Garden

DIY: Crushed Red Pepper

Homemade Crushed Red Pepper

One of the biggest pains in the garden this year, besides fire ants and weeds, has been the Serrano plant. It’s a hold over from last year’s garden and the only reason it got a reprieve was because I got it mixed up with the jalapeno plant. Serrano peppers are hot. Really hot. Too hot [...]

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Garden Fridays: What to do with all those cherry tomatoes

Lemony Orzo with Chicken and Roasted Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes coming out of your ears? Me, too. Isn’t it awesome I’ve pulled together a few of our cherry tomato greatest hits and would love to hear about yours in the comments section! 1. Quickly roast them. And then toss them with pasta, leftover chicken, and artichokes… Or penne and mozzarella. 2. Slow-roast them. [...]

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Garden Fridays: Carrots & Tomatoes

Rainbow Carrots

It’s the end of June, and in southeast Texas, that means the temperature climbs into the 100s and things start to get crispy. Really crispy. Our yard, my hair, the garden… okra. It’s also time to start on Garden Part II for late summer/fall. The strawberries have slowed drastically, even though I’ve been pretty diligent [...]

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Garden Friday: Ladybugs!

Ladybug

I am terrified of heights and most things that have more than 2 legs. And I have a 2 year old girl who is obsessed with all things bugs and lizards. WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE BUGS AND LIZARDS?! So gross. I’d happily take an obsession of pepto-pink princess stuff over bugs and lizards. [...]

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PPQ: (Not) Neuvo Texas Waldorf Salad

Blueberry

That is where you’d normally see a picture of this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Nuevo Texas Waldorf Salad, as selected by Emily of She Makes and Bakes. After a Saturday spent at Texas Beer Fest and with the little one at Grandma’s house for the night, we had planned a lazy Sunday. Sleep in, [...]

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The Garden: Lots of Green. Lots of Rain.

Blueberries

It’s the first week of April! Have you been able to start your garden this year? Here, the temperatures are hovering in the mid/high-80s and rainfall has been plentiful (a big, fat Praise the Lord! for that one). Nearly everything in the garden and backyard is green! Except the Pink Lemon Tree. But I’m hoping [...]

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Garden Friday: Now With Fewer Weeds!

Vegetable Garden

I hadn’t paid much attention to our garden over the last 3 months. And it showed. The weeds took over, the remaining herbs went wild over the cooler temperatures, and a single, random cauliflower plant popped up out of no where. Which is weird because I tried (and failed) to grow cauliflower from seed. 8 [...]

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Garden Fridays: now with more blueberries!

Blueberries

And grapevines! It’s winter, so all we’ve really got going at the moment are blueberries and citrus. Besides an herb box. And a single stray broccoli plant that popped up out of no where. We picked up two cabernet grapevines last weekend and are pretty excited about them. We’ve been making wine for 5 years [...]

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