Monday, February 28, 2011
Well Saturday was my mom's Birthday. I already got her a Burgundy slipper chair in exchange for a recliner that she didn't like and I loved. But also I got her a Black & Decker Brew 'N Go Coffee Maker, cause she wanted a way to make a cup of coffee without making a whole pot (she has a Bunn Coffee maker that utilizes a hot water heater built in- makes it impossible to make 4 cups of coffee). And the nice thing is there is no heating element for the warmer as there is no warmer! Anyway a pound of coffee and a mug completed the gift. And to top it off, I made a bow out of the yellow pages! How About Orange has an tutorial on how to do this.
The bow made the gift! Anyway Happy Birthday, Ma!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Looks like it is that time of year again- an oppurtunity for some lucky folks to play with my balls. You can roll them in your hands, juggle them, slap them together. Or you can just plant them. We are talking Seed Ballz folks. And my annual win Rob's ballz giveaway. And this year, to help celebrate the Urban Homesteader in all of us, all the choices are Basil Balls... a great blend of Lemon Basil, Italian Basil, Thai Basil, Opal Basil. This mix of ‘easy-grow’ savory herbs are a good collection for the beginning gardener. Just the thing for the New Urban Homesteader to get started. This year there will be three winners, each will win a package of Seed Ballz (8 balls per pack) enough to keep a small family in fragrant basil for a year!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I don't remember where or when I first heard about this book. All I know is I am glad I did!
This book is about the trials of William Alexander, his wife Anne, A physician and their triumphs and failures at gardening or rather homesteading their ancient victorian home on 3 acres. It made me chuckle (a good sign with a book for me) as he describes in great detail how they designed and built their garden, started a small orchard and the crazy folks I who came in their circle. Very well written, not a "green garden book" per say, but very funny and a very fast read. Anyone who has ever wanted to do a homestead on their own should read this book. And it is a must read for all of us would be farmers who struggle to grow the perfect vegetable or fruit.I give it three green thumbs up
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I have a hard time with pot racks. I like them for awhile then decide they need to be replace or moved. Well this time I made my own. A little Ikea hacking and just some common sense.
I used Ikea Attest handles, and a Fabian shelf From Ikea, the back is from a wall lamp I had made, it is painted with Rustoleum American Accents stone paint, although I cant remember the color name (and didn't see it on their website). Different and smaller than my old pot rack, but out of the way and just as effective!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
"5 Things I don't leave home without:"
My Glasses- I am blind as a bat. Extremely Myopic since the 4th grade. I did wear contacts, but as my luck would have it, seemed to develop astigmatism some where along the way. And before the new "Contacts for Astigmatism" were developed.
My Reusable Stainless steel mug (AKA Muggsly)- Cause you never know when you want a cuppa.
My Backpack- or as I call them "Purses for Dudes" (hey I need something to hold my empty Muggsly)
My Cell phone- cause I might need to take a crappy picture. You never know what you will see.
My Diabetes medication and Glucose Tablets- well duhh.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Thrift store shopping is even better when others do it for you!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This one hangs outside the bathroom as a reminder of where the "Sanitary Unit is. I put it in a "Nyttja" Frame from Ikea for $1.99
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
The Tomato Grow Bucket
Here is what Clean Air says about it:
"Tomatoes are one of the easiest plants to grow, and they yield massive amounts of fruit. The Beefsteak is one of the biggest tomatoes out there - it's a juicy variety that you rarely find at the supermarket because factory farms prefer smaller, tougher skinned fruit. That's a shame, because beefsteak tomatoes are great salad or hamburger toppers, with big, thick, juicy slices the size and color of a steak. If you want a Southern Style BLT, you need Beefsteak tomatoes for the full taste.And here is what they say about the Window Garden Kit
The kit includes Beefsteak Tomato seeds, a galvanized steel bucket, row marker, soil, shovel, and a rake."
"Now you can have your own self contained organic window garden with these fun window gardening kits. They make window gardening easy, because everything is included that you need to get started growing. All you have to do is add water.Now of course, I know what y'all are thinking. He is going to give it to his mom. I ain't buying that old woman nuthin'! Not garden related anyway. No. These are for me!!! I am hoping to find out if they are easily made- in other words Steal Clean Air's idea!!! I am always in the market for a knock off!
Each set includes four window garden cans. You can choose one of each, or four of the same product, or however you'd like. The herb mix is a blend of Basil, Dill, and Parsley.
If you leave it blank, we will send you one of each product.
Everything is included in this exclusive garden kit, including seeds, enriched growing mix & nutrients and this leak-proof growing container. Just add water and sunlight to enjoy."
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich
This is an easy take on the Shrimp Po' Boy. One of my favorite sandwiches.
What you need:
1 Package frozen breaded shrimp (optional)
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 head of lettuce shredded
2 Hoagy Rolls
1 tablespoon of Mustard
1 tablespoon mayonaisse
1 tablespoon of honey or agave nectar
The reason the breaded shrimp is optional is some prefer to do all that work themselves. There is a recipe for that here. Otherwise hush up about it and follow along...
Prepare the breaded shrimp per the instructions (I prefer Trader Joe's Breaded Shrimp simply because there are no tails; that and it cooks up nice in the oven, otherwise I use Gorton's Popcorn shrimp). Slice the tomato, shred the lettuce. Prepare the dressing- mix the Mustard, mayo and the honey/agave nectar. Now assemble the sandwich as follows- A layer of tomato, a layer of lettuce, a layer of shrimp, and dabble on the dressing. Eat and enjoy!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I was at Ikea and discovered these lucky bamboo plants. I have seen these at import stores in Seattle's International district, and the Great Wall Shopping Center near work. After reading up on them and discovering they are actually a Lily (botanical name: Dracaena) and they grow in the dark, tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia and Africa, do not like direct sun making them perfect in my new studio_ which only has a north facing window. I took a square shaped vase I had around here and filled it with "craft rocks" that I had bought for another project. Then just filled the pot with water. So simple and easy.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I was perusing the internet and found one of my own groups has a thing about recycling christmas lights! (I really need to make the meetings more often!) This is great for those old light strings
From the Sustainable Burien website:
"You can easily recycle burned out Christmas lights. Flemings Holiday Lighting is running a program to collect strings of Christmas lights and have the copper salvaged. Last year they collected over 8,000 pounds of lights and donated over $5,000 to the Moyer Foundation and Project Kids Art. Check their web site [page down to the section on Recycling Christmas Lights] for locations to drop off lights.For 2010 we have the ambitious goal to collect 20,000+ pounds of lighting strands. With additional site locations, extended collection periods, and increased media coverage we are anticipating an even more successful endeavor for the 2010 event. Pass the word to family and friends to save those unusable or unwanted lights and donate to our “Recycle Lights for Charity” drive."
Friday, February 4, 2011
I'm not the crazed veggie gardener y'all think I am. I couple of years ago I built my first potato condo, on an idea from the shiba guyz. So really it is their idea, not mine. Any way, I just received my Irish Eyes seed catalog, and on page 17, there was my potato condo. It is also online with great instructions as how to make your own. The only difference I can see between mine and theirs is they use a soaker hose coiled up in the condo/planter, and I never saw the need as it doesn't get scorching hot here. But it is something I will try in mine this year. P.S. My potato condo has a new resident, I am growing rhubarb in it now, but will make a new condo!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Then in early March I am going to have a colonoscopy. The send what I call a "sea-snake" up my rectum, just short of Bellingham. And the doctor doesn't even take me out to dinner first. In fact he wrote me a prescription to give me violent diarrhea the night before. And my pre-op instructions state I can only have a clear diet of broth and jello- except no red jello (WTF? the only good flavors of Jello are Red ones) Sounds like a real nice two days. Any-hoo, If some of my future posts seem a little hard to follow, (more than usual)that is because I am on drugs. Trying to heal my sore gum and my sore butthole.