Greenhouse Flower Show

My girlfriend works at a greenhouse.  They were having their Springtime Flower Show so I went to spend some time with her.  She gave me the tour. The theme this year was “Birds in the backyard”.  I ~wish~ my backyard looked like this! I ~wish~ I had that potting table, exactly like it is displayed, surrounded by all these beautiful shrubs and flowers.  Tulips, hyacinths and daffodils in every color. So pretty.  So fragrant. I ~wish~ you could smell the flowers. My very talented girlfriend made a succulent wall planter filled with Sedums.  Hens and Chicks  Don’t you ~wish~ you had one? Hanging orchids and air-plants. Orchids in all colors. My orchid hasn’t bloomed since last April.  I ~wish~ I was better at orchids. A resident frog in the greenhouse pond.  Isn’t he the cutest? Amaryllis.  I’ve never seen one striped like this before.  I love it.  I tried to force my amaryllis this…

Winter Sowing.

It has been a long, cold, snowy winter.  I’m so ready for Spring.  And sun.  And my gardens. Last years garden, which was my first ever real garden! Not too shabby huh? I thought I would get a jump start on things this year so I’m trying something new. Winter Sowing. It doesn’t seem too hard and it has been very therapeutic.  I get to play in the dirt and watch the snow falling outside.  I bought myself some seed trays, the ones that are biodegradable so you can plant the whole thing right into the ground when the time comes and the ones that have a built in water tray and a clear cover.  I also saved some pots from last years garden which I washed and reused.  I still need more. Biodegradable ones (not my favorite, they dry out fast!) I like these better because they have a…

Weekends

My oldest son and his family came to spend time with us this weekend. That just means, they bring lots of booze, we play cards all night or work on a puzzle, I get to enjoy my granddaughter, we cook, eat, drink, laugh and just enjoy each others company. Our idea of a cooler.  Grab a bottle, stick it in the snow…Works for us!! My oldest son and his wife.  He cooks, she cleans.  Ok by me!! My granddaughter and mini me.  A blank canvas!!  Im going to teach her! I planted seeds, we cooked amazing food like, BBQ Shrimp over Polenta and Swiss Chard, played setback till the wee hours, milked goats, gathered eggs, made a huge sit down, back home, breakfast the next morning.  We were family.  We loved.  We hugged.  We kissed.  We enjoyed….each other.  Our door is always open.  You are never too far away.  Come…

Caring for Cast Iron

I have a weakness for cast-iron skillets. When we bought our house the previous owner took all the firewood that was stacked in the shed but left behind an entire collection of cast iron.  I guess he had a weakness for firewood. My cast-iron skillets hang in the fireplace so they can get pretty dusty.  I try to take them down on occasion to give them a good cleaning and re-season them.  Now that doesn’t mean that I stick them into a sink with soapy water, or go at them with steel wool.  Nope, you don’t want to do that!  Caring for cast iron is really easy once you know what NOT to do. Well cared for cast-iron skillets…so happy!  Mistreated cast-iron skillets…so sad! If you have a new cast-iron skillet, before you use it you have to season it.  I don’t mean to sprinkle it with a little salt…

Our first visit at The Bethlehem Bunkhouse!

The Bethlehem Bunkhouse opened it’s door this weekend. Come on in and stay awhile. We had our very first guests come Friday night for a romantic get-away weekend.  I was feeling very excited because this was a women I had met from Facebook and we became good friends through the world of blogging.  If you have some time please go pay Bridget a visit here to read her wonderful stories and too funny adventures.  Give her a hug for me, ok? I wanted everything to be perfect for her and her husband Eric. I wanted them to feel at home. Does that look like a chicken to you? We had a major snowstorm the day before they came. Then more snow the next morning. Even more snow while they were here.  We got a whole lotta snow! All the way up to our dining room windows! I was afraid they…

Big Hugs

God loved the birds and invented trees.  Man loved the birds and invented cages.  Jacques Deval I would like to share some BIG HUGS with Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary for all the hard work, love and dedication they show to all our feathered and furry friends.  Between now and March 20th, the first day of Spring, I will donate $1.00 from each order I receive.  Please help me to help them!  It’s the little things that really are the big things!! Please message me to place your order along with your address.  Shipping is not included with the price. Thank you and Big Hug! http://woodstocksanctuary.org Ribbon color may vary.  If you have a favorite color I will do my best to make you happy! Also comes in plain burlap (not shown).  Please specify when placing your order.   Choice of green or red gingham.  Comes in green or red gingham.…

Best Birthday!

We had some warm weather for a few days.  The temperature got up into the 40’s.  Everyone came outside to celebrate. Fluffy Butt soaked up some sun. The goatee girls worked on their tans. Ok, maybe not everyone came outside. It was nice while it lasted and then the groundhog saw his shadow so now we will have 6 more weeks of winter.  We got hit with more snow and are expecting another 8-10 inches tomorrow and a big storm for the weekend. Our family celebrates a lot of birthdays in January and February.  My daughter just turned 36 and is expecting another baby.  She has a little boy, Trent, so we are all excited to find out what sex this new addition will be. Look at that cute little belly! I just had my birthday as well.  My daughter made me a very special birthday cake. BOY? or GIRL?…That…

Banana Bread

I had some over ripe bananas. Time to make banana bread! 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs *1 cup buttermilk 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2 cups flour 2 over ripe bananas, mashed 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1 tsp. vanilla Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs, bananas and vanilla.  In a separate bowl combine flour and salt.  Add baking soda to the buttermilk and stir to dissolve.  Add flour mixture alternating with the buttermilk to the butter and banana mixture.  Mix well.  Stir in chopped nuts if desired.  Pour into greased and floured bread pan, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until center is cooked. * If you don’t have buttermilk on hand you can always add a little vinegar or lemon juice to milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes.  Works just as well as buttermilk. This…

Home Tour…Not!!

I’ve been a lot little under the weather these past few days.  Appears as though I have caught a head cold so I have been camping out on the couch with my trusty iPad, my box of kleenex and my cold remedy tea with honey.  Poor me.  This has given me a lot of time to play on the internet and look-up some fellow bloggers.  It seems as though everyone I see offers a “home tour”.  This is where you get to go into their homes and see how beautiful everything looks.  How they decorate, what they make, how they live.  Well let me tell you it is very depressing.  If I wasn’t sick already I am now!!  I mean, have you seen some of these homes??  First thing I do is look at the pictures on the house tour.  Then I read the “About” section of the blog to see if…

Homemade Cavatelli

Ok maybe I’m on a pasta making kick AND a bread making kick these days. But really is there anything better? Except cookies…that’s coming next.. I love cookies.  I made my own ricotta cheese the other day just so I could make up some homemade ricotta cavatelli.  It was good…I mean seriously good, and it doesn’t take long at all if you have a handy dandy BeeBo Cavatelli maker!! Meet The BeeBo!! I just followed the recipe that was included with my BeeBo.  I did need to make a few minor adjustments ( I added 1 more egg and a tad of olive oil) but it turned out great.  Just ask the hubs. Making Cavatelli: 4 cups flour 1 egg slightly beaten 1 lb. ricotta cheese 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup of milk Sift the flour into a large bowl.  Make a well in the center and add the remaining…