I'm so pleased with my garden this year. Stephen helped me one day plant these flowers out front, hang my fern and plant a Hydrangea (not pictured). My mom helped me with the Jalapeno plants, and I planted the Basil. Do you want any? I plant it just because, but I don't ever use it. Any ideas what to do with it? We have an abundance of misused herbs; that should be a crime. My parents also planted my back flower garden with three blueberry bushes and a Dogwood tree! They have blueberries on them; they aren't blue yet. It has been such a joy to see them grow. I can't wait to have blueberry smoothies and muffins all summer long!
We also celebrated seis de Mayo! (Get it, because we celebrated the sixth instead of the fifth?)
Okay, so you didn't ask me directly for it, but I'm sure you thought about it!
Here's an update on my parent's "little" project. It has come such a long, long way. Right now, the main focus is on the outdoor kitchen area. An outdoor kitchen is what inspired this idea. My dad wanted a place to grill and eat outside, but he needed some sort of structure. < Insert genius (?) idea from my mom on moving this house over. >
He originally thought about building a small barn type facility that would allow for one bedroom, small gathering space and a small kitchen. This fits that description perfectly, and it already has the exterior complete. The interior is a whole different ballgame!
Back to the point- the outdoor dining area is main priority. The area has been built up, and the concrete has been poured. Next, it will be covered in rock. It's finally starting to look like something. Dad says we will be able to grill out for the 4th of July...we shall see! Stay tuned!
First, I want to remind you what it used to look like.
It's looking great! I can't wait to use it! GREAT JOB, DAD and MOM!
Today I will tell you about what I learned this past week. I've learned that not only do coffee grinds keep slugs at bay, but they are also good for your soil.
This is very green. Maybe I'm becoming green? I think I'm more of an army green.
Whatever your reason, it helps the environment out and it helps your plants out. I hear that coffee grinds especially help out with blueberries, hydrangeas and azaleas, but that "may just be a myth". You can read all about it here.
Also crush up your egg shells and throw them into your soil. Great for the environment, great for soil and slugs can't crawl over the sharp edges. If you wonder why I'm hating on the slugs right now, it's because they can kill your plants! You can also set out a small container with beer in it at the base of your plant. Slugs (like me) like beer. They will crawl in, drink until their hearts are content and die.
I think I'd rather not waste beer on the slugs, so I'm testing the coffee grinds.
Not sure if this is what they're suppose to look like. Here's hoping they'll turn blue soon!
No. 3 on my "30 Before 30" List is going to the Kentucky Derby wearing a big ole hat and drinking a cold mint julep from my silver mug. Seeing as how no one thought I was serious when I said I wanted to go to the Derby, I decided to have a practice round this year. Luckily, besides the humonganguous rosemary bush Stephen also has mint in his yard, spearmint and regular. He has been telling me for months he had it, I didn't believe him, so I thought this would be the best time to try it out! Now we have all the perfect makins' for a true Kentucky mint julep.
Derby day I woke up, took a shower (shocker, if you know anything about me, you know I hate taking a shower), put on my pearls, lace top and my big two dollar Target find floppy garden hat. I was ready! I had taken some mint from Stephen's garden and began to make my mint simple syrup. I used 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cup water and a bunch of mint. You know I eyeball that kind of stuff. Brought to a boil then let it cool in the frig.
Stephen and I went to the ABC store (he wouldn't let me wear my hat in) and picked up a bottle of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. We wanted this to be authentic, so we used the recipe from KentuckyDerby.com. We placed our bets, or so we thought, and went to make our drinks.
So, the recipe calls for 1 Tablespoon of your simple syrup mixture and 2 ounces of bourbon. That's not a very big drink, so we tried to use the same proportions. We also added morecrushed mint and crushed ice. Topped it off with a fresh sprint of mint, and it was ready to go down. Man, it was pretty! Probably the prettiest of all the libations I have ever re-created. I even set up a little photo shoot for it. I was in love. That is until I took my first sip....YEEE-UCCK! It was like an explosion of sugar at first, then you realize it's a shot of whisky. Every sip was like that. I managed to force down maybe a 1/4th of my glass, but sadly I couldn't handle it. Our relationship came to an end after the race was over; you know about two minutes later.
Now, let's rewind about five minutes. We made our drinks, watched the National Anthem and got ready for the race. We get a call, the website is down and our bets didn't go in. We didn't place big bets, but we wanted to have something in it, so it came down to the wire. About one minute before the race began, our bet goes through. We have a few dollars on the favorite 8. Dailed In and few on 15. Midnight Interlude. The race begins, we are so excited. Imagine us: Me- jumping up and down screaming, with my hat on and a full glass of mint julep; Stephen- sitting in his chair calmly saying something like let's go. Two minutes later, it ends. It's over. That's what all the hype and preparation was for. We win nothing. 8. Dailed In gets 8th place and 15. Midnight Interlude gets 18th (I think). 18th out of 19 horses. Do we know how to pick em or what.
notice the rosemary behind me
Regardless of the let down of the drink and the let down of the race, I enjoyed it! I think it was so much fun. I can only imagine what it would be like to be there surrounded by all the celebrities and beautiful fashion. Oh, be still my heart. Animals and big hats. I love em. I do love them both. Maybe next year.
Remember yesterday when I said I was a kid at heart? Remember last week when I said I was a sixty-five year old woman? Apparently there's a battle over who I really am!
Let's chalk another one up to the sixty-five year old lady!
I decided I needed a new hobby, so where better to go than Hobby Lobby?! While there I picked up a kit entitled "I Taught Myself to Crochet", and I spent all of last night teaching myself to crochet. (Appropriate title, right?)
I'm so excited! I have a long ways to go, but one day I'm going to be making afghans and mittens and coasters and booties! ha! No, seriously, I am excited. If anyone has any pointers, please send 'em on over!
Last night, I made a bookmark. Not really, it's just about the size of a bookmark, but it's a great start! So, I hope everyone is ready to start receiving crocheted presents!! =)
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read what I have to say.
Even though most of the time it's random nonsense.
Whether it's none, one or all 25 of my faithful followers (or more that I secretly don't know about; you sneaky thing!???) I appreciate each and every one of you!
Just for stopping by, I'm going to show you a picture of Pixie, and I won't tell you about the dream I had last night where a huge tiger that turned into a polar bear got her. We had to take a moment this morning and hug it out.