Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring Around The Corner, Food, & Inspiration



Sure signs of spring being around the corner, the dogwood trees are blooming, and so are my orchids.  
 


When my sister came down to watch our animals, she brought us this awesome device called the Spiraletti by Farberware; to help shred vegetables in the shape of spaghetti.  We made spaghetti, with zucchini and meat sauce.  My entire family loved it.  The secret is to find other vegetables to replace the bad things we eat :-)




I had one cup of blueberries I needed to use up, so I made this blueberry lemon bread this evening.  I came across Trisha Yearwood’s recipe and decided to give it a shot.  OMG, talk about really good…….Bulldog Man rates it 4 paws up. 


While at First Monday in Weatherford, Texas (kind of like a swap meet), I came across this homemade bird feeder rack and had to take a picture of the birdfeeders for inspiration.  Yet another project to complete using quart canning jars, pieces found at the farm store, and from your own kitchen.



19 comments:

  1. Oh I love the blooms but the Spiraletti is awesome. Time with sister perfect. Hugs B

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    1. Buttons,

      The Spiraletti is delicious. Even my husband loves the homemade zucchini pasta :-)
      Time with my sister was really nice.

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  2. Aren't those spiralizing things wonderful? I made carrot noodles, too, and they were great. I LOVE those bird feeders! Sister visits are the best!

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    1. Susan,

      Oh yes girlie!!!! I'll have to try carrot noodles, and also apple noodles. This is the first time I've seen the bird feeders. All the items are usually on everyone's homestead making it easy to make those bird feeders. Yes, sister visits are the best.

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  3. okay I LOVE The bird feeders and must check out how they are made.
    I need to check out that spiraletti thing, might be what I need to get the kids eating my zucchini...

    4 paws up !! he is so funny. Things are starting to come out of hibernation here too. Just so invigorating seeing everything come back to life...

    Much love to you guys

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    1. JUGM,

      I love the bird feeders too, they look easy enough to make. Give it a shot, I bet your boys will love it.

      Yes, my husband is silly. He loves to rate everything I make with paws :-)

      Very invigorating.......I even cut the grass!!!

      Love and hugs to y'all.

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  4. Blooms are on the verge mostly here yet. Had a couple of Apricot blooms but we really need another couple of days before things get going.

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    1. PP,

      Blooms are a blessing.....and proof winter is just about over.

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  5. Oh, you are SO far ahead of us when it comes to spring time weather! That's okay, I'll enjoy yours and then ours when it comes in . . . July. ;o]

    Those bird feeders are so clever. And most of us have the materials needed.

    I've been hearing so much about that Spiraletti thingamajig . . . might just have to get one.

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    1. Mama Pea,

      That's part of living up north, everything related to spring is behind the rest of the United States. You're allowed to enjoy mine and I will enjoy yours as well :-)

      If you love vegetables, I say get yourself a device which allows you to make vegetables into different pasta shapes. We love zucchini in the shape of spaghetti. We eat this a lot with pasta sauce.

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  6. We're going to be near 90 Friday, seems more like summer here than spring! Hope you're doing well.

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    1. Izzy,

      90 degrees, I don't miss those days when we lived in Florida. Were doing well, things are not moving as fast as we would like. Delays regarding the closing. I hope you and yours are well?

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  7. Your dogwoods are blooming! Ours are just forming flower buds but the almonds and peach trees are turning a glorious pink.

    Spiraletti looks interesting - especially for those of us who end up with lots of unloved zucchini, LOL

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    1. Leigh,

      Yes Ma'am.....everything is blooming here. I hope your almond and peach trees get to keep their flowers and there's no heavy winds and rain in our near future.

      It is very interesting to have this spiraletti, it allows you to form any fruit or vegetable into a pasta shape.

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  8. A question about your orchids - how long since the initial bloom does it take for another? I have a lovely one that dropped it flowers in October and now looks like a naked stick with a few big leaves. Any advice?

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    1. Susan,

      Good morning Susan. When my orchid blooms (around March, early spring)the flowers general stay through early winter. My orchid is an inside plant, it stays in my kitchen window to ensure it gets enough light. After my flowers fall off in early winter, I make sure to trim the dead branches off. In order to answer your questions, I need to know a little more about your orchid plant. What part of the country do you reside? Where do you have your orchid resting (inside your house, in a window,outside), the type of orchid, how often do you water your plant, size of pot, and the look of your orchids leaves.

      My orchid doesn't require much work. I only water the orchid once a week. I give it only 1/3 cup of water (no more). When watering, I make sure not to pour water on the leaves. Orchids require light, about 8 to 12 hours of indirect light. A good indicator your orchid is receiving the proper amount of light the leaves are a vibrant green and perky.

      The most common reason an orchid is not thriving...over watering, too much light, not enough light, too cold, the pot is too small, the plant needs fertilizing, or you may have a pest.

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  9. Thank you for answering. The purple orchid was a birthday gift, and about 2 weeks after it moved into the house, it dropped the blooms. Who knows how old the blooms already were? I live just outside of Los Angeles. Currently the plant is sitting in a southern window and has a few big leaves at the base. Do I trim the naked sticks (formerly branches)? Does it bloom on the old branches or grow new ones? I water it about every 10 days. Thanks!

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  10. Susan,

    You're very welcome. I'm not a professional orchid grower however, I do pretty well with my plants. It probably dropped it's blooms because it was shocked with the changes.

    I would only trim those stock which are dead (they look like dead wood, see my picture above you can see the dead wood and where I cut my plant). Now you should get more blooms later on the same branches, as long as there alive and not dead branches. It may take a full season before you see buds forming on those naked branches. Good to hear you don't over water your orchids. Have a great weekend, I hope this helped.

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  11. Thank you! I appreciate your time!

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