Thursday, February 26, 2015

So Much SNOW!

Yeah we got hit hard,in some places ,we got 11 inches.I like snow but not so much so fast.It came down in buckets!
Back deck

Needless to say the truck isn't going anywhere!

The road out back

When it first started,Orion liked it but after it got thicker,no so much!

I personally have never seen Alabama in so much snow.But this year was worse than last year.Good news though it will melt fast,it's already is melting. We are enjoying it right now.

This weekend starts the planting seeds in containers.I have to set up something in our diningroom for these guys.I'm very much excited with all the new seeds I'll be planting.Hoping Spring will come soon.This weekend it's suppose to warm up to almost 60. The problem I have is that most of our windows in the house face north so it's going to be hard to find a south facing window for the plants when they start growing.I guess I'll have to buy some plant lights for them.

Hubstead an I have come down with a little cold.Fortunately it hasn't been bad.I try to prepare for times like this.I gather all the stuff for at least four days of staying in.We did good this year. Any time time they say snow it's a mad rush to the stores.I did everything ahead of time and got it over with,I like being prepared. 

I guess we'll lazy around today and I'll find something to do.Been trying to keep up with the weather channels and seeing where all this mess is going and what's coming. Everyone stay warm and off the roads if you don't need to travel!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday Updates

My Birthday dinner

The Avocado tree is getting bigger!

Orion is eating a milkbone,he ate two like this.mmmDon't know if genius or lazy?

Mushroom and spinach Puff Pastry
This was soooo good!

2 tbsp. butter

1 red onion,halved and sliced

2 garlic cloves

3 cups open capped mushrooms(I used button mushrooms)

6 oz. of baby spinach

pinch of nutmeg

4 tbsp. double(heavy) whipped cream

8 oz.prepared puff pastry(ok I used crescent rolls)

1 egg beaten

salt and pepper

2 tsp. poppy seeds(or not)

1.Melt the butter in a skillet.Add the onions and garlic to the pan and saute for 3-4 minutes,stirring well,until onions have softened.

2.Add the mushrooms,spinach,and nutmeg and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

3.Stir in the double(heavy) cream,mixing well.

4.Season with salt and pepper to taste and remove the pan from the heat.

5.Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface and cut into four 6 inch circles.I made triangles out of mine.

6.Spoon a quarter of the filling on to one half of each circle and fold the pastry over to encase the filling.Press down to seal the edges of the pastry and brush with the beaten egg,sprinkle with the poppy seeds.

7.Place the parcels on to a dampened baking sheet(cookie sheet) and cook in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until golden brown.

8.Transfer the mushroom  and spinach puff to a serving plate and serve immediately.

These things are great and if you don't want just the mushrooms and spinach you can add chicken strips in and grate fresh parmesan cheese on top.

This Sunday thru Wednesday we are suppose to get ice and snow. I want Spring to come so if we are peaking on winter everything else is downhill from now on to warmer weather!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Update

I haven't wrote in awhile and there really hasn't been a whole lot going on.I have been however collecting containers to start the seedlings in.This year I'm going with the red cups with drilled holes in the bottom.You can get a pack of thirty and I figured right now that was pretty good to start with.I have over 70 containers right now.

The next thing will be getting soil to put into these containers. I have my seed list ready and seeds to get going . I'm planting twice as much as I did last year and this year I'll have gourds ready by fall. The list includes tomatoes,peppers,lettuce,gourds,luffas,peas,green beans,carrots,potatoes in cans,onions and I may try my hands at broccoli  or cabbage,I haven't made up my mind yet.Oh and squash,straight and butternut.
I hope I haven't bit off more than I can chew on this years garden,we'll see.I had a blast doing it last year.I may have to hire some help on this one(giggling)Hubstead works alot this time of year and really doesn't have time to help me.At least when I go to bed I can sleep cause I'll be so darn tired.

My avocado trees are growing really well and the aloe is getting bigger,which soon I'll have to transplant into a bigger pot.Pots yep got to get some more.I'm trying carrots in a five gallon bucket this year.I seen a video on it and it looked like it works well and I can keep the rabbits and deer out too cause I can put them on the back porch. I'm trying this this year with different things and seeing if it works,if it does,I'll do the same next year.

Monday, February 2, 2015