Photo Book

http://www.amazon.com/Backyard-Blooms-ebook/dp/B00E5UMSYM/ref=sr_1_28?ie=UTF8&qid=1375159021&sr=8-28&keywords=backyard+blooms

 

That’s the link to the photo book I created!

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House Project

Stud Wall dry walled, taped, mudded and sanded!  Just needs a coat of paint!

Stud Wall dry walled, taped, mudded and sanded! Just needs a coat of paint!

Work table! Father-in-law's design.  Hubby and a friend of ours built!  8 ft X 6 ft.

Work table! Father-in-law’s design. Hubby and a friend of ours built! 8 ft X 6 ft.

Work table again!

Work table again!

Plants

Plants

Ramp

Ramp

Ramp

Ramp

Looks 100% better now that it's painted!

Looks 100% better now that it’s painted!

Electrical Upgrade

Electrical Upgrade

Electrical update.  Went from 60 amp service to 200 amp service.

Electrical update. Went from 60 amp service to 200 amp service.

Step in the Right Direction

Well, I put a book of my photography (all flowers) on amazon self publishing!  Everything’s ready I just have to wait 12 hours before I find out if it’s been accepted!  Excited, hope people buy it!  If not, that’s cool.  I’ll try again.  

Next up is my cheesecake cookbook — must make a cheesecake soon, so I can take a picture and use it for the cover!

Now all I need to do is to do a final edit on my novel, do a cover or have someone else do a cover and publish it!  Looking forward to finally doing this.  I’ve been writing for years and I think I’m actually at the point that I will publish a book!

Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me over the years.

Removing the smell of Garlic or Onions from hands

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I don’t know about you, but I hate to cut onions and garlic, just because of the smell it leaves on your hands.  

There are two common ways of getting rid of the smell and that is to use lemon juice to wash your hands or to wash a stainless steel spoon against your hands. 

Usually when I’m cutting onions or garlic I’m also cutting other veggies.  I have discovered that if you cut your onions/garlic first and then cut celery, there is no residual smell from the onions and garlic.  Your hands smell like celery after your done cutting, but that tends to wash off with soap and water!  Plus the smell of celery is much better than the lingering smell of onions and garlic!

Butterfly Box

Yesterday, I was out checking my herbs and found a bunch of caterpillars on my fennel plant.  My father-in-law told me that was fine and was excited to see the caterpillars, so he and my husband made a butterfly box.

Being as I was not in on the project, not going to deal with measurements when telling you the instructions on how to make this because I don’t have them on hand and wasn’t actually part of the project.

Materials:

2 Furring Strips (1 X 1/2 X 6)

Old screen

Thin plywood or any old boards

T-50 stapler and staples

hinge

screws

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Build a box with your furring strips (my guess is 24 in Height by 12 in deep by 12 in wide).  Cut your plywood to fit the bottom and top.  Make sure you cut a section out for a door on the top.  Add that piece back to the top and put a hinge on there to hold it in place.  Stretch your screen as tight as possible across each side (will take two people — one to stretch and one to staple) and staple the screen on all sides to the frame.  Repeat this process until all open sides are covered with screen.  Now you have a butterfly box.  Place your caterpillars in the box with a plant or some sticks and you’ll be able to see them turn from caterpillars to butterflies or moths.

The stripped caterpillars will become black swallowtail butterflies and then there is also a tomato worm in there which will turn into a hawk moth.

By the way if you’re interested in attracting butterflies, fennel, dill, and anise are all good herbs to attract them.  Also Buddlea (sp?) or the butterfly bush also attracts butterflies.

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Herbed Olive Oil

I had some elephant garlic that was getting old and I wasn’t ready to use it.  So I cut it up and put it in a pint mason jar with olive oil.  

The second jar I added purple basil, Italian basil, rosemary, and two small hot peppers with my olive oil and garlic.  Should be really good cooking oils after it marinates for at least two-three weeks.  It was extra virgin olive oil by the way. 

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Recipe — Blueberry Strata Pie

It’s Blueberry Season — actually, we’re well into blueberry season.  Every turn around I see another blueberry recipe, so I will share one!

When my grandmother made this pie she made it with a real crust (homemade from Betty Crocker cookbook).  I prefer it in a graham cracker crust, so that’s how I will mark the recipe. 

Blueberry Strata Pie

Crust

2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/2 cup butter or margarine

3 T sugar

Filling

1 large can crushed pineapple, drained

2 (8 oz) packages of Cream cheese

Toppings 

Blueberry pie filling (homemade or from a can)

Whipped Cream

Instructions

Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar.  Press into the bottom of a pan.  Even though this is no bake, I still like to do what I do with the crust for my baked cheesecakes and that is to put the crust in the freezer while I am making the rest of the pie. 

Using an electric mixer, blend your cream cheese and pineapple together.  Place the pineapple and cream cheese mixture on top of the graham cracker crust. 

Top with blueberry pie filling and whipped cream!  Serve cold.