May 2010


Over the last two weekends we have planted both our veggy gardens. We seeded our older larger garden that we put in 9 years ago. The new garden we did this year is a small 5 X 10 by 15″ deep raised bed. I planned this last year after reading a blog from the Pioneer Woman. I planted this to give me more garden space and also to give me a place to plant items we use more often and in smaller amounts. It is a salad garden, so I planted it with spinach, rocket, red and green lettuce, romaine, butter crunch, musclin, and radishes. Still left to plant is some swiss chard. I also made this garden to try a cold frame this fall if time allows.

Next is to find someone selling straw to keep the weeds under control once the crops grow. Already the weeds are starting but I guess I just need to learn to love my weeds.

On May 16th I competed in my first ever adventure race. What a great experience. The race we did was Storm the Trent and it was a well attended and organized event. My teammate in this challenge was Brent, a  long time friend, that was up for the challenge. We had a successful race for our first attempt and after a good crash Brent continued where many other would have packed it in. Think our paddle was very strong and the rest of the course we were steady.

End stats  for our team were:

Out of 263 racers or 127 teams we placed 28th out of 127 top 22% or 9th out of 28 for our category.

So needless to say I’m very happy with our effort and ranking.

About a week, I asked my son what he wanted to give his Mom for Mother’s Day. Without a second thought he said a pair of rubber boots with a plant in them. So okay I thought, definitely not the conversation I was expecting. Normally this would be a long conversation. Apparently he got the idea from NickJr.com, when playing on their web site.

So what do you need:

  • Pair of rubber boots, new or used, we picked up a pair for a 1.00 at the Salvation Army.
  • Some rocks for drainage and for weight.
  • Potting soil.
  • Two plants.

Drill some drain holes. I used 1/4″ and put 5 holes in each boot. Fill the foot part with stone for drainage and weight. Next place some soil in till a depth that will allow your plant to reach the top, put the plant in and give it a drink.

Finished- a gift to melt a Mother’s heart

Happy Mother’s Day sweetheart, you are the best Mother I could ask for, or want for our little man.

To my Mother- I miss you like it was only yesterday, but in reality it was so very long ago. I hope you are enjoying your Mother’s day where you are. Have a Happy Mother’s Day Mom.

And to any other Mother stopping by today, enjoy your day and remember that without you there would be no us. Enjoy your day.

Occasionally I come across something that goes on my favorite list, kind like Oprah, but for the frugal at heart. Well the latest entry to this list is the leaf net I picked up yesterday. Ever since seeing one last fall when we closed the pool I have coveted one, and yesterday I purchased it. It was not expensive at $18.00 plus tax but I just used it and it was worth every penny.

 BBQ Chicken

As I have mentioned before we enjoy making homemade pizza, we tend to make it once a month or more depending on mood and time. This Saturday was beautiful here so we decided to cook them on the BBQ and eat outside. We love eating outside. We look forward to it all winter long.

So what do you need? The nice thing about pizza is that you be creative and make it anyway you like. What you will need: dough, and your favorite flavor combinations and that is about it. Cooking pizza is, as one of my son’s favorite TV character says,  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeazy. There are two ways to cook the pizza, straight on the grill itself- I tried this it works not bad but tends to be a little more farty. My favorite way is take your trusty pizza stone and use it. Remember we like thin crust pizza so a stone and high heat is the right combination, when I say high don’t mean the BBQ on high, I mean put the stone on low heat. I have three burners so I put the stone on one side and use the burner not under the stone to bring the heat back up if it falls down from opening the cover. Remember low on the burners keep it around 500 to 600 degrees is what you are after.

So prep our pizzas- we made four today that is what the dough yielded. We make them all at once placing them on cutting boards or trays and then we cooked them one at a time. We also put the finished pizza on a baking cooling rack while we cooked the others to keep the crust crispy the way we like it.

My Pizza tips

  • Try a new flavor combination, it is the fun of making pizza.
  • No more then three ingredients, if you want more than that on it make a side salad instead.
  • Use a pizza stone, once you try it you will not go back to pans or cooking on the rack again.
  • Use cornmeal on your boards to keep it from sticking before you cook.
  • Keep the heat high in the 500 to 600 range.

So here is the outcome of the pizzas we made this weekend. After BBQing.

So the experiment worked (kinda figured it would I was sensing pie). Since it is spring and rhubarb is growing, this pie is amazing as usual. We have eaten half of it, well maybe more I have. But I read someplace that it is a very good food for adventure race training  and conditioning, it is organic, honestly it is check on google.

Thank sweetheart.

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