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I got rythm, I got music, I got hostas. May 6, 2010

Filed under: Eat your Veges!,Gardener's dirt — celebrationgoddess @ 1:06 pm

Who could ask for anything more!

I was on a garden tour last summer and this man who had giant pigs in his gardens (statues of course), told me about Al’s. AL’S AUTO BODY AND ARBORETUM hahahahaha I said are you serious? Well turns out that it is. Our garden club is going on a field trip to Big Al’s on May 29 which is when he has his hosta sale weekend.

Wrenchs and greenery who woulda thunk it?

http://alsautobodyandarboretum.com/hostafest.html

Spring is making me think of salads….mmmmmmm

Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1 10-ounce package fresh spinach, torn, or 12 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup shredded smoked cheese, such as Gouda or Cheddar

Directions

Toast pecans in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring often, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

Toss spinach and cucumber in a salad bowl.

Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add vinegar and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

Immediately pour the dressing over the spinach and cucumber. Toss well and sprinkle with cheese and toasted pecans.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds! (who woulda thunk it?)

Bethsheba

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Come to my garden to be a detective May 5, 2010

Filed under: Dessert - Just apply to thighs,Gardener's dirt,happy thoughts — celebrationgoddess @ 3:45 am

On my high from last night’s foray into the garden to pick mint by the moonlight, I woke up at 6:15am ready to rock. Back to where those happy little future mint patties are living and decided to move some other plants.

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties

Made with mashed potatoes!!! Found this on allrecipes. Now that’s unusual!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the potatoes, salt, butter, and peppermint extract. Gradually mix in confectioners’ sugar; mix in enough to make a workable dough, between 6 and 8 cups.
  2. Knead slightly, and roll into cherry-size balls. Flatten balls to form patties. Arrange on sheets of wax paper, and allow to dry overnight.
  3. Place chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Dip patties in melted chocolate, and let cool on wax paper.

With the recent success of the Bethsheba vs. unflowering wisteria, I decided this year I’m out for blood with the red hot pokers!!!! But I had to tease them away from the mints. Hmmm red hot mints? Anyway, try teasing the red hot poker plants from the grass. I’d be happy for you to come over and tell me which was which. But I “think” success on doing that.They want to be in full bright sun so sister that’s where they’re going.

Did my work a day work. Got only get one hour to garden this morning. It’s amazing how the time flies by with my butt planted on the ground pulling weeds.

If you read my Barney Fife story from 2 weeks ago, I narrowly avoided the cops getting me for a second time. I slipped past him and got into a parking garage. But the good part of the story is that I went and got my driver’s license renewed. AND WHAT THE….It’s actually a good picture. Go figure! What’s that all about????

The evening was rounded out with a floral arrangement assignment at garden club. We brought in an unusual vase and another person had to arrange it. I brought a green glass shaped like a woman with coconut bra and grass skirt. Something they’d expect from Bethsheba. I can’t disappoint!  I got to decorate a teacup. Guess who got the worst in show tonight? You got it baby – Bethsheba. I made a rounded bouquet which I just learned is a no no. You must have lightness at the tippy top. You must have “space” within the arrangement. Ok now I know. Next time sucka – I’m getting the blue ribbon.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds! (I learned quite a lot today.)
Bethsheba

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Desperate Housewife – I’m so happy I could Poop! May 2, 2010

Filed under: Gardener's dirt,happy thoughts — celebrationgoddess @ 12:40 pm


The way I see it is that good friends support each other after something bad has happened, great friends act as if nothing has happened. — Gabrielle from Desperate Housewives

I am so happy I could do the happy dance and did! My wisteria is FINALLY blooming after 10 years. I bought it when my mother passed away and planted it. It has been vexing me since! I’ve read it doesn’t bloom for up to 8 years. But I determined I WOULD FORCE IT to bloom this year. The hubby helped me trim all the lonnnnnnnnnggggggg suckers off the top, I gave it a root pruning and some fertilizer and voila! beautiful blooms – YAY!!!!

My body is just aching all over from the 8 hours of gardening I did yesterday. But I am determined to have the best garden I’ve ever had this year. I’m taming those little soldiers into place and actually planning on stopping by the horse farm to pick up poop. I’m just so happy I could poop or do the happy dance…I think that’s preferable!!! AND gardening does  make you lose weight. Seven pounds now – HAPPY DANCE!

I thought a nice tribute to Mom was to put some forget-me-nots on the spot where I have her ashes in front of the little angel ornament with the broken wing.

My sister has been planting new plants and is so proud of her foxglove. I mentioned that it’s highly poisonous and that she might want to wear gloves while doing all that foxglove planting.

I guess THIS housewife was desperate?

A suburban Denver woman has pleaded guilty to reduced charges after authorities say she tried to poison her sheriff’s deputy husband by spiking his salad with a lethal plant.

Forty-two-year-old Lisa Leigh Allen was accused of trying to poison her husband, a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy, with the decorative garden plant foxglove.

The man was hospitalized in the summer of 2008 after eating a spaghetti dinner and bitter-tasting salad served by his wife.

Tests showed he’d eaten foxglove, which can be fatal if consumed. Lisa Allen was charged with attempted murder. She pleaded guilty to felony assault, KMGH-TV in Denver reported Tuesday.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 14.

LESSON FOR THE DAY: WISTERIA, FOXGLOVE AND FORGET-ME-NOTS ARE NOT EDIBLE!!!!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds! (but not with foxglove dearies)

Bethsheba
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Wine? It’s just Dandy and it’s laying in your yard! April 29, 2010

Filed under: Drink Recipes,Gardener's dirt — celebrationgoddess @ 10:49 am

Dandelion Wine

Dandelion wine does not require any special equipment to make. Just dandelions, some sugar and yeast, oranges and lemons, and pots to boil water in. This recipe uses cloves, which I think give it a nice touch. If you have dandelions around, give it a try!

  • 1 package dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 quarts dandelion blossoms
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped lemon peel
  • 6 cups sugar

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Set aside.

Wash the dandelion blossoms well. Put them in the water with the orange, lemon and lime juices. Add the cloves, ginger, orange and lemon peel, and sugar. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for an hour. Strain through filter paper (coffee filters work great). Cool. While still warm (but not hot), stir in the yeast.

Let stand overnight and pour into bottles. Allow uncorked bottles to set in a darkened place for three weeks. Then cork and store bottles in a cool place. Makes about 4 quarts.

And you can make the greens into salad too!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound torn dandelion greens
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, toss together dandelion greens, red onion, and tomatoes. Season with basil, salt, and pepper.

BEAUTIFUL DANDELION WINE SONG:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkoxdd7oN-s

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!
Bethsheba

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So much oregano in my garden. So many uses… April 27, 2010

Filed under: Gardener's dirt,Herbs — celebrationgoddess @ 2:34 am

Holy smokes my oregano is taking over!!! Read on for lots of uses for oregano including aphrodisiacs, protection against demons and awesome antioxidant properties!

What is an aphrodisiac? Aphrodisiac is any food, drink or other agent, which increases sexual desire. This covers both men and women. Although it has not been proved scientifically that particular types of food boost sexual desire, some foods are good for libido due to their health benefits, such as content of various vitamins and healthy substances.

So when you are cooking, don’t leave out the oregano. Oregano has 3 to 20 times higher antioxidant activity than any other culinary herb. Gram per gram, Oregano has 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and four times more than blueberries.

Oregano is bound to Venus and air. It is an herb of happiness, tranquility, good luck, health, and protection. Make a tea or burn as incense for any of the above.

Plant oregano around your house for protection, and scatter it inside the house to protect it. Carry it as a sachet or charm to bring good luck and good health. It is also said to promote psychic dreams when worn on the head during sleep.

As a romantic gesture, offer a bouquet of fresh herbs, each with its own message.

A bouquet of oregano is a sign of joy (Greece). The name “oregano” translates as “joy of the mountain” and has its origins in the ancient Greek “oros” (mountain) and “ganos” (joy). It is said in Greek mythology, the sweet, spicy scent of oregano was created by the goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness.

In Ancient Greece, bridal couples were crowned with garlands of oregano. Oregano plants were placed on tombs to give peace to departed spirits.

Oregano was quite a powerful plant because a person who carried it with him was believed to be protected from the witches, water sprites, demons and venomous animals. This small bush had also a power to repel snakes from the garden.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!
Bethsheba

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Happy Earth Day – And Yes I have dirty fingernails… April 23, 2010

Filed under: Gardener's dirt — celebrationgoddess @ 1:23 am

Weeding, moving forget me nots, and preparing the vegetable area for planting. Oh what an exciting way to spend a chilly April evening.

The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat
and some old clothes.  And with a hoe in one hand and a cold
drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig.
–  Texas Bix Benderl

My wife’s a water sign.  I’m an earth sign.
Together we make mud.
–  Rodney Dangerfield

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill
except for learning how to grow in rows.
–  Doug Larson

Garlic Mustard Weed Pesto
1 1⁄2 cups fresh garlic mustard leaves
1 clove garlic
1⁄4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
3⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3⁄4 cup olive oil

In a food processor, finely chop the garlic mustard leaves, garlic and nuts.
Slowly mix in the cheese and olive oil. Pesto may be eaten on bread or crackers, on spaghetti or frozen in ice cube trays and stored for future use in sauces.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!
Bethsheba

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prrrrrrrrfffffffft! Just found out I can’t plant raspberries by blackberries! April 10, 2010

Filed under: Dessert - Just apply to thighs,Gardener's dirt — celebrationgoddess @ 1:21 am

Planted blackberries last year. WAS SO EXCITED! So I have to move the blackberries. Ok good to know in April. So I planted some wild raspberries and golden raspberries. The fruit garden is coming along just swell. Blueberry bush, rhubarb and some strawberries and I’ll be all set!

I’m dreaming of RASPBERRY FLAN…..MMMMMM

Ingredients List:

1 cups of milk.
1/3 cup of sugar.
3 medium eggs.
2 teaspoons of vanilla.
Pinch of salt.
½ cup of flour.
3 cups of black raspberries.

Directions:

In a blender, combine the milk, ¼ cup of the sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and flour, and mix thoroughly at high speed for 60 seconds.

Pour a thin layer of the batter into a lightly buttered flan dish or deep dish pie plate.

Cook over a moderate heat until it sets.

Remove the dish from the heat and spread with raspberries.

Sprinkle the remaining sugar over berries.

Pour the remaining batter over the raspberries.

Bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 55 minutes or until browned. Doesn’t that just make you want to plant some raspberries. Or come on — you can just run to the store right now….hee hee

Laugh, learn, and liven up your taste buds.
Bethsheba

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Health benefits of gardening March 26, 2010

Filed under: Gardener's dirt — celebrationgoddess @ 1:22 pm

The Amazing Health Benefits of Gardening

 Published February 15, 2007 by:Afton Nelson

It’s no secret that gardening has many benefits besides being able to enjoy high quality, fresh produce. Among these benefits is increased mental and physical health. Gardening has continued to increase in popularity from just 10 years ago. More and more people are picking up the gardening hobby and sticking with it for the joy it brings and the health perks as well. Here are just a few of the ways gardening can improve your physical and mental health.

Physiological
Gardening can actually be a nice, low impact work out. Weeding or cultivating can burn around 200 calories an hour. Doing more strenuous garden work such as clearing weeds orr hauling rocks can even burn as much as 600 calories per hour. Experts suggest that Even low-to-moderate intensity activities, when done for as little as 30 minutes a day, bring cardiovascular benefits. Working in the garden can also be a form of strength training and build endurance and flexibility. An article in the August 2005 issue of Reader’s Digest suggests that “between edging and raking the lawn, walking back and forth to the mulch pile, pulling weeds, digging holes, and planting seeds, gardening uses all of the major muscle groups.” It goes on to say that, “One study even found that gardening could reduce insulin resistance, a condition that could lead to metabolic syndrome or diabetes, both of which significantly increase your risk of heart disease.”

Nutrition
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Research continues to show that there are many essential nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables that may protect you from cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Eating a diet with lots of fresh produce also gives you more energy, helps reduce weight gain, and may even reduce the effects of aging. When you grow your own fruits and vegetables, you can be sure they are free of pesticides and other chemicals. You get better tasting food that is high in important nutrients. Garden greens are especially high in calcium and magnesium. Magnesium is important because it’s what helps the bones absorb or assimilate calcium. important because it’s what helps the bones absorb or assimilate calcium. Gardening promotes healthy eating with kids and adults because there is usually an abundance of fresh produce available for snacking. It is also exciting to eat something you grew yourself and use fresh produce in new recipes. While a home garden provides fresh fruits and vegetables, it also saves money. The value of the produce you grow yourself is around 20 times the value of the material costs.

Stress
Finally, spending time in nature reduces stress. Horticulture Therapy is a new area of study that has even found that just viewing nature can have stress-reducing benefits. Gardens can be planted with stress reduction in mind, using soothing colors and scents. Studies have also found that working in the garden helps people who are sick recover more quickly. A garden can be an escape from the pressures of a job or other responsibilities. For many people, a garden is their own little piece of nature. This kind of sanctuary can help lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease.