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Already thinking fo gardening in January!

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Oh my, it has been a while since I wrote.  I am sorry to those who occasionally come and check this blog.  I will be updating more often as the sun is starting to rise slowly back up into the sky.  Which you know what that means….. time to seriously think about gardening again!

I did do some bulbs for the Christmas holiday around my office.  Amaryllis bulbs turned out wonderful and today I just put the stem and fanning leaves back to dry the bulb and using it for next year.  Other than the bulbs, Hubby and I didn’t celebrate Christmas, nor New Years as the house was finally closed on and we both got busy remodeling and moving in.  We are 40% moved in and it looks like we will be selling the cabin after all.

As for the new growing season, I won’t be able to do a whole lot.  A very small garden to start the new house off right and I am still deciding on what to plant as I have quite a bit of sun with this house and where I may put a new green house.  Broccoli and Cauliflower for sure and I have already started… green peppers!  I will be starting jalapenos and tom’s very shortly, probably within a week.  But I am not sure what else to grow. 

Anyone have some good ideas?

Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, Chocolate Pie! Oh yes!

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I have no clue if this recipe is new or old or even around.  But I came up with a very simple version… that everyone who has tried it wants the recipe!

So with that said, if you try to make it, let me know how it was accepted in your family and friends circles.

You will need:

2 cups Peanut Butter, 1-2 cups of pumpkin pie mix, Nutella spread, 1/2 stick of butter, 2  pie crusts (I recommend gramcracker) and some sort of mixer and a rubber spatula.

Warm Nutella in microwave for 30 seconds till nice and gooey spreading.  Take rubber spatula and spread Nutella generously on pie crust.

In mixing bowl add peanut butter, pumpkin pie mix, and butter and mix until the consistency of mud.

Add concoction to pie crust.  Make sure to have pie on a cookie sheet to help you put in and out of the oven.  Bake at 350 for 40 minutes (no clue on convection oven), testing pie as if it was a pumpkin pie poking it with a fork until it comes out clean.

Let sit for 30 minutes and enjoy!  It WILL have the consistency of a pumpkin pie, but it sure don’t taste like one!  I also recommend chunky peanut butter.  It is a different texture.  Also, if you want, add 1 egg.  Watch for it to puff up like a pumpkin pie in the oven.  Tastes the same though.

Try it, and see if you like it.  Tell me what you think! 🙂

Chicken meatballs!

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I have a dilemma.  I have freezer burnt chicken.  Breast and thigh meat that, well, isn’t the best for normal consumption unless you marinate the heck out of it.  And here is the other problem, I HATE wasting food of any kind.  So, I thought about what I could do with it.  Well i have an old fashioned meat grinder that we bought to make home-made sausage from out hunting expeditions.  So why not use that to grind up the chicken? 

Hmmmmm and then I thought about how to make the meatballs stick together.  And here is what I am coming up with:

Chicken:  3 lbs raw varying meat (freezer burnt or not) and thawed out.

Spices:  1 Tbls granulated Garlic, 1 Tbls Onion Powder, 1 tbls Onion or Garlic Salt.  Chopped Onions 1/2 cup, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup bread diced, 1 egg.

Either some flour or corn meal in a bowl with some dried dill, chives and parmesan cheese …. this will be explained.

Take thawed chicken and grind into decent consistency into bowl.  Add all ingredients and stir until the consistency is gummy.  Make 1-2 inch balls per your tastes and to make the chicken ball not stick to your hand, take some flour or corn meal on a spoon and sprinkle your ball as you try to make each ball.

Put on a cookie or baking sheet and cook at 350 for no more than an hour (check as every stove is different) and taste.

I will let you all know how it tastes tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

UPDATE:

I made them last night.  But here is the problem.. I made them a tad large.  2 inch balls!  I also added Salmon Burger’s as they were pretty freezer burnt and Shrimp and left over hamburger.  It actually turned out pretty darn good and I have balls in the fridge for later.

I made a first batch of just chicken/salmon/shrimp that are very little fat and very good.  A tad fishy, but it actually worked out as there is a lot of flavor. 

The second batch (as I only had a little chicken mix left) with the hamburger, my husband loved.  They had just enough fat in the hamburger to give it a kind of meat loafy taste BUT it turned out pretty well as he loves meatloaf.

I also cooked the ball for 2 hours … as I don’t want anyone to get sick from the fish and chicken.  The shrimp was already cooked.  So… if you try it yourself, just a helpful reminder… the chicken will be very squishy and very wet.  Adding bread is a sure bet and helped with the chicken sticking together!

I made altogether 40 2 inch balls.  32 of them are now in the freezer and will be used for appetizers for Thanksgiving!

Stressed out the dream is dieing.

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I am going to be honest.  I am not all that great with my writing skills and such.  It sucks as I am also very dyslexic and at times can even spell whole words backwards and not realize it.  So if you have problems understanding my posts, please let me know. 

Now, on to the complete and total whining.

I am really ticked off and almost ready to grab a cigarette and I haven’t smoked in months!  Yes I am that mad!  Here is the story:

My husband and I found a really nice and cute house, with about an acre of land.  We tried to low ball them on the price.. but everyone gradually ended up in the middle and was happy.  The sellers’ realtor is as slow as a freaking slug getting the paper work done and not on the uptake concerning getting information to either us, the buyers, our realtor OR the appraiser, the inspectors.. anything.. INCLUDING the city!  We are at out wit’s end with this woman and our realtor is about to turn her into the board for screwing up the contract the seller and us HAD agreed on!  Yes it is getting that bad.

Now, here is the other problem.  The BANK we are dealing with did something completely stupid and sent me via email all the papers need for closing to look over.  I didn’t think anything of it as I was busy and working and forwarded it to my husband to look over.  He calls me at work and about busts a cork as it had ALL of our personal information from social security numbers, birthdates, credit card numbers… everything.  We are contacting the banks CFO President and have contacted credit agencies like Equifax, changed out credit card number and we are about to change bank accounts… and we may be looking into a lawyer.

I am totally upset.  I had already started getting stuff for this house and now all of this.  The garden I was looking into is now possibly gone due to stupidity and lack of thinking and common sense.

I am not even too sure what to do right now.  This has been ongoing and right now I am numb after my husband and I talked and I said instead of being this stressed out, we may just need to walk away.

I hope you are all having a better day then I am.  I can’t even manage a whitty response to this at the moment.

Corn question and other random thoughts about seeds….

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Thyme and a few others asked me about corn and how I could possibly grow an ear of corn without having a bunch or pollinating via the wind.  Well Corn is a pretty simple plant.  It is self pollinating!  What most farmers wouldn’t want is a bad time when their corn was in the perfect and prime time for fertilization and NO WIND.  But since I only planted 6 originally, and only had 3 stalks live… I really didn’t know what to expect.  When I saw the beginning of the silks, I honestly thought they were a variant growth and I may have to pull the plant because I didn’t want the rest of the stalks to become contaminated.  Yes, you can laugh NOW.  I am a real Alaskan and I have never seen corn grow!  How was I suppose to know? 

So, I decide to leave the weird growth, go grab my lap top and look up corn… hey maybe it was an ear?!  Well when I read up on the corn I was pleasantly surprised.  But I really want to grow an ear.. so I looked into what I may have to do to pollinate my corn.  I looked at the pictures and was told to do the “shake method” and then ignore the stalks.  Heck, I can do THAT!  I am good at that!  Ignoring that is.  Well a few weeks of ignoring, or more or less not being near it to notice and forgetting about it all together and then thinking I need to compost left me with ONE ear, that I didn’t notice until after I pulled it.  LOL oh well… I did it, I just wasn’t paying attention.

Well last night I found a new blog concerning heirloom seeds and selling them online.  Very Cool!  And they are from Amish families… even better!  So if you are curious, I would take a gander at them and they are called Seeds by Faith.   They are just a small starter farm with some neat heirloom seeds that I have no problems supporting, especially since they are little guys.  You never know as these may be the seed distributors of the future!

I am a huge seed fan.  I will try to grow anything if you have a seed for it.  Don’t believe me?  I have a boss whom got Giant Red Wood tree seeds and asked if I wanted some.  Well of COURSE I said yes as the Red Wood can live up to -30 degrees and can grow 3 feet a year.  Boy was I in for some interesting learning experiences.  Well for one thing, when you plant the seed of a Sequoia, it must have damp soil at all times.  Second, it sunburns so you have to be careful on how much light to give them, partial is good.  And the rate of growth is impressive!  For a tree that can grow over 100 feet in a few years, you will need to repot often!  I have now 5 of them which have to stay indoors for 5 years before planting outside.. they will be stunted as for Alaska the growth rate is good in the summer and they go dormant in the winter.  But stunted Red Wood’s in Alaska….. yep, I am going to have a good time!  I am just curious how big they will be by the time I can plant them.

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So.. with that said.  You can tell I am into growing anything!  What about you… are you willing to try something different?

9/11 musings and baking pizza bread.

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Well today was sort of busy.  Woke up the hubby, made him breakfast.  We decided to go to Home Depot and Lowes for what we wanted to do to the house, what was needed and what we really wanted.  Most everything we wanted was at Lowes.  So I guess it was a eventful outing. 

Coming home, hubby needed a nap and I wanted to watch the movie, Remember Me.   About a young man coping with life during the summer of 9/11.  It wasn’t the best movie I had ever seen, but it definitely made me remember 9/11.  If you ever saw the movie, you would know what I am talking about.

So after the movie I decided to be nice to hubby and make him pizza bread from the bread machine, in which my Dad me and my brother when we were younger.  I took the Krustez italian bread machine bread, 2 teaspoons of yeast and 1 cup water and added them to the breadmachine pressing the “Basic” button.  Which this is usually the kneading extra.  I added 1 cup of sliced and diced pepperoni slices, 1 cup of onions and 1 cup of pepperjack cheese.  I had to check it frequently due to the yeast and push it down occasionally, but it is looking good! 

I was reading another blog called Thyme to Garden Now, about some very cool tips concerning basil.  It is a cute blog… transplants from CA move to IN.  Oh man talk about an eye opener.  I feel their pain, when I moved to the lower 48 for a couple of years.  But I think it worthy to keep them around on your favorites as they seems to be very passionate about their gardening and you can never not have enough tips!

Okay off to take the bread out and on to the second batch in the bread maker.  This time I added sweet Mesquite… for some TANG!  Yuuuuuummmy. 

Before I go, please say a prayer for those who died on 9/11.  I will never forget.

Green Tomatoes all over the place and the start of my planning for next year.

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I am seeing a very noticeable trend from Alaska to across the pound, with my friend the Idiot Gardener.  The tomatoes are not ripening.  They are as green as green can be, hard, and in some cases (like my ID friend) they get blossom end rot.  The only ones I have seen have any luck are those who had 100 degree temps, like those in Texas or my friend Faith in Willow who had them in a Hot House for longer then the usual here in Alaska.  BTW Faith I am very jealous!

I grew beefcake, yellow pear, another in which I spaced out the name, and I got something called a Patio tomato.  Wouldn’t you know it the only tom’s that decided to ripen, were the patio or what others call micro tomatoes.  My husband thought that was just the coolest tomato and ate the little, size of the end of my pinky toms.  I guess I am going to try those again next year.

So, I guess I am going to have to sit down and figure out what I want to grow.  But here is the other issue.  I have my garden stuff at our Cabin and I will have to transport it to the new house.  I use culvert for my raised beds and I like them but I think I am going to need for them to be cut down as they are 2 feet tall and I think 1 foot tall should be good.  So I need to find a plasma welder who can cut 10 of them for me.  I will then have 20 raised beds.  Now, should I paint the culvert?  I am thinking maybe.

As for seeds, germinating and such… I may not go this route this year as much as I would love too.   If I don’t have the garden up and running, there isn’t going to be a lot of growing.  Something to mull over this winter for sure.  I will be growing corn again.  I had a blast growing it.  Who knew you could grow it up here.  But you never know, it could have been a fluke year due to the humidity.

 What is it you want to grow next year?  Is it hard for your area?