Friday, May 30, 2014

Hot Dog Relish

While pouring through my new favorite blog, I found his recipe for hot dog relish. I new I had to make some right away.
You can find his recipe here:
I actually put the extras in a water bath and canned it.    Take some time and check out his blog.  He has great recipes and gardening advice.
I also researched some other relish recipes and decided to try this famous hot dog relish from Maine.  It is called Flo's Famous Hot Dog Relish and it is wicked good.

You can find this recipe here:

I think if you are going to eat something like a hot dog, you should eat the very best hot dog possible.

I used the hot dog bun recipe I found on docaitta too.

Flo's sauce cooks for quite some time until most of the liquid is gone.

I made my gang hot dogs using a different relish on each dog and they loved both of them.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Giant Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

My guys like their desserts so I try to always have something good around when their sweet tooth starts aching. I have to dish these out one by one or they would be gobbled quickly.  However, someone did find the stash and helped themselves to extras.  I caught the so called culprit with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar.
 This recipe makes giant chocolate chips cookies.  I added roasted walnuts to them too.

 Here is my recipe:


2 sticks cold and cubed unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp.baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle, cream together butter and sugars until well blended and fluffy. Add eggs and mix in vanilla and beat until blended.
Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. I used an ice cream scoop to form balls.
 Place on a pan lined with parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven 20-25 minutes until lightly browned. Do not overbake. Let cool on rack and store in an airtight container.

 I got 14 saucer sized cookies from this recipe.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 Doesn't everything always look better after a good rain?  We finally got some though the humidity that came with it is awful.

 I planted a small herb garden for my daughter.

 Time to pick lettuce.  My lettuce is growing so much better since it is not in direct sun.

 Nasturtiums and cilantro.

 Someone is not too happy about the rain.

 The driveway garden.

 Click for a closer look.  I labeled things but it appears they came out really tiny.

 Jalapenos, zucchini and cucumbers.

 My cherry tree has big leaves but no Cherry's.

 When you plant in deep raised beds you can place your plants much closer because their roots have room to grow down.

 At least that is what I have been told.  We shall see!

 More of my driveway garden.  I've blocked one side of my garage at this point.  Dirty car/good tomatoes....not such a tough choice.

 Things grow so fast.  This planter is about to spill over the sides.

 The Salem Witch Day Lilies will bloom around the 4th of July.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Walk in the Woods

 My forest fills in quickly once the warm weather arrives.

 The irises are blooming by the lower pond.

 After walking down the path to the lower garden and passing through the doors, you can see my raised bed.

 As my trees have grown, this garden is too shady for some vegetables. I grow things that can handle some shade.

 Like beets, I have 3 rows of different types of beets. I dug my rhubarb up last Fall and transplanted it but it looks like I missed some roots.

 Broccoli rabe and broccoli.

 I thought my grapes were done for after the winter we had but sure enough, they are growing again.

 Garlic, leeks, peppers and nasturtiums.


 I've turned this area into a berry garden.  There are gooseberries, currants, raspberries and blueberries planted here.

Morning Glories.

Notice that there are no roses on top of my potting shed?  All of my 'new dawn' roses died because of the freezing temps last winter. I've planted new ones but it will take several years for them to grow over the roof. I also have carpenter bees living in the eaves and they are very aggressive when I am working here.  They don't sting but they sure are annoying.

Baptisia about to bloom.

Strawberries and weeds.

On the way back to the upper garden.

Lily pads.

I am filling in the perennial beds with annuals.

I love my Japanese Maples.  We have had next to no rain here and are dryer than a bone.  I am hoping for rain today.  It seems that all I do is water.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day 2014

 Perhaps you are spending your Memorial Day working in your garden?  If so, here is a cool idea for planting tomatoes.  Just open a bag of garden soil and plant your tomato plant right in the bag. Add a tomato cage or some sort of support, poke holes in the bag for drainage, water it and there you go.  Instant tomato garden.

 It's a great idea for a balcony or for anywhere when space is limited.

Just roll the sides of the bag down.  If you hate the way the bags looks, cover it with burlap.
Teddy says that wherever you are today, she hopes you are enjoying your Memorial Day and getting a nice cool drink!