8 Below Burrrrrr

It’s so cold here in the Northeast. When I woke up, the temps were hovering around 8-10 below. The winds are hollowing making it feel like 35 below.

As I grow older, the cold weather just seems to get in my way. What’s important is to push the annoyance aside and keep things flowing. So with that thought, let it be cold outside and I’ll make it warm and fun inside. Need to look for good energy and appreciate the moment.

So I dragged the outside small round table in and dried it off. Then thought about lunch – well my stomach reminded me it’s lunch time.

I looked at what I had in freezer and frig and made a special lunch today for my hubby and myself.

Here are some pics.  We actually had a good time eating at the small table and felt we had escaped the burrrrrr cold today.

Plum tomatoes

Lean bread made yesterday in pizza oven

Sliced and toasted bread with olive oil, basil and oregano

Chopped plum tomatoes, a sprinkle of Parm cheese and a dash of parsley

Added mozzarella cheese for hubby

Hot wings (frozen then baked in air fryer)

Honey barbecue wings (frozen then baked in air fryer)

Cheers!!!! I hope you can make your environment a happy place even if it is only for a while before life takes over.

My Zen Garden

This is a post that was a draft for over 2 years old. hello everyone.  This past spring, I was thinking about developing plans to build a zen veggie garden.  I plan to use an area that I didnot want my dogs to evade for their own safety and a place I could call my own.

So I drafted the zen garden layout on paper.  Slowly began working with the soil and concentrated on adding loose stone path.

Late May

then I realized the space was too small to grow my veggies plus introduce some unique landscaping features.  So I expanded the area.  I’m using 4ft vinyl fencing for the front border for now. So it’s not difficult in moving around.  In the future, would like to invest in a black iron fencing.

the area is bigger and I added the veggies and a few low to the ground bushes. Everything is growing well.

Late June

However, the area is still not big enough so going to expand it a bit more.  done.  Now the area houses a outside free standing fireplace. A few benches, slate tick coffee table and a few pagodas (made from what I had to use).

Mid July

Now the zen garden size appears perfect. However, come fall I will continue to design the last part I added.  Need a stone path and I want to add more fruit trees.

Here are some pics.  The garden is evolving just like I am.  My vision became has a low-budget.  I have more fun using and reusing what ever I can find and building upon that. Love my zen and veggie garden.image

The entrance gate to my Zen garden.  To the  left is a small hill bordered by old stockade fence.  The area has with newly planted trees and flowering shrubs.  I

 

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1st Time

Hi everyone! Well I did it! Oh and it was truely fun plus scarey at the same time – bread making.

I actually did hear it sing !!!

I found a very simple recipe for Lean Bread from Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day, p 46. I used my stand up mixer with a dough hook.

Lean Bread

5 1/3 cups (24oz) unbleached bread flour – I used King Arthur Bread flour

2 teaspoons course kosher salt

2 teaspoons instant yeast

2 1/2 cups lukewarm water (95 degrees) yes I used a thermometer

Here are the results…I attempted to make several shapes and sizes.

Sharing Our Salvation

Our backyard has become our place of rest and excitement at the same time.  We have several different seating areas so we can never be bored.

The views include the grapes vines and back field, the zen garden with the birds taking constant baths, the pond refuge for the birds, chipmunks, dragonflies and who ever else visits, several eating and cooking areas and a perennial garden along an existing stockade fence.

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Marigolds from seeds from my BFF place.  The prayer mantis is enjoying himself.

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The milkweed pods have blossum.  Created this original natural pond environment to help the bees and butterflies.  So far the milk weeds are growing and multiplying, bees are visiting and a few moths. No butterflies yet.  However, they will come.

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Absolutely gorgeous Daylily showing off her blossoms. imageimage

These trumphet vines are shouting out to the world…hello!!!  Absolutely a beautiful growing vine.  It took a few years to get to this growth.

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Another beautiful lily given to me several years ago by a very special friend who has passed.

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Received a piece of this plant (coreopsis) several years ago by a coworker.  They are absolutely beautiful and in full blossum during the month of July.

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Proud of my baby clematis.  Planted them in a shallow pots 2016 and hoping they will grow into strong plants.  My vision includes having a wall of clematis.

Thinking about transplanting them in deep pots.

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My rose that represents love and friendship of another friend who has passed – Gail.  image

This is one of my favorite plants -mandevilla. I finally brought one this spring 2016 and I’m loving it’s beauty.  I hope I can save it though our cold winter months.

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Ah the tiger lily.  These came from my childhood homestead.  They are stunning and live to be surrounded by each other.

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My prize lily.  Planted the bulb in a container and this is what it produced!  Absolutely beautiful.  Mid June blossum.

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These are lilies I had planted in my moms flower garden.  They multiple and bloom every June.  The same month my mom went to heaven to do to her angel work.

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My hobbit greenhouse.  It’s pretty empty at this time (mid July).  I have a few kale growing in pots and some spinach seeds bursting through. I ordered 2 6ft tables to set up in their for my fall crops.

Iris waking up in the morning - giving thanks

Iris waking up in the morning – giving thanks

Well that’s my walk about at the moment. Hope you enjoyed.

Cheers