Saturday, March 11, 2017

This week's update

The indoor greenhouse set-up  (this is actually the office, but it's in the back of the house.  It looks like a disaster area, but we are keeping the door closed).

This was last Sunday:

Tuesday's growth (those are cucumbers):

This is the beginning of (silver queen) corn:

How it looked on Wednesday:

Thursday (the corn is really growing now-it's on the second shelf):

Friday (J started more tomato plants)

The experiment using the hatch chili seeds under the Aerogarden light was pretty much a bust.  About 5 or six did sprout so they are planted and in the green house, but we're not sure they will come up.  I ordered some "fresh" seeds and those will get started next week. 

We didn't expect the cucumber and corn to come up so fast, so we're not sure when we'll plant them outside.  If they go out sooner rather than later, the containers are already set up and we'll just need to get something to keep the plants warm in case the temperatures get low (so far the lowest they've been recently is high 40's/lower 50's). 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Day 2

Day 2 of our experiment of trying to germinate pepper seeds under the (Aerogarden) glow light.  We also have a small heater set up to keep them warm. 

We plan to start some squash seeds on Wednesday.  We'll set up the indoor greenhouse in the office and plant them.  Hopefully we'll start seeing something this weekend.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 Gardening

We've been trying to decide how to plant our garden this year.  The only thing we seem to have good luck with is peppers.  So of course we'll plant some of those.  We've had a hard time with tomatoes, both planting them in the ground and in containers.

After doing some research online, we're going to go with some home-made earth boxes.  I've ordered totes and an irrigation system online and J is going to build some stands to put them on.  He doesn't want to put the containers directly on the grass because it will kill it.  The stands will have legs so hopefully the grass will still survive.

We're also going to try seeds versus plants and see if we have better luck with those.  I ordered a bunch of things online, but they haven't arrived yet.

But we do have some hatch chili seeds so we're getting a head start with them.  We are using the Aerogarden to help them along. 

I used plastic spoons, toilet paper, seeds and a Ziploc bag to help the process. 

If all works as planned, we should have some sprouts in the next 5-7 days.  I'll then replant those into pots and put them in our indoor greenhouse (which hasn't been set up yet).

Saturday, November 19, 2016

November 2016

Lately we've been giving the meal services another try.  If you'll recall, we've tried Plated and Hello Fresh in the past.  We liked both, but we stopped using them for a while.  There are several new services out there now and a lot of them give significant discounts when you try your first box.  So each week I have been ordering boxes for $20-$25; they include meals for 2 for 3 days.

The first company we tried was Home Chef.  This company had great customer service.  The first box had two meals with chicken and they forgot to include it.  So I emailed them and they credited my account for the total cost of that box; because of this, I ordered from them again the following week.  Unfortunately, the meals didn't appeal to our tastes, so we won't order from them again.  With the first box, I didn't take any pictures because J cooked them and had things ready when I got home from work.

I cooked the items in the second box because the grand kids were here (for about 5 days) so J was chauffeuring them back and forth to daycare, but no pictures of those meals either.

The next service we tried was Green Chef. As you can see, they looked good, but unfortunately, these did not appeal to our tastes, so we won't order from them again either.  

I took Friday off from work so we ventured out to some estate sales (4 in total).  Each of them had lines like this; there were about the same amount of people behind us.  The companies let everyone in line into the houses, so they were packed and you could barely move.  It didn't matter too much because these companies seem to have doubled the prices and we left each one empty handed. 

Saturday morning we headed to the Bonnie & Clyde Trade Days Flea Market in Arcadia, Louisiana.  It is about an hours drive from our house.  It opened at 8 am, and we got there around 8:30.  For the most part, we were the only people there.  Several of the vendors were just opening up their booths.  Lots of overpriced junk here as well and we found a whole lot of nothing.  But it was a nice clear day, even if it was in the 40's when we started out. 

Since we were in the area, we went to Gibsland, Louisiana next to see the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush museum.  There were signs prohibiting pictures inside, but if you google, you'll be able to see some.  This museum was reminiscent of the Alien museum we visited in Roswell, New Mexico.  A lot of pictures of newspaper clippings, but it was very small.  Luckily we were the only people there; it would have been very uncomfortable if it had been crowded.  We thought about going to see the Bonnie & Clyde death site, but when I looked it up online to get the address, it said it was permanently closed, so we passed.

This week we are trying meals from MarleySpoon.  Here's what the box looked like upon opening.  It's a little different than the typical boxes in that it has all the ingredients for one recipe in a brown paper bag. 

 Our first recipe was chipotle meatball tacos.  Our first impression is that this company doesn't appeal to our tastes either, but we have two other meals to try before making our final determination.

And that's what we've been doing around here.  I took the week off from work, but we don't have any big plans.  We'll see if that changes.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Farmer's Market

We're still here, I've just been busy working and J has been working on the house.  We haven't been to any estate sales either, but this morning we did go to the Benton's Farmer's Market.  They opened their fall market last Sunday so we went this morning to see what the vendors were selling.  As you can see, it's a small market with only a few sellers. 

We ended up with eggs, patty pan squash and tomatoes.  I'm sure these have to be the last of the season. 

As you can see, things are pretty boring around here.  I do have the week off at Thanksgiving so we're trying to decide where we want to go. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Berry Picking

This morning we decided to go berry picking.  There is a U-Pick it place about 20 minutes from our house.   We headed out bright and early; we were trying to beat the heat.  I guess other people had the same idea. 

We stayed for about an hour and a half were drenched with sweat by the time we left.  J picked blueberries and I picked blackberries.  I thought the prices were good, $1.70 lb if you pick your own.

Our haul:

I guess everyone was checking out at the same time as us.  It took us about 15 minutes to get through the line. 

We flash froze the majority of them, and then put the berries in food saver bags for a later date. 

More Orlando

After leaving Italy, we headed to Morroco and shared a dish.  The couscous was good as were the lentils which was surprising because they usually taste like dirt to me.  Not sure why I didn't take a picture of the sandwich but it was reminiscent of the doner kebabs we use to get in Germany.

We bypassed Canada and the United Kingdom and rode a few rides then headed out of Epcot.

Our next stop was Disney Springs.  We tried some poutine.  We had high hopes but the cheese curds were very waxy and the brown gravy was very salty. 

We picked up a few deserts from Amerette''s to take back to our hotel.

I took the picture after we tried a bite of the chocolate peanut butter one.  At first it was delicious, but when you got to the center, they added a layer of pear which was very out of place.

For dinner the next two nights we went back to Disney Springs.  Our first stop was Morimoto Asia.  It was okay, but I think over-hyped. 

 Our last restaurant during our visit was Bongo's also in Disney Springs. 

We weren't sure how this appetizer would be, but it was pretty good.  It was plantains wrapped in bacon.