Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Savory biscuits...

I made the biscuits from "Bakers' Banter" for breakfast the other morning, they turned out really good. Get the recipe from here. I used bacon instead of sausage and added 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder to the flour and parmesan cheese along with the cheddar. I also used sour cream and a little milk to make it the right consistency.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

I Enjoy Cooking...

when Charles and Amanda left the last time they left a half a bag of crab meat. I didn't want it to go to waist so I went online and found this recipe for "Impossible Easy Seafood Pie", it's from Betty Crocker/Bisquick. (click on the link to get the recipe)

it was very creamy and we used onions and peppers from the garden, we didn't put in any shrimp and I used red peppers instead of pimentos, but it was still very good and I was able to take it to work for 2 days, warmed up well in the microwave. Kenneth said it was OK, but he'd rather have had crab legs with butter.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Nothing is ever easy...

what am I going to do with my 6' X 8' picture? I made it about 4 years ago and hung it in our bedroom, but Wednesday, May 6th we pulled the carpet up out of our room and with the carpet removal (of course) I decided it would be a good time to paint the walls, get some throw rugs for the sides of the bed, a new quilt, finish painting the hall ... etc. etc. etc.

when we pulled up the carpet we expected to find the same 70's style linoleum we found through the rest of the house. Surprise, Surprise, we found concrete. When Kenneth pulled up the nail tack strips it left little wholes around the entire perimeter of the bedroom. So off to Home Depot for filler and paint. Sheri suggested I use Home Depot paint because it is thicker and takes fewer coats. (just a note, as of this posting I have found this to be very true. the Lowes paint I used in the dining room took 2 coats of Kilz and 2 coats of paint to cover the paneling, the Home Depot paint covered the paneling in one coat without the Kilz.)

here is our mattress in the hall.

everything moved into the middle of the room. see the window, that window has been blacked out for the last 2 1/2 years. Its nice to have the Sunshining in again.

the dogs had to come in to check it out. we are going to paint the floor for now until I figure out what we'll do with it. The new color scheme is pale blue walls and a light gray floor. if I was really with it I would love to refinish the dressers and nightstand in a white wash finish. I'll keep you posted. (Since this is a delayed post I am hoping to have some more up-to-date pictures on this weekend.)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Today is another special day in our family, today is Sam and Courtney's Anniversary. Even though you live far away our thoughts are with you on this special day. Love, Mom and Dad

Monday, May 11, 2009

the kitchen garden...

We have three raised garden beds which we built last year... this one has green beans on the right and golden zucchini closest to you on the left and okra further down on the left. We bought a hog panel (cut in half) to use for support of the beans and sugar snap peas. We had the Lowes store cut the panel for us, it almost took an act of Congress and signing in blood that we wouldn't try and return it to get them to get us some bolt cutter and in the end Kenneth cut it instead of the employee.

This is the third bed it has tomatoes on the right and jalapenos, banana peppers and red pimento peppers along with some of the seeds we saved from last year which look like they may actually grow, which were colored bell peppers: purple, orange, white, they are on the left.

this is the sugar snap peas, they sure would be easier tp pick if they were a different color!

two of these tomatoes are the only ones which grew from the 16 seeds I got from Amanda, the others are volunteers which we keep finding in last years tomato bed.

these are Cosmos, which I got the seeds free in the mail.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day...

My Mom is a new member of the "world wide web", so now she is able to keep up with everything on the blog. She is on dial up, which she said the AARP decided was fast enough for people of her age. So you may notice that I have changed the blog to only show a couple of days at a time, this way hopefully it will allow it to load faster. For her Mother's Day gift we planted her tomatoes (19) and peppers (15) for her. All the makings of a good salsa or tomato sauce. LOVE YOU MOMMA.
I also want to tell the newest Mother in the family a heartfelt Happy Mothers Day Amanda!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

the pot garden...

its hard to see but they little dogs are ferocious mole chasers... here they were trying to catch the mole burrowing along the patio where I keep the pots. Quite a hole for little dogs! They don't give up easily that's why we have little holes all over the yard.

this pot is "lavender" and if you look really close its about to bloom! I'm so excited! I planted it last year and have been waiting for it to bloom since. planted with it is some peppermint, which I need to cut and dry for tea, very good for the digestion, has a calming affect. I can use the dehydrator I got from my soon as I figure out how to use it, they got it at an auction and it doesn't have a directions book, I'll keep you posted, last year I dried it in the microwave between two paper towels. this is also hpw I dried the basil, but never ever try it with celery leaves! they catch fire...really we tried this at Amandas , not good...not good at all.

this pot is the basil.

I think this is the lime tree, it survived the winter

and look! this is the lemon tree, it survived too...I thought it was a gonner and had it set out to take to the burn pile when Kenneth showed me this morning that it was still growing, I said "No, thats a weed growing in the pot" but when I went to pull it out it was a new shoot from the root, look how big it is!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

the garden to date...

the elephant ear then... and now...

the dill seeds I planted, which were then partially eaten by moles who tunneled under them...

and now...some have survived and I put down "Mole Be Gone"!
please ignore the weeds here I will get the bed reweeded next week.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wet dogs...

look who's in the flower bed.

stop and smell the flowers.

Mo Mo

Curly Sue and Tex Man

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

It's raining, it's pouring...

You all remember that song... well the last 72 hrs we had some pretty interesting storms, 60 mph winds, tornado warnings, reminded me of Oklahoma. We ended up getting 4" of rain, luckily we didn't loose our electricity like many have, with no idea how long its going to take to get back up. More rain is expected the next few days also. The one good thing Kenneth and I were both at work and we didn't have any damage to the house or garden.