Saturday, April 24, 2010

So...this is what I saw when I drove home from the post office yesterday.

As soon as I stuck my head in the door they were like "uh oh! BUSTED!" and they tried to hide. As if three mini horses could hide in a 24x30 room?!?!

Friday, April 23, 2010

We are hosting a plant swap! Saturday, May 29, 2 PM at Prairieland Herbs! This is a fun, informal community event, perfect for both new gardeners and those with lots of experience.

How it works: Bring any extra plants you would like to trade. You can bring leftover annuals, extra veggie plants, perennials that you divided out, excess bulbs, houseplants, even small trees if you like. Have extra seeds you don't want or need? Feel free to bring those too! Please, have your plants in a pot, box, or bag, so they can be easily transported and safely sit for a day or two until they are transplanted. PLEASE, if you can, have the plant marked (to the best of your knowledge). we will try to have some plant markers available at the swap, too.

If you have a ton of plants to donate, but don't want any in exchange, that's fine! You may bring them before the event if you like, you do not need to stay.

If you don't have anything to swap, but want to come and take home some plants to start or fill in your garden, that's okay too! Come on, join the fun. Gardeners are friendly fun people and are always willing to share.

We'll see how many people plan to show up, and then organize as needed...

Feel free to post here if you have specific plants you know you will be bringing to share, or if you are looking for anything in particular.

We'll provide snacks and a nice shaded comfortable area for swapping. This will be fun! Look forward to seeing you!

Tell your friends! This is a fun event open to ANYONE!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

And *today's* post is inspired by my friend Jill, who asked about rhubarb recipes! I LOVE rhubarb. Alas..I am surrounded by rhubarb-haters. *sigh*  So mostly I see good rhubarb recipes, sigh, and put them away. But now at least I can blog them and hope you all make the rhubarb-ey goodness....

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Carmelized Rhubarb topping pretty much combines my love of fermented foods, food in jars, AND rhubarb. It's PERFECT!!

Look how gorgeous this rhubarb liqueur is! I AM making this. Rhubarb-haters be damned.

And I AM making this gingery rhubarb chutney, too. Because, as she says, it is pretty  much heaven, when placed on top of good dark bread with a sharp cheddar cheese. ('scuse me while I wipe drool of the keyboard..)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

This post is inspired by my super-creative friend Becky, who posted THE MOST GORGEOUS photo of lilac sugar the other day.

Lilac sugar, you say??

Why yes! Lilac is an edible flower. It has a strong, distinctive, fantastic scent....that is very in-your-face when standing next to a fresh lilac bush...yet nearly impossible to capture. All lilac scented bodyproducts are synthetically scented, as you cannot capture the scent of lilacs with the distillation process.

This spring trifle looks simply AMAZING. !!!

This fun blog has some easy and fun ideas for making lilac sugar, lilac muffins, and lilac syrup.

I think this recipe for lilac panna cotta sounds pretty amazing too.

How about lilac jelly? With a wonderful recipe for using it with (wait for it...) chicken breasts.

There's a few ideas to get you started. Now, go eat your flowers!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010