Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Birthday Surprises!

Our Darling Daughter had a birthday surprise from Sharona of Puppeteer On The Roof Blog or RaisinLike from etsy. This is a custom made puppet made in her likeness. She's soooo adorable, sigh, now I want one:)

She is yet to be named but already she is making herself at home.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Visitor in the garden*

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New in the garden*

I was able to harvest enough snap pole beans for two to go with our steaks. That was fun since I have never been this successful with vegetable gardening before. I have been really lucky with pests this year. I picked on two catapillars and fed them to the birds. There are some aphids on my pea plants now but I used insecticidal soap to rid them. There are dozens of lady bugs in my garden which really helps.

The swiss chard has germinated and is making it's debut. Chard is a first for me. I first considered it when listening to Geek Farm Life podcast and they discussed how easy it is to grow and described it's tasty merits.

The snap beans are all coming in at once. I don't know if it's the type where the more you pick them, the higher the yield. We will see.

The serranos are starting to come in. They are looking a little weak, I don't know how many I will get from this one plant.

The one Poblano plant I have is fruiting one large pepper, it remains to be seen if this is the only one.

Camping Craftiness*

Our Girl Scout Troop went camping recently at Camp Kuchina. The girls entered a dessert contest and made a cherry cobbler in the cast iron skillet. We usually make this in a dutch oven but we had a fire ban that day.

Our very easy recipe is as follows:

In a cast iron dutch oven, pour canned cherries to make a layer 1 inch thick. Then pour white cake mix to a depth of 1/2 inch. Place several pats of butter on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Place dutch oven over hot coals and place hot coals on the lid of the dutch oven. Bake approximately 30 minutes. When the top is golden, it is done. For more dutch oven recipes, browse the Lodge website.

To learn about dutch oven cooking, see Byron's blog.

David makes a Dibble!

I asked David to make me a garden dibble out of wood. He gladly created one for me in less than an hour out ot Silver Maple. A garden dibble is a hand tool used to make precise-depth holes for planting seed. The tool is notched and the first line denotes 1/2 inch. The subsequent lines are in 1 inch increments.

Here I used this tool to plant snap pole beans. It's very convenient to be married to a wood worker.