Saturday, December 17, 2016

IKEA Therapy

I love IKEA. Seriously. Forget Disneyland. It is the happiest place to which I can go, well IKEA, Target, Panera and Graeter's Ice Cream. They all make me happy. I was left to entertain myself, after meeting up with my daughter for our traditional "It's a week before Christmas and Dad hasn't bought mom's presents yet"  breakfast. Every year, we meet for breakfast at First Watch, have a breakfast (just the 3 of us), then the kid takes the hubbs out to buy my xmas presents. We  have family time, the kid and the hubbs have daddy/daughter time and I get a free day. It is a win-win all around.

So after breakfast, I shirked my responsibilities and headed to my happy place. And I was driving the hubbs zoom zoom car too, hehe. I meandered through the aisles ooohing and aaahing and picturing how each item would look in my house. But I restrained myself by purchasing only a few items. Unfortunately, I was limited by my bank account and cargo space. Otherwise, it would be a semi loaded with stuff parked in front of my house.

Lantliv Plant stand
I found some self watering planter pots. Which of course required some plants.
Small self waterer
I lined my pots with a small piece of weed block cloth so the soil doesn't clog the drainage holes. I punctured a hole in cloth with screw, aligning it to the drain hole, feed the wicking cord through the cloth then the pot. I then added my plant. Voila!

Kalanchoe
There was a larger size. It was much easier to install the liner and wicking cord. 
"Himalaya Mix" Left-peperomia obtusifolia, Middle-codiaeum variegatum batik and Right-chlorophytum comosum (aka Spider Plant)

I also bought these plants (and pots)
Ficus Microcarpa Ginseng
Araucaria
Crassula
What's nice is most of these plants only require part sunlight.  But I do have a plant light if I need to supplement. It was wonderful to play in the dirt in December...even if it was the indoor houseplants  kind. My house will be oxygenated thanks to all my new plants, I had some IKEA & gardening therapy and thanks to my kid (and hubbs), I know I will have the perfect xmas present.  It really was a wonderful day!

And I did buy other stuff but I kinda need to wait and slowly sneak stuff to put out when the hubbs isn't around. I really don't need all those questions about how many shelves do we need? (alot), do you really need another picture on the wall? (yes, yes I do) and how much money did you spend? (somewhere between we are eating ramen and peanut butter sammiches)...


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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sauerkraut Festival

October 8th,  my sisters and I ventured to Waynesville, Ohio for the 47th annual Sauerkraut Festival.

**I didn't have my camera so the photos used are from the Dayton Daily News, Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival page and Inside Guide Cincinnati.**

Waynesville is a charming town in Southwest Ohio, established in 1796, is of Quaker origin, known for its antiquities and the Sauerkraut Festival.
According to the festival website there were over 450 vendors (I didn't count them them but it seemed the vendor tent/ booths/ carts lining the street would never end.

There was the traditional fare of sauerkraut topping metts and brats. Stuffed cabbage rolls, cabbage stews and soups.

Unusual fare--sauerkraut pizza, bread cakes, and brownies. I am not that adventurous.

Some yummy things to make at home, like the German "Sundae". It is fried potatoes, sauerkraut cheese, sour cream, bacon bits and an olive.

 Oh--sauerkraut balls!  Tasty little nuggets of deep fried potato-ey and kraut goodness! Interesting factoid-- Sauerkraut balls are not authentic German and have been accredited to both German Mennonites and Polish immigrants They are tasty regardless of who created them! And different Ohio cities have different recipes. Akron Ohio the recipe is a breaded deep fried base of sausage, potato and kraut. Cincinnati's version is pork based (ham or sausage), potato, kraut and cream cheese. Other regional variations include bacon or beef.

The food booths were interspersed among the vendor tents, which is rather brilliant actually. You eat, walk, shop, then eat more, walk more and shop more, ha!  I did bring a tote bag for the few things I did buy, which were handcrafted soaps-The Oregonia Soap Company-Purple Fields and Orange Blossom;  Cashmere Bath Company-Almond crushed bath bombs (they smell sooo nice!)  and a few unnamed  items which will be given as Christmas gifts.

My sisters and I spent about 2-3 hrs exploring the various booths and shops. We weren't able to explore everything, but there is always next year. A fun time was had by all! I can't wait to go back to Waynesville for the Christmas in Waynesville event. It is a charming town with charming traditions.





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Monday, September 5, 2016

Garden Update


Every year I say, "Well there is always next year" when something in the garden is disappointing. This year the disappointing factor was me. To be honest most of the time it is me. Or I am a contributing factor. This year, I have been having some health issues, that combined with the 100°F weather or monsoon type rains, and I had to stay frequently indoors.



 My garden is overgrown with sprawling tomato plants and twining morning glories. Despite the straw in the garden, the weeds secured a strong hold as well. The tomato cages bent under the weight of the fruit filled vines. Sadly  quite a few were tossed into the compost pile due to being overripe, there was hornworm damage, the low hanging tomatoes had nibble marks and the top of plant tomatoes had been pecked by birds.

We may go back  out over the next week to gather the rest of the peppers but by and large everything is on the decline. Squash bugs overtook the east part of the garden. The hubbs and I are taking a few "staycation" days later this month and we will used those days to clean up the garden. Once everything is cleaned up, we paying to have the plot plowed and a load of manure turned in. I am undecided if we will overseed with a cover crop (ryegrass) or cover it with straw.

Regardless, I still managed to pull in quite a haul. I had to used my garden dump cart to harvest everything. And all the critterdom will celebrate tonight, as the gate to the garden is open and they can feast upon what remains.


Assembly line for prepping the tomatoes (27 pounds!)


I worked in batches to blanch, peel, remove any less than desirable spots and placed everything in ziploc bags. I put the ziploc bags over ice in the cooler until I have time on Monday  to start making sauce and salsa.  Not pictured--but I have jalapeno's  ready to make a small batch of candied jalapenos. 


I am kind of tired now, haha


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