Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Don't let any of the plant's precious last days of energy go to anything
but those final treasured tomatoes.
It's gonna be a long, long winter, friends.
It always is.
Snip the vine just above the fruit,
leaving a leaf for good measure.
Be sure to leave no flowers.
They take energy that the last ripening tomato could be using.
Show no mercy.
Pinch it off.
It's a beautiful season, but choices need to be made.
One of these has to go.
There's no chance they'll both ripen this late in the year,
not without drastic measures.
Are you prepared for that?
These are the rare vegetation that should not be composted.
Tomatoes carry a fungus that harms next years harvest.
Remember all those green tomato recipes, friends!
We had pests at the garden plot this year.
Lots and lots of pests.
|braconid wasp parasitises an aphid|
|tachinid fly eggs on army worm catepillar|
|soldier beetle eats potato beetle larve|
|ladybud eating aphid|
Garlic Chive Vinegar
4 cups cider vinegar
several stalks fresh garlic chives
2 small cloves garlic, peeled
In a stainless steel or enameled saucepan bring vinegar to a simmer.
Pour into a sterilized quart bottle/jar.
Add chives and garlic.
Store vinegar in a cool, dark place at least 2 weeks before serving.
Before presenting, strain and add fresh herbs.
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This is a book I found at a thrift shop, or garage sale, or library book sale.
I never remember which.
But I never spend much, and they're always full of great ideas.
This is the year for Garlic Chive Vinegar.
I like to give homemade gifts, and also need to do so.
Finances are stretched as tight as an engorged, gluttonous dog tick.
I try hard to regard the recipient.
I make notes throughout the year, keeping lists as I pick up clues.
Some people are wonderfully easy and fun to give to!
You never lack for ideas, and your heart warms
each time they return an empty jar
Most of the time it's hit or miss.
Some years we hit the mark right on with a perfect gift.
Other years we're a little off,
with plans to take better notes for the following season.
But there are inevitably loved ones who are difficult to figure.
My only advise here is that everyone like to eat.
However, I keep it to small quantities and wait for feedback.
Sampler packs may be a good idea.
I like the tiny 4 ounce jars for this.
If they like it and want more, you'll here about it.
They'll get a bigger size next season, and likely every year.
Otherwise, it's back to more guesswork.
Save your glass jars.
Clean off the labels with a hot water soak, dish detergent, Goo Gone.
It's a process. Find what works for you.
If you find a good one, let me know!
I'd LOVE to hear about an easier way!
Finally, clean out the inside really good with a bleach solution.
Get some corks in different sizes.
Once you're ready to fill your bottle,
be sure to clean it again with a bleach solution.
Boil the cork you'll be using,
but be sure it fits first as it will take on a bit of water.
Once the cork is in nice and snug seal with parafin wax.
You may even add color if you wish.
Happy giving, friends!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Did you know that there's a Shel Silverstein website? I discovered this as I was researching to write this post! Oh, my kids are gonna love this! Who doesn't have a favorite Silverstein poem?
|1955, Pacific Stars and Stripes|
Shel Silverstein was born today in 1930. He began writing at age 12, as he wasn't athletic. He was unfamiliar with classic poetry, so developed his own style. While he served in the Korean War, he was a cartoonist for Pacific Stars and Stripes. After his service he was a cartoonist for Playboy, until his success with writing for children.
Our long-time favorite, The Giving Tree was actually his second book, written in 1964. (Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back was his first, in 1963.) He had a difficult time getting it published. It was too short, too sad, too in-between adult and children's literature. Eventually, an editor at Harpor Children's Books allowed it, saying "because life, you know , has pretty sad endings."
He returned to humor and wrote many books throughout the 1960's, 70s and 80's. He also began to write screenplays and lyrics and compose music, such as A Boy Named Sue in 1969, a number one hit for Johnny Cash.
I wrote my own little poem, vaguely resembling (tongue in cheek) Silverstein's Sarah Silvia Cinthia Stout about laundry. It was fun and silly and something that I think would be a great creative writing exercise for kids.
I've bookmarked the website above and plan to share it with the kids. I think it'll be a favorite for awhile. Enjoy some Silverstein with the kids tonight, friends!
- Bless Our Vittles
- Homemade Gift Ideas
- Home Grown
- Arts and Crafts
- National What Day?
- A Little Distraction
- wordless wednesday
- Sunday Funday
- upcycled neckties
- Lani K
- As long as I'm on this journey, rambling through life's exhilarating highs and trudging heavily amongst it's incapacitating lows, I might as well share whatever may be gleaned from my little bits of wisdom and my many missteps. No room for judgment from this broken mama. I'm writing from my heart: raw, open, messy, but saved. And I'm still thanking God!