Category: Horticulture & Agriculture
|January 21, 2019||Posted by Wendy Perry under edible flowers, garden goodness, Horticulture & Agriculture, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, salads, slaws and such|
I’m not much on that yard work stuff… but on occasion, it’s simply necessary. I’ve been at it for weeks, in snippets (to make it more digestible)… in order to make sure I’m as de-snakified as can be. Because for those who know me, know that I DO NOT DO SNAKES. Period. No such thing as ‘good snakes’ for this girl. I actually have thought that I probably need to check myself into some sort of snake phobia program, except I’m sure that would, at some point, involve the handling of snake(s)… therefore, I’m not inclined to voluntarily enroll.
[singlepic id=127 w=320 h=240 float=left]As I was out and about today in my back yard, I smiled as I saw how well my chives are flourishing. Not being much on gardening either, (aka ‘yard work’), the one thing I’ve always managed to cultivate successfully are chive… or is it chives? My smile quickly turned to concern as I remembered that… tonight it is supposed to dip into the 20’s! Just days ago I was sweating in shorts, tank top and flip flops, and here I sit writing this bloomer blurb by a burning fireplace! When I saw all those cute little chive blossoms… little teardrops …about to ‘splode, I stopped yard work’n (doesn’t take much to divert my attention from THAT!). I immediately went into ‘mama chive mode’ to do what is needed to protect my bloomers! Because, you see, we must.
One of my favorite early spring treats are my blooms… thus the importance of bloomer protection! Did you even know you can EAT those fluffy little lavender flowers? Some folks do not know this, and so this, my friends, is for you! (I have had folks look at me like I’m some sort of weirdo when plucking these and snacking while strolling around the yard.) There are quite a few edible flowers, (note: make sure they have not been treated with chemicals and pesticides… or peed on by passing critters)… and my very favs are chive flowers. I grow mine in fence hanger boxes and in the Hungarian Baby Bathtub (see picture) so they stay up off the ground and ‘pee free.’ They are really pretty on salads, and a nice surprise for folks not used to eating floral matter. I, however, don’t always make it back into the house with them… I snack tub side.
The ‘by product’ of these bloomers are the chive fronds… is that what they are called? I don’t know, and because I know you really don’t care, I’m too tired from all that YARD WORK today to go research proper ‘chivese’ so for now, they’re fronds!
OK… I got a bit diverted there. Back to bloomer protection! Short of hauling that big ass Hungarian Baby Bath Tub in the house (and not even possible at this point due to the Ben Gay slathered ‘every muscle aches in my body’ condition), I am putting faith in those annoying[singlepic id=126 w=320 h=240 float=right] plastic grocery store bags… and have bagged my bloomers! I surely hope that works… ’cause I’m looking forward to the Chive Blossom Jive real soon… maybe by the time they bloom, my old sore muscles will be healed and jive’n will actually be possible… stay tuned!
Oh, P.S. Do YOU eat chive bloomers? (I’m just trying my best to get y’all to put something in that comment box down there!)….
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|January 21, 2019||Posted by Wendy Perry under Horticulture & Agriculture, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, sweet treats|
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After spending a little time in the yard yesterday to start spring cleaning it (before snakes may slither in!!!), I once again, as realized about this time each year, confirm that I DETEST yard work, period. I so want to be one of those folks who look forward to piddling in the yard, fluttering about pulling weeds here, planting flowers there… “becoming one with nature!” Just ain’t me…. and I was nowhere in sight when God was handing out those genes. I’m the one with good intentions, going to the annual Wake Forest HerbFest where I roll around one of the cute little Radio Flyer wagons and get all giddy filling it with tender young herbs and unusual tomato plants. Usually, in 2-3 weeks time, the thrill is gone, and I’ve grown the nicest pots of DRIED HERBS you’ve ever seen. Thank goodness a few of my favs, like chive, don’t need a lot of attention and thrive on their own.
Last year, I dabbled in hay bale gardening where I planted a lot of varieties of maters, but forgot about those after a bit too… yet a LOT of maters actually came to be. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll try that again this year or not… more about that later!
Back to yesterday… (because with every small movement, this muscle or that one takes me back there), I concluded that the main reason I don’t like yard word is D.I.R.T.!!! (I don’t even care for all that sand at the beach, which is a problem when you love the beach!). Dirt gets everywhere... under my fingernails (even when wearing gloves?!?), inside my socks… hair… mouth, even in my bra! I just get too dirty out there in the dirt, period. So when I came in yesterday at dusk, I pondered the whole dirt thing, and came to this conclusion. I hate dirt. Yet, I love dirt CAKE! So here’s to dirt and those that “dig” dirt (with the highest admiration!)… whether under your fingernails from outside, or licking off your finger with my kind o’ dirt from the kitchen!
Wendy’s Dirt Cake… quick and EZ
…a fun cake to serve a crowd any time of year, but especially nice in the springtime!
1 large pkg. Chocolate Creme-Filled Cookies*
2 8 oz. whipping cream (make fresh or use 2 packaged)
2 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 large instant pudding mix
4 cups milk
food coloring, opt.
flower pot safe for food, about 5 qt. size
garden trowel for serving
flowers, gummy worms/bugs for garnish
*You can save money by using “no name brand” cookies from dollar or discount store.
Save 1 (or more whole cookies) to plug hole in bottom of flower pot.
Place cookies in processor and pulse until consistency of dirt! (If you don’t have a processor, this can be done in a zippered bag by rolling into crumbs with some sort of bottle or jar.) I like to keep a few cookies out and break into pieces to have a ‘crunch’ in the dirt crumbs.
Mix pudding but using a little less milk than you would for usual pudding so it will be a bit firmer in the cake. With mixer, blend in the cream cheese; whirl in the whipped cream, or you can do them (pudding/cream cheese and whipped cream) as 2 separate layers in the cake.
Start by covering hole with whole cookie(s) and a layer of dirt in bottom of pot. Alternate 2-3 layers (number of layers will depend on size/shape of your pot. End by topping with ‘dirt.’
GARNISH: throw in some silk flowers (or real as in picture if in jar or bottle of water)… hang a gummy worm or two around too.
CONTAINER: Some clay pots have been chemically treated so best to use a cleaned plastic or ceramic type flower pot. If using a clay pot, it should first be washed well/sterilized through a cycle in the dishwasher.
SERVING SPOON: It’s fun to keep the “theme” going by using a garden trowel which you can find at a dollar store.
PUDDING: These is where you can get creative and have fun… make chocolate, vanilla or anything that goes good with the chocolate cookies. In both these pictures, I used mint…wished I had taken a good picture of the INside! I like to do this at St. Patty’s Day and make sure I add a little green food coloring to get a nice bold green layer in my cake! [singlepic id=115 w=320 h=240 float=right] “DIG” In!