Wednesday, April 29


remember all those wonderful heirloom tomatoes that i started a month ago? well i made sure to carefully and clearly label them. only problem is i used a felt tip pen and watering gets out of hand sometimes so they have all washed away. there are a few that i know which are which. but that leaves 5 kinds that could be who knows what.

sigh. i am so bummed.

suppose i'll find out in a couple of months!

Tuesday, April 28

apples anyone?

wandering the little apple orchard looking for bloomed blossoms...

i only found a few...

but found someone was watching me too!

silly i know, gotta love spring!

Monday, April 27

more blossoms...

pear in the foreground then apple then cherry

so cherry blossoms are about over. there are a few stragglers still but most have browned and started to fall away. now pears are in full bloom. its funny though the blossoms of a pear are pretty close to those of cherry.

another cool thing is the pollen that the bees collect is tinted green. i am pretty sure these are anjou pears, but i could be wrong. i wonder if bosc or red bartlett pollen has a pink/red tint to them?

pollinator in flight

Tuesday, April 21

smell em!

Cherry and Peach Blossoms

Wednesday, April 8

choco chip...

so my weakness is chocolate chip cookies. and not those bland store bought, pre-packaged or bakery made hockety puck things. i mean the good homemade kind with the best chocolate and great ingredients and mixed with love that you can taste.

since going GF 2 years ago i have sincerely struggled with this ache. oh sure great pies or strudels fix the sweet craving. but what about those amazing chewy chocolate chips with an ice cold glass of milk? well all i can say is thank the gods for Alton Brown.

this is his Chewy Gluten Free Chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Oh My Gods!! this is so freakin' good!! i used Ghiradelli semi-sweet chips and dark brown sugar and chilled em' for 3 hours but otherwise i followed it to the letter. even my hubby has had to restrain himself. i can't be making these too often or i'll be rolling out the door instead of walking.

Try them, you won't regret it. well maybe your waistband will but your tongue will forgive you.

I promise

Monday, April 6

Wonders of Wonders!!

in less than 5 days (tonite makes full 5) I have SPROUTS!!!


Last night someone hit a telephone pole and we were without power for 4 hours, kinda normal around here. with the power out i had a weird time falling asleep. when i finally did my husband ripped the most disgusting smelling fart and it woke me up! gross. so i made him get up and go to wal-mart with me at 3:30 in the morning, muuwwaahhh. actually its the only nice time to go. its quiet, no rude customers, no screaming children and as a plus we are always greeted and helped by friendly staff. quite a rarity there. so when we left it was 42 degrees outside. I remember not that long ago when we were hopefull for a 42 degree day.

Its been so beautiful here. In fact it got above 70! it was warmer outside than in, this morning! The plastic has come off the drafty sliding glass door and the bird song is filling the house. there is even a nice cross breeze as both doors are open and the only window on the west side too. I love me some spring!

Saturday, April 4

early garden

Yesterday the wind finally died down and the sun was out. wonderful really. so i figured that it was time to put the peas in. so now we have 2 huge rows of sugar snaps that are supposed to get 6 foot tall or something... ooo peas. now if i could only keep the cats out of that spot. they think any fresh turned dirt is perfect for their digging and "planting". yuck.

on wednesday i was able to get an early start with the seeds. They should start sprouting buy the middle of next week. I'll post as soon as they "pop"
11 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, some sugar pumpkins, cantaloupe, a couple of gourds(one is shaped like a snake!), eggplant(never grown this one, any suggestions?), couple of herbs(thyme & basil), bell peppers and two kinds of cucumber. phew! the onions are going out next and then in may the corn. not to mention the beans. pole, bush and scarlet runner. BUSY!