Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Outdoor Spigots

 It is always a happy day when my outdoor sink is turned on.  This water source is shut down over the winter.  I have hot and cold here and use it constantly.

 My tulips finally bloomed.

 I planted a deep pink phlox that will grow into the purple by next year.

 My millstone room is filled with dandelions.

 The creek and ponds will be awakened soon.

 This is one of my 4 season outdoor spigots.  Click on any of the photos to enlarge. When I built my gardens, I had these scattered throughout so I could have water available even in winter.  They bury them deep enough so that the lines do not freeze.

 I put up my spinning bat to keep the birds out of the newly planted garden.

 I also put a 4 season spigot in the potting shed to use in the copper sink.  These are so handy.

 All of the hostas are popping up.

 Where the sun is hitting them, they are already opening and are enormous.

 Someone asked what this is that is hanging above the phlox.  This is one of my mirror chains that I made. You can see a few of the reflexions in this pic but in real life, these are magical.  The sun reflects off of the mirror tiles and it looks like hundreds of fairies flying around the garden.

I love it when the light pours through the stained glass on the garden doors.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Planting the Vegetable Garden

 Yesterday I started planting the vegetable garden.  What you see here are perennials. Rhubarb, chives and horseradish.  And the garlic I planted last Fall.

 The Blog Tech helped me.  All of a sudden he is very interested in gardening.  He is back by the potting shed planting peppers.  We are planting him a salsa garden.  He picked out all the kinds of peppers and tomatoes he wants to make salsa.

 I can't wait for the New Dawn roses to bloom over the potting shed.  They put on quite a show.

 To conserve room, we planted peppers between the garlic.

 That is Teddy at the back of the pic drinking yucky water from the lower pond. My arborviteas have doubled in size. I can't wait to have a wall of green again.

 More pepper plants were planted down the other side of the raised bed.

 I have eggplants, cucumbers and celery to plant too.

 I bought this for The Blog Tech.  It is a crock of herbs to use in making Mexican Food.  This would make such a good gift for someone into Mexican cooking or make one up with basil, oregano, parsley, etc. for an Italian cook.

We are also planting tomatillas for the salsa.  And I bought some corn to plant too.  I doubt that I will get any corn but I love to listen to it rustle in the wind.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Breakfast Quesadillas

 I saw these on Ree Drummond's blog the other day and made them this weekend and thought I would post them in case you have not seen them.  First, dice up some peppers and onions. 

 I love the taste of jalapenos but not the heat so I remove all the veins and seeds.  All the flavor but no heat!

 Grate some cheddar and some Monterrey Jack.

 Saute the onions and peppers in a bit of butter.

 Beat some eggs and make an omelet.

 Make some pico de gallo by cutting up cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, cilantro, lime juice and sea salt.

 Place a tortilla in a buttered pan and top it with some of the grated cheese. (I missed some picks again!)  Add some peppers on top of the cheese.  Place some omelet on top of the peppers. Add some slices of cooked bacon and some sliced avocado.

 Sprinkle with more cheese and top with another tortilla. Flip it over.

 Cook until brown and crisp.

Slice in quarters and serve topped with some of the pico de gallo.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Trip Up North and Some Gardening

 We took Teddy out to the country this morning to see the Big Puppies. She loves these guys!

 Some of them were far away.

 But some were very close.

 Teddy's nose was pressed against the window.

 I know this is blurry but you can still see the reaction the horse made when it heard the strange noise coming from the car.

 These guys did not like Teddy too much.

 Lots of Teddy's friends live here but they were not out on this pretty Spring day.

 When we returned home I started planting.

 I needed to fill in some spots on the stairs where the phlox grows. Notice all the dandelions?

 Though the phlox grows well on most of these stairs, I have never been able to get it to grow in the corners because of the lack of sun.  So, today I planted mazus there and I am betting it does very well.

This is a part of my lawn where I planted mazus years ago.  It chokes out everything including the weeds.  It has a pretty flower and when it is green, it provides a nice cushion.  Teddy loves to lay on it.  And notice, no dandelions here!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Italian Sausage Strata and The Pocket Hose

 I made several of these for the shelter yesterday and wow...they sure are good.  I sauteed hot Italian sausage with garlic, onions and peppers and Italian seasoning.  I cubed lots of bread and mixed it with grated mozzarella and provolone.  Then I beat a bunch of eggs with some milk and parmesan cheese.  I mixed it all together and baked it for about an hour until the internal temperature reached 165. This could be served on a small pool of marinara sauce though I served it plain.

 I did it!  I bought the Pocket Hose.  19.99.  I finally tried it out yesterday.  It weighs next to nothing and so far, works like a charm.  If it continues to perform, I will be buying more of these.

 This is Teddy gardening.

 Wait mama...I really am gardening!!!

 I am incubating some of the patio moss.

 The cistern is running!

 I am planting herbs in planters close to the house.  I like having them close to the kitchen since I use them so often.

 I plant flowers in these urns too so not only are they useful, they are decorative as well.

 I am planting my driveway tubs with patio blueberries in the hopes I can get some before the birds.

 I planted this blueberry last year and it is coming back with gusto this spring.

 Strawberries and more herbs.

This is the Pocket Hose.  When it fills with water it is still light weight.  As soon as you turn the water off, it shrivels back up and you can seriously stick the whole 50 feet in your pocket.  It is light as a feather!