I should have taken a ‘before’ picture of this work area outside the kitchen door because it was a DISASTER! I cleaned things up, put things away, threw out a bunch of trash and generally scrutinized the situation brutally, which it needed. Wow, I actually have a counter to work on again. It’s a miracle! I start the year with a clean slate!Happy New Year!
I bought this plant a few months back because I thought it was a certain kind of bromiliad I was looking for. Wrong! It has turned out to be an ‘Aechmea recurvata var. benrathii’. It has started blooming and the colors are beautiful, so I’m not unhappy about the purchase. I just stand corrected – again….
Hang in there little lemon tree. I know those lemons are heavy but they are not quite ready to pick. You’ve done a good job this year. Your sibling, little lime tree, has only produced one lime and your other siblings, little tangerine trees, haven’t done much better. Keep up the good work.
Disposal sites are set up all over San Diego County. There’s one near you!!!
Check out the list: Christmas Tree Recycling
This really struck me as very cool. The construction process of this hydroponic gardening method seems very doable and I’m tempted to give it a try!
After you watch the video, you can get more info at their website, WindowFarms.org
Look what I grew! Really? No, not really. But I’d like to think I could!
Trader Joe’s sells these brussel sprout stalks for $2.99 each. Each stalk will make 2 dinner’s worth of generous helpings. I love brussel sprouts so I’ve been cooking them a lot lately. Right now, my favorite (and not so exact!) recipe is as follows:
Cut off the bottoms of sprouts and peel away a few leaves until you get to clean and fresh underneath. Slice little ones in half and bigger ones into quarters. Saute them in olive oil, or if you love bacon (I do!) saute some diced bacon first, then add a little olive oil and saute the sprouts until they are a little golden. Add some chicken stock and dry white wine and simmer until sprouts are tender and most of the liquid is gone. Final step is to throw in some parmesan cheese and let it melt into the sprouts. Voila! Not the lowest calorie recipe, but you do get bonus points for eating brussel sprouts.
Mexican Marigold is one of my favorite plants. Drought-tolerant, tough and hardy, this plant is lush and starting to bloom out in the yard. I love the bright yellow blooms when not much else is going on in the garden this time of year.