Saturday, April 30, 2011


Ok, the square foot garden is moving along nicely. DD fixed it up with some new shit and peat and vermiculite a month or two ago and started planting. We've decided to leave the tomatoes out of the old garden and build a purpose built tomato garden. 1.5 feet by 12 feet, or maybe 16 feet. The rhubarb is coming up gangbusters and we've planted a strawberry bed. Oddly enough the corner where I suggested DD dump all the extra strawberries looks as good, if not better, than the planned garden.

Leftover Bed.
Planned Strawberry Bed.

Peas, and onions, and radishes, and stuff
Anyway, she got on a plane this morning and jetted off to Virginia, for a business meeting on Monday and Tuesday..... and a nice relaxing day or two at my Nana's place near Marshall Virginia. Something I noticed while mowing today is that whenever she leaves she leaves me this wish list of chores that I haven't been able to get done in the last few weeks with her here to help, but now somehow I'm supposed to be able to do on my own with the rugrats running wild.
Let's just go to the Farmer's Market!

So, on the list is... potato tower, tomato garden, finish the canning shelves, keep the house clean, mow, weed eat, and make sure no one dies.

My "Garden" Three tomatoes and three pepper plants.
We are in the middle of that wonderful season in the Midwest where if you don't mow every chance you get you have to rent a bush-hog. It took me a couple hours to mow and weed eat my 1/8th of an acre yard everything was so wet I could barely cut 1/4 of a pass at a time. I also started my garden with some things I got at the last winter farmer's market of the season. I used her dirt to do it, don't tell her.

BTW, all my images are ginormous, if you want to see something better click on it to embiggify.
Evil Mint, or stress relief?
Gratuitous Dog Shot

Friday, April 22, 2011

Spice Rack Challenge - Dill

I let this month get away from me (like that is something new) so I am falling back on a favorite instead of trying something new.  Woodman's favorite - Dilly Beans!!!  I have to confess, I don't like Dilly Beans, maybe it is an acquired taste but I probably won't ever have it enough to acquire it.  When we fist got married Woodman would often talked about Dilly Beans.  It is something he remembers from his childhood and loves so last year while participating in the CanJam, I gave it a try.

I am so happy I did, this recipe is so easy and Woodman loves it, his father loves it and a number of our friends love it.  So I get to provide the people I love with something they love with little effort.  Instead of recreating the original post I am just going to link here  Dilly Bean Can Jam so check it out especially the picture, those beans look like summer to me.

For this post I lucked into some organic beans on sale at our local market they also fresh dill so of course I made Dilly Beans.  I am so thankful to Mother's Kitchen though.  I had no idea the seed could be substituted for the head of dill.  I used fresh dill but it did not provide quite as strong a taste.  I now know for the future and once again am learning from the Spice Rack Challenge.  Thank you!