After polling the customers in my shop and realizing they were super interested in jarred herbs and things year round (not just at the Farmers Market) I have started an extra grow project in our greenhouse (read: spare bedroom). Recycled jars that I’ve been hoarding forever (because some day I will need them!) have been filled with a layer of river pebbles (for drainage) and dirt, and topped with all sorts of herb seeds…from basil, to oregano, rosemary and cilantro, I’m ready to grow some delicious countertop greens for folks.
And then there were the tin cans….I couldn’t let them go to waste without a purpose, so those are holding a mix of greens made especially for cats. It encourages them to chew and gives them vital things they need (that’s what the package said so I’m sticking to it). Another layer of river rocks for drainage, some dirt, and seeds and viola! Cat grass! I’ve been wracking my brain for a cool label (because no one wants my actual white bean/corn/black bean cans) and poked through the fabric stash to come up with a quick no fuss cover. Measure, cut, hold glue. Done.
I have always wondered if those ads on the milk carton worked to help find people…and apparently it does! No sooner had I posted a virtual missing persons post, Henrietta returned home!
She was lucky enough to spend the holidays with one of my great friends and her adorable progeny. I hear rumors that she hung out near the Christmas tree, took a trip to kiddo gymnastics class, and helped to celebrate a 5 year old’s birthday. What a lucky bird!
The estimated distance traveled so far is: 22,169 miles
Where do you think she will go next?
It’s that time of year: time to get those seedlings a’sproutin for this years new and improved urban garden! I learned a lot from our adventures last year and I’m ready to make this one the best one yet.
Thus far I have the tomatoes, jalapenos, squash and cucumbers starting in the greenhouse (read: spare bedroom). As soon as the squash outgrow their tiny pots here, they will be moved to my storefront (with huge windows) to further grow inside before they can start their lives outside. Herbs in jars have also been started as there was a huge response when my storefront customers were polled.
One of our avocado pits was planted last week and this one is almost ready. Lots of great “growing” energy in the house. I love it!
Have you seen this bird?
Henrietta was last seen in the vicinity of Orchard Park, NY (though her time there has not been proven, only rumored). She ventured where no bird had gone before, with head held high (probably not a bravery thing – more about the plastic). Though this area has been known to be a vortex for outgoing mail, she took the risk in stride. It is with a heavy heart that I report she has yet to return home…and as the days go by, hope falters a bit. If you have any news of her whereabouts, her Alaskan family would love to hear from you. No questions asked, we just want our Henrietta home!
Each time I open the freezer to grab something yummy the halibut cheeks mock me. I wasn’t eating them…yet. Last night we finally pulled one of our favorite parts of the fish out for dinner and it was super yummy. And like lots of great food, the simpler the prep, the better the end result.
- Pat cheeks dry with a paper towel and set aside
- Heat cast iron skillet on medium heat until a generous dollop of butter and some bacon grease (we save it in a can in the freezer just for special occasions like this) melt
- Sprinkle cheeks with salt, pepper, garlic salt, cayenne, onion powder, etc and add to pan
- Flip the bits after 2 minutes and lightly season the remaining side
- Your fish bits should be finished in another few minutes (2-3) and viola! Time to eat.
You can use small chunks of any fish with the same result and it’s amazing. Simple yet delicious.
I love popcorn. I think it should be a required meal of the day. I love popcorn so much that I have been known to go to the movies just for the popcorn – crappy movie be damned. But a movie and theater popcorn (which I’m sure is just styrofoam with engine grease on it…..but really tasty styrofoam and grease…) gets expensive quickly. So when the urge strikes (and it does often) we pop a kettle on the stove top and it’s just as good and so.much.cheaper.
- Cover the bottom of your pan of choice with oil (we use a large kettle/stock pot with olive oil
- Add 1 TB butter to the pot
- Cover the bottom of the pot with popcorn kernels (our pot holds a little over a cup)
- Cover the pot and turn the burner to a few clicks below “high” and wiggle lightly here and there to make sure nothing sticks or burns
Your corn should begin popping within a few minutes and be done in 2-3 after it starts. When you hear the kernels slow down, turn the burner off, and when they are 3-5 seconds apart, remove from heat. Salt as you like and serve! Not as healthy as airpopped, but definitely leaps and bounds better for you than microwave popped chemicals. And the whole project cost you $1 tops.
You can see the rest of the photos from the camera on the flickr page. I haven’t laughed this much in possibly ever. Well played Japan. And well played Tonino family.