Monday, June 28, 2010

Garden Update

Hello internet, I am back home. After going down south for Father's Day and to visit friends, go to bridal showers, birthday parties, etc. I rolled in last night and it was 95 degrees! It was mid 70's down south and I guess I wasn't expecting it to be so hot here. I had my little fan on all night just so I could sleep.

And with this crazy hot weather my plants were needing extra attention. I had asked my roommate to water while I was gone, but with it being in the 90's they needed a lot of extra love and care and I am sad to say I lost a few while I was gone. I lost a few carrots, a pepper plant, my cauliflower both went to seed, my squash is barely hanging one as are all of my lettuce. I watered last night to help them hydrate and cool down, but it might be touch and go for a bit.

I am trying not to take it too hard as I am going to be moving in the next month. It is up in the air if I am going back down south or to San Francisco, but either way, my garden is going to have to be backed up and some left behind. With that in the back of my mind I still want to enjoy my garden while I have it. Hopefully my next residence will have room for it as well!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Think About It Thursday

"There are no evil thoughts except one, the refusal to think." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day recap

I drove down south for Father's Day and of course had to start the trip off at my mother's house gardening. Little by little it is looking better. My mother just retired so she has been working on the backyard as well. I forgot to take pictures, but trust me, it looks better.

As for Father's Day my sisters and I pulled our efforts to make a huge dinner for my dad and other family members. We had originally planned on making lobster but the number of guests kept increasing so we switched it over to good old meatballs and a bunch of other stuff. Here's the menu:

Mostaccioli means "little mustaches" in Italian because it is penne with homemade sauce so it looks like little mustaches. And I found this blog post about cute napkins for Father's Day so of course I had to do it. It's all in the details. Also the menu does not list the garlic bread, but it was there as what is an Italian dinner without it. It was there and it was good. Here are a few pictures. We had a good time and the wine flowed for hours. Hope you all had a Happy Father's Day too!

Friday, June 18, 2010

I am not a fan of eggplant...

I am not a fan of eggplant, but I will try anything once. Vegetarian Times had some great recipes for the July/August issue and I tried a few on Thursday. I have never liked eggplant but decided to take a chance and try something new and made their Eggplant Parmesan from their "Meals for one" section. (Love that as I am not always cooking for 6 or more people.) And I must say, I liked it...a lot. The flavors were great and it was super easy to make. Unfortunately the recipe I used is not on their website but if you want to know the recipe just let me know and I will send it to you. See below for (rushed) pictures.

On a sad note, I did try a dessert from their magazine, the Chocolate S'Mores Pie, and took 3 bites and felt sick. Let's just say it was not my cup of tea. The marshmallow was too sweet, the chocolate was not dense enough and I am not a huge fan of dark unsweetened chocolate. But of the trials at least one worked out, right?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Garden Update!

Not sure if you checked the weather but it was in the 70's and raining here yesterday. What are we in Hawaii? Before that, the rest of the week had been pretty warm and my plants seemed to like that so yea! Check them out.

My herb garden.

My cilantro seem to be turning a little yellow so now I want to check if they also need nitrogen in their soil like my basil did. Any ideas? The chives, mint, and sage seem to be doing ok.

The box.

Basil is doing a lot better since I put in a plant nanny that had some miracle grow for veggies in it. According to the guy at the farmer's market, my basil needed nitrogen and this was the best way. And it is working so yea!

One cauliflower looks big and beautiful. It has about an eight-inch circumference. The other however looks like this.

I might be mistaken but isn't this what it looks like when it bolts and goes to seed? I don't really understand why it would do that considering I planted them at the same time. Anybody have answers as to why it looks like this?

These suckers looks great and I can't wait to eat them! Must wait until they are red, although I have heard some interesting nutritional information about green, I must wait for red!

These babies are coming along. Can't wait for the rainbow carrots. Lettuce is doing well. The squash seems to be taking forever to grow! Come on squash!

Now my spinach is another story. One just died on my and the other one is growing tall but has very tiny spinach leaves. Anyone know if my spinach is okay or else what I can do to fix it?

Serrano has not grown much but is still alive. The sugar daddy peas are growing like mad and the broccoli has made a come back. It appeared to be dying and had been nibbled on by a mysterious bug. I trimmed the small leaves and now it is growing again. Is this to thank due to the small pruning job?

Then there are my random plants around the garden. This starter watermelon was on 98 cents from Home Depot so I had to give it a try considering a I love melon. And this hydrangea that I had thought for sure I killed is growing taller and greener everyday.

Something I have noticed is that things take a very very long time to grow. I am sure a lot of that has to do with this weird weather and my lack of gardening skills, but I can't help but thinking that I am no where close to being able to rely on my garden for a good portion of my veggie needs. But as everyone else I have talked to, gardening is a hobby that takes years and you can come close, but one can never become a perfect gardener as weather, bugs, and just bad seeds are beyond your control. But for what I do have now, I am trying grateful and excited. Happy Saturday!

Friday, June 4, 2010

I've been reading!

So I was looking back at my blog and realized it has been a while since I have done a book review. This is not due to lack of reading as I have been reading tons. I started to write a book review of my recent book but realized I would have to write it in a three part series as it was a trilogy I just finished. (It was so good by the way.) So until I get around to the long review, take a look at what is on my list.

Currently At Home
Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
What Was She Thinking? by Zoƫ Heller

On Hold
Cutting the Stone by Abraham Verghese
How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Paris To The Moon by Adam Gopnik
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Danielle Ganek
Walks With Men by Ann Beattie

Hope you have a list and are getting to your summer reading!