Posted on: June 29th, 2012 by The Garden Coach No Comments
Many people celebrate the summer solstice for it’s astrological significance. As a gardener, I use it as a measure for the success of my efforts so far in the season. This season has some successes and some…other stories (if you know what I mean).
News Flash I have suddenly found myself transformed into an Organic Small-Scale Farmer. Well, I’m not starting a CSA or anything…yet. But, an unexpected turn of events have occurred and my family just bought a farmstead in Northern California!
Because of the storm that we got hit with yesterday afternoon, this post is being made from the air-conditioned family room of older daughter, Kara, and her husband, Adam. Though they live just half an hour away from us, their community was spared severe damage and power loss.
I finally finished a little fun project I have been working on all year. I made my own cookbook. I decided, earlier this year, that I needed a little boost to get out of a cooking rut I was in. I knew what I needed was a project that would help my organize and simplify my recipes. I decided to collect my family favorite recipes and consolidate them into a cookbook that I would really use...not like those cookbooks that I buy that have one or two or three good recipes in them, but a cookbook where I would use ALL the recipes often.
How many times can I type the word cookbook?
Anyways, I knew that when it comes to me and projects and being the mother of five children, I have to break everything down into little steps. First I organized my recipe binder nicely. I took out recipes that I would never make and marked the one I knew already were going to make the cut into the book.
Then I slowly but surely started trying some new things. This is what really got me out of that rut...I was making the same things over and over and I knew I wanted a nice collection of 100+ recipes, and I only had a little more than half of that of die-hard favorites so far. I found recipes through friends, family, blogs, and books and recipe site. I experimented on my children and if the recipe was a majority-rules good one, I would make adjustments (more sauce, a little less spicy etc) to make it our own. If one didn't work out, I pitched the recipe and tried something new. We mixed things up and tried things again and again. I have to say-it was fun!
The Border Patrol recently began training wild mustangs to help out along the border in southern Arizona. Horse patrols are nothing new; they allow agents to get into remote areas no vehicle can reach.
If your favourite thing in the summer is warm nights outside then likely one of your least favourite is getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. Making citronella candles in cans is a great recycling project that is inexpensive and effective.
It's taken a lot of patience, scientific study, field observation and pure will, but I've finally managed to train the rabbits to only eat weeds. What a time saver. I'd be thrilled to share the secrets to my success with you. Just send a SASE and a check for $99.99 and you can share in the latest gardening breakthrough:
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