Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
January 23, 2010 post! Sorry, but I'm trying to remember happier times when I could actually get out and see my herb garden and fantasize about what it will look like this summer. Still snowing! Although we are having a break at the moment. More to come! I know I will get to see it sooner rather later, but the weather is wearing me down! Hopefully you are warm and cozy wherever you may be. Talk to you later!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Richters is just outside of Toronto, Canada. About 4 hours to drive for us. If you come through the Peace Bridge entrance for U.S. citizens, you can bring plants into the U.S. Just be sure to ask for a special invoice to get the plants safely back. One of the things on my herbal bucket list! Hope you are safe and warm wherever you may be! Talk to you later!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The Herb Companion is about looking forward to planting a spring herb garden, but getting through this winter weather with a few pots of herbs in the house, basement and garage! Hope you are staying safe and warm wherever you may be. Talk to you later.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I told The Herbal Husband he was taking me for a post Valentine's Day afternoon tea! He was definitely on board. He loves afternoon tea.
We had a cozy table for two. The tearoom is very English in style. Nicole and her mother, Patty have done a first class job in the decorating. Well, I'm sure you want to know about the food and tea. AntiquiTea has a long list of loose tea brewed in individual pots. The Herbal Husband went with his favorite, Earl Gary and I had the French vanilla. Delish!
Now for the food. We started with Cream of Artichoke soup. Beautifully presented in a tea cup and very tasty.
Next came the tea sandwiches, tea breads, scone and pastries. Here is our tea stand.
There were four different tea sandwiches, including Pimento Cheese, Cucumber Mint, Chicken Salad on croissant and a spinach cheese square or tart. I was enjoying every bite and I forgot to take some closeups of the rest of our tea stand! Oh well, next time! We had a butter cream scone with clotted cream and lemon curd and a lemon poppy seed tea bread. We finished with a fruit garnish and a pistachio cookie, orange mousse pastry and a chocolate truffle. It was beautifully presented and very delicious!
We don't have Bernideen's or Sweet Remembrances, but we do have AntiquiTea and we are thrilled! Both The Herbal Husband and I are looking forward to going back. It should be noted that they do serve lunches and have a party room that accommodates 50 people. They are having a Victorian fashion show tea this Sunday. Please call if you are at all interested, maybe they still have room! So they are having special events already. They do have a website, however, it needs to be updated. At the moment, you can reach them through this Tea Map link. AntiquiTea is located in beautiful downtown West View and if you are in the Pittsburgh north hills vicinity, you need to give them a try. It was a very delightful afternoon.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Corn Crisped Chicken
1 cup Kellogg's Corn Flake Crumbs
1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3 pounds broiler chicken pieces, rinsed and dried
1/2 cup evaporated fat free milk
1 tablespoon margarine, melted
1. Combine Kellogg's Corn Flake Crumbs and seasoned salt. Dip chicken pieces in evaporated milk and coat with corn flake crumb mixture. Place in single layer, skin side up, in shallow baking pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with margarine.
2. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour or until chicken is tender, no longer pink and juices run clear. Do not cover pan or turn chicken while baking.
Yield: 8 servings
Here are my corrections. Instead of seasoned salt, I used 2 teaspoons of Roastmary available through The Rosemary House. I also used boneless, skinless chicken breast without antibiotics. The Herbal Husband thought it was the best chicken. He loves it!
I remember when we were dating, I had just finished taking a microwave cooking class. I made him rare roast beef in the microwave. I thought it was very good. I found out later he liked his meat well done! Now 22 years later, I don't even eat my roast beef rare anymore!
Well, we had to finish our Valentine's Day meal with a little red jello with whipped topping. There is always room for Jello! Happy Valentine's Day!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Under Preparing Camp Granny, I loved the Faerie Mailboxes, the Faerie Home Furnishings and Bubbles at the Ready. All very simple and yet great ways to get your child outside in the fresh air, running around and enjoying the day with you. I had flashbacks to when I was a kid in The Neighborhood Naturalist. I really was an outdoor kid when I was little. We spent days in the woods and learning about nature. I guess that is why I like it so much now. My mom was bed ridden with arthritis so she wasn't the main influence in my nature walks, but just the curiosity of a child is enough . A Five-Senses Walkabout, Sensory Sack, Leaves, Leaves Everywhere, Bird Words, Underwater Viewer and Firefly Lanterns were my favorite sections of this chapter. I made a leave book in one of my science classes that was a favorite project and the underwater viewer brought back days of searching for underwater creatures in the stream near my house and I always loved the fireflies when I was little. I loved the entire chapter of Kids in the Kitchen. I had sporadic kitchen training when I was young. I was mostly outside playing! Under Kitchen Garbage Garden, I enjoyed Spit and Save and Foolproof Herbs. I wonder why? Get those kiddos interested in herbs early. Under Kids in the Garden, I loved A Mini Italian Herb Garden, Barrels, Buckets and Bales, Greens and Edible Flowers and Bale Planting. That sounds like the entire chapter! I think Sharon goes with simple and tested activities and they love doing new fun activities every time they are with her. I bet when her older grandchildren visit, they will still want to do activities with her. Getting your children involved with you is what they want most. The final chapter, Rainy Day Activities again brought my childhood back to me. I remember doing skits for our parents when we had neighborhood cookouts in the summer. It does have to be the most expensive toy. I remember playing with the boxes and Sharon shows you how to make a house with the right box! So Acting Out Off Broadway, Ephemeral Art, Worm Hotel, Make Your Own Floral Paper, Hollyhock Doll, Leaf and Flower Collages, The Memory Game, Mother Nature's Toy Chest and Letters from the Heart brought back my childhood for me.
This book is a great gift for yourself or for a new parent or grandparent. It just brought back so many great memories for me of my childhood. Get going and enjoy your kids and grand kids! Having said that, I really have been slacking this winter as far as items I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to start reading the many, many herb books and talk about my favorite chapters like I did with Sharon's book. I've been drinking too much tea and exercising to get my weight down! (It's working!) Hopefully, My Favorite Chapters will be a continuing post to give you some herbal or gardening inspiration.
Friday, February 12, 2010
RED is the correct answer and that's what conclusion my buddy, Miss C came to also! So her experiment worked! Whew! Red and blue are the best for plant growth and green is the worst. Green light is least effective for plants as they reflect green light and absorb none. It is this reflected light that makes them appear green to us. Here are the results of her experiment. The six plants grown under red light were 3.3" average in length. The eight plants grew under clear or white light and were 2.6875" in length. The five green plants grew 1.8" average in length. Blue light is primarily responsible for vegetative growth or leaf growth. Red light, when combined with blue light, encourages flowering. Fluorescent, or cool white, light is high in the blue range. Fluorescent lights are great for starting seedlings which we all will be doing soon! So that's your botany lesson for today. I'll think of a new poll question soon or if you have one you need an answer to, let me know! Talk to you later.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Flowerlady's pizza the other night for Super Bowl. Ours was a little less complicated: Boboli pizza crust, mushrooms, onions, ham, fresh tomatoes and lots of different cheeses, mozzarella, a little six Italian cheeses, a little four Mexican cheeses and a little Parmesan cheese. It was cheesy goodness! Well, we are getting more snow! Just when we have the car uncovered, it is going to be buried again. It is depressing and I'm going to go sulk for a while! Talk to you later!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Pretty, but dangerous! Well, I'm going to go out and help The Herbal Husband! Talk to you later! I'll update the photos as well!
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
She got a superior ribbon and a first place ribbon. PRETTY AWESOME! That is such an over used word, but in this circumstance, it's PERFECT! Congratulations Miss C! I love you and am looking forward to your advancing in the regional competition! She planted some seeds and so did I!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Mulberry Creek Herb Farm in Ohio several years ago. I think their mail order days are over, but they are located near Cedar Point in Huron, Ohio and I know they would love you to come and visit them.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
South Beach Food for the Super Bowl in Miami.