Posts Tagged ‘garden’

An Herbal Recipe: Chickweed Grilled Cheese…

HerbFairies-Chickweed4 One of the joys of homeschooling is getting to spend our mornings together at the park.  Every morning the kids and I take a walk around our local park for a little fresh air and exercise to start our day.  It was beautiful this morning and the dandelions were beginning to pop up along the trail in the grass.  A couple of the kids ran to pick a bouquet and they all agreed it’s been way too long since we last had dandelion fritters. 

My bunch absolutely LOVE eating dandelions. 

Do you ever eat the “weeds” in your yard?  Those pests are actually nutritious, delicious plants that can provide wonderful nutrients for your family!

Kimberly and Hailey share a recipe today using chickweed that you can probably find in your own yard.  This recipe, chickweed grilled cheese sandwiches, can be found in the free Herb Fairies cookbook you can get here. 

 

Look for more delicious herbal recipes right here this weekend!

Messy Monday

 

Spring has taken its own sweet time arriving here in Middle America.  We would get a glimpse of her one week only to find snow falling two days later.  After the steady showers we’ve gotten this week, I’d say she’s made a good showing and to celebrate, I thought we’d find some colorful ways to add a little Spring to our homes.

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sweet corn!

Sweet corn!  I love sweet corn.  In fact, my husband calls me Sweet Corn as a pet name.  (I don’t know.  He’s odd.)  There are certain foods that drum up warm fuzzy feelings of being a kid and enjoying dirt and sun and everything that makes summer magical.  Every time I bite into a juicy cob of corn, I am instantly brought back to childhood.  Summer days spent in the bed of a pickup truck overflowing with ears of corn.  My dad at the bed of the truck with a cutting board and a huge knife, slicing corn off the cob.  We’d all be shucking corn and tossing it over to him.  Those were the days.

We’ve enjoyed some yummy corn this summer, though none of our own yet.  I’ll get to that bit later.  But for now, I thought I would share my favorite way to prepare corn on the cob.  If you want juicy, I mean really juicy corn, then this is recipe for you.  It’s so simple, you don’t even need a recipe. 

photo by Sanoop Juicy Corn on the Cob

*What you will need:

lots of corn on the cob

a large stock pot

water

butter and salt (optional unless you’re from the south)

I told you this was ridiculously simple.  Shuck your corn and if you have littles break the cobs in half.  It’s easier for them to manage a small cob.  Place the corn in the pot and fill the pot with water – enough to cover the corn by a few inches so it has plenty of room to move around.  Cover the pot, heat on high and wait for it to boil.  Don’t just stand there though.  Go do something because a watched pot never boils.  Trust me, I know this from experience.

Once you get a good boil going turn off the pot and let the corn sit for up to three hours or so.  The longer the corn sits the juicier it is.  Drain it just before dinner and serve slathered in butter and salt.  Mmmm, now I want some corn.

 

photo by Kia Abell So about our corn.  It’s actually growing.  I didn’t really think it would do much but it is.  Only one problem – ants.  And as I’ve done a little digging, it’s actually two problems – ant and aphids.  Yep, the corn actually grows and we get ants and aphids.  Yay.  After some more digging, I’ve come up with mixture to hopefully get rid of them. 

Corn spray -  warm water, vegetable oil and a little bit of eco-friendly liquid soap.   

 

 

Well, right away the ants died. lol  We’ll see what happens with the aphids.  Knowing ants, they’ll probably have a fresh crew out there come tomorrow morning. 

-knittingprose

summer, garden and news…

The first day of summer and it’s already well into the 90’s here.  Everything in the garden is green and huge.  The cucumbers have just about taken over everything.  The tomato plants are getting taller than me and the potatoes are in desperate need of more covering.  Believe it or not the lettuce is still hanging around though I noticed today those heads I should’ve picked yesterday were taste-tested by the woodchuck living under our shed.  He conquered every bit of the broccoli long ago and I was happy to let him have it as long as it kept him out of everything else.  Until today, he hadn’t really bothered much. 

Aprons are on the sewing machine at the moment.  All this fabric needs some new homes and hopefully I’ll be able to sell it off in cute little aprons.  I’m also putting together some patterns for dresses.  Abigail has picked out two purple fabrics from the stash and is crazy about the idea of a new purple dress.  The thought of printing out and piecing together 55 sheets of pattern from Sense and Sensibility wasn’t all that alluring when I was planning on making a single dress for myself.  Now that Abigail will need hers out of the same packet I figured it was about time I get going on it. 

Not only that… but I’m going to need that drawstring dress before too long.  I’m very happy to share that we are expecting a child come November.  : )  It’s been a nerve-racking road but joyful nonetheless.  We lost two children three years ago and I came within minutes of my own death during that time.  After all these years, being pregnant again… I find myself hesitant but really savoring it this time.  And yet, trying hard not to get my hopes up. 

 

knittingprose

summer, garden and news…

The first day of summer and it’s already well into the 90’s here.  Everything in the garden is green and huge.  The cucumbers have just about taken over everything.  The tomato plants are getting taller than me and the potatoes are in desperate need of more covering.  Believe it or not the lettuce is still hanging around though I noticed today those heads I should’ve picked yesterday were taste-tested by the woodchuck living under our shed.  He conquered every bit of the broccoli long ago and I was happy to let him have it as long as it kept him out of everything else.  Until today, he hadn’t really bothered much. 

Aprons are on the sewing machine at the moment.  All this fabric needs some new homes and hopefully I’ll be able to sell it off in cute little aprons.  I’m also putting together some patterns for dresses.  Abigail has picked out two purple fabrics from the stash and is crazy about the idea of a new purple dress.  The thought of printing out and piecing together 55 sheets of pattern from Sense and Sensibility wasn’t all that alluring when I was planning on making a single dress for myself.  Now that Abigail will need hers out of the same packet I figured it was about time I get going on it. 

Not only that… but I’m going to need that drawstring dress before too long.  I’m very happy to share that we are expecting a child come November.  : )  It’s been a nerve-racking road but joyful nonetheless.  We lost two children three years ago and I came within minutes of my own death during that time.  After all these years, being pregnant again… I find myself hesitant but really savoring it this time.  And yet, trying hard not to get my hopes up. 

 

knittingprose