Thursday, April 1, 2010

How Does My Garden Grow?

I'm so glad you asked! It grows with tomato plants and lettuce leaves and potatoes all in a row! My garden just makes me smile. I love seeing those tiny leaves appear and grow and grow and grow. Just look at these potato plants and the lettuce behind them.

We started some tomatoes, crookneck squash, zucchini, watermelon, pumpkins, and okra plants and they are sprouting and growing quickly. The weather is warming up so they spend their days outside and their nights in the house. We plan to put them in the ground after Easter.

This pumpkin plant is from a seed we saved from a huge pumpkin Grandpa grew last year. Hopefully we will get at least one as large as his were!

Most of my seeds are heirloom seeds and we should have some interesting produce this year. We are growing Jarrahdale Pumpkins which are bluish (click here for a picture of Jarrahdale) and Lumina Pumpkins (click here for a picture of Lumina). We also plan to plant some different colors of corn: Blue Corn, Oaxacan Green, and Smoke Signals (reds & browns), as well as the traditional yellows and whites. If we can find the seeds we plan to grow some Strawberry Popcorn!

Our tomatoes are Brandywine, Eva Purple Ball, Red Zebra, Cherokee Purple, Beefsteak, and Italian Roma. I will also be planting Purple Queen, Cherokee Wax (yellow), and Blue Lake(green) snap beans. We are going to have such a colorful garden!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Baking Day

We have spent a lot of time in the kitchen lately! And, I have pictures to prove it! First is our Sunflower Cake. I have seen this cake in several publications, but most recently in our grocery store monthly newsletter. The flower "petals" are yellow Peeps and the center is chocolate chips - very quick, easy, and so delicious! The older guys really enjoyed this - but I guess they just couldn't smile for the camera - the little men are super happy though!
It turned out pretty cute!

Monday morning Kirk asked me to try this cinnamon roll recipe. They rose beautifully:
Smelled sooo good while baking:
and tasted wonderful!!!
This is definitely a recipe worth trying! I set a few aside for Dad and he agreed with the rest of us that this is absolutely the best cinnamon roll recipe we have ever tried. The only thing we would do differently would be to make some icing for these - maybe even cream cheese icing - YUM! We were out of powdered sugar so no icing this time!
Please let me know if you try this recipe. I'd love to know how it turns out for you!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Quilt Show!

It's a tradition. Each year Mimi, Maggie, and I attend the Azalea Trails Quilt Show. We attend because it is a fun girls-only day and because all three of us enjoy sewing. We have done this for the last 5 years and this year we expanded the tradition. This year, Daphne is 6 years old and is very interested in sewing, so, we invited her and her mom (my sis) to join the tradition!

Maggie really enjoyed sharing the way we "do" the Quilt Show with her cousin. There is a scavenger hunt for children attending the quilt show and Maggie always participates. The scavenger hunt consists of a list of quilts to find, like a quilt that has a lot of cats, or one with a large eagle in the center, or one with flip flops. This is a great way to keep the kids occupied as they look at the quilts. Maggie and Daphne found everything on the list and each received a small prize.

Each visitor to the quilt show also gets to vote for their favorite entry. We always enjoy this part. As we view the quilts we note our favorites on our programs and then go back and look at each one again to decide our favorite. Daphne chose the Cat quilt and Maggie loved the Celtic Knot quilt.

The girls also got to sew a four-patch block and bring it home for a souvenir. We finished off the day with a trip to SmashBurger for lunch. Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Snow Pictures

Well, what do you think? Is the snow gone for the year? That seems like a ridiculous question to ask since we live in a practically snow-free area! But this winter has definitely been different. We had snow flurries on Christmas Eve - never, ever, ever has that happened! Then 10 inches of snow in February!! Wow, that was crazy! Finally, (dare I say that?) we had about 2 inches in March on the first full day of spring.

Well, I am looking at the pictures on my blog and thinking that maybe it is time to change them. Maybe I should put some more spring-like photos up?

First though, I thought I'd share a few winter pictures from previous years.

February 2007 - Of course this is not here! This is from our trip to Pennsylvania!
Seriously though:

This is here - March 2007. Notice the kids are wearing shorts. They found a turtle on the side of the road and we rescued it and released it in our pond.
This one of MT and FRitW is from March of 2008. A diaper and sweatshirt was enough to keep MT warm and though FRitW is wearing pants, he just has a short sleeve shirt on. It was warm enough to play in the dirt for long enough to stain those chubby knees!
Here is all of us in February of this year.
And here we are again one week later!

I can't find any pictures from 2009. But, I think these give a nice view of that "typical" Texas weather!
Happy Spring!!!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Bird Trap!

Do you remember my post about the bird feeders Maggie created as a science project? (If not you can view it here) This morning, as we walked in the house after church, FRitW yelled, "Mom, there is a bird trapped!!" I looked where he was pointing and there was one of those homemade bird feeders laying on the ground with a bird trapped inside it!

We had a lot of wind last night and it knocked the bird feeder out of the tree. It landed on the ground with the opening facing up. I walked closer to see what had happened. The bird had climbed through the hole to reach the bird seed and could not get back out.

The hole was small, but there was a screw-on lid on the top (or the side, since it was laying on the ground). The bird was getting frantic because we were so close, so I quickly removed the lid and we all backed up so the bird would calm down. It settled, but couldn't seem to find the opening.

As we stood quietly hoping the bird would escape, Fireflame (our bird hungry cat!) noticed the fluttering bird. He attacked the bottle! We couldn't keep him away and the bird was terrified. Fireflame was just excited to have such an easy prey. Kirk grabbed the cat and locked him in the house.

Then SUPERDAD arrived on the scene! He had a pair of scissors and carefully cut from the opening all the way around the bottle. Then he stepped back and waited. The bird flew into a nearby tree, safe and apparently unharmed!

I didn't take any pictures because I was afraid the bird would get hurt if we didn't work fast.