Showing posts from September, 2011

I'm Gardening Today

...........which makes it one of those "gee-I-hope-I-don't-have-aphids-in-my-hair" sort of day..............

Today's Question

If I have just killed a peace lily, does that make me a hostile person?

Today's Lesson Learned.....

A jalapeño pepper can handle a trip through the washer and dryer much better than one would think.....

Five Years Already

Tomorrow is our fifth wedding anniversary.  To say that it feels like time has flown by would be an understatement.  Which is probably a really good sign, when I think about it.  After all, the saying is "Time flies when you're having fun."

And what can have we learned in our five years together?

*  No one can steal covers when the comforter is heavy enough

*  We are both idiotically devoted to our cats

*  My "organization sweeps" often lead to future scavenger hunts

*  Play to your strengths.  While Andy is by far the better birder, I am the champion mouse/vole catcher.

*  Pantry moths really must be one of the fabled plagues of Egypt--I don't care what anyone says

*  Don't start planning recipes until we actually see what comes up in the garden

*  Early adversity can really help you become a team much faster.

*  Don't try to explain to your husband why there are 38 "off-white" paint samples pinned on the wall.

*  Deciding to give up pr…

Elizabeth Warren - American Hero

Finally!  Someone standing up and calling liars liars.

Things We Have Learned This Week

*  Just about the time the garden is really paying off always seems to coincide with the time I am sick of the sight of it.

*  There are probably much smarter things to do than garden if one has allergies, but none as likely to produce fresh tomatoes

*  A "one year supply" of our favorite all-purpose salsa is 28 pints.  It might be the only thing in our lives that doesn't change from year to year

*  If you really want definite proof of which direction the wind storm was blowing, go check on the flowers that used to be 8-feet tall

*  In spite of the fact that I've been canning for some time now, I really actually thought it would be a good idea to make AND can 3 different recipes today.............after doing the weekly grocery shopping.  This probably explains a lot about the blog.

Quick--What Would You Like To Eat For The Next Year?

In trying to live without processed foods, this is the Question of the Moment here at Chateau Sutton-Goar.  The tomatoes are FINALLY on,
but still not as strongly as they were at this time two years ago, so now the questions begin.  What tomato canned goods are our highest priority?  How many will we need?  Do we want to use some tomatoes for new recipes or stick with the old?  If we run short of tomatoes again, what could we be most likely to buy without forbidden ingredients?

I've already canned about half of the vegetable salsa we use in a year
(Can you tell it's one of our favorites?)  I'll still need to make our signature carrot salsa supply for the year, and perhaps some roasted tomatillo-chipotle salsa.  

We did decide to try a few new recipes this year, so we now have 7 pints and 6 half-pints of roasted garlic tomato sauce: which smelled wonderful while cooking, but is probably not nearly as thick as it is supposed to be, as even after "cooking until reduced by 1…

I Am Canning Soup!

And if you don't hear from me again, it will probably mean that I put a skylight in the kitchen with the pressure canner..............

The Garden of Surprises

Really, my garden feels a lot like Mr. Sassafras's garden.  If I planted pumpkins and pumpkins actually came up, that would indeed be a surprise.  Especially since I'm still waiting to find out what one of the Hubbard squash plants will turn out to be.  It's not looking much like the one that actually has turned out to be a Hubbard, so I'm thinking perhaps pumpkin?  I now know what acorn squash looks like since that's what my patty pan squash turned out to be, so it isn't that.  Maybe it's a new type of squash altogether.  Which is why these are so surprising:
I planted several different types of zinnias this year and they're all coming up.  Really--every last one of them.  I'm so surprised that I didn't even pay that much attention to what types they were when I planted them.  I know the bottom one is called "Envy," but I think there are a couple different types of striped zinnias.  I was so doubtful that they would grow that I'm n…

I Am Caught Up!!!!!!

I have now read or listened to 68 books this year, which the little tracker at Goodreads assures me means that I am now on track for my goal to read 100 books this year.  I have been waiting 9 months to find out what it said when I was on track, rather than behind.

Whew!  Just in time, as I have plunged into a 600-pager called And The Band Played On about the AIDS epidemic when it first struck.  When I say that I really have not been able to put the thing down, you'll know that I am speaking metaphorically because the sucker weighs a ton, but it really is quite riveting.  Not just a story about AIDS, it's really about human nature--and I'm sure you've noticed by now that when we say that, it's never a good thing.  Greed, fear, prejudice, religious bigotry, ego, callousness--it's all there.  One of the most sickening parts is how early the CDC warned that the AIDS virus was in the blood supply, but because of economic reasons, the blood products industry and th…

Lessons Learned This Week

*  No matter how long until your next appointment, DO NOT go near a pair of scissors when you're frustrated with a bad haircut

*  One can make a bad haircut worse in a shockingly short amount of time

*  It is possible to forget every year how long salsa takes to make.  This is probably why I keep making it.

*  After a year when I actually had to buy tomatoes to can, I decided to plant as many as I could this year, saying "One can never have too many tomatoes."  22 pounds of tomatoes in their first real week might just prove me wrong.....

*  From a safe spot on Andy's office window seat, Theo is a very good guard cat.

*  When I'm proud of myself for finally remembering to chop and freeze fresh basil into ice cubes, I can't be bothered to measure.

*  When pulling out plants in the garden, it's best not to look to closely to see if those things are aphids or slug bait.  Pulling fast means it won't matter either way

*  The first year I owned a house, I t…