Monday, March 19, 2012

update-edly


Oh, we're entering the busy season 'round here!

*The potatoes weren't chitting quite fast enough for me, so they've been moved from the very cold mud room into the toasty main living area.

*Trays full of seeds are about to take over all possible south-facing window space!

*No potted ginger or sweet potatoes are poking up from the soil yet. Patience.

*The vanilla extract still has a knock-your-socks-off strong alcohol taste, so I'm continuing to let it brew.

*Handles and labels have been added to my canisters.

*Spring cleaning of the house has begun in earnest. (Although it always seems that to do a massive cleaning requires first making a massive mess).

*For the past couple days, we've awoken to the sound of a woodpecker attempting to make a hole on the side of our house.

*An impulsive stop at the local nursery yesterday found us bringing home some two-for-one berry bushes. (How clever of them to build a nursery on the same road we have to take home from church!)

*We're making plans and assessing the horribly overgrown space that will be this year's garden. Soon, the chickens will be enlisted to help us clean up and fertilize.

*I have a couple more recipes to share with you this week, too!

22 comments:

  1. You've been busy! What kind of berry bushes did you buy?

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    1. Golden raspberry, strawberries, and blueberries! I'm going to try the blueberries in pots, since it's difficult to grow them in our soil. Hope it works!

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  2. I'm afraid it is getting too hot, too soon here. It was 80 degrees yesteday. You are right, soon you will be so busy with the gardening chores. I need help....everything is ready to go in the ground. Whatever the chocolate is, it looks divine!

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    1. Meggie, it's chocolate marshmallow cake, and you most definitely need some for all the hard work ahead!

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  3. I finally started my homemade vanilla! So excited about that! ALso, I was wondering...what are you saving the eggshells for...I often throw mine away so I was wondering what I should do with them as I see you have a special container for them!

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    1. Oh, I compost them and also crush them up (after they've dried out) and give them to the chickens for extra calcium!

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  4. Your cleaning point made me chuckle - yes, you must make mess first!

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  5. Love that speckledy hen - what is she?? Lovely! I'm looking forward to the recipe for whatever those rich chocolate bars are - good thing the hard work of Spring and Summer is on the way!

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    1. Hi Sophie! She's a speckled Sussex, the only one we have and so very pretty. She sometimes wanders off on her own, and so we've (affectionately) taken to calling her "Hawk Bait" ;)

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  6. Plants on every surface sounds like my house, Jaime! Been very busy here too. Hope you are going to share the recipe for the good looking brownies!

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  7. It sounds like it's all stations go at your place Jaime :)
    Though we are heading into Autumn here, I have been rather busy doing some spring cleaning...decluttering and culling is never ending is it?
    Enjoy your day.
    x

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    1. So true, Tammi! Hope your weather is mild and lovely this week.

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  8. I just picked up a blackberry cane yesterday to plant out near my golden raspberries and currant bushes. I think my husband holds his breath every time that we pass a garden nursery for fear that I will just pop in and come out with armloads :)

    Looks like life is sweet around your place!

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    1. This is my first time trying golden raspberries! The red variety does wonderfully here, and fortunately we already have several of those established. Those nurseries, they just sneak up on ya ;)

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  9. You go Girl - life changes quickly from shoveling snow to shoveling dirt. Can't wait for the recipe for that yummy treat - I made Chocolate Hazelnut Turnovers Sunday because I need a bright spot in a over the top windy day...

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    1. No kidding! That wind is relentless. Sweets make anything more bearable ;)

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  10. So much good stuff! Looking forward to the recipes. x

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  11. Can't wait for the chocolate marshmallow cake recipe! :)
    My homemade vanilla extract still tastes pretty strongly of alcohol too, I was wondering if maybe I should have used brandy instead of vodka.

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  12. Oh the waiting is the hardest part of gardening. Good luck turning grass into garden, that is my absolute least favorite part, although its a great full body work out.

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  13. Looks like you're getting busy! Love this time of year. Homemade vanilla is great! Only grew potatoes once and they were so good. red ones. i'd like to do it again, but we shall see. The chocolate thing at the end looked good too. thanks for the tease!

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