Friday, July 31, 2015

Summertime

As it is for everyone, the month of July always seems to be a busy month. Vacation plans, summer gardening and big ideas for all kinds of home projects. If even a fraction of the plans come to fruition I'll call it good. Today I was thinking of the phrase 'summer tomatoes'. My tomatoes weren't able to get into the ground until late May, so this year I'm dreaming of fall tomatoes.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple and Dried Cranberries

This quinoa salad has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years. It's a great side dish that goes well with just about anything that comes off the grill. First domesticated somewhere between 3,000-4,000 years ago, the tiny seed contains essential amino acids making it a complete protein, one of the few on the list of super foods.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Gourd Birdhouses

Aside from being a fun plant to grow, birdhouse gourds make great homes for cavity dwelling birds. 
What appears to be a small wren is taking up residency in the front yard, building a nest in the gourd hanging from our Mountain Ash.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Soil Blocking

Our Colorado rain is tapering off so I have been planting seeds and my vegetable starts in the garden.
This past winter while planning the garden we came upon an article about DIY potting soil and soil blocking mixes. Always eager to make a change for the better and have more control over the soil we grow in, we looked into this hand-held 4 cube soil block maker.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

March Snow, April Flowers & May Showers

April showers bring May flowers... well that wasn't the case for Colorado this year. March snow brought us April flowers. May was the rainiest month I've seen in 16 years with something like 29 days of rain. Mostly it was good, the main setback being a late start for those that plant vegetable gardens. The wet month had a few snow days thrown in as well which nipped the fruit trees that had started to bud, so there will be no back yard fruit for the squirrels, birds and myself to fight over this year. 
Late April tulips, grape hyacinths and basket of gold were a promising sight for winter eyes.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mini Vegetable Quiche

These delicious little treats are a cross between a quiche and a lasagna that can be made in muffin tins. The use of won ton wrappers and ready made pesto help to hasten the assembly process.
The recipe is from the March/April issue of Eating Well Magazine and they are called Asparagus-Mushroom Mini Lasagnas. I see myself making these with a variety of just picked seasonal vegetables from my garden as summer grows on.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Close Encounter with a Red Tailed Hawk

With a bright sunny morning ahead I took my laptop outside. When I'm reading I need quiet, but when I'm creating I like to have music playing, this is to say that my presence was obvious.
Apparently this Red Tailed Hawk was not at all concerned with me being just twelve feet away from where he choose to land.