Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Last 4 Weeks...

How can a month go by so quickly?…Theatre: a most worthy time-warp of self-development and discovery. While I have been spending my nights in a blazing hot dressing rooms time marches forward and I find myself living as opposed to writing. So here's a quick run-down of  what's been shakin' this past month…

Three Doors Down
Good Ol' Boy and cat lady let me know that the neighbors three doors down (ha ha ha! no seriously…) were moving out and had a garage/basement full o' stuffs that would be trashed. I interrupted my weeding (about the only garden activity I have had time to squeeze in) to take a peek. I walked out with this:




The tables will be going to fancy-Nancy who has taken up the furniture refinishing hobby.  The coats will be cleaned and gifted to a costumer friend if they don't fit or need extensive repairs. 

Mystery Squash - identified as acorn squash
This fast growing volunteer met it's end after deciding to choke out the side patch. My eggplants and peppers thanked me by quickly producing flowers and some fruitlings. This monster plant will be best reserved for larger spaces. Note to self - think about a separate squash patch at the community garden…

Independence Day
After a rocking 9 a.m. rehearsal I hung out with my favorite peeps. There were two Jeff's and Jeff the dog. Sadly I could not get a picture of all three together. Here is 2 out of 3…

Apology Veggies
These were wrapped up and gifted to a beet loving cast member with the note "Sorry for beeting on you" - this was after a clumsy night of hitting him with a phone, giving him rope burns and accidentally wacking him upside the head. Theatre is dangerous…he took it like a pro. 

Flowers
Growing unique flowers has been one of the best decision I have made. I have had fresh bouquets almost all summer long!

Houseguests
Dad and Husker napkin after a long day of CLE sightseeing. 

Harvest
My first table-full of edibles. Woohhoo!


That's all for the moment - time to put on some falsies and head to the theatre - only 5 performances left!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dividends

This is the time of year when being an urban gardener starts to pay off. Despite being surrounded by a city of grey, the green season is especially rewarding.

It's awesome to walk out my door and focus in on pops of color and lush greenery. 


















Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Budget Killer Kale Chips

The other day I was walking through the grocery store and spotted this.


It's so great to see a wider variety of foods popping up at the store. However, check out that price. Yes. that says $6.99 for 2.5 ounces of kale chips. GASP!

Seriously???? I realize all of the diet restrictions etc that this packages advertises but really $7 for snacky chips???

I have been making kale chips for the last couple of years, and I have never tried the Brad's Raw brand. Maybe these are simply amazing and worth 7 clams, but this still just strikes me as ridiculous. This is especially true considering how stinkin' easy it is to grow kale. It's like a hosta, it's kinda hard to kill.  Even if you use market kale it's still only a couple of bucks for a big bunch and most of the other ingredients are probably in your pantry.

Garlic Parm Kale Chips
(certified budget friendly, vegetarian, gluten free, kosher and non gmo)

1 large bunch of kale (Scotch Blue Curled picked from my garden)
1 clove of garlic minced
olive oil
parmesan cheese
sprinkle of garlic powder
salt
pepper


Directions:
1. Pick Kale from garden (or market).  wash and remove thick middle stems. mince garlic.

2. Rip kale into large pieces and pile on a baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the chips with olive oil. Sprinkle on a few pinched of garlic powder, minced garlic, parm cheese, salt and pepper.  (reserve half of the ingredients for the other side)


Pre-oven chips on the right. Finished chips to the left. 

3. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes at 350.  Turn the chips and lightly re-sprinkle with the toppings.  Bake for another 10 minutes.


Half-Baked Kale Chips
 4. Serve or store in an air-tight container.

Finished chips. 

mmmm...I ate mine while watching the True Blood premiere (aka. Vampire Soap Opera)...oh the irony!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bloomin' June

Things making me happy right now...

The ragged old rose bush is in full bloom with pretty white roses.

 The sage is blooming! This was overwintered in a big pot and then transplanted to the herb garden in March. I guess it's happy in it's new home.

Sweet peas from the community garden filling a canning jar on my dining room table.

Made some more purse planters...this time with houseplants.

This keeps cracking me up. Birthday gift from The Frau. You can buy them here. 

Visits from Rocky my next door neighbor kitteh.  This cat has swagger.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Radish and Rad Salad

French Breakfast Radishes
Last week I went on a radish planting rampage after I tried the first drop of french breakfast radishes that I had growing in an old laundry basket.


(The radishes have now been replaced with some annuals in the picture above.)

About a month ago I thinned the seedlings in the basket and used the sprouts to top a hot dog. Classy.

When I harvested the final grown ladies (pictured at the top of the post) I decided to immediately plant MORE. And MORE I did.


Three patches in the galley garden and two more little patches in the backyard. Naturally I realized after I planted all the seeds that I should have spaced out the plantings by a week. DUH KEL!

At present I am in high supply of radish sprouts that I have thinned.




Mmmm. radish salad.
Seriously, I really like radish salad even without the bacon. :)



Rad Salad

1 cup of Radish sprouts (thinnings)
2 radishes thinly sliced
1 piece of crispy bacon
1 tbs of sunflower seeds
drizzle of poppyseed dressing

Directions: Put in a bowl and eat while watching Dolly Parton interviews on Youtube