My friend Beppi gave me these great pamphlets from the 40's and 50's on crocheting all those awesome doilies you see at garage sales, vintage shops and thrift stores. Usually they're in pretty crummy condition or expensive. With the help of the internet and tenacity I am teaching myself to crochet these crazy feminine little things! I am refraining from putting them on the arms and backs of the household seating. I'm sure my husband appreciates!
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sunday, June 30, 2013
This little raccoon is one of three young ones living in our area. I haven't seen Mom Raccoon lately. Not sure if she's decided they are ready to make it on their own or if she met some other fate.HERE. Those are dill seeds in the little dish.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
After 19 years and much use....I had to replace my much loved and hated cabinets. After Katrina we painted our old cabinets and prayed they'd last five more years. Eight years later (and much fixing and shoring up) we finally said goodbye to them.
I know 18 years for cabinets doesn't seem long. Really, I don't think that's so long. Cabinets should really last a lot longer...but our cabinets were very thin press board....really funky cheap cabinets. Considering the quality...I squeezed everything I could out of them.
Thanks to my dear friend Carla, I was able to get my new lovely cabinets. Solid wood cabinets. Yes, I am hoping to get many more years out of these. Time will tell the tale. I do think they are lovely.
I really love the porcelain apron sinks, but I'm afraid I'm a little to rough for them. I love to use black iron pots and I'm scared they my chip the porcelain. So I got a new deep stainless steel sink instead. I think it will last a long time.
OK this may give you an idea of what my cabinets and stove used to look like. I liked it then too....but my new cabinets are really snazzy.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Egg Yolk Cherry Tomato...Sweet and yum....it seems as if the bugs ignore this tomato. I wonder if it's because it's yellow.
Friday, May 17, 2013
My Mom had a bumper crop of the sweetest most delicious grapefruit this year. More than we could possibly eat. She shared many of them, but still had bushels of them left. For some reason most people think they don't like grapefruit and say "No thank you". I'm convinced it's because they've never had Louisiana tree ripened grapefruit.
My Mom wasn't sure what to do with them and was scared they were going to spoil. So....I decided to try and can grapefruit juice. I do love grapefruit. I also love grapefruit juice.....but this juice really surpasses any grapefruit juice I've ever drank from a commercial canner.
So if you live in a citrus area and can get your hands on a bunch of citrus you can jar it using the following recipe. I've only canned grapefruit and lemon. There's never too many oranges and you can always give those away.
Canned Citrus Juice
You need: Citrus fruit, sugar, sterilized canning jars, canning lids, and bands. Large pot for juice and canning pot
Juice your fruit
Strain fruit through cheese cloth or clean curtain sheers
Place strained juice in large pot
Add 1/2 cup of sugar to grapefruit juice (not lemon) for each 12 pints of juice
Bring juice to just under a boil and simmer for five minutes
Fill sterilized jars 1/2 inch from top.
Place warmed lids (warm in hot water) on top
Screw bands down snugly
Place jars in pot of hot water
Jars should be covered by 1 to 2 inches of water
Bring water to a boil
Once boiling time each batch for 10 minutes
Remove from water
Allow to cool
Listen for seals to pop closed
Keep any jars that do not seal properly in Fridge and drink right away.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
My husband says my garden is an authentic Eden now. It even has it's own snake. This snake hangs out in an abandoned bird nest in the honey suckle next to the front porch. Not sure exactly what kind it is, but almost certain it's not poisonous.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Here's a peek inside my new greenhouse. This is heirloom tomatoes all lined up in a row. They're waiting for the weather to be just right. Then, I'll put them out in the garden. It's warm enough that I am opening the vents on the greenhouse. Although there was a little freeze about a week ago. That's the problem with March....unpredictable! There usually is a few more cold days here in March.
I am very happy with the greenhouse. I got a small one...you know...making sure that I am going to like having a green house. I'm happy to report. I love my green house. Love, love, love.
I am growing Pineapple, Cherokee, Brandywine, Cour Di Bue, Egg Yolk, and Amazon Chocolate tomatoes. My favs are Pineapple (large, juicy, luscious and sweet) and egg yolk (small yellow (golf ball size) sweet, prolific and just keep on producing right through our heat, I also find they are more resistant to pests.)
I find this saves seeds, space and soil.
melons (all kinds)
squash (all kinds)
beans (all kinds)
summer annuals: morning glory, sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds
herbs: basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, green onion, bay, mint
Plant transplants of:
Hmmmm....I think that's it.
Don't forget....you can plant small and bush varieties in pots!