Drizzle melted butter evenly over chicken.
Bake approximately 40 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, and juices run clear.
YUM! We are eating it plain, but I think it would taste great with a honey mustard or even a sweet BBQ sauce as a dip.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Red being a wonderful little mini-gardener and removing the old basil skeletons and root balls:
We'll keep the pots and the bins on the deck for awhile as they need lots of sun in the beginning to really establish themselves and strengthen their root system and stems. Plus it helps to keep them away from too many critters and weeds.
We just put about 3 inches of soil into the bins and a bit more in the pots since they are taller and then hollow out a nesting area for the pods. Place the pod into the hole and then add about an inch more of potting soil and lightly pack around stems for support.
He seems to enjoy it, no? Boys love dirt. Fun while learning and discovering. He loves to come home everyday and see what the plants have been up to all day while he was away.
Right now with all the rains, I probably won't have to do much watering. In a few days I will pinch back some of the leaves. This will help to encourage new leaf growth and help the plants begin to branch out and mature.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I tried some herbs last year in the Jiffy starter trays, they all started out really well. I transplanted them into some terra-cotta pits then found out later that terra-cotta just is not good for growing in my climate. They suck up all the water-ha! Makes complete sense now-but at the time I was oblivious. Then a strong storm came along and knocked over all the little pots and they were pretty much history. I had some basil that I had put into large plastic pots that survived the hit. So last year the only survivor I had was my basil.
So after the initial mistakes with terra-cotta pots and sun requirements-I think I've got a good handle on the basics and hopefully (fingers crossed) will be successful with a small vegetable garden this year.
I like to use mini craft popsicle sticks to help mark the rows. I just use a marker and write the name of the veggie on it and stick it next to one of the pods in the row.
March 22, 2008-Four days in and everything has sprouted except for the peppers. They seem to be a little more stubborn than the rest. I can now remove the dome and move them to a sunny area of the house. I water them when they start to look a little light brown.