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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Container Gardening Update 08.31.11

Kindergarten day three today, and thankfully, everything is going great.  The Jelly Bean is having a few issues like not using the bathroom all day (I couldn't do that) and not eating or drinking much.

Hopefully, after the newness wears off, she'll relax some and these minor issues will quickly fade.

I haven't had much time to spend on my containers lately due to my crazy workload. Lucky for me they don't need much maintenance right now.

Although, I've got bolting lettuce that needs picked:

There's some mesclun seedlings popping up just on the other side, although some seemed to be trampled down this morning.

A little further investigation and I found my spinach seedlings also trampled:

This makes me mad as it was the last of my spinach seeds. Grrr.

I've planted them in my potato bags. One side was pulled down, my guess is that a skunk has discovered something in there. If you look close, you can see where it was digging.

Maybe I need to tear it apart as I am also still having honeybee activity on this bag:

I've checked and rechecked to be sure they aren't building a nest, and there is nothing, they are definitely drinking and leaving.


The three long planters that used to hold snow peas and cucumbers have been replanted with green beans, as well as one of my potato bags.

There are a few holes where the seeds did not sprout so I will pop some new one's in today.

I might have to start covering everything at night to protect the seedlings from our woodland critters. A few of my green beans are missing their tops too.

I'll consider it. It's one more thing to do right now. Speaking of things to do, I need to get some work done while the Jelly Bean is at school (wow, I like saying that more than I thought).

I'll leave you with this really great video about a NYC woman, who grows a garden and preserves what she grows, it's quickly making it's way around the blogosphere, and deservedly so:

Monday, August 29, 2011

Goodbye Irene, Hello Kindergarten!

Irene stopped by for a visit.

We had a party… there was handmade confetti.

It was everywhere.

I stayed up until 5:30 am watching the trees violently sway back and forth.

All of our 70-100' high oak trees remained standing.

Even a few flower petals remained.

We were quite relieved.

Today I got up earlier than usual.

It was rough.

But now the Jelly Bean is officially a kindergartener.

She was very excited.

I kept my crying contained to the car.

Then I had Starbucks.

I am better now.

Five years of working into the wee hours of the morning are over.

I will get my graphics work caught up over the next two weeks.

Then I resume a new painting schedule.

I am excited.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Salted Peanut and Banana Softserve (non-dairy, vegan, gluten free)

Tuesday we had an earthquake.

Tomorrow we are having a hurricane swirl by.


So we are preparing, just in case.

We've got 42 oak trees in our yard. Old growth oak trees.

this tree top came down just a few weeks ago in the middle of the day for no reason.

Oak trees which having been losing gigantic tree size branches and tops in the strangely wicked storms we've been having this summer.

We're a bit hesitant about high winds.

Tonight I've spent making ice in case we lose power, which happens quite frequently where we live.

Tomorrow we'll be hauling all of our outdoor furniture and my container garden into the garage and filling buckets and the bathtub with water.

We never panic or freak out when events like this come along.

We're not one's to run to the grocery store to buy a years worth of groceries.

This has left us in rather unprepared states many times.

So for once we are taking measures to be ready, just in case.

When you have a well, and you lose electricity, you also lose water.

It's crazy how much water impacts everything you do. When you have none you feel kind of helpless. So we are preparing… just in case.

Tomorrow I'll also make some goodies to have on hand, like this super incredible Cookie Dough Dip, from Peas & Thank You, which has become quite a summer staple around here.

And I've been dying to make this Creamy Basil Hummus, from Daily Garnish, so I'm just going to do it since the winds will probably shred my gigantic basil plants.

But tonight — tonight we made another one of our favorite banana soft serve creations…

Salted Peanut & Banana Soft Serve
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  • 1/4 cup salted peanuts, mounded full
  • 2 - 5-6" frozen bananas (break apart and freeze in 1 inch chunks)

Add peanuts to food processor and blend for about a minute or until they are chopped fine and start to clump together.

Add frozen banana chunks and process for several minutes.  You may need to stop and scrape down the sides or break it apart if it clumps together.

Keep blending until it is smooth and creamy. This will take a good 3-5 minutes depending on your food processor.

Makes two perfect sized little dishes.

Serve Immediately.


  • Freezing Bananas:  Freeze just ripe bananas by peeling and breaking into one inch sections.
  • Don't freeze over ripe bananas, they will leave an aftertaste in your mouth when eating.
  • Also keep in mind bananas will firm 'things up' so if your little one has some trouble with #2 in the bathroom, don't serve this everyday.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Random Things: 08-25-11

The Jelly Bean got her hair cut Tuesday (as checked off on my to-do list).

Only the second time in her entire five year lifespan.

She has the slowest growing hair ever.

Doesn't she look adorable gorgeous?

We also attended the most unorganized, chaotic kindergarten orientation ever.

I'm now very anxious about the first day of school.

She had her very first schoolbus ride:

Probably not her last, but I will be driving her to school and picking her up.

While it may not be the best for my carbon footprint, it will most definitely be best for my overprotective motherhood sanity.

I'm pretty sure the Earth is mad.

It shook the hell out of me the other day.

And apparently, it's going to try and drown me this weekend.

photo: National Hurricane Center
And now to veer completely off subject… we are having strange honeybee activity at my potato bags:

For over a week now, honeybees are congregating at this one spot on my bag and 'drinking' away at something.

There is nothing in the bag but dirt. I pulled out my potato plants and have replanted with green beans which are just starting to sprout.

Otherwise there is nothing there I can detect.

It's a flurry of activity with as many as 10 bees at once, more come as others leave. 


Even more random — I took a picture of a very tattered butterfly, which sat completely still for me while I snapped away from various angles.

Very curious.

What was that… 5 different conversations?

My HE lives with it everyday.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday's To-Do List

Special Friday & a Lightning Strike

Friday was Special Day.

So we went to the park.

We performed daring acrobatics.

And played on the COOLEST SEE-SAW ever.

We dared unimaginable heights.

And laughed. A lot.

Then we went on an adventure through the woods.

Where we discovered a lone woodland flower,

and a raging river. 

We braved the dangerous rapids.

Then slipped and fell in.

Which meant we had to swing and swing and swing until we dried off.

Then the sky darkened, the wind whipped, and thunder rumbled in the distance.

So we went home.

Where we braved a scary thunderstorm.

Simultaneous flashes and cracks.

Lightning strikes made our phone ring. 

Saturday we went outside and discovered strange pieces of shredded tree everywhere.

So we followed the clues.

Which led to this amazing discovery.

please excuse dirty fingernails, was digging in the dirt prior to photographing the crime scene.

Less than 60 feet off our back deck.

Pieces were found scattered on the other side of our house, over 100 feet away.

And on our deck.

Scary cool.

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