Sunday, April 27, 2014

And so begins the 2014 harvest

Here it is April and it is time to start harvesting produce.  What a wonderful blessing!!

The chives are coming up full force as well as the spring onions (ours are known as Egyptian Walking Onions).

The rhubarb is up as well.  I harvested some of that last weekend for a strawberry rhubarb crisp. I will continue to harvest that every two weeks or so through the spring.

As well as the chives and onions.

Chives washed and chopped.  They freeze wonderfully or can be dried as well.
This first bit is going into the freezer.  They are wonderful tossed in with scrambled eggs or a quiche,  great for topping a pizza, or in a salad, etc.

These are some of the onions.  I always leave some as they grow bulbs on the top and then the bulb grows heavy and falls to the ground reseeding itself. 
They are great tossed in soup or any where you would use onions.  These too are going to be frozen.

I use the entire onion.

DH has  much of the garden planted.  At least the cold  hardy items. Kale, beets, cabbage, garlic, lettuce... I know there's more but he's the planter I the preserver.
Makes for a good team.

Here are some pictures of the walking onions.  You can see how they get heavy fall over and reseed.  I also break the bulbs off and plant them where I want them to stay.

Happy Harvest!
a little bird

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Cook and Bake Day

A day of cook and bake today.  It seems lately that we have been on the run.  Nothing that I can pin down and say we did this or that, just running...  Well today is a day at home.  YEAH!!

So I whipped through the house with a dust cloth and vacuum - after cleaning like crazy last weekend for Easter I think that'll do.

So time to play in the kitchen.  Turkey soup from frozen leftovers from Easter.  DH asked for homemade noodles in the soup.

Homemade Noodles
1.5 cups flour
1.5 teaspoon salt
Make well and add
2 eggs, slightly beaten
a glug of milk (I don't measure)
mix together and let it set for five minutes or so.

Roll out on a floured surface - roll thin
let set for 20 minutes

roll up loosely and cut in 1/2 inch slices

roll out and let dry for two hours.  I turn them at an hour.

Break into 4 to 6 inch lengths and cook in your soup for 10 minutes.

My Grandmother used a bit of water not milk.  Either works great.

While those were drying I thought I better stir up some more granola.  There are tons of great recipes mine is just a variation of Alton Brown's.  I like to add more nuts and dried fruit and of course I use honey instead of maple syrup.  Just our preference.  And I triple the recipe, if I'm getting all the stuff out I want to make enough to last a couple weeks.

While that was baking I thought I'd bake a pie.  I told DH I need to make a pie just to make sure I still know how.  He is careful about what he eats, tries to stay away from sweets.  But he gave me the thumbs up on the pie.  So a plum apricot pie was rolled out and popped in the oven.

Plum and apricot go well together.  I have mixed them for a crisp as well as pie.  The fruit is some that we put-by in the freezer last year.  With the fruit I mixed a bit of sugar, about 1/2 cup, about 1/3 cup flour, and some cinnamon.  Put this in to my pie shell and baked at 400 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes.  Till golden brown and bubbly.

So that has been my cook and bake day.  Now it's time to drop those dried noodles into that turkey soup.
Happy cook and bake to your house as well.
a little bird

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hallelujah - Be Blessed

This blessed me to my core.  I hope that it blesses you as well.  May God's richest blessings be upon you on this Maundy Thursday.
a little bird

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heaven is for Real

I read this book and it is wonderful.  I am looking forward to the movie.  I believe it comes out this weekend??


This is so well put I just wanted to share it on.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blood Moon

Photo credit: Shutterstock

Did you see the moon last night?  I got up a bit after 1:00 a.m.  DH got up around 3:00 a.m.  So we saw it coming in and going out.

It was neat to see.  Very interesting that we will have four over this year and next and all will fall on Jewish Holy Days...  I don't know if there is any significance in that or not but certainly worth taking notice of.

I pray your holy week is going well.
a little bird

Thursday, April 10, 2014


I am creating a blog/website for the Living Waters Evangelical Presbyterian Church.  Having fun and learning...  Hope you stop by and check it out.

Living Waters Evangelical Presbyterian Church

It's still a bit 'rough' but it will come together.  I'm learning about websites as well as blogs.  
a little bird

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Are you summer dreaming...

I know my mom is. They have had snow, snow and more snow. So this one is for you mom. Hugs, Robin

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Home Grown Spaghetti

Great way to start the day - cha, cha, cha!

Just sharing some fun.
These are my new birthday socks.  I love nice socks.  
With today being April Fool's Day I couldn't help but wear these great socks - and yes with a skirt and tights.  But its fun to be silly now and again don't you think...

This morning granddaughter #3 called to sing to me.
"Happy Birthday to you, cha, cha, cha." 

Perfect way to start the day!

Son #1 and D-i-L asked the girls, "What should we get Mimi for her birthday?" Granddaughter #1 replied, "Zip-lock bags, she's running low."
So they did.  What a hoot!

Hope you are having a great day.
No fooling!
a little bird


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