Saturday, July 23, 2016

Millions of Peaches, Peaches for Me

After throwing a big ass hissy fit at the grocery stores around here for selling me peaches that won't get ripe no matter what and actually returning a $5 package of apple-like peaches, I asked Husband to take me to Porter, the Oklahoma Peach Capitol to buy a few of the fruit.

Not one to do things half way, this happened:

1 1/2 bushels of peaches (seconds) for $60
Yeh, what was I thinking? I canned for four days straight... 2 types of jam, peach pie mix, canned peaches and peach chutney. I canned like I had three teenagers in the house. I lost 3 pounds even with all the sampling. Secretly it made me happy too be so productive...
I have three more cupboards just like this. Ha

Friday, July 22, 2016

Surprises

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I had been in Oklahoma only once before we moved here last December.

It was on a family road trip from Louisiana and up into Oklahoma on I-35 and then, bam, the Sooner State was over. I'm sure half of the Oklahoma leg of the journey, I spent facing backwards yelling at the kids.  My entire perception of the state is based on this little drive-through snippet, The Grapes of Wrath, The Dust Bowl with a little Pioneer Woman thrown in.. When we got here at the end of last year it lived up to my expectation - everything was tan and brown and covered in Christmas lights.

Of course I was hopeful and willing to give it a chance. I figured there was a reason why this area was called "Green Country". Sure enough, April rolled around and suddenly everything came back to life.

Fast forward a few months - I've really been enjoying the surprise and wonder at what comes up in my yard and around Tulsa. In the yard, I've been taking pictures every month so next year I won't plant over anything spectacular. There have been some real gems that have shown themselves like this sweet baby that showed itself overnight this week:

This Naked Lady Amaryllis popped up overnight. Amazing.
I remembered my pruning class at Master Gardener school in Georgia. "Do not Crepe Murder the Crepe Myrtles!" I think I did okay with this one:

Crepe Myrtle - I have seven in my yard. They remind me of exploding fireworks.
I have a few pots going this summer. The ones on the front stoop need to be watered at least once a day. The heat from the paving stones make metal pots unworkable up there (I learned the hard way).


This geranium gives me such pleasure with it's hardy attitude and red bursts of beauty.
 I won't let it be overshadowed by it's neighbor, Miss Hibiscus (shown below)

Hello gorgeous! I'm saving seeds from this stunner for next year.


Two more Crepe Myrtles, Coneflower in the foreground

Hosta says "Hello, I'm blooming and thanks for not letting that beast trample me."
If you look closely, you  see the reason for the chicken wire.

Honeysuckle, and lots of it, grows like crazy all along the north fence. 
 I imagine things will dry up pretty toasty rolling into August with this 105 degree heat index we are experiencing this week but who knows... this first year is definitely an exercise in wait-and-see.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wordless Wednesday #110

This is Sam, my German Shepherd pup. He's now six months old.

Friday, February 12, 2016

I'm in Oklahoma

Hi guys. I'm back in the states now.

My husband is all retired from the military.

My kids are all out of the house.

It's just me and My Army Guy who BTW needs a name change.

We are hunkered down just outside Tulsa collecting paychecks and recovering financially from retirement, two moves, remodeling our condo, getting the kids settled and gathering a down payment for new digs. Our next house closes mid-March. Pictures to come.

That's about all I can eke out right now but it's a start, right?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sew Crazed

Remember this ugly porch swing?

Wonder why I haven't been blogging?

I have been indulging in other creative endeavors.

I made another quilt for a gift (pictures to come) and finished the porch swing. I think it looks mighty fine!



Before you get all excited and think "hey, I want to do this myself like Edith" with a little ole Walmart swing, I just want to mention that in my desire to Do-It-Yourself, the expense and work definitely outweighed what it would have cost to buy a new swing.

However, the sewing was a learning experience success! The next project will be much easier. For this swing, I made the new awning by using the old awning as a pattern. I made the cushion covers by following upholstery you tube videos.

Expenses were as follows:

$100 for cushions... deluxe memory foam-type, waterproof cut to order cushions. I will say about the cushions - definitely worth it. This swing is now more  comfortable than any seat in the house.

$15 Plastic cording for the edging around the cushion.

$8 Weatherproof thread

$60 Fabric on sale. I think I bought 16 yards for that which is way, way too much. I will probably recover my two outdoor chair cushions with the leftovers.

All told: $183


Monday, May 12, 2014

Better than a bouquet of flowers

A note from my daughter for Mother's Day yesterday:


Well, it's that time of year again, that "mother appreciation day" or something. "Moms dont do housework day". Pfff. Something like that. I'll google it later.

 That aside I guess I have to say something NICE. Since you raised me and all. I mean, you did raise me. What's more, you birthed me. You carried me in your belleh, getting all the while fatter and fatter, sacrificing your hot bod for my sake. Weird. I guess one could say that was the first sign of proper motherhood that you showed. You know, making an educated... or not educated. But I like to think you were educated. Decision on whether you want to birth YET ANOTHER child. What's freaky about it, is that you never know what you're going to get. It's like sticking your hand in a cracker jack box and thinking "I want a ring I want a ring" but instead you get a baseball card. Luckily you got a ring though. I'm kinda glad, because if I was a baseball card idk. I mean, if I was a guy. Idk. You probably would h8 life if you had all boys. You would end up being a soccer mom, or you would end up eternally depressed because you never had anyone to nag about brushing their hair.
But then, you might not have had to deal with all the bedwetting and teenage girl drama if I was a boy. Pfff. man. You have to be REALLY stupid to be that patient. If I was you, I would have thrown me out of the window the minute I said something out of turn. Damn you have to be really stupid to be that patient.


 Or just loving or something. I guess. I mean I guess it could be that you're loving, and also a sane person for that matter. I dunno. I guess it's also pretty impressive (I GUESS) that you raised 3 kids, sometimes by yourself. Cause like, dad was off doing things, like hobbies or something. What was he doing? Oh yeah, he was servin the country. That's a different story tho. I'm just p impressed I guess that you dealt with his absences so well. I guess. Yeah. I actually wrote you a cheesy poem in the margin of my marine biology notes, and wrote it, almost clicked "post" but then was like. "wouldn't this be infinately more meaningful if I sat on the toilet for a shit and wrote her something on the fly?" Idk. I think so. also as I was just sitting down opening my computer I thought "boy if I was there i would bake her a cake or something."

Anyway mom. I GUESS I appreciate your patience. And also everything else. I think the best thing you ever did for us kids was be a frank person. Like you never took us to the doctor or anything for colds, and basically called us out on our bullshit when we were being dumb. You kinda remind me of Julia Childs I guess, like how she cooks all just slapping things around. Actually that's basically you. Yeah. So anyway happy "Dont Do My Laundry, No No Mommy, I'll Do It" day. Luv u I SUPPOSE.
Time to get off the toilet and do my homework so I dont waste your $$$$ by failing my college courses. BAi.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Quilt Complete

and just in time.

This sickie wanted to wrap up in it.
So here it is. A simple pinwheel quilt and my first effort.

I used the sticth-in-a-ditch method to quilt it together

Here's the underside. I just used a queen size flat sheet for fabric.

Now onto the porch swing cushions and awning! The fabric came in the mail last week. 15 yards for $65 tee hee!

Monday, March 10, 2014

How to Assemble Quilt with Cats

First vacuum and mop and get up all the cat fur and food spills
Lay out quilt bottom on floor. Smooth and tape down. Use lint roller to pick up excess cat fur and lint.
Yell loudly at cat and shoo away from quilt bottom.
Try to distract cat with masking tape ball.
It works.
Lay quilt top over batting. Squint to fuzz-focus. Admire work. But not too closely.
Pin til your fingers bleed. Shoo away cat several times.
Attempt to stand after sitting cross legged on marble floor. After limited success, take two advil.
Roll up quilt. Move furniture back.
Notice cat lost interest and is now napping.
Admire cat's thinking.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Wordless Wednesday #109

Edinburgh Castle from Prince's Street Garden

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Broccoli and Cheddar Double-Stuffed Bakers

Very tasty and one of my daughter's favorites


My daughter loves these and as Part II of my Recipe's for my Daughter so she doesn't starve to death I'm imparting my stuffed baked potato wisdom to her, and by default, to you too.


This is a pretty easy recipe that doesn't require any far out ingredients. It is time consuming though - it takes about 90 minutes from start to finish. The only special equipment you need is a hand beater. I also lighten this recipe up by using 1/3 less fat cream cheese, Smart Balance in place of butter and 1% milk. It's still carb heavy so eat only one with a salad. That's motherly advise to my daughter. You all can do what you want :-)


BROCCOLI & CHEDDAR DOUBLE-STUFFED BAKERS

clipped from The Seattle Times in the 1980s

Russet Potatoes, 4 large (about 8 to 10 ounces each)
Fresh Broccoli, 1.5 cups coarsely chopped
Cream Cheese, 3 ounces softened
Milk or Half-and-Half, 1/4 cup
Butter, 3 tablespoons softened
Salt, 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons salt
Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1 cup grated
Green Onions, 2 tablespoons chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Wash potatoes and dry, then pierce with a fork. Place on oven rack and bake for about 1 hour or until very tender.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and add broccoli. Cook for about 30 seconds until broccoli is just crisp tender, then drain very well and set aside.

When potatoes come out of oven and while still hot, carefully cut the top third (lengthwise) off potatoes. With a spoon scoop potato flesh into a large bowl and discard tops, reserving bottoms. Mash potato with the cream cheese, milk and butter. Season with salt (adjusting as necessary) then stir in 3/4 cup of the cheddar cheese, the broccoli and green onions. Spoon mixture back into potato shells, dividing evenly and sprinkle with remaining cheese. (Potatoes can be prepared to this point up to 1 day in advance and refrigerated).

Place potatoes on baking sheet and bake until heated through, about 20 to 25 minutes, or about 45 minutes if made the day before and refrigerated.