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Spring has sproinged!

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

little paper city
The latest batch of seed pots are made of paper bags and toilet paper rolls. They look like a little city as they hang out near the growing area just waiting to be filled with dirt.

Here’s a little bloggy questionnaire that I swiped from Hodge Podge Farm.

What is your current obsession?
Watching the seedlings grow. So much happens in a day. It’s fascinating. Take this little drama, for example. This one sun gold cherry tomato was having a hard time getting his head to pop out of the dirt. Since this picture was taken, he sacrificed his own first leaves! The stem broke away and is now heading upward while the leaves remain in the ground! The ultimate sacrifice, but it was all for naught because I am going to thin most of these guys out of there anyway.
chin up

Which item from your closet are you wearing most lately?
Tall and cozy red over the knee socks.

What’s for dinner?
Slow cookin!

What was the last thing you bought?
Lemongrass, galangal and coconut milk, among other ingredients. Can you guess what I am going to make?

What are you listening to right now?
Peace and quiet. Nothing but the lull of the dishwasher and the washing machine, so beautiful together. Thanks for doing the work for me, friendly machines!

Say something to the person who tagged you:
Hi Cal! You didn’t actually tag me but I think you are totally neato-freato.

What are you planting in your garden this year?
So far I’ve started cilantro, popcorn, watermelon, delicata squash, two kinds of tomato, broccoli, zinnia, and petunia. I want to plant so much more! I am afraid the watermelon and squash are destined to take over the whole garden.
coming along

What are you reading right now?
Mine blogroll

What is your current guilty pleasure?
Candied orange peels

What will be the first spring thing you do?
Till the bitty bit of earth in our little yard.

Where are you planning to travel next?
Virginia to see (be) the Easter Bunny.

If you could grow any plant(s) in the world in your house or yard, what would it be?
cinnamon, tea, avocado, lemon, lime, mango, pomegranate, so many things!

What was the last thing you made?
Some monsters.

What do you collect?
seed collection
It’s hard for me to throw seeds away. I want to grow every seed I cross paths with. I like collecting seeds from the things I eat and also from the wild. Swapping seeds or just giving them away is fun too. Some of these are over 10 years old. What do you think I should plant next?

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Play along! These are the rules: Answer these same questions on your own blog. Replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention. Add one more question of your own. Tag eight other un-tagged people.

I tag: Loolee, Schnerby, Elka, Jhomas, Cosette, Weemaway, Snorglor, Ms. Nitro-Sweet

Happy Rainbow Pancake Day!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Happy Rainbow Pancake Day!
My son has been begging for rainbow pancakes ever since we made them the first time over a year ago. When I realized so much time had passed, I knew I could not keep putting it off, so I decided St. Patrick’s Day would be the perfect day to hold the 2nd annual Rainbow Pancake Day. It was fun, but kind of rushed because it was a school day. Next year I declare Rainbow Pancake day will be the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.

Extremely rushed pancake designs, clockwise from top left:
Corporate logo pancake
Little Old Lady Who? pancake
Disfigured Hot Dog with Mustard on Bun, Cross Section pancake
Digestive System pancake

I tried out the all natural food colorings. The result was kind of dull compared to the fake stuff. I guess that was to be expected. I am sure I could figure out how to use them better, though. Maybe use more coloring and a lower flame to cook the pancakes? Another downside is that they are really expensive. I probably would not have bought them if I was paying attention to the scanner at the grocery store. It does feel better using colors derived from real food instead of crap, but for the price, I wish they were organic too. Since we had limited time before school, I didn’t have much time to get artistic. Just blobtastic.

And now, my 1/4 Irish self must venture out to procure the proper provisions for tonight’s holiday feast. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

In case you like to take a looky at some cookies:

elephant cookie elephant cookies happy cookies gingerbread hearts smile tool

Gonna garden good

Friday, March 13th, 2009

I can’t wait to grow way too many things to possibly fit in my little tiny backyard this summer. For the first year ever I’ve got a good head start on getting some seedlings going. I’ve been sowing a thing or two for the past few days. My popcorn babies have already emerged! I’ve got some fancy heat mats and some fancy grow lights. However, my set-up is not so fancy. I need to assemble something more sturdy. Right now those lights are quite precariously perched. All of the seedling pots are made from recycled stuff. There are some berry containers and some origami newspaper pots. I found out by trial and error that a nine inch square will make the perfect sized pot to fit six of them in a rectangle Chinese food take out container. Click here for the instructions I used. There is one tricky step, but it’s really not that hard and once you figure it out these fold up rather quickly. One nice thing about making these is that you don’t have to be precise because dirt doesn’t care. Make sure to use newspaper printed with soy based inks. You don’t want toxic chems in your veggies!

This is going to be popcorn one day! I hope they don’t get bored just sitting around growing. Well I guess they can occupy themselves with that crossword puzzle. I find it thrilling just watching the corn grow. I keep checking on them. It only took two days for them to peek a boo! When the other things pop out I am going to go crazy just staring at all the cute little babies. I have a grand dream of one day growing all the food that my family will eat. I wonder if that will ever be reality. It would definitely have to involve a greenhouse. Maybe our whole house could be a big greenhouse. That would be cool.

Some sandwiches

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

banana sandwich
nine grain bread
banana slices
homemade peach schnapps cream cheese

it was so delicious
nine grain bread
veggie bacon
red onion
fresh basil
pumpkin puree (prepared with a little salt and butter)

I ate some sandwiches. Isn’t that exciting? Well it was for me. I have two big projects going on and they are secret for now, so there might not be many new plush pictures around here for a while. Most likely to appear here in the next few months: pictures of food I made and things I am growing. I am planting lots and lots of seeds. I am going to fill my little urban garden to the max this summer! If you’d like to see some more sandwiches, hop on over to this silly blog I came across: SCANWICHES

Life is like a jar of elephants

Monday, March 9th, 2009

jar of elephants
Shortbread in the shape of elephants. I wish I had given them faces. Next time.

elephants and cheese
It went nicely with some sweet cheese I made.

One chilly evening not that long ago I decided I would like to have a comforting beverage. I somehow concluded that warm milk with a shot of peach schnapps would be the ultimate in liquid cozy delight. WRONG. Curds and whey formed. I became nauseated and dumped it. But then soon after I put on the cheesemaker hat and reenacted the same technique which resulted in a sweet and peachy yummy spreadable! I let it strain for about a week and only ended up with about 1/4 cup, but I am so proud of my first little cheese. My recurring dream of being a cheesemaker is now reality. I can’t wait to try this again. Perhaps I shall consult my friend “Googy” for tried and true methods. Did you know that it takes a lot of milk to make a little bit of cheese?

elephants and ants
The elephants went to school in the snack cup with some raisins. I was tempted to entitle this snack “elephants and their droppings” but I resisted and asked my son to think up a name instead. He said “elephants and ants.” Much better.

Hey I missed my 4th blogiversary last month. Can I still celebrate even though I don’t write here very much at all? Do people who lead boring lives still count their birthdays? YES! Well then whoop dee doo! Hooray for four!