Thursday, May 26, 2005

Micro Greens

I love to grow salad greens. There are so many varieties of seeds for lettuces that it boggles my mind to try and choose one. This year I chose Micro Greens. Now this is what I call EASY gardening. Because I have gophers, deer and rabbits traveling through, I have to fence the garden and then use large plastic tubs or even small garbage cans that I have drilled holes in for drainage so that these critters don't get them before I do. So far it's working. About a month and a half ago, I emptied most of the old dirt from one of the tubs, put in some new dirt and compost and sprinkled these micro greenery seeds over the top. I watered them and fed them with some liquid organic fertilizer a couple of times and just today I picked half, cleaned them and topped off my potato sald with a big old handful. Very yummy and full of wonderful enzymes that help your body to digest food. Plus, they are so beautiful to look at on one's plate. Like, well, a micro garden!


Micro Greens ready to be picked. Posted by Hello


Micro greens scattered over Potato Salad Vinaigrette. Roasted chicken below. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Malizia Scarf

I was so taken by this yarn in my LYS that I just had to have a ball of it. At $18 a pop, this was no light decision. This was a hard core "I gotta have this no matter how much it cost" wavering of sensibility. One scarf with size 19 needles and I would have myself a work of knitting art. No spending months on an intarsia project, no biting my nails over which part of the pattern repeat I forgot on some lacey shawl attempt. Just simple garter stitch and I'd have me the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. NOT.

First of all, have any of you out there ever used size 19 needles? Now I'm a big girl with fairly large, okay big, hands but these suckers were not easy to use. Plus they are (yech) plastic. But they were cheap (I'd already spent $18) and turquoise, which is my favorite color. Now...knitting the yarn. Not fun. This is not wool and I knew it and I've knit with other "novelty" yarns with no problem. This was a chore. Plus, this ball of yarn had lots of little flaws in it which I had to cut out and knot the ends together(I told my LYS owner about the flaws). Fortunatly the yarn is so busy, you can't see all of the knots. I am writing Cascade Yarns a complaint letter because I think if you don't tell these companies, their quality control becomes non-existent.

So, I trudged through the knitting of this scarf and below is the finished product. So it's not a work of art...no pot of gold at the end of the knitting rainbow. It's pretty, but next time I want a work of art, I'll try some intarsia or a 32 row repeat lace project.


Malizia ribbon yarn scarf with #19 needles Posted by Hello


Little "flowers" within the ribbonup close Posted by Hello

Monday, May 23, 2005


Nectar of the Goddesses Posted by Hello

Granola

My daughter and her husband are leaving tomorrow for a three week road trip. This can only mean one thing...HOMEMADE GRANOLA! When the kids were young and we took to the road, I invented this particular granola. It was all-purpose and came in handy on more than one occassion. I try to make it for any road trip any of us takes. It can be eaten like a snack with just your fingers, put in a bowl with any kind of milk, sprinkled on top of yogurt or applesauce or as a topping for a bowl of oatmeal or farina. It is decadent on top of ice cream. With no further adieu, I give you,

MOM'S GRANOLA

This makes a lot (about 30 cups) so I use a big roasting pan. If all you have is a small pan, roast it in batches.

1 cup canola oil
1 cup honey
2 teaspoons real vanilla (don't use the nasty fake stuff)
1 big box Total cereal (any flake cereal will work, we just like Total)
6 cups old fashioned oatmeal or mixed grain flake cereal
2 cups nuts (I use whatever I have on hand...walnuts, almonds, pecans)(NO peanuts)
1 cup seeds (I use sunflower, pumpkin and sometimes sesame seeds)
Dried fruit (Use what you like and as much as you like. We like raisins, dried berries like blueberries, cherries, dried apricots and peaches...if you have a Trader Joe's nearby, they have wonderful dried fruit)

Pour the canola oil and honey into a saucepan and heat only to the boiling point. Add vanilla and stir to mix. Find a big bowl to put all your ingredients in except the dried fruit. Pour the honey/oil mixture on top and stir to combine. Put in roasting pan and add the nuts on top. Leave them on top to roast.

Put pan in the preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Take out the granola and stir it (I use two spatulas). Put back in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out and stir again. Do this one more time until it looks lightly toasted then take it out of the oven and put on a hot pad or two. Add the dried fruit and stir. Let cool for a few minutes then stir again. Keep doing this until it cools then store in airtight containers. If you cover it while it is still warm, it will get soggy and you will be angry that you ruined this superb treat.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Roses

In the world of roses I am considered a novice; a beginner...I know nothing about growing them, feeding them or treating them for pests. In fact, I do not believe in getting rid of pests on plants... if a plant can't withstand a few bugs, then I put it in the wrong place, got a plant that had a lousy immune system or it just wasn't meant to be. Oh darn. So, with that in mind, this plant...this rose...has found a home where I planted it and look what it does, year after year...magnificent blooms. I do throw a little compost tea on it when I remember. That is it. So for all of you out there who think that you can't grow roses...here's proof that you can. Oh...I do water it. But it gives more than it gets from me.


My 4th of July climbing rose bush... Posted by Hello


Aren't these blooms gorgeous! They smell as beautiful as they look. Posted by Hello

Friday, May 20, 2005

Visitors!

The house finches love the thistle sock that I got at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens www.gardenbythesea.org/. And they are great fun to watch. The gardens are just bursting this time of the year and with all the rain we've had, the weeds are like alien species! My lawnmower needs a part, the string trimmer is broken and the good old weed wacker needs to be replaced. I will have to live with the alien weeds for now. To keep from feeling overwhelmed, I have this to share with you...www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?PID=544884&t=9463...some fabulous music from non other than my DS. Take a listen...it will be worth the effort, I promise.


And her little male companion with the blurry head! Posted by Hello


Look who's visiting today! A little female house finch on the thistle sock! Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 19, 2005

In the beginning...

"I am certain that we were meant to be creative; to sing and dance and play. Everything else was dreamed up for us." Alice Walker

Each time that I post there will be either a bird visitor of the day, a garden update, WIP project or something totally off the wall. I ask questions, send you to places that I love, share my views of the world as I see it. Stop by often; there will be quizes, maybe some prizes; you won't be disappointed.


This is what it is becoming. Have any ideas as to what it will be? Posted by Hello


See this yarn? Can you tell me the brand? Posted by Hello


The redbird welcomes you Posted by Hello