Saturday, 30 June 2012

Sizzling Saturday

It is almost 2pm here and Saturday is shaping up to be HOT HOT HOT. It is 23C already and promising to get hotter as the day goes on.I  Must say today is one of those days I wish we had air conditioning!

Today has been a pretty productive day so far. I have already mowed the grass and have the first load of laundry drying on the line outside. I was thinking that I should weed the garden a bit, but I think I would end up getting heat stroke!

I have to get my block finished for the International stashes bee that I am in. For that bee we make the block that we want everyone else to make and give a quick tutorial on it. The tutorial is done...but the block ended up having to be ripped apart since I didn't trim my hst's to the right size...LOL Oh well live and learn.

Speaking of Quilting Bee's. If anyone is interested we have an opening in group one of the We Bee Learning Bee. We would be looking for someone to play catch up from April till now and then continue on with us for the rest of the year. If you are interested please send me an e-mail.

Also just a reminder that the Red White and Blue blog hop starts tomorrow...on CANADA DAY!! I will be posting my creating on the 5th
july 1st next week...RWB begins

Okay off to do a bit of sewing and then maybe I will go for a run though the sprinklers....its okay to do that when you are over 10 .....right :P

Friday, 29 June 2012

Wind damage

On Tuesday we had rain and winds that were threatening to turn into something more and on Wednesday we had winds that were so strong it was hard to go outside so I didn’t. I could see my poor tomato plants bent over and touching the ground and I knew that there was not one thing I could do to save them. I spent a good part of the night stressing out over them and then finally decided whatever happens happens.

Thursday morning Mr.P and I went out to see what was damaged. 3 tomato plants had snapped, but the rest seemed to be doing okay. Mr.P took of my little pop bottle collars and put on the tomato cages. It was still really windy yesterday and we felt that this might help a bit.

Here is one that top half snapped off on. I think it might still survive though

Here is another that lost a branch. It’s still looking okay too 

My cabbage, cauliflowers and broccoli are a little sore after all the wind too. When I looked at them yesterday they were still being blown over and there little stems looked Today they have bounced back. I think they might be showing the first signs of bug damage, but it also could have just been the wind. I dusted them anyhow.

So all in all it wasn’t as bad as I was thinking it was going to be. The wind was so strong that my parents ended having a tree topple over in their backyard. It came down nicely just missing their deck and I think the removal is going to hurt more than the damage the tree did!

  So with the little damage we had I am doing a little happy dance and hoping that the weather calms down for the rest of the summer!!

In other news I think I may need yet another replacement for group one of the we bee learnin bee....oh

Have a great day!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard 28/06/2012

Okay week two of my summer kitchen cook book challenge is officially over and week three is starting today. I am having a lot of fun doing this as it is taking a lot of the stress of trying to think of something to make.

I am linking up with Thursday's Kitchen Cupbord over at The Gardener of Eden. Stop by and see what is going on in kitchens around the world

As you may recall last week I was using Anyone Can Cook by Better Homes and gardens. And my lists of recipes to use were:
Thursday Cheese topped Steaks p199 I made my own version of this....which basically wasn’t anything like I made steak and homemade Mac and cheese using penne, cheddar and gruyere...Yes that is bacon on top. I made my own recipe using the bacon grease to make my roux. It turned out GREAT!

Friday- Blackberry glazed pork ribs-p214 ended up eating out
Saturday- in the city
Sunday- Rosemary chicken with vegetable p264- ended up having pizza instead for lunch and then we had a healthy supper of Ice cream with homemade sour cherry topping.
Monday Oriental Pork and Vegetables p255 however I made the Rosemary chicken with vegetable instead. It was pretty good I used Quinoa instead of couscous and tossed the veggies and quinoa together. I also did the chicken on the bbq. It was a tasty meal

Tuesday Burgers p426- ended up having to go to the city for an EEG so we went to Red lobster
Wednesday Pizza on the grill p438: I ended up making the Oriental Pork and Vegetables since we had already had pizza on Sunday. My plan was to mix things up a little buy doing the veggies and pork on the bbq and then making the stir fry. However, with the wind we had I didn’t really want to go outside!

So all in all a good week of eating. As you know I am horrible with actually sticking to the recipes, but I enjoy that so why change. I think for this week I am not going to pair a specific dish with a day, but instead but pick 7 recipes.

My choice for week three is going to be good ole Betty Crocker Cookbook. Growing up my mom had a Betty Crocker cook book and I remember both her and my father using it to make some wonderful meals. When I got older and started making meals for the family I too would turn to the big red book full of yummy food and great explanations. So it only made sense that when I moved out on my own I would have to buy a copy for myself. It took me a few years to remember to do that, but I now own the book and still love it.
My choices for this week are
Spanish Chicken p 158 
Fajitas p 271
Creamy Ham and fettuccine p532 
 Beef Roast and Yorkshire pudding p287
Beer can chicken p266 
New Style Pork Chops 302 
Texas T-bones p270

My recipe for the week is going to be my own for Sour Cherry Flambe

1 jar of homemade sour-cherry sundae topping
1/4 c of sugar
1 tbsp flour
1 cap full of triple sec

In a saucepan combine the sugar and flour stir until well mixed. Add the cherry topping and bring to a boil. Add the triple sec and light on fire. Allow to flambe for about a min and then stir down the flames. Remove from heat and let cool for a couple of mins before adding to ice cream.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

WIP 27/06/2012

Oh  my the last WIP post for June! Where is summer going!! I ended up getting a fair bit done this past week even if most of it was this evening Last night the power was out from 5-midnight and today the wind is 95km/hr which means I am in the house peaking outside with fear that my garden is blowing away. Oh well at least it gives me time to sew!

Today I am linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced and @The Needle and Thread Network.  Make sure you hop on over there and see what everyone else is working on too.
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My June to do list  

Christmas QAL 2012 Slowly working on Until D I got another 20 done. 60 left to finish
Red white and blue Blog hop – I have two blocks are the sneak peaks. You will have to wait until July 5th to see the finished projects
June Mini- Still not sure what I want to do that say JUNE....and June is almost over
June NEWFO- I bought a couple of kits that I would like to try and at least start this month.

Done projects for June
We Bee Learning group two block for Nita- churn dash in 1930’s repo fabrics.

 Bee Creative 2012 block for Amanda- Chunky Chevron block
 Wonky Bee block - Wonky Star

We Bee Learning group one block for Lisa- Done
International Stashers block for Amy- Done
Anniversary gift- Done although not very happy with them.

No progress Items to date (these are projects that have appeared on the to do list for 1 or more months with you guessed progress

Baby quilt-cut out, assemble, and quilt
Sew Happy Geek QAL- Blocks  7,8,9,10,11 and 12 still need to be done
Table runner- I have pieced this sucker together. Now I just need to get the backing on and quilt it
Log cabin- put on binding
Log Cabin Christmas quilt – sandwich and quilt
We Bee Learning group one Quilt- The grey fabric for my sashing came in. Now I need to get to work
We bee Learning group 2 quilt- I am suck on sashing or no sashing
2011 BOM- Since it is 2012 you can see I am a bit behind on this one. I have Jan, Feb., March done. I just finished April and I am working on May.
Halloween Wall Hanging- this was a kit so everything is ready to be to start cutting and sewing

so that has what i have been up too!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Patio garden

I ran out of room the garden so I thought that instead of throwing away tomato plants I would instead have a little patio garden this year.

I have the unknown tomato plants from my MIL. I think they might by cherry tomatoes along with my basil transplants. The basil is fairing much better in this old mineral tub than in the garden. Last night we discovered a HUGE any colony under this tub along with eggs lots and lots of eggs. I just hope they are not in the tub

More unknown tomato plants. I need to stake these up and I think the containers may be a bit small

My Costco Early girl. Look at those tomatoes!! HAHA okay now that I looks at these pictures you can't really see the tomatoes...but trust me there are about 10 

I have a question about this plant. I would like to transplant it; however it is already producing fruit.. If I pot it up will this kill my tomatoes? 

I still have mint, lemon balm and lemon verbena to plant. They were suppose to go into the garden, but I think I am going to till over the whole “herb” section....So I they still might make it out there who knows.

Right now we are being hit by an ever so hot heat wave a long with humidity that I have only experienced out of the country. The south of the province is ripe for tornado's and quite a few "famous" storm chasers are in the province to see what happens. I hope that nothing happens! The only things I want to see is rain, since we really need some!

Have a great day

Monday, 25 June 2012

Week 3 in the garden

Its week three in the garden and guess what!? It has been nice and hot for 3 days in a row!! This is pretty darn awesome...However now that it is hot as snot some nice rain would be welcome...LOL

Here is the garden at a glance for week three. As you can tell there is a lot more green this week and for the most part a lot less weeds. Mr.P was able to till between the rows for me which makes everything a lot easier. I still have to weed the rows a bit more though...:P I really like the new garden set up this just seem so much more like a garden...LOL

Okay now for a section by section look....warning sooo many pictures... :)

Plot 1 the herb garden. So many weeds, grass and wild flowers have some up in here that I really don’t know what is what. I figured I would give this section till Friday and if I still cannot tell which are herbs than the entire section is going to be tilled over. This means that the herbs that I bought to plant here are just going to stay in pots for this year.

random sunflower 

Plot 2 strawberries/raspberries
I really need to get in there and weed this section both are over run and sending out suckers like no bodies business. The raspberries are starting to produce berries. The strawberries had A LOT of flowers, but no fruit.

Plot 3 Onions/leeks, spinach and Brussels sprouts
Onions and leeks are doing great. The spinach has come up but only 2 plants in 2 rows and neither plant is actually in the row planted...oh my. I am going to let them live and replant the rows today. The B.Sprouts are really loving this area and have just shot up with the heat

Plot 4 Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage
The seeded Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower are not up yet and that has me fretting a wee bit. However, the seedlings that I transplanted are doing AMAZING. I think the cabbages are actually starting to form head....very exciting. So far the cabbage butterflies are not around......but I am sure they will be here soon. I have been looking for netting to put over them, but I cannot find anything.

Plot 5 potatoes
Doing great!

Plot 6 carrots, lettuce, radishes, kohlrabi, beets and spinach
The lettuce and radishes are really taking off. The beets and kohlrabi are sparse in their rows and may have to be replanted. The carrots are starting to peek through but are sparse as well. I also planted 2 rows of spinach in this section on Friday. 


Plot 7 tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and zucchini
All doing great too. I bought some tomato food and I am going to give everything a little boost today


Tomato plant starting to flower...but I think it is still way too small!

Plot 8 Soy beans, cucumbers, broad beans, parsnips, green beans, and peas
Everything is coming along nicely in this section. The cucumbers are finally starting to stretch and I think the trellises will go up this week


Plot 9 turnips, peas, and butternut squash
The squash still hasn’t sprouted yet. It has been 3 weeks and I am thinking it isn’t going to come up. With frost coming in September I don’t think there will be enough time to replant

Plot 10 peppers and sweet potatoes
I had a few left over pepper plants and a few green pepper plants that my MIL gave me so I decided to plant them in this section on Friday. It was also dry enough for me to plant my sweet potato slips. So far they are still alive
New garden
The cabbage and cauliflowers are doing well. Something is eating at them though so I am going to have to do something about that. I have planted the new spaghetti squash and pumpkins to replace the ones that died. I think they should do better this time.

So there ya go that is week 3! I know that was a long post so I will save the patio veggies for tomorrow!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

sewing Saturday

Today my aunt and uncle are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary which means I spent a good part of last night trying to get my gifts finished..Lol

I had decided to make them a couple of matching mug rugs and just had the binding left to do. Have a told you how much I hate doing binding. I can make the strips and sew them on getting pretty darn nice corners. I just cannot get the two ends to join up nicely. I usually have to end up doing some kind of comprise that isn’t anywhere near being right. Nonetheless, I got them finished

Once they were done I thought this is kind of a crappy gift. Two little mug rugs in a gift bag look pretty sad. So I decided to make them a centre piece/hot pad. My plan was to make a wonky little star sew it to the backing, turn right side out and put a ceramic tile in the middle. However, I got a little over zealous with my cutting and once I sewed it together it ended up being too small. That and I sewed the wrong sides together. I decided that it would still work without the tile and just add a little bit of extra quilting to keep the front and back together. I was so happy with my work until Mr.P got home. I asked him “so what do you think” His reply was “is the top border supposed to be bigger than the rest?” I of course hadn’t noticed that. So right away I asked if he thought it was too ugly to gift to someone. His reply was” well would you want something like that?” Which to me means that he thinks it is ugly. So now I am stuck. Do I give it or not? Gesh I sure wish I was better at executing things!!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Thursday’s kitchen cupboard- June 23rd 2012

Last week I decided to make meals only using recipes from one cook book per week till I get though all my cook books. The book that I started with was Culina Mediterranea published by hf Ullman

There are a lot of shall we say interesting recipes in the book including too many rabbit, pigeon and lamb for my liking. I really should have flipped through the book a little slower before I bought it. However, I now own it and going to make the best of it. Last week this was the list that I was planning on cooking.

Thursday- in city
 Friday Chicken with Graviea p 579
Saturday Steak with pasta alla scarpara p 315
Sunday- Pork roast at my parents for Father’s day
Monday- Paella- Page 513
Tuesday Loin of Suckling pig with herbs p 541
Wednesday Rabbit Angelion p 553 (however I will be using Chicken

Well plans in this house never go planned

Friday I did make the Chicken with Graviera substituting the Cretan Gruyere for Swiss gruyere. I also added onions and mushrooms since I thought it needed some veg in there. It smelled pretty funky, but didn`t taste too bad.
Saturday- we had to go to the city
Sunday in the city for father’s day
Monday I ended up making pork chops instead of the suckling pig chops. I used the same spices as in the recipe, but didn`t have the energy to make a cream sauce to stuff the chops with.

Tuesday I made Paella and it was pretty yummy as always. I of course couldn`t stick to the recipe and added and omitted a few things. Not a pretty picture but still yummy
Wednesday- dr appointment in the city.

So all in all it was a good week. We didn`t eat at home that much though.

Okay for this next week I am going to be cooking from Anyone Can Cook by Better Homes and gardens.
Thursday Cheese topped Steaks p199
Friday- Blackberry glazed pork ribs-p214
Saturday- in the city
Sunday- Rosemary chicken with vegetable p264
Monday Oriental Pork and Vegetables p255
Tuesday Burgers p426
Wednesday Pizza on the grill p438

So lets see if I can try to stick to that list this week.

I am linking up to Thursdays Kitchen Cupboards which is hosted by Robin from The Gardener Of Eden. Make sure you stop by to see what is going on in kitchens around the world

Chicken with Graviera Adapted from Culina Mediterranea published by hf Ullman
2 chicken breasts
1tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper
1tbsp sweet mustard
1/2c white wine
1tsp dried oregano
Juice of one lemon
5oz of Gruyere cheese
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 small onion chopped
Cut chicken into bite size pieces and season with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a pan and brown the chicken. Add mustard, wine, onions, mushrooms and oregano to chicken and cook over low heat until wine has evaporated. Add in lemon juice and cheese. Continue to cook on low heat until the cheese has melted. Serve over pasta