Monday, April 30, 2012

Mary, Mary quite contrary How does your garden Grow?????

hello friends!

I've got a 2-fer today, they're both really short so not too much time!

First is Menu Monday:
Monday: out to eat with my momm and daddy and buckaroo, Bubba Hubster is gone for business AGAIN!
Tuesday: Taco Tostada Tuesday
Wednesday: church dinner
Thursday: pork chops, squash* and carrots
Friday: sticky glazed chicken, mashed potatoes and corn

*from our very own garden :D which leads me to the 2nd part of the 2-fer today and our post title. Every year for the last handful of years we've had a small garden, small being 8x8, we dont need alot when you got a little family of 3 whose Buckaroo will not eat more than a couple pieces of each veggie even after being bribbed with extra nickels and dimes (they have a sticker and pencil machine at school) and no i'm not above bribbing....

so here's our little piece of self suffiency

today we picked two zuchinis and two squash and we have tons of blooms for both and tomatoes and cucumber blooms.

our line up ladies and gents: (L-R)
1 lonely jalapeno plant
4 plants of  I forgot (and no its not a new plant i truely forgot what we bought and planted there. i know it was something i like i'm thinking bell pepper or okra or maybe 2 of each)
6 zuchini plants
6 crooked neck squash
6 roma tomatoes and 1 BIG heirloom tomatoe (Bubba Hubster's favorite)
and along the whole back is 6 cucumber plants (we used an old chain like fence gate we had, stacked with two t-post and just train them to grow that way - keyword train i just planted and left i got on another project and thats why they look so short but they would actually be doubled back over if i had trained them correctly)

Not pictured are the aspargus plants (4) that we planted in a pot, altho they do not look edible at all! we did a huge pot because in our neck of woods texas we have gumbo about 6" below surface and bubba Hubster said he wasn't going to ammend the soil that far down without a walk behind tiller and i dont blame him! the tiller we have will beat you to death and shoveling it isn't any better, so cheap solution 18" plastic pots (also got one for carrots but havent planted them yet.

If any of y'all are too worried about the time of planting a garden and the upkeep - please don't! i'm about the laziest gardener - E.V.A. seriously i plant and forget. i *try* to train the cucumbers it just makes it easier but sometimes i do and sometimes i don't. i make sure they get enough water, add two bags of miracle grow garden soil (totally lurve there) bubba tills it in, i plant and then gather the bounty!

and buckaroo luvs being outside and picking the veggies and all, i'm hoping this year with him being older and picking it, that might help with him wanting to eat veggies instead of me sneakily giving it to him with V8 fusion (total lurve there also), for "french fry chips" which is actually veggie stick chips, and vegtable spegahti noodles. of course i will still probably do all these things even if he does start to eat his veggies just because they are better choices than their alternatives.

hope everyone has a great and amazing week this week!

In His Luv & Wisdom,
Michelle, Bubba Hubster & Buckaroo

Monday, April 23, 2012

Menu Monday

Hello Lovelies,

I know that I have gotten so sporadic  ok almost non existant on posting, but after looking at all the lovely blogs out there that are doing spring cleaning and spring projects  I got the fever! I normally "summer clean" since here in Deep South Hell, Gulf Coast, Texas, it is too hot to do anything outside after, oh lets say 6 am I usually keep the short (maybe 6 wks if we are lucky) Spring season to do all my outside goodies. But that's what I get for gorging on blogs and pinterest, LOL!

So I bought 11 ferns, 7 veggies plants and called my spring planting done with so I could get the Spring cleaning and project itch outta the way. It has been so nice too, my brain is not near as cluttered either. i'm allowing myself to have some MUCH needed breaks from EVERYTHING too, if i WANT and CAN do it I will but if not I've not worried myself to death about who, what, where, when etc. and for me and my OCD and anxiety issues is a major milestone. i tell you its been really nice. anywho thats been it in a nutshell around our Hacienda.

I'll show y'all later on what I did with the 11 ferns, and why only 7 veggie plants - i didn't want a huge garden to tend to and there is only 3 in our little family right now and no matter how much i try to get Buckaroo to eat veggies it is only a few pieces each night. And the mothers day present i made for my momma (and myself - lol) prolly next week or maybe the end of the week.

Here's the Menu:
Monday - glazed chicken, mac-n-cheese, corn
Tuesday - Big Daddy will be outta town and its sewing club night, so that means he fends for himself and I only have to worry about a side dish.
Wednesday - church and our church has weekly meals to eat as a church family and we are going to be eating dinner there so no cooking for momma! we've been feeling a little discontected from chruch and are hoping that this helps restore that contectedness we crave.
Thursday - deer steak, roasted potatoes, carrots
Friday - hotdogs/hamburgers, chips & deviled eggs
Saturday - not too sure tbh
Sunday - bean & beef taco/tostados

You might notice I've not done the best with freezer cooking - and to be honest - i hate it. There I said it, simple and plain, I thought it would be something that I would grow to be ok with, maybe even like but it's not. I don't really care to cook to begin with and then when you had extra time onto that cooking i REALLY don't like it. Plus we aren't really soup people. Buckaroo is but I always feel like there's not enuff sustanance there for me (yes just one more of my weird issues - hang around long and you might feel like thats ALL i got!). Chicken and steaks end up being too dry (to me and Hubster), plus I have NO problem paying extra for steamable bags, anything that might help make dinner under 30 mins. I got to finding out that I was spending the same amount of time warming up freezer meals as it took me to make a meal. I'm a 30 mins or under gal, if it cant be cooked and ready to eat in 30 mins - find a restuarant that cooks it and we'll eat there! We found that we don't really notice a difference or prefer a taste of Ragu over my homemade speghati sauce, canned Mamwich sauce over the homade one, etc. So we (mainly me) decided that the only freezer cooking I'm doing is frying up a bunch of hamburger meat at one time and dividing it up, which I've always done.

I hope everyone is having an amazing Spring so far and it continues. I'll be doing one more post this week, prolly about the ferns.