Monthly Archives: July 2014

Stuffed Peppers

It’s pepper season, and around here there is much rejoicing.  Last year my peppers received too much moisture and had a blight, but this year I’m so pepper-hungry that I can’t even wait to let them ripen to a sweet red before picking them.  That can only mean one thing:  Stuffed peppers.

Baby Green Peppers Continue reading Stuffed Peppers

MomStrong

I have to brag about something:  I currently have amazing biceps .  Shock and awe, sleeveless-shirt worthy biceps.  I’ll even give my secret to these biceps away for free.  Free!  Today only!  Special offer may be void in Alaska or Hawaii.

The answer: Parenthood.  Who knew?  Continue reading MomStrong

Garden Wonderland/Disaster

Some days beg to be enjoyed outside, like the strangely cool late July day we’ve been having here in the Midwest.  Days like this one seem choreographed to bring a smile to my face.  The woodpecker landed at the suet feeder just as I step outside.  Six butternut squash were waiting to be picked in the garden, and my sunflowers are getting close to flowering.

Daylilies

I know flowers are part of the life cycle of the plants, just external reproductive systems, but it seems like such a gift to be able to enjoy their ephemeral beauty.  Even things like green beans and eggplant get the cutest little flowers on them. Continue reading Garden Wonderland/Disaster

Snapdragons

 

I’m a fairly new gardener, and until this year I’ve focused primarily on the edibles.  If I can slice it, roast it, can it, or cover it with tomato sauce, I’m probably attempting to grow it.  I’ve always been slightly put off by the idea of tending to flowers, however.

My husband and I bought our house two years ago with all intentions of beautifying the place.  The woman who had lived in it before was elderly, and the landscaping had slumped a bit in the past few years.  Luckily, time provided excuses to keep me from making the attempt.  The first growing season was past by the time we moved in, and the second growing season our attentions were on a newborn.  I barely managed to weed my vegetable garden, let alone think of uttering the word “mulch”.  This year, though, I swore I would make in-roads.  I’ve been battling the long-time resident weeds and laying down landscaper’s plastic like it was going out of style (which indeed it may be.)  I also had the chance to plant my first flowers from seed. Continue reading Snapdragons

Cheap Peaches

“Going to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches”

Stone Fruit Lattice Pie

,… and plums and nectarines. That’s life right now, and I’m loving it.  This morning’s adventure (every trip outside the house is an adventure to a one-year old) was a trip to the grocery store where bags of over-ripe stone fruits were begging to be adopted.  I just had to oblige.

How can a deal-crazy, pie-hungry woman ignore a bag of plums, peaches, and nectarines for $2.75?  I dare you to try. Continue reading Cheap Peaches