Archive for August, 2011


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The growth in the past day was magnified by how the seedlings are leaning toward the morning sun. I never thought plants could look ‘cute’, but I think these do! Something that was not so cute, but glad to see, was a lizard having a late afternoon snack. See if you can make out the lizard on the bamboo downing the roach. Yummy!!

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Fall Garden: Day 4

The seeds are planted and sprouts are shooting up! My husband planted over 1,400 seeds for our Fall garden. Good thing we’re expanding our planting area by a few hundred square feet!

Take a look at the other photos of the seedlings that I’ve posted to Flickr.

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For my birthday, super-hubby gave me a new juicer! It’s a Breville. Don’t ask me the model number – that would require me to get up out of my chair, which I’ve consequently melted into since I took a hot yoga class this evening. I’ll save that one for another post.

Back to juicing. I have to say, this beauty does much better than my all-purpose blender that previously wrote about. What a pathetic first try at juicing, but hey…you live and learn right?

The Before…

The After… 

Honestly, juicing is not what the Ninja was made for and I still love using it for other things in the kitchen, like homemade apple cobbler which we inhaled a couple nights ago after dinner.

It even sounds like a jet engine when you start it up! Here’s our current favorite recipe. This only makes enough for two juice glasses, so double or triple it if you want more. I’ve occasionally thrown in some ginger and that adds a nice kick.

2 green apples
2 stalks of celery
4 carrots

Want to know the surprising things I’ve learned as I’ve started my juicing journey?

1. If you don’t put the pusher-downer thing into the fruit chute, whatever you stuff in there will surely come back to visit you…and your walls, cabinets and nice new blouse your wearing. Ok, so maybe that’s not so surprising when you think about it.

2. Celery juice has a much more pungent taste than you’d imagine. Use it sparingly if you’re not that into it.

3. Use a plastic bag to line the can that catches all the cast off material once the fruits/ veggies have been juiced. Then you can dispose of it in your composter. What works perfectly are the bags from your daily newspaper (do people actually still get those things??), or your last trip to Target when you went back to school shopping and you of course forgot your reusable bags and now have 20 of them staring back at you waiting for their encore.

4. This is a GREAT way to use those just-overripe fruits and vegetables. It reduces waste and gives you a great energy boost that is healthy!

Bottoms up!!

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I’m giving this recipe a shot – it’s all mixed up and hanging out in my fridge overnight.

I used orange juice and blueberries as some of the optional ingredients I’ll let you know how it tastes tomorrow!

Are you going to give it a try? What quick breakfast recipes do you love?

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

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In Florida, we’re lucky to have two planting seasons – Fall and Spring. Now that it’s August, we’re in the midst of some of the hottest weather all year and it’s time to start thinking about what we’ll plan for our Fall vegetable garden. Hard to think about going outside and preparing the soil!

I wasn’t able to post how bountiful our spring/summer harvest of tomatoes were – partially because we were so busy picking everything! My husband planted 17 tomato plants – 8 Roma, 8 Better Boy and 1 “100s” (grape). We easily harvested about 800 tomatoes, and were to the point that we couldn’t give them away fast enough! Once the really intense heat hit, the tomatoes just dried out right on the vine so we pulled everything out about 3 weeks ago. We had so many, I wanted to try canning them, but that seemed so work-intensive. So we gave them away – even leaving bowls full at the front desk of our YMCA.

Below is an example of what we were able to harvest almost every day – it was amazing!!

Now I’m excited to think about all of the Autumn-season vegetables we’ll plant. Here’s a list of what I ordered from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange:

  • Whippoorwill Southern peas
  • Eggplant
  • Collards
  • Dinosaur Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
In a few weeks, we’ll take our regular visit to South Seminole Farm and Nursery or the local hydroponic store where we’ll stock up on some compost and:
  • Sweet potato
  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Bok choy
  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce

Where are you at in your gardening season? Just winding down, or planning what’s next?

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Back in January, I showed you the humble beginnings of my future walk-in pantry. My husband removed a window, created a new cement block wall, poured a slab, put down new tile and hand crated new shelves. I know these things didn’t necessarily happen in this order, and there are a lot of details I’ve left out (like how when we stared this project, temps were in the 30’s and we were getting a lovely draft in the house – and now I’d die for that weather as it’s 900 degrees on a daily basis).

Ta da!!! My husband worked his tush off getting this pantry finished – and I’m excited to share that we were able to move all of our food into it today! Just don’t look too closely. I still need to do a bit of organizing.

Below is a shot of our sad, old pantry – and if I have my way, it will no longer be standing by Christmas!! Note the nice 1970’s contact paper that lines the shelves. Please don’t ask why, after 11 years of living here, this is still around.

And what kind of day would it be in our house if we didn’t start another project! Stay tuned and I’ll give you and update soon.

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