Monday, December 15, 2014
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Saturday, December 13, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Sunday, December 07, 2014
First of the season!
This was one those years where I neglected the houseplants a lot putting them out on the deck in the spring. I took all the amaryllis to the basement once it started getting too cold, and finally repotted some a few weeks ago, giving them a good soaking of liquid fish, kelp, humus and Effective Microbes. Now I'm getting stalks shooting up and even a bloom!
This is the kind of color I appreciate once it's darker, gloomy and muddy outside. I'd be happier with a nice coating of white on everything, but instead it's just gross out there. At least there's color inside!
My pies overfloweth....
And apologies for the obscure Just Shoot Me TV show reference.
Yip, still finding creative ways to use up Thanksgiving. Turkey and stock from the carcass got combined to make turkey rice soup. The remains of the soup got cooked with a roux, more veggies and potato, and cream, then topped with the last wheel of pie dough that was also made for Thanksgiving. It's been a real creative way to pull the extras from the freezer... If not maybe a little soon?
Friday, December 05, 2014
If you're like me, this is the time of year when you buy a skinny carton of eggnog, have a couple small glasses, and realize you're done with eggnog for another year. Even the smallest offerings at the grocery store are more than I need. And yes, after the first carton goes bad, I might possibly wait a couple weeks and do the whole thing over again.
Rather than let it go bad, I've realized I can use it up faster making some killer French toast. Only it can make way more French toast than I'll eat in a sitting, and Brett isn't into bready breakfasty things.
Last year I realized I could freeze leftover French toast, and then pop frozen pieces in the toaster, whether at home or work. Yum!
So now I've got eighteen pieces of eggnog French toast in the freezer, some of which will go in to work next week. If I can spare the freezer space, I might make more French toast, minus the eggnog, but instead with some orange zest and/or orange oil. Love it!
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
About a month ago I though the orange tree was going to die on me. It had outgrown it's pot ages ago, was outside a little too late in the season, and had been too dry for too long. By the time it had been indoors a couple weeks it was dropping leaves and looking beat up.
So I got a much bigger pot, whacked off a bunch of the outer roots while transplanting it, boosted the new soil with compost and worm castings, and gave it a good soaking with water, liquid fish, kelp fertilizer, and even Effective Microbes.
And now? Wow! It's taking off, re-greened its leaves, and loaded with flower buds. Have you ever smelled orange blossoms? This may get to the point where it has to go back down to the basement under the grow lights if we find it too potent!