Monthly Archives: July 2012

Alexi Murdoch and Other Eclectic Musings

Alexi Murdoch and Other Eclectic Musings

My oldest son is a guitar player. He is, for the most part, self taught. He did have some lessons that we bartered for a few years ago, but it wasn’t long before the teacher said he had surpassed his skill level to teach.

Alexi Murdoch and Other Eclectic Musings

Ryan would like to be able to make a living with his music, but that is a tough business, especially in this climate. So, for the time being, he has two jobs and plays when and where he is able. All that to say recently he told me about a singer named Alexi Murdoch. I’ve always encouraged him to listen to and learn from a wide variety of music.

Alexi Murdoch

Alexi Murdoch…Broaden Your Horizons

We have our favorites, but we can appreciate a wide variety. It’s good to broaden our horizons.

That’s how I’m feeling about the garden right now. I want to stretch a bit but I’m not exactly sure in what direction. I am thinking about installing a coffee bed. I think it would be awesome to be able to roast and brew my own coffee.

Coffee Plant

Coffee Plant

I guess I’ll keep you posted about that.

I’m preparing a bed for carrots and parsnips. I think I’ll wait until the middle of August to plant though. It’s really hot here right now.

So what interesting, eclectic things are ya’ll planting this fall? I love to hear from you.

Oh, and if you like folksy, acoustic music, check out Alexi Murdoch.

In the meantime, have a paisley week.~KeriAnne

Hot-Hot-Hot Friday Menu

Hot-Hot-Hot Friday Menu

It’s Hot-Hot-Hot here in Texas! Although not nearly as hot as last year, and 100% more moisture, so there’s that! I have a Friday Menu that is sure to please for a summer day.

So, what’s on the menu? Something to cool us down is a good idea I think. Also, I have a treat for you, I’m giving you all of the recipes instead of just one today. = ) (That KeriAnne is so paisley and sweet!)

Hot-Hot-Hot Friday Menu 

Black Bean Lasagna

Pico De Gallo

Corn Dip

Basil Lime Sorbet

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Project Garden Share

Project Garden Share

I’ve talked about Project Garden Share before, but as harvest draws near, I thought it would be worth mentioning again.

Check this out…

Project Garden Share

Project Garden Share is a non-profit organization established to help feed and educate individuals in need of one of the most precious resources on earth; food. In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households. We wanted to do something about that. Please help us.

 

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It’s Wednesday! Here’s a Butterfly!

It’s Wednesday! Here’s a Butterfly!

It’s Wednesday. If only there were a butterfly.

I’m baking.

Here’s a butterfly.

Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly

Butterfly

Eastern Swallowtail

This is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail I believe. At least that’s what it appears to be from the Butterfly website I looked on to find the name. This is a female, the males are the reverse color. That’s kind of cool.

Eastern Swallowtail, thanks to the Parsnip for taking the pictures!

 

Butterfly

Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly

Today I am making Butterfly Salt…not really, but I am making Rosemary Salt from the recipe in Marissa McClellan’s book, Food in Jars

Rosemary Salt

1 Cup Fine or Medium milled Sea Salt

1/4 cup fresh Rosemary leaves finely chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 200°
  2. Toss salt and chopped rosemary together
  3. Put a layer of aluminum foil on a baking sheet, I used my baking stone
  4. Bake in oven for 15-30 minutes or until a nice rosemary scent is permeating your house
  5. Remove from oven, allow to cool
  6. Place your salt in a decorative tin or bottle if you’re giving it as a gift, or in a handy mason jar if you’re using it yourself. It should keep with care to not allow moisture in the container, for about 1 year.

Have a great paisley Wednesday!~KeriAnne

My Love Affair With The Tassajara Bread Book

My Love Affair With The Tassajara Bread Book

It’s no secret that I love baking bread. I seem to talk about it to the point of boring people. I know my family loves to eat it, hates to hear about it. Jonathan is my only refuge on the matter, but I’m convinced he simply allows me to prattle on about bread because I allow him to prattle on about the lore of World of Warcraft (WoW if you will). Also, he’s an absolute middle child, malleable in all things. Add to that his love of bread, you get a child that doesn’t care how much I talk about bread or making bread.  Middle child or not, I get to prattle on with this blog, so here goes.

My Love Affair With The Tassajara Bread Book

To begin with, I am conservative. I hold to the teachings of the Bible, I love my Country and it’s military, I  have some convictions that I am outspoken about, and others that I just quietly believe but keep to myself. I think that organic is best, GMO’s should be stopped and at the very least labeled and that people should buy locally in season. However, I don’t think milk is going to kill us, pasteurized or not (although, there is a greater chance of it if it’s not, I suppose). I guess perhaps, I am an enigma.

I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, but I have never allowed guns in my house, it was actually brought up in our pre-marital counseling 25 years ago. (However, since we now live in the country, where a shotgun would seriously come in handy, there is a strong chance The Gunz household will indeed live up to it’s name soon.)

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Life is Too Short, Let’s Have Some Rosemary

Life is Too Short, Let’s Have Some Rosemary

Have you ever been in a meeting where every single person has the exact same goal in mind, but yet there are not two involved that can agree on how the goal should be attained? Just wondering.

At least with gardening we can all agree, right? <insert knee slapping laughter here>

Life is Too Short, Let’s Have Some Rosemary

Well, chances are if you are reading this blog at some point you want to stick your hands and some seeds in some dirt and see what becomes of it.

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Throwback Thursday: Zinnia

Throwback Thursday: Zinnia
zinnia bouquet

Zinnia=what’s not to love?

Recently, someone asked me if the Zinnia is my favorite flower. Not really, but one would think so. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Zinnia. Roses are my favorite flower…or maybe tulips…honestly I would be hard pressed to pick just one as a favorite. I really love flowers. I think if I could only have one type for the rest of my life, I’d pick hydrangea. Having said all that, I do love the zinnia.

What’s not to love? They’re easy to grow, love to bloom and come in so many shapes, sizes and colors, there’s really something for everyone.

My mom was not a “yard” type person. She didn’t garden or fuss with the yard. It was always tidy but that was about all. Except…she did grow zinnias and sometimes snapdragons. I don’t recall marigolds, but they may have been in there somewhere, oh, and it seems like some years there might be an injection or two of petunias. Read the rest of this entry

Flutterby the Butterfly, Please Don’t Flick Your Wrist At Me, Or, Get The Whole Story

Flutterby the Butterfly, Please Don’t Flick Your Wrist At Me, Or, Get The Whole Story

Last week the zinnias got a well deserved deadheading. This week they’re showing that they are, indeed, grateful for the attention. If you are a butterfly, you are very grateful for this service.

Aside from just being delightful to look at and the cheerful bouquets Patrick has kept covering the kitchen counters this summer, the zinnias have been the butterfly capital of our property. Even more so than the butterfly weed. So, go figure.

Butterfly

Butterfly

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Melon Fever, Canning and Preserving, and Two Books you Must Have

Melon Fever, Canning and Preserving, and Two Books you Must Have

Melon Fever is much better than Melon-choly! Oh, that’s bad…

There’s only one thing for it, let’s talk about melons, canning and I’ll even tell you about a couple of great books you’re going to want. I hope you have a cuppa or at least some Joe.

Melon Fever, Canning and Preserving, and Two Books you Must Have

Melon

Melon Fever!

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Did You Say Melon Jam?

Did You Say Melon Jam?

I just want to know if I heard you correctly. Did you say melon jam?

Why yes, yes I did.

The story goes…girl loves melons…girl plants melons…lots of melons. What to do with all of these melons? We’ve grilled them (yum, by the way) dressed them (rice vinegar, raspberry and lime is our favorite) and slathered them in yogurt, now what? To tell the truth, we’ve even made them in to delicious bowls for vanilla bean ice-cream, also great, still there’s more.

The only thing to do now is save them for the winter. The way to do that? Melon Jam. Let me get this straight…

Did you say Melon Jam?

Did you say melon jam?

Melon jam anyone?

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