Dirt Therapy

I forgot how good it feels to spend time out in the yard. Cleaning up from the winter. Planting new things. Listening to the birds sing! Oh and to find natures little animals here and there.

This last week I screamed so loud I thought he neighbors would come running to make sure I was ok. I was pulling weeds in one of the flower beds when something jumped at me. I jumped back and screamed.

It was a road. Pretty good size but I’m sure I startled him just as much as he startled me. No one came running so the scream must have been louder in my head. The joy of outdoors.

The garden is looking really good.

Lots of great things coming up and doing what they do! Grow and produce veggies.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend. Please be safe out there. Watch for bikes and motorcycles. Watch for kids balls headed for the street. Be in the moments this weekend. Thank you all who served but most of all thank you to those that gave their lives so we could be live the way we do!

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Mary Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow

Well mine grows in raised beds, buckets and in the ground! Finally got everything in the garden that I bought and still have room for a bit more :0)

7 different tomato plants have been put in buckets (they don’t like my raised beds), 1 cubanelle pepper, bok choy, Swiss chard, 5 different cucumber plants, artichokes, 3 different kinds of carrots, 3 different kinds of beets, 3 different kinds of radishes, butternut squash, a melon that I can’t recall the name of, two kinds of pop corn and a variety of herbs! That should keep me busy for the summer!

Then there is my mother in laws house where there are 6 more beds and pots of tomatoes and potato’s!

I’ll add more photos of her beds next time!

Gardening is a great work out! But man not having spring weather is hard on a person. Thank the lord for a cool shower and ice water! For muscle relaxers and the heating pad!

Now we water and wait!

Gardens are finally coming together

It has been crazy hot here in the 937 farmers almanac says we should be in the hi 60s, we were at 84 at one point when I looked and I’m sure it felt more like 95. Anyway, got my mother in laws beds all filled up

And got the potatoes planted over there and tonight I finally got some help to get dirt in my beds. I need about 10 more bags and I’ll be ready to plant

It’s hard work but it gives me great joy to watch it all grow! Hoping the rain holds out tomorrow till the late afternoon so I can get the rest of the dirt in my beds and get my little seedlings in the ground

I’ll let ya know how it goes!

Garden centers

Here in the 937 we have several garden centers to go to to get ideas and purchase plants. It’s still 2 weeks before we are safe to put things in the ground here in Ohio. The Garden Center I was at yesterday says May 15th is the last of the possible frost dates.

Anyway, I picked up a few flowers for the front pots

But the coolest part about going to Garden centers is getting ideas. A few years ago we got the idea to spray paint the tomato cages after going to Lowes and seeing all the colorful cages! Added a lot of color to the garden :0)

So far this has been the coolest thing I have seen at any of the Places I have been and what a great idea…

Turn your tomato cages upside down over your cucumber plants. They can vine up the cages. Game Changer! I’m so gonna try this and I have a few other thing for them to climb up when I get to planting.

Till next time…..happy gardening!

Finally a spring day!

What started out as a cool 56 degree morning turned into a beautiful spring day! I have been outside all morning and afternoon. 71 degrees in the 937 and I had to put short sleeves on (yeah, started in a sweat shirt.)

Today’s goal:

open the windows….check

Transplant the seedlings….check

Talk with the company that’s doing some yard work for us….check!

Man it feels good to get some dirt therapy in today!

So I movies the seedlings into cups as to give them some more room to take root. The cups we can reuse. There’s another month before we can get them in the spot they will live in.

I also found lots of containers to put the plants in that we will be digging up next week. We are putting in a bed in the front yard. Moving stuff from the back yard. Yes there will be photos! But that caused me to move stuff at the mother inlaws house to get to the containers I needed. So here is before and after. Yes I picked up the lid after I took the photo :0)

So glad we had a spring day. Only bad thing was a nail in my shoe that took pliers to get out. Thank heavens it went between my toes!

Can’t wait to get started on my next project next week….the back yard!

Spring is in the Air

Gave about a 5 minute walk thru the garden today. Talked about what I have in the works and how things have changed and are going to change this spring.

It’s 51 degrees here today and they are calling for snow tonight. Today is the first day of spring of course it’s gonna snow….Oy Vey.

did get a few more things planted yesterday.

Worked on a few more varieties of tomatoes and eggplant. In a few days we will have sprouts there too!

Dirt therapy is one of the best therapy’s there are!

Catch ya soon!

I’m ready for spring….

I had to get some plants in some dirt. I needed to feel something growing and watch it burst out of the ground. I got my wish..

That was after just three days. March 2nd I started sowing the seeds and by the 5th I had growth. Yesterday was the 17th and this is what I have.

15 days and I have sprouts everywhere. It’s looking like everything but the tomatoes will be ready soon….opppps however I’m going to put them in a bigger container till after Mother’s Day. Here in the 937 it’s not safe for them to be planted. We usually get just one more good frost right before Mother’s Day. Last year we planted a week before and lost two beds full of plants due to frost.

My cousins run a Facebook page called Beginner Foodie and I will be live streaming on there and sharing blog posts. Showing people how easy gardening can be and how they too can go Garden to table. For those of you finding my blog I hope you enjoy it as much as I like writing it.

Where has the time gone

I can’t believe that it’s been three months and 17 days sense my last blog….oppppps guess I should do better!

Lots of things going on. Training for my next 10k, garden is getting started and seedlings are growing more everyday. Going to be starting a new live Facebook chat in the next few weeks talking about my garden and how easy it is to have one :0) Well I think it is. My cousins think so too :0)

Spring brings out all the could be’s. Everything in the yard is waking up, the birds are singing there songs and I for one am filled with hope of a great garden season :0)

Here is what I’ve been up too the last few months…cold weather, Photography, learning my dulcimer, cooking, celebrating family bdays and Mr P. I’ll share the garden with you later :0)

Here’s too new adventures!

Another year is done

Wow 2017 is going to be over in a few hours and I have had some time to think about the last year. I have gotten in better health! Walked not one but two 10ks this year! Went on a great vacation for Sanibel Florida! Planted a wonderful garden. Made better choices for my eating! Kept my blood pressure under control. Had family come and visit at my house for the first time ever! And my business did pretty well this last year as well! I have had a pretty blessed year really!

As 2018 comes rushing in I want to take a few minutes and share what my plans are for the new year.

Business wise I am taking a Master Class and learning more about portraits and getting more candid photos of my clients. Try and get there natural appearance. Even going to work on selling some of my work. Reading the Photographers Market 2018 book and going to get my work out there a bit! Starting January off with promo photos of a client for her new radio show…so exciting!

Still going to work on my health. The gym a few days a week and then some added stretching at home. I plan to walk the Air Force 10k again in 2018 and walk it a bit faster than in 2017. A few 5Ks I’m sure are going to happen as well. Plan to keep taking inches and weight off my body and continue to cook more at home for me and the family.

Going to spend time with friends and family in 2018. Going to try and make a schedule to see people that I have missed this last year. Even if it’s a FaceTime chat. Life is to short not too!

I am taking time for me in 2018. Whether it is a walk, a trip to the gym, some quiet time or what ever I am adding this to my life in 2018. It will help my mind to me healthier as well.

May 2018 be blessed beyond all our imaginations. May we all be healthier than we have ever been and may we be doing what makes us happy!

Bring in 2018! I’m ready!

Chicken and dumplings in the pressure cooker

I must admit I was very skeptical about making chicken and dumplings in a pressure cooker. After seeing all the new people in a Facebook group I belong to post recipes I was like…hmmmmm…I have everything I need to make that let’s try it so I did.

Pulled up the site https://www.southernfamilyfun.com/instant-pot-chicken-dumplings/

Got all the ingredients together

• 2 cups chicken broth

• 1 cup water

• 1 teaspoon olive oil

• 1-1/2 lbs chicken breast, cubed

• 1 tube (16oz) refrigerated biscuits

• 1 cup chopped carrots

• 2 teaspoons oregano

• 1 teaspoon onion powder

• 1 teaspoon basil

• 2 cloves minced garlic

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon pepper

The recipe on line called for a cup of peas but Im not a fan.

I also didn’t use the garlic cloves and just used garlic powder with my chicken…a teaspoon.

Then I really did follow the recipe

  1. Chopped the biscuits before I cooked the chicken so they were ready to go
  2. Cut my chicken breasts in smaller square pieces and sautéed in the olive oil till they were done
  3. While chicken is cooking throw in the spices and brown the chicken
  4. Turn off cooker and add broth and water.
  5. Add the carrots
  6. Add the biscuits
  7. Stir it all together and put the lid on.
  8. Seal the lid and set on manual for 5 minutes. It will take 5-10 minutes to come to pressure.
  9. Once 5 minutes is up so quick release
  10. Open lid, stir and serve

The flavor was really good! I think I would have liked a little more liquid so I’ll add a bit more next time but really good meal. Enough for two bowls of left overs after feeding three people!