Category Archives: Food

A new hobby for spring? Could it be I am finally growing a green thumb??


I have taken the leap.  I have been jump started, by the fabulous giving away of trees by my employer, into undertaking a new thing.  I, your favorite (maybe!) opinionated activisty midwestern girl, am FINALLY learning how to grow things.  I have purchased one of those seed starter sets that is like a little greenhouse, some seed starting soil (organic even!) and multiple packs of various types of seeds.  I have flowers and herbs and a few fruits and vegetables.  Here is hoping….right?

I also have several tree starts that I am hopeful will last until I can get them planted.  I currently have them in some clay pots with potting soil surrounding them and plenty of water (but not too much) so that they will be good until I can get them into the earth or a big pot.  I don’t know yet.  Maybe we will just pot them in large plant pots and do that til they are big enough to really thrive in the ground.  I don’t know yet.

I have grand thoughts.  I have a grand design for the ultimate garden…I hope that it works out the way I want.

Here is hoping my dogwoods, flowering plums and pines don’t die.  Here is hoping that my moonflowers, forget me nots, alyssums, morning glories, cosmos and whatever that other flower is along with my herbs (lots of them) germinate and sprout up and develop into beautiful functional and flowering plants.

I hope that it works.  I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope it works.  Wish me luck!


Oh how these mom and pop shops like to tease….


I do not know what it is.  It seems like every locally owned business that I visit has done this at one time or another.  Whether it be a nail salon, a used cd shop, a pawn shop, a pizza place, a yarn store… They all seem to be guilty of misleading me at one time or another. 

The horrible offense that I am speaking of is leaving the “Open” sign on well after they have closed for the night.  Some businesses DO stay open later than the hours which are posted on their signs…so I admit I have fallen prey to this.  I wonder sometimes if they have a hidden camera and are watching to see just how many do fall for this cruel joke.  I wonder if they are going to jump out and say “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera” or something equally asinine. 

The businesses that do this are varied and are owned by many a nationality.  There is absolutely NO common thread between them other than that they are not chain stores or franchises.  Just last night on the way home from the pharmacy we encountered a pawn shop and a buy here/pay here car lot with their open signs gleaming in the darkness, beckoning the  unsuspecting to pull in, stop and come inside…don’t worry…we will be waiting to serve your every need (Psych!!)

Those poor shoppers pull into these businesses with their lights on and stop their cars, take off their seat belts, haul their weary bones out of their car after a long hard day of work and walk hopefully up to the door.  Upon reaching the door their hopes are dashed upon the rocks of despair.  The business is in fact closed.

Curse you, small business owner that refuses to turn off your “Open” sign.  Curse you and your cruel mischievous ways.


How to make real vanilla extract in time for the holidays


How to make real vanilla extract in time for the holidays.

I think that I may try my hand at  making this sometime soon 🙂


Meat Pies! Come and get your tasty Meat Pies ‘ere! Yummy goodness in a crust! Come and get your tasty treats!


Scottish Meat Pie

Ingredients:

1 FILLING; (this makes enough for about 6 mini Pies)

1 lb.ground lean beef; or lamb * free from fat, bone, gristle, etc.

1 tsp.Worcestershire sauce

3 tbsp Onion soup mix; or (minced onion)

1 cup oatmeal or dry French bread crumbs

0.5 tspground nutmeg

0.5 cupstock (beef broth)

salt and pepper to taste

1 CRUST PASTRY; (this makes enough crust to fill 10 or 1 lb.plain flour 0.5 tsp.Salt 1   water 0.5 cupbutter or margarine; (the original recipe called for lard.)

How to Prepare Scottish Meat Pie

To make pie pastry, bring butter and water to boil in saucepan.

Put flour and salt in a basin, make a hole in the middle.

Pour boiling water and butter into hole.

Mix until cool enough to handle.

Form into a ball.

Turn on to a floured board, knead well, and pat into a flat shape.

Divide into six pieces, or two large pieces to roll out & cut circular pieces.

Mold pastry up in the sides of ring or pan to 3 inches high to make filling holder.

Roll out saved sections, cutting them into rounds to fit filling holders.

Roll pastry as thin as you want, lay onto a muffin ring or large muffin pan, cut excess pastry leaving enough to fold to center of ring or muffin pan.

Mix all filling ingredients together, divide into 6 or 8 portions and fill pastry.

Make a slit in center of each top to let steam out.

Brush tops with milk or beaten egg.

Bake at 250°F for 30 minutes on baking sheet

Raise oven to 350 F, bake another 15 minutes

It’s whats for dinner (Recipe copied from BigOven.com and used many a happy time in my kitchen)