On our path, we will find those whom we treasure; and find we travel with our greatest teachers.
~ Robin L Griffith
edits effective March 26, 2014
An acquaintance of mine asked about container gardening the other day; since she lives in an apartment she wanted to know what types of vegetables are good to grow in containers on the patio. Wow, sorry, I've been so caught up in my lack of a working computer that as I focused on gardening, I seem to have only been focusing for myself. I just happen to be extremely blessed this year to have the space for a veggie garden in the ground and in the yard.
I do realize not everyone has that kind of space now days, so let's talk about what kind of veggies are good to grow in pots or containers on the patio.
My favorite to grow in a pot, especially if you have younger ones, are potatoes.
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Hello Dahlink! Oh my goodness, talk about a lesson in patience and what to let go of...I got my laptop back and then within the first few days of starting to reload software on it, it crashed again!!! Can you believe this? You can tell my level of frustration just by looking at the graphic above. See the little guy with the hammer? (Insert big cheesy smile here)
It's all good! I am sure that something delightful and wonderful is going to come out of this...and I'm holding on tight to that affirmation!
Non-Toxic cleaning products can be found in the simple items you have around the house. Baking soda and vinegar; salt and lemon; tea tree oil; just to name a few.
Here is the picture I promised of the “before” shot of my tiny linen closet. As you can see, it definitely needs some clearing and cleaning work done on it. I’ll be sure to capture an “after” shot when it’s completed.<< MORE >>
My laptop hard drive crashed over the weekend. Yes, I have my docs and images backed up and even with my restore point it doesn’t matter because it’s a problem with the hard drive. Right now, I am typing on a mini notebook, with a tiny little keyboard and I keep hitting the wrong keys, ha!<< MORE >>
Wrapping up a month of Mixology & Cocktails:
I had a great time this last month exploring Mixology and the Classic Cocktail. Not only did I learn about the
history of the cocktail, but I also learned a few tricks of the trade around creating cocktails and so far, so good with the ones I have made. :> [think orange peel]
Tips for preparing Compound
* The butter must first be brought to room temperature and softened by beating it.
* The flavoring ingredients must be very finely chopped or pureed. If any extra liquid develops, it should be drained off thoroughly before mixing in the butter.
* For the flavor to better penetrate the butter, allow it to stand at cool room temperature for a few hours before refrigerating.
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The information below comes from SF Mixology and it covers the shaken versus stirred methods for cocktails and why you would want to do either of them. I’ve tried shaking when making juice based cocktails and felt like it made my drinks taste better.
Confused about when to stir and when to shake? Here is a good rule to follow. When mixing a drink (i.e.<< MORE >>
CocoaMocha Heart Shaped Cheesecakes
Servings 3 / Prep Time: 30 mins / Cook Time: 30 mins / Yield: 3 individual cheesecakes / I created this for three small heart shaped springform cheesecake pans by combining two different recipes.
1 cup crumbled Thin Chocolate Persian Tea Cookies (any chocolate cookies will do here)
1/4 cup C&H Powder Sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1 tablespoon Toll House Nestle Cocoa, Baking
2 tablespoons chunked Land O Lakes Salted Butter
1 (eight-ounce) package Kraft Philly Cream Cheese softened
1/3 cup Borden Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (14-ounce can)
1/3 cup C&H Powder Sugar
1/4 cup Toll House Nestle Cocoa, Baking
2 separated eggs yolks / whites
1/2 teaspoon Schilling Almond Extract (can use vanilla)
1 tablespoon C&H Powder Sugar
1 cup heavy cream
Combine all crust ingredients into blender or small food processor chop/grind into fine crumbs. Press onto the bottom of the springform pans. Set aside.
Cheesecake filling: In glass bowl add egg yolks, cocoa powder & instant coffee, powdered sugar, almond extract, and then chunk cream cheese into bowl on top.<< MORE >>
Sorry I'm late. I had a series of technical issues - I'll just blame it on Mercury Retrograde.
Visit Galadarling.com for a for a wonderful overview of how
to survive mercury retrograde.
This month I'm focusing on "Mixology and the Classic Cocktail". I've visited lots of websites, I've purchased a few books, subscribed to Imbibe Magazine, and attended a workshop put on by Shawn Refoua of SF Mixology "SF Mixology".
My Tea Service at Lisa's Tea Treasures @ The Pruneyard in Campbell (CA) was delightful. I now can say I've had my first formal Tea Service. The staff at the location did a good job ensuring I had, what I call, a "Tea Experience".
"Tea! thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid,... thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wind-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate." - Colley Cibber
I have had the best time this last week going to different Goodwill stores looking for porcelain or ceramic tea cups and saucers. Actually, I found just about everything I need at two different Goodwill stores.<< MORE >>
While doing my tea research, I spent some time on a side tangent looking at 3-tiered dessert tray images. I was surprised at the average asking price for those. One 1.5 foot vertical bar and three different size round plates with holes in the middle.<< MORE >>
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I spent a few hours yesterday cruising the internet for information about tea and tea parties. I was surprised to see how many different websites there were with detailed information on tea and tea parties. It would seem that I am coming late to the tea party indeed.
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I made lasagna the other night and went with a white sauce instead of a red marinara type. Here are a pictures of work in progress, along with a short video talking about the moisture content. When working with dry noodles instead of pre-boiled you need more moisture in the dish.