Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday morning .. wasn’t sure if it was going to be a sunny day or if the rains were actually going to happen. Air was quite muggy.
Spent a few hours outside, continuing to sort plant pots. Check on seedlings. Mix the seaweed in amongst the garlic and into some veggie beds. Having quite a lovely time of it, really, just working away, here and there. Feeling great that the yard is taking shape. It will take a few more weeks and then I’ll really have done a thorough job of tidying up.
Finishing planting some fancy geraniums, Found the best area for my new grape plant .. at the south side of the house. Just have to dig up the hard soil about a foot and then place the vine in firmly. When the sun does shine, this part of the yard is the absolute hottest. I’ll take some pics when I’ve planted it.
Filled with joy when I discovered that a Salmon berry plant was thriving at the side of the yard. Last year it looked like a dry stick and so I was just so sad. Here it’s been growing strongly, beneath some bushes .. so time to relocate this little guy, so it can grow in more open space.
There are about 20 Red Hot Poker plants all thriving well in pots. These I had potted up last year and just left them to grow .. or not . .and they have all decided to grow. So, time to share these with others, as a yard can only handle so many, I think. The birds love the brick-red tubular flowers .. as do the butterflies and hummingbirds. Just as I’m clipping away roses from the side yard, the faintest of little rain drops start to fall. Then nothing .. so I wasn’t sure if the rains were going to be the type that start and stop.
Kept clipping away. Next, time to check on my latest seeds to see if they’ve sprouted .. . nothing yet. And then to the very back, to place some stakes around the Silverberry bush, which should be growing tall and instead is tending to loom over the yard … soon had the main branches aiming upwards, adding more space to walk around the back area. Now the rains were pouring down in earnest.
I lingered outside awhile. Enjoying the feeling of being outside in the rain. Lovely damp earthy smell as the water hits the ground. Feeling like a kid again .. listening to the birds. After awhile … time to head indoors. And time to work on the recycling inside. Found a bucket of music cassettes .. some going back 20 years. Troupe music from several forms of folk dancing, middle eastern dancing, clogging.
Let’s see .. when is the last time that I’ve played these tapes .. too long .. time to recycle. So for a few hours I stand at a counter, tiny screwdriver in hand, slowly undoing the 5 screws that hold the cassette together. Salvage the plastic bits in one container, the metal bits in another. And, unfortunately, not able to recycle the actual tape .. well, I’ve seen sites where clever people have actually knitted things from this tape, but I know that’s not going to happen here.
So, out it goes. I’ve dissected about 20 or so cassettes …. and time for a break.
So I go for a little walk out in the rainy .. see a neighbour with her daughter and most beautiful little baby .. all are so happy .. and I smile as I continue my walk. Love walking in the rain! And later, back home, time to cook up another gigantic lasagna dish.
This time I’m using the Lambs Quarters that my pal D has collected when we went to the beach. Thanks to her I have a huge bowl of these most lovely greens to use, instead of spinach. Using those amazing no-cook lasagna strips makes the process so easy. I cooked up a mixture of chopped onions, ground chicken, ground veggie meal, the last of the frozen tomatillo’s from last year’s harvest and a few frozen green tomatoes.
Add salsa and canned tomatoes (blended up). First I browned the onions and meat .. then added the rest. Spread a layer of this mixture into the lasagna pan, then a layer of lasagna sections. A thick layer of the Lambs Quarters. These are considered a weed .. but, as I’m finding out .. a lot of “weeds” are highly nutritious and delicious.
Then added 2% cottage cheese, some sauce, some shredded mozzarella and repeated layers till there was absolutely no more room in the pan, except for the last layer of just blended tomatoes on the top .. to soften the lasagna. A thick layer of shredded mozzarella .. and into the oven.
Cooked for an hour. MMMMMMMMMM
Sort of thought of taking a photo, but by then, I’d cut into the lasagna .. oh, it was delicious. So just imagine the most golden brown cheese encrusted lasagna dish that you have ever seen in your life .. times two .. and that would be the finished dish! Absolutely the best lasagna!
Some will be frozen for future meals .. that is .. if we can stop ourselves from cutting a slice and heating it up for a meal!
Twas quite a day.