Food & Recipes

MIA - Baking Cookies!

I've been a bit occupied these last 10 days!  Baking cookies for all the lovely people who refer our wedding photography services to brides!

We bake, wrap and deliver close to 2000 cookies every Valentines!

Last year I posted several of my favorite recipes from this project.  And my Double Frosted Brownies here!

I added a couple new cookies this year I am very excited to share.  I promise to post the recipes by the end of this month! Especially the Potato Chip Cookies.  Yum!

And - while I was busy baking....

My pussy willows exploded!  A lovely French variety that is pink when it first opens.

And my orchid opened!  We will have this blossom around to enjoy for at least two months!  Orchids take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to bloom, but when they do, they aren't in a hurry to leave!

Now! Take a quick look at my flicker pool!  See the Danish woven paper hearts?  Angie (At Home in Mexico) just taught her class to make them and posted some of the results! See the full story here!

She kept them simple and let the girl's imaginations run wild!  Some are decorated with markers - one even a clock!  And don't miss the bows!  I love the bows!

Thank you , Angie, for going to all the trouble to share these with us.

Next time - watching Diane build her white chocolate box!


Veggies in pots?

Everything we grow in our garden must be grown in containers and for many years our containers have been planted with flowers.  This year, we are experimenting to see what, besides tomatoes and herbs, we can successfully grow in containers.

Even if you have limited space - just a small patio or balcony - as long as there is sunshine and a little fertalizer, you should be able to grow a few veggies in containers.

Tomatoes always do well in containers - ours are already over 5' tall and full of the promise of a great crop!  We always get a cherry variety called "Sun Gold" as it is a very reliable producer and the tomatoes are delicious.

Anaheim peppers also do surprisingly well in pots.  I usually get two crops before frost.  Two plantswill yield about 12 peppers at each harvest.

Right next to the peppers - my "Tabbouleh" garden!  Mint and Italian parsley grow like weeds and I have already cut enough from this one little pot to make three big batches of Tabbouleh.  I planted the little seedlings just four weeks ago!

Greek oregano is a must and another vigorous grower! We grow it in a little flower box Kirby built and enjoy fresh Greek dressing all summer. This recipe is closest to the one I make, but use fresh Greek oregano instead of dried.  The recipe I use is from Pappas Art of Traditional Greek Cooking, a cook book I dearly love and highly recommend to anyone seeking to learn to cook Greek food. 

Rosemary? Always.  I love how beautiful it looks in the garden, and the fragrance, and the focaccia bread I make in the fall.

And, yes, that IS a blueberry bush growing in the big pot on the left. 

Kirby gets a quart or more off this bush every year! 

Potatoes?  Actually it is surprising how well they do in a container.  Use a fairly big pot so you get a good crop!  K planted a sprouting member of the "old forgotten potato gang" and just look at what a beautiful plant grew up from that sprout!  He tried this several years ago and we had the best potatoes ever!

And that really IS corn growing in that little pot next to the potatoes!  Apparently squirrels hid kernels in this pot last fall and - well - Kirby just will not dispose of any plant that is growing.  If we actually get an ear of corn out of this - you will be the first to know!! I'm not holding my breath - but - I've learned not to bet against K's green thumb! 

We rescued these from the $.99 table a few days ago.  Lovely Italian peppers to roast, summer squash, garlic chives and Cuban oregano.  We haven't ever used Cuban oregano as a seasoning, but it is a gorgeous plant and can be brought in as a house plant in winter.

Feast your eyes on our not so successful strawberries! 

And finally, a small patch of soil our neighbor has shared with us. We have planted cucumbers, butternut squash and pumpkins.  We'll see how they do growing in heavy clay soil completely riddled with gophers and moles.  May have to go the container route next year!

But so far so good!  My first cucumber blossom.  Wouldn't if be fun if we grew so many our neighbors hide from us when they see us walking up to the door with our arms full of cucumbers? 


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