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Oct
09
2010

Simply Saturday is back again!

I feel like I might actually be able to finish a little post this morning.  The last half of the week turned into a constant state of busyness.  I couldn’t tell you what all we did but we did a lot.  It turns out the way often during Jerry’s last week at home.  Running around trying to get all the ducks lined up, the kinks ironed out and loose ends tied up. AND little seeds in the ground.  When we work together we usually have a little system worked out – not usually something we talk about ahead it’s just how things fall into place and everything gets done. Earlier in the week Jerry reworked some of the raised beds building them up (deeper) and honestly I would have told you they were all the same width till I looked at these pictures but the first two are a bit wider.  Anywho, he rebuild, tilled and got them ready to plant and then the two of us got all the carrot and lettuce seeds  in them.  I decided to try a seed tape on some of them this year.  I like the little rows.  Easier to weed and thin.

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Okay, so Jerry tilled, and raked, put on the cold frames,  measured and marked the rows, made the little furrows.  We placed the seed tape and put in the seeds and I went behind covering.  Wow, writing that out I sure didn’t help much!  Oh wait! See the clip board? I wrote what we planted where.  Okay, he made the diagram but I wrote in the names.

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I came in and rested and he gathered all the pine straw from under the trees.  Then we went shopping.  Today will be mowing and then chilling tomorrow,  his last day at home.  We will head out to the airport pretty early Monday morning.  And you all know how I hate that day.   And now with new travel warnings in Europe, I really hate it.  I know he gets tired of hearing me say “be careful” when what I really mean is “be alert”.  He’s as careful as he can be with the little control he has over those 24 hours of traveling.  And I know he is mindful of his surroundings and has been doing this quite a while.  Okay…on to more cheerful things.
Cheerful will not begin to describe what you will find here in the morning, so do NOT miss it!  And there will be a few changes for the week as well.  I won’t be posting anything for a few days because I want everyone to come here and find THAT post! And I don’t want to stack anything on top of it and it be missed.  Let’s see can I leave a hint without giving it away.  Oh…and there will be a giveaway too!  Ummm….let’s see.  The guess is female.  She loves all the things I love: art, books, aprons, fabric, New England, Autumn, quilts, kitchenwork…Okay, that’s enough.

Happy Saturday!  See you all tomorrow! Squeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct
01
2010

Welcome October! Let’s cook something to celebrate your arrival!

Good morning. This will be a short, sweet (very sweet) post this morning – it’s foodie Friday you know!  I am actually reposting a recipe because 1) and am terribly pressed for time 2) it’s worth sharing twice 3) I have yet to get my recipe section complete so you probably haven’t seen it!  I do have all these posts half written about food trends but I can’t seem to finish them. My friend Marie wrote a post about some folks inability to finish things…and boy did it hit a nerve!  In a good way, of course.

And why am I so pressed for time?  Because Jerry and I both have dr appts early today in Shreveport and we have to get on the road in a little while.  Yes, yes, I should have could have and would have done this post last night but again with the busyness!

Enjoy this recipe.  I will see you gals tomorrow! Drawing for the socks tomorrow!!!

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Don’t forget to get your name in!

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Pumpkin Maple Pecan Bundt Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
8 ounces butter (2 sticks)
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
5 large eggs
1 can (15 ounces) solid pack pumpkin
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
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Maple-Pecan Glaze ( doubled this recipe ’cause I like glaze 😉 )
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons pecan pieces (finely chopped pecans), optional
Preparation:

Heat oven to 325°. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt cake pan.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices; set aside. In mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla. Slowly beat in dry ingredients. Continue beating on medium speed until smooth and well blended. Spoon into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted in center.

Cool for 15 minutes in the pan on a rack; invert onto a serving plate to cool completely. Glaze with the Maple Pecan Glaze or dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Maple Glaze:
In a small saucepan, combine the butter, maple syrup, and cream; bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and sift the confectioners’ sugar into the hot mixture. Whisk until smooth. Let cool for about 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Stir in the finely chopped pecans, if using. Drizzle over the cooled cake.
Sep
28
2010

Hey Treehuggers here’s a challenge or two…

I wrote recently about my quandary over recycling my garbage.  My home state is known for lots of things.  Our “colorful” politics.  Our fabulous food.  Our friendly folk. Gators.  Hurricanes.  Oil.  But it isn’t known for being green.  As you may know, I actually do a little research for these Tuesday posts and I found this information today that I cannot wait to share with Jerry. This is from Global Green‘s website:

Louisiana can surprise you. Who knew that this petrostate boasts by far the strongest solar tax credit in the country? Passed in 2007, the 50 percent credit cuts the cost of installing a solar system in half. Combine that with Obama’s 30 percent federal tax credit and a Louisiana homeowner gets an 80 percent discount to go solar and live off the grid—not a bad choice in a region where storms regularly knock out the conventional power supply.

I have to say, I am impressed with this information.  I like “real” info.  I can’t jump on a bandwagon, even a green one, without some facts.  Sometimes I am turned off from an organization or group when I feel they have made a religion out of being green. I try to view being green with the same eyes I view my own beliefs about religion.  Calm yourselves, I am not going to preach or confess!  While the future is a little frightening, to some a lot frightening, when looking at our dependency on oil and natural gas and what it takes to get it, refine it and use it in safe and clean ways, the quickest way to shut my ears is to try to scare me.  For one thing, I don’t scare easily so, one will have to keep piling on threats and what ifs.  Secondly, I don’t take to being threatened and what iffed??? What if a frog had wings?  He wouldn’t bump his little green butt every time he hopped.

I do believe the “globe is warming” and I do believe we have caused some of it.  I also firmly believe the Earth is cyclical and we are pretty arrogant to believe we can destroy her.  Oh we can definitely make her uninhabitable for humans.  We can poison our environment and make it impossible to grow enough food and produce enough clean water to sustain us.  But Mother Earth will just keep on spinning and traveling around the Sun with or without us.  Well, unless an asteroid hits her and she bursts into a bajllion pieces.  There’s always that if the real news doesn’t give you enough to worry about.

Now where was I?  Oh yeah, the three Rs of green living.  Reduce, reuse and recycle(see note below). What a huge challenge it is for me.  As much as I love antiques and collectibles I also LOVE new things.  New vehicles, new clothes, new shoes.  New books! I have already challenged myself to no new clothes for a year and broke that challenge.  I “accidentally” ordered two t-shirts.  And then yesterday I deliberately ordered some new corduroys from Eddie Bauer.  Look, truth: I ruined the only pair of “leaving the house” jeans I had working outside and had to wear them to the oral surgeon’s office yesterday anyway.  So, my heart wasn’t totally in it.  Obviously. Maybe I over estimated what I am capable of in the long term.  Maybe I should give myself better goals.  I did not purchase the Timberland Berber lined hoodie I wanted really, really bad.  It’s not like I am a clothes horse.  I actually hate shopping for clothes.  If I wore a size 4 I might be dangerous.  But truth be told, I want functional, sturdy clothing.  I don’t sit around all day watching TV and eating bon-bons and I need clothes appropriate for my activities.  So since I have already lied to myself and you about not buying clothes for a year, my next best plan is to recycle clothes I haven’t worn and will never wear.  I have winter weight clothing that I bought for trips that I will likely never wear again.  I have friends that live in colder climates that I think might enjoy a wool sweater or three. I cannot even hang all my clothes in my side of the closet.  Now, it’s not a huge closet but it has more than ample room for more than ample items of clothing.  And shoes.  Oh my.  Shoes.  I do love shoes.  But no one and I mean no one needs 1/5 of the shoes I have in my closet.  So I have to weed my shoes as well.  Have to.  Must.  It would be a sin not to.  I can remember very well having one pair of shoes to my name.  So it’s not like I don’t know how not to have 30 pairs.

So here are my personal challenges and you can play along if you like.

  1. Recycle seasonal clothing
  2. Donate all excess shoes
  3. Weed my bookshelves again and donate.
  4. Look for the kindle edition of books before buying the hard copy…guess this makes me completely rethink my cake book, now doesn’t it.  E-books??? They are the future. Man, I love books…this will be hard for me.  Very hard.
  5. Weed all school books from the past and find new homes for as many as possible.
  6. Look for online subscriptions to magazines before buying paper copies.
  7. Find out if there is a school that will take recycled cardboard and such for art workrooms.
  8. Start a compost pile.
  9. Remember my cloth grocery bags when I head to the grocery.  I don’t know why this is so hard for me.  If I would just unpack them and go put them back in the vehicle that would solve this problem.

And one more thing,  as the temperatures begin to drop (I do this every year)  I will try to see just how long I can hold off turning on the heat.  I usually last longer than the girls but with them being gone all day now, and Ben being so hot natured, I think we can make it till December 1st at least.  I have made it past that but good grief at the complaining!  Jerry might never turn it on if he had his way.  But with all the insulating we have done, the house should hold its heat better – so we will see.

Did you know? The recycling symbol you see today with three arrows in the triangle shape was designed in 1970 as part of a contest sponsored by the Container Corporation of America (CCA) (now Jefferson Smurfit Corporation). As a special event for the original Earth Day in 1970 (started by John Mc Connell), CCA conducted a contest for graphic art students to design a symbol representing paper recycling. The winning entry was submitted by Gary Dean Anderson, a 5-year architecture student at the University of Southern California at Los Angels. Later that year, William Lloyd, modified the contest winning recycling symbol to create the present-day image.

Now last but certainly not least, you have to come by tomorrow and meet  Wednesday’s Woman.  You will love her, her work and her commitment to environmental responsibility.  Make her feel welcome and enter to win a great prize!


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