Sunday, April 26, 2009

More Gardening, It IS Spring ya'll

The Lavender is appearing hearty in my Xeriscape. I will try to plant many more in this area next year.

The Bulbine was recommended by my neighbor, several neighbors on our street have bulbines. Initially it dropped it's bloom and became dormant. Now we are seeing it come to life.

Our sole Sunflower I found at The Zilker Garden Festival. I have tried to plant these from seeds without success. I was happy to have a start to plant at the end of my driveway to welcome me home.

The Hibiscus is Dave's favorite. We lose a few and replace the lost ones every year. It is a prolific bloomer, easy on the eyes.

Tomatoes. I have some very small varieties, they are smaller than a cherry tomatoe and are perfectly round. They pack a punch of tomato flavor, nothing I have ever found at a store.

Our "other foster son".

Friday, April 24, 2009

What is Dave up to?

An Earring Holder....
Serving Spoons...
A Lamp.....
Crochet Set....
Making Sawdust....

The Garden

Spring is my favorite time of year here in Austin, Texas. The weather is mild, the bluebonnets are blooming and the garden comes to life. I spent dozens of hours prepping gardening spaces, I even took a week off of work to get these spaces ready. This year I built a small vegetable and herb garden complete with a fence to discourage my impish felines. I planted from seeds and starts but only the starts are doing well. I have a lot to learn. In the vege garden you can find cilantro, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, basil, dill, bell peppers, other peppers, various tomatoes, green beans, lemongrass and blackberry vines. The Ein Shemer and Golden Dorsett apple trees are going well too:)

This is a tomatillo, used for green salsas, yum!

The Bell Pepper is waking up and almost ready to join us in the house, sshhh... don't tell him his fate*

Thursday, April 16, 2009

True Thai

True Thai, The Modern Art of Thai Cooking, Victor Sodsook with Theresa Volpe lauresen and Byron Laursen.I have had this cookbook for a few years now. I have relied on it heavily to mix up our dinners when we get into a dull pattern of no imagination. The fresh ingredients make the dishes and it is a little like visiting Thailand for the average American. This book actually is made for the average American and the recipes are doctored a bit so that an American can find the ingredients and replicate the original passion of the dishes. If you have ever visited Thailand, like David has, you will know that the original dishes are way to hot to eat for foreigners. This book has helped us re-visit Thailand

Here, the washed bounty of my small herb garden



I have changed the recipe a little to suit our tastes so here is the revised recipe:

2 lb mild italian sausage
1 cup cilantro
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup mint
2 stalks of lemon grass (or use more lemon juice if you can't find this. Tough outer leaves discarded, lower stalks trimmed to 3 inches and finely diced)
1 T golden brown sugar
2 T Thai fish sauce
3 scallions, including th egreen tops, finely sliced
1/2 t of cayenne

Crumble and cook sausage in a skillet until done. Drain. Place sausage in large bowl and toss with other ingredients, serve with white rice. I've heard Morningstar makes a great tofu sausage for my vegetarian friends;D

Monday, April 6, 2009

Another International Collaboration!

Sharona from Raisinlike on Etsy and David from Craftiness have collaborated once again on an international art project* David has hand turned egg kaleidoscopes made of maple and sent them to Sharona in Israel. She created the visual art to an artpiece! She sent them back to David and he finished the eggs and listed them on Etsy.

The Hebrew on this one is from the Song of Songs, Chapter 8 Verse 7, "Deep waters cannot quench love".

Read about the last endeavor these two artists collaborated on.

To Make or Create is a gift waiting to awaken in each of us:)