Saturday, March 24, 2012

Five Hundred Dollar Mulch - Good News Bad News

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Bad news first….we lost a Bradford Pear tree on Monday.  They are a beautiful tree covered with blossoms in the spring and blazing with color in the fall. Unfortunately, they are not very strong and most of the neighbors have lost at least one since the builder planted them in our subdivision.  I understand that some areas of the country are banning them altogether because they send out runners and grow to quickly smother out the native trees. I don’t know where they came from originally.  Ours was carted off and the stump was ground to a pile of sawdust.

A little pile of mulch - all that's left of my tree.
That's a squashed lilac and forsythia in the background. It looks sad, but I'm sure they will survive and my fence was unharmed (good news).  More good news is I now have an even better sunny area in which to plant my vegetable garden. Remember Barbara Pleasant’s book from an earlier post? I’ve been drooling over her easy organic garden plans for weeks. I purchased some rabbit fencing (I'm bound and determined not to feed those rascally rabbits) and some blocks to surround my garden and further deter the bunnies. 
The Rock Star helped me fence in a 12 foot square area today and tomorrow I will purchase 8 more blocks to finish the square and my bags of soil and veggie seeds. We’ve had such a warm spring, I can’t imagine having cold enough weather to harm seedlings but most people in this area say wait until after Mother’s Day to plant. Guess I’ll purchase my seeds and wait on my seedlings - maybe. I'M SO EXCITED I can barely stand it! Don’t you love the way dirt smells?  Now I'm off to listen to The Rock Star play bass with his band. That's me - gardener by day, groupie by night ;<)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Little Patches of Love


Three years ago my daughter, Sterling Marie,  lived in Australia.  She came to visit that fall and planted these beautiful daffodil bulbs sprinkled throughout the gardens. She said they were little patches of love so that I would think of her each spring. The next year when I just knew spring was NEVER going to come and I was in a gloomy too darned much winter mood,  up popped these cheerful blossoms and changed my entire attitude for weeks. Sterling Marie is living in Chicago now – but this special memory returns every year.  I’m sure you have a little patch of love to share…please do!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mocha Shares Her Favorite Dog Cookie Recipe



Phew, I spent all day Saturday baking all natural healthy dog cookies to sell at a craft bazaar on Sunday. I’ve sold lots of them at the farmer’s market and never met a dog who didn’t love them.



My special taste tester, Mocha, says I should share the recipe with all the dogs lovers out there.

Mocha's Munchies Dog Cookies:
2-1/2 cups flour
¾ cup dry milk powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 T brown sugar
¾ cup low sodium broth (beef, chicken or vegetable)
½ cup shredded carrots
1 egg

Preheat oven to 300F. Mix together all ingredients (I use my trusty Kitchenaid) adding a little flour if necessary so the dough is not too sticky to handle . Roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes. For extra crunchy cookies, turn the oven off, leaving the cookies until it cools.