Monday, November 11, 2013

Monkeys and Lions Mmmmm!

My daughter and I like to have fun with cupcakes. Here are the homemade cupcakes we made for my nephew's second birthday.
Miss B showing off our handy work.
Lions-Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting. The mane is Carmel corn, whiskers are pretzels, and the ears are Cheerios. 

Monkeys-Vanilla Cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting. The ears are Junior Mints and white of the eyes are mini marshmallows. The eyes and mouth on both is melted chocolate chips.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Random Rambling for a Country Girl

1. If red sky at night means sailors delight, what does orange sky mean?

2. Planting Dill and Thyme in your garden will help deter cabbage  moths. Basil deters aphids and Nasturtiums deter squash beetles and aphids.

3. Homemade dill relish is soooo good and easy to make.

4. Fall is my favorite season. The only thing I can't stand is walking through spider webs!
5. We have used electric heat, gas stove, pellet stove and wood stove. Wood heat is the only way to go for me.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Growing your own Garlic

Last year was my first experience growing garlic. It is fairly easy to grow. I bought 4 bulbs of German White  Hardneck garlic from a local guy. He told me to plant it with fish bone meal, then top with dirt and chicken manure. And plant it in October. So that is what I did.
Here is half of the garlic I harvested in July.

These are the things I learned.
1. Hardneck garlic grow a scape. When the scape is curled, cut it off. This is so the plant puts energy into growing the garlic bulb and not a flower.

2. The scape are delicious, I found many recipes on the web to use them in.

3. When I planted the garlic I just dug a little hole and planted a clove. Well some of the soil was looser in some areas then others. The garlic that was planted in the looser soil was bigger and easier to dig at harvest time.

This weekend I planted my garlic again, but this time the garlic cloves came from the bulbs I harvested.

What I did differently:
 I put a layer of chicken manure with hay, then a layer of leaves.

Then my son helped me add a layer of top soil and bone meal.

Last I planted my garlic cloves.
These are the garlic bulbs I got the cloves from.
I hope this process will produce bigger bulbs and easy to dig garlic.
Do you grow your own garlic, if so what kind?

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Weekly Top Shot

It looks like someone needs a hug.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Natures Shades of Yellow

For this week the Nurture Photography prompt was Yellow/ Shine. These are natures shades of yellow I found around my yard.

Nurture Photography Challenge
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

17th Annual Clallam Co. Farm Tour

Annual Mother-Daughter time spent at the farm tours.
Dungeness Valley Creamery

Nash's Organic Farm

Lokalie Gaare (Sheep Farm)

Freedom Farm

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Friday, October 4, 2013

What's GREEN and ACTIVE in my garden.

autumn photo challenge,

More pumpkins
I don't think this one will be ready for Halloween.
The Bean Patch
Rattlesnake Beans

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Week of Preserving

Canned 12 half pints and 6 pints of dill pickle relish.
Froze 16 serving of corn.
Still working on tomato sauce.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Surprise Potatoes Plant

I always seem to unknowingly leave one or two potatoes in the garden each year. So in the spring up pops a surprise potato plant or two.  I rotate my crops each year and this very big potato plant was in the way of other crops, so I pulled it.

I was happy to see so many potatoes. I have a hard time keeping reds from going bad. I decided to can these but I didn't want to peel them.  Some are very tiny and I couldn't just throw out the little ones. So I did some web surfing and found a couple of people who can their red potatoes peel on. Step one scrub potatoes until they shine.

I used my dollar store scrub brush and scrubbed until they were shiny. As I scrubbed a very thin skin came off the potatoes. Then I cut the bigger ones into smaller chunks and stuffed into hot quart jars with a teaspoon of salt.

Notice some of the potatoes have a reddish centers. I added boiling water to each jar and put on the warmed lids and rings. Then processed them for 40 minutes at 10 pounds pressure.

Ok all done and the potatoes are all white. Hmm, I didn't expect that. Seven quarts from a surprise potato plant, not bad.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

1. Family- This is my family of Indian Runner Ducks.

2.Grass- I use my grass clipping in my garden. It works great as a weed block.

3.Silly-This is Harry my angora bunny. He's a little silly looking.

4 Half- This is my corn at half size.

5. Bow-Meet Franky (short for Franken Feet) her feet curl and bow.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Our Family Vacation

7 Nights ~7 States
Rest stop Idaho, Blue Mountains.
Utah, Dixie National Forest, Red Canyon
Desert Flowers.
Utah, Bryce Canyon
                  Utah, Zion National Park
St. George, Utah
Pinetop, AZ
Plant life at Fort Apache, AZ
Structures at Fort Apache (dated 1871-1892)
Kinishba Ruins, AZ
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Williams, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Hoover Dam, AZ-NV
Las Vegas, NV
No pictures from Reno, NV to Washington.
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