Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Garden Blogger's Death Day

My blogger friend Kate, has started hosting a Garden Blogger's Death Day on the last day of the month. It gives all of us gardeners a chance to take pictures and show off our plants that have croaked for various reasons.

So from my garden this month we have:

The Sunflowers which had some sort of rust going on.

My Gold Rush Zucchini, the mildew took them out.

My Golden Nugget Watermelon. Pickleworms and mildew.

And last are my beautiful tomatoes. :(

That wraps up my dead plants for the month.
Don't forget to head over to Kate's if you'd like to join in.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dim Sum Sunday - Summer Blockbuster

This week's Dim Sum Sunday is, Summer Blockbuster, let Hollywood be your culinary muse. So we take you back to 1984 with the film Ghostbusters.

I ain't afraid of no roast

In honor of this great movie, we present to you, "I ain't afraid of no roast"

No, I did not come up with the catchy title, it's from TBS "Dinner and a Movie".

Yes mom, it is real meat.

(from a cow!)

Head over to the Karmic Kitchen for some more Dim Sum Sunday fun.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dim Sum Sunday - I Scream for Ice Cream!

For this week's Dim Sum Sunday, I bring you
Fried Ice Cream.
Ice Cream, rolled in crushed corn flakes, and deep fried in 360 degree oil.
Fried Ice Cream, that I didn't really like.

I'm sure it's because I got lazy, and went with store bought ice cream. I should've had Hubs out there cranking us out some homemade ice cream, then it would have been excellent! ;)

Go and visit Shamu at The Karmic Kitchen for some more, tastier ice cream fun.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It's Hot Out!

Okay, it's definitely summer, and my plants aren't liking it at all. The squash and cucumbers are toast and my tomatoes don't have much longer.
Quite honestly it's all very, very sad.
But, at least I am learning which plants can handle the heat and which ones can't. Hopefully this will serve me well when it comes to planning for my next seed order.

I do have some summer stand outs. The eggplants are doing well, which surprises me cause I never have good luck with them!

And the green, purple and pineapple tomatillos are going bonkers in the backyard garden. I am so looking forward to yummy salsas! Hopefully, I didn't just jinx myself. :)

Mystery tomatillo

This is my third sowing of beans so far this year. And this time I'm doing Kentucky Blue and Kentucky Wonder. I've had great success with both of these before, so I'm curious as to how they'll handle the hotter months of the year.

And last, but not least, I still have my wonderful sunflowers.
(Until the conures and quaker parrots eat them)

Happy, cheerful, smile makers. I just love them!

So friends, what do you all have growing?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dim Sum Sunday - Fun Summer Drinks

Nothing says summer more than some nice frozen lemonade!

Again today, I had my two helpers who wanted to join in on the fun.

Which was so cool! Thanks you two!

I'm loving my two dollar ice cream maker!

I'm pretty sure though that Hubs feels a little differently about it than I do, since he's the one who has to crank it. ;)

Yummy, sweet and sour frozen Lemonade.

Just the right thing to cool you off on a hot afternoon.

Thanks again Shamu for another fun Sunday

Friday, June 12, 2009

Shamu Tagged Me!

What is your current obsession? Growing my own food, taking pictures, reading books, sewing, caterpillars, my chickens, keeping up with my blogger friends, reptiles, amphibians, and stalking birds.

Weirdest obsession? My chickens

What are you wearing today? Jeans and my grey Rolling Stones t-shirt with a white layering tee underneath.

What's for dinner? Hmm...that's a good question.

What would you eat for your last meal? Brownies, ice cream, enchiladas.

What's the last thing you bought? Bun Buns flea meds

What are you listening to right now? the Mockingbird outside imitating the Great Crested Flycatchers.

What do you think of the person who tagged you? Shamu is wonderful! She can make me laugh and snort coffee up my nose like no other! And she's a dream when it comes to cooking. I'm glad she's my friend. :)

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished, anywhere in the world, where would it be? Sanibel Island, Florida

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Point Pleasant, West Virginia. I would like to tend to my Dad's grave and do some charcoal rubbings.

What language do you want to learn? Spanish.

What is your favorite color? How do you pick just one? I love them all! But mostly the bluish-purple ones.

Favorite quote (for now)? "It's not about what I can't do, it's about what I can".

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe? I don't have a favorite

Dream job? Working with and rehabilitating birds of prey. Working with reptiles and amphibians.

Describe your personal style Jeans and t-shirts.

What is your favorite tree? Cabbage Palms

What are you going to do after this? Clean out the chicken coop, plant some more sunflower seeds, make myself and Elizabeth a snack, read her some books.

Favorite fruit? Peaches

What inspires you? Life on this great planet.

What are your favorite books? Field guides. I read them all the time. Maybe we should add that to the weirdest obsession question at the top.

What are you currently reading? A book of poetry

Go to your bookshelf, take down the first book with a red spine you see, turn to page 26 and type out the first sentence. Depending on the species, the glands may be distributed either longitudinally along the body axis or across the body.
Taken from: Florida Butterfly Caterpillars and Their Host Plants.

What delighted you the most today? Watching Elizabeth during swim lessons, big fluffy clouds stretching across the Gulf, seeing our backyard black snake.

By what criteria do you judge a person? I try not to judge people as a general rule.

Are you artistic or crafty? Both. I love working with my hands doing gardening or making something on the sewing machine.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dim Sum Sunday - Summer Treats

This week for Dim Sum Sunday , we have Sweet Summer Treats to try.

Vanilla Ice Cream!

And not just any kind of Vanilla Ice Cream either, this recipe is close to a hundred years old, and comes from my Papa Duane's side of the family. How cool is that?! And since it's summertime sweets, we need some yummy Peach Cobbler to go with that wonderful, hand cranked ice cream.

My little helper, working on the crust.




Thanks for another fun Sunday Shamu!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Woohoo! School's Out!

A whole summer of fun with my sweet girl.