Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I started my seeds...

I made plant markers from wooden spoons.

I also got all my seeds from Erica. You can read about how we are sharing seeds here.
She sent me, green towers lettuce, california wonder pepper, sugar ann snap pea, cherokee purple tomato, kakai hullless pumpkin, and matt's wild cherry tomato.

There is my helper Cali.

Notice the two lizards on the wall.

The set up is a bit ghetto, but it will do until we move and get settled in our own home.

Grow little seeds.

Cox & Cox

Or if you are fancy you can buy this from Cox & Cox here.

I not going to lie, I want one.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Roasted garlic hummus and pita chips

Pita chips

Preheat oven 400 degrees, cut up pita bread into triangles. Brush with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Spread pita chips on parchment lined baking sheet, bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Roasted garlic hummus

1 cup chickpeas
1 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
6-8 roasted garlic cloves
2 tablespoons sesame paste (tahini)

Hand mash chickpeas. Add juice from lemon, oil, garlic, sesame paste. Mix well. Garnish with tomato, cucumber, and olives.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Roasted garlic salsa

Pearl onions, jalapenos, plum tomatoes, lime, cilantro, and roasted garlic.

I can't wait till I grow my own cilantro and tomatoes, maybe I better add some serrano or jalapeno seeds to the pile.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Roasted garlic

Preheat oven 400 degrees.

Cut the tops off 3-6 heads of garlic, exposing as many cloves as possible. Pour 1/4 - 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil over the top. Salt and pepper.

Cover with foil. Bake for 1 hour, or until golden brown.

Let cool, squeeze each clove out into a jar, pour oil in and store in your fridge.

Coming soon, roasted garlic hummus, and roasted garlic salsa.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tiny flowers

Weeds from the front yard, tiny flowers in a bobbin. This would be really cut in a window sill. If only I could find my thimbles in all the boxes in the garage. Then the flowers would last. Once we get settled and unpacked I will find my thimbles and do some tiny arrangements in those too.

Seed sharing

My best friend Erica (check out her blog here) and I are sharing seeds this season. She bought veggies and I bought herbs and cucumbers. We both love gardening and growing our own food, this way we get twice as much for our money. I never need all the seeds that come in a package.

I just scanned the packages and divided up the seeds. Repacked the ones for Erica and mailed them off.

I can't wait to get my veggie seeds from Erica and start planting. Come back next week to see exactly what I get from her.

I ordered:

Santo Cilantro
Sweet Basil
German Chamomile
Moss Curled Parsley
and cucumbers.

All the seeds (except the cucumbers) are from High Mowing Seeds. All of there seeds are organic.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Garden Trading

Have you heard of this web site? They have wonderful things, like this....

and this......



I want this for my home made laundry soap.



I am a sucker for all the containers, they also have a great fire pit. Happy shopping.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chocolate chip cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2 ¾ cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
2 ½ tsp vanilla extract ( 1 more than on the bag)
2 large eggs
½ cup chocolate chips
¼ - ½ cup nuts (optional)
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg

Mix dry ingredients together. Add eggs, vanilla, and butter mix well. Line baking sheets with parchment. Scoop cookie dough by the TBS on to baking sheets about 1 ½ -2 inches apart. Bake 11-13 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 3 dozen.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Trail mix #3

I make a new trail mix, with different ingredients each week. We eat a lot of trail mix and this is the only thing I can think to do so we don't get sick of eating it.
This week we have sunflower seeds, raisins, cashews, almonds, brazil nuts and dried mango.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

pussy willow branches

Well I still want to make more of these branches but we are going to call it done for now. I think they look good, and would look great with a few more to fill it in more.

Not quite the real thing after seeing this photo I took yesterday, but I still think they look good. I love them and that's all that matters. And maybe that they will last a lot longer then the real thing.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

West Palm Beach Green Market

Every Saturday there is a green market downtown in West Palm Beach, October- April 8am-1pm. They have fresh bread, fruit and veggies, plants, herbs, and nuts, etc. Check out the vendors. It is a great place to walk around on a Saturday morning and shop. Find more information here.

I got 4 grapefruits, 4 oranges, 2 mangoes and 7 bananas, all for $6.47!