Monthly Archives: June 2011

Quinoa Salad

This quinoa salad is great side salad or meal for a hot summer day. Cool and refreshing all the way, not to mention packed with great herbs and flavors along with the fiber and protein in the quinoa. This recipe … Continue reading

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Making Mustard

I think it is Col. Mustard in the Library with a Candlestick….  I couldn’t resist. Earlier in June I read a post over at the Ethel Gloves blog about making your own stone ground mustard. Well! Mustard has been on … Continue reading

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Words cannot explain what Mr. Toad is up to!

I am certainly glad my friend had a good laugh about this. How do you explain to your guest why there is a toad in the toilet? I mean really, what could you possibly come up with to explain that? … Continue reading

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Castor Bean Plant

Last year I grew a few castor bean plants (ricinus communis). I got the seeds from a seed swap and looked forward to growing them. I got the seeds in the ground pretty late last  spring and while they grew … Continue reading

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Lazy Days of Summer

Actually, it is still spring, although you would never know by the temps we kicked off with in April. Downright summer-like in my eyes. Cinder has found a nice spot to hang out. Tiger Tail still seems to prefer snuggling … Continue reading

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Pincushion Daisy

Pincushion Daisy (gaillardia suavis) is a cute little flower. It is one I take great care to save around the yard by not walking on it and not mowing over it. Like so many of the wild flowers, it is … Continue reading

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Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is one thing I love to grow and love to eat. I did a post on Basil Pesto last fall. It is fun to look back and see all that fresh basil. YUM! I tried to start … Continue reading

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Fresh tomatoes

Beam’s Yellow Pear Tomato (Seed Savers Exchange) Large Red Cherry Tomato (Seed Savers Exchange) Farmers Market yellow tomato (don’t know name, saved seeds and grew them) Blondkopfchen (Seed Savers exchange) The yellow pear is always a heavy producer and the … Continue reading

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I’m a Pie Winner!

Oh this is so neat!  A few months ago I won two pie mixes from Pollinators on the Brain. Not just any pie mix, but two from Easy as Pie based in Charleston, South Carolina! Coconut Cream Pie and Chocolate … Continue reading

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Went to a Garden Party

Last month a friend invited me to go with her to a local garden club outing when they went to Cibolo Nature Trail. It was a nice day and a nice nature walk complete with two naturalist guides identifying local … Continue reading

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