Garden Glimpse….

This morning started out so darn gloomy I was thinking there was no way it was going to get sunny and warm, guess I was wrong.  It was a fabulous day, not too hot, perfect for being outside.

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It was a big day for the newest little ladies, they got their first time outside, and loved it.  Tomorrow should be nice so they will get more outdoor time.  Just to be safe, I do keep the heat lamp on for them until it really warms up and I also have a little enclosure with pine shavings for them to go if needed.  Today they ended up not using either.

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The little ladies sure do love their outdoor time, I need to get more pictures of the rest of them.

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Lulu and Penelope decided to help themselves the littlest ladies feed, guess they didn’t want any waste around here.

DSC_0031The newly planted herb barrel.  I honestly could have herb gardens/planters all over the place, I love them!

DSC_0044 DSC_0037 DSC_0033The actual garden is really taking shape, though it’s not completely filled.  I have such less space than I did at the last house I don’t want to waste a single inch.  Container gardening will be a good way for me to extend my growing capabilities.

DSC_0038 DSC_0039 DSC_0036The strawberries are doing wonderful, wish I could say the same for the thyme… apparently the chickens are fond of thyme.  We have a tree that must have fallen over at some time that now has several little trees growing out of it as well as a squirrel family making it their home.  I am making use of the base by planting mint, I’m hoping it does what mint likes to do and spreads everywhere.

DSC_0032 DSC_0041 I’m trying to add some color (other than the giant purple chicken coop) in random places around the garden, in addition to these two cuties I have another lime green garden stool that of course I forgot to take a picture.

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As I mentioned before, I will be using a lot of containers for extra growing, this one is about 5 feet wide and about 2 feet deep and it’s completely dedicated to growing lettuce and Asian greens for the little ladies.  Of course I’m sure I’ll use a few here and there….

DSC_0049 DSC_0048 DSC_0047 DSC_0046 DSC_0045The greenhouse is really such an added bonus around here, everything grows so much quicker thanks to the warm temperature in there. I’m going to grow a few tomatoes in there as well as in my regular garden to see what difference it makes.

DSC_0050The praying mantis egg sac finally hatched.  If you look closely you will see the one sitting on the leaf.  Exciting times!!

Looking forward to consistent nice days….a Real Housewife can dream, right?

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Freezing Pancakes

When Thing 1 isn’t existing on air he’s existing on pancakes.  That kid is the most pick eater EVER!.  I know they sell frozen pancakes, but why on earth would I buy those when I can make a large batch and freeze them?  This also works well with waffles, you know, when you get that craving for one smothered in butter and jam but don’t want to make the effort and want them now.

A few tricks that I’ve learned when making and freezing pancakes (and waffles):

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If you are going to do this, make it worth your while, make a large batch.

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Let them cool completely on a bakers rack.  If you pop them in the bag while still warm you will get all that condensation that will make the pancakes a little goopy.  And that’s no bueno.

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When freezing parchment paper is your friend.  I like to separate the pancakes so they won’t stick together, they will just as beautiful as the day you made them.

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After you get them nice and snuggled in some parchment paper pop them in a freezer bag and they are ready for their nice chilly sleep.

Super easy, right?  I know it’s saved me the experience of a hungry 4 year old’s meltdown on many occasions.

Filipino Adobo

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I have had many dishes of Filipino adobo, some sweeter than others, my favorite being the less sweet.  That tart vinegar taste just keeps me coming back for more.  Sometimes I use chicken, sometimes pork, really depends on what I have and what I’m in the mood for, today was pork.  If you like a sweeter adobo than by all means up the sugar amount.

For the Recipe:

3 tbsp. canola oil

2 medium onions, chopped

1 rack of pork ribs (could easily substitute chicken) cut into individual ribs

4-6 cloves of garlic

3 bay leaves

1 tsp. white pepper

2 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. salt, or to taste

3/4 c. soy sauce

1 c. vinegar

2 tbsp. sugar

In a large sauté pan heat the oil, add the onions and let them brown up a bit.  Add the cut up ribs to brown, about 5-6 minutes total, flipping halfway though.  Add garlic, bay leaves, both peppers, and salt, stir well.  Add soy sauce, vinegar and sugar, give a good stir, cook for 45 minutes, or until ribs are tender.

Serve with rice so you can soak up all that yummy sauce.  Enjoy!

Mother’s Day…

Today is Mother’s Day, and for the past couple weeks that has been all over the internet, television, radio,etc…. Don’t forget mom.  Sadly, many need that reminder, to not forget mom.  But for me, I kind of cringe at all the ads, thinking it’s kind of sad.  My twinadoes are young, so they are here with me all the time, but I know there will come a day when that is no longer the case.  They will hear these ads and think “oh, I better not forget to call mom”.  Life gets busy, kids grow up and have responsibilities, but my mom heart hurts just thinking of that day.

My wish?  Not for some day where I get flowers, taken to brunch, a quick “hey mom, happy mother’s day”.  No sir, I want for my family to think of each other daily, to not have this big day (Father’s day included) where my children remember their parents.  I’ve stated several times in the past few weeks that I do not want to go to brunch, I do not want flowers I really don’t want anything.  Every Mother’s Day I’m thankful, thankful for the two feral jackals that call me mom.  There was a time I wasn’t even sure I would get that.

On Mother’s Day I think of the women that do not have this, more so the ones that want it.  It’s a tough road, one I luckily did not continue down.  When the ads would start up and people would laugh about the silly gifts they received, I would laugh along but inside I was so very sad.  Today I will be celebrating my twinadoes and how lucky I am that I have two of the craziest, most adorable, annoying, ridiculous treasures on the earth that call me Mom.  I will also be thinking of those women that want so desperately to have the title of mom, but do not.  They will put on a brave face and be happy for those of us that get this day, laugh along at our stories of what our family did for us, then they will continue on…  People will tell them Happy Mother’s Day from their cat, dog, fish, etc… but it’s not the same.  Yes, there are the people that really do choose to not ever have kids, and I always support anyone’s decision, but then there are the ones that say it to protect themselves.  Or they make it seem like it’s not a big deal they don’t have children, for whatever reason.  I think I got pretty good brushing it all off and fooled a few people, some I’m sure knew how much I was lying.

Today I’ll probably be in the yard doing random gardening, running errands and just enjoying the day, but I’ll be very aware of what day it is.  I’ll look at my twinadoes and be grateful that they gave me the title some will never have.  I’ll also see the women that have “the look”, that look I used to have.  The feeling of such wanting and jealousy are no longer mine, but they are very real for others and I’ll be sure to play along when I see it.

Treasure your mother’s day, not just today, but every single day.