From Theresa: It's finally Spring and one of the great things about it is that we can start eating from the yard! Today we harvested chickweed, nettle, fiddleheads, and chives and had them for breakfast and lunch. After the long Winter, these tasty Spring treats provide our bodies with the nutrition we crave.
For information on how to grow, harvest, and eat these Spring treats, see the April/May section of our Eat Your Yard page.
Bear here... Ever wanted to improve some pasta, butter, and lettuce, but didn't want to buy extras at the store? Here is another EAT YOUR YARD blog from the Shelf Chef. Enjoy.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
There was a village wide garage sale this weekend in our town. We decided to sell only (not go buy) and to sell only on Saturday. We had been to enough sales and it was time make room in the house by selling some of our stuff. (OK...that's a lie... I had time to visit and shop at other garage sales on Friday after work. I found a series of 14 books for 25 cents each. $3.50 for 14 books- too good to pass up- and yes, I did write it off on the buy nothing challenge sheet so there...)
Theresa's Garage Sale Thoughts: I'm so glad this garage sale is finally over. We got rid of most of the stuff that has been clogging our upstairs room and making it unusable for over a year. As we renovated and organized the downstairs rooms, all the furniture I didn't use, but thought might fit elsewhere, gravitated upstairs, until the space was so full of old furniture I didn't want to be up there. But now that the downstairs renovating is mostly done, I know that none of the stuff upstairs will fit, so I finally let it go, even though it was some stuff that I loved. Now the energy in the house has shifted and loosened, and I feel like doing a good Spring cleaning/organizing. Then we get to renovate the upstairs room, in which I plan to build a lot of storage for smaller things. Maybe soon everything will have it's place, and if there's no room for it, I'll know it's time to get rid of it too. I look forward to the day when the simplifying is done.
Oh, and if you like the antique table or mirror in the photos, they didn't sell at the garage sale and they're still for sale.
There you have it. Anybody think grass is the only thing that should be grown in a yard? Heh... look up.
Type at you later.
The Quick How to:
Saturday morning's breakfast was grill bread from Friday night's leftovers reheated in the oven. For instructions on grilling bread, see my Grilled Pizza page. This is Friday's grill bread:
The herbs were fresh from our garden and the ambrosia was from our freezer. We made it last summer by baking chopped tomatoes and garlic, tossed in olive oil at 375 degrees. Bake until all the liquid from the tomatoes is gone, then use or freeze.
This is the first time we tried reheating grill bread (there aren't usually leftovers). For a crispier crust, reheat at 400 degrees. For a softer crust, try 350. Theresa recommends the crispy crust.
Here are the basics. More details on how to make the hash will end up on another page on our website.
I repeat... good... to... go.
Type at ya later...
It's getting kinda scary around here. Usually Theresa gets some ideas and I go along with them to, you know, keep her happy... you know... This year the projects seem interesting, I am interested in getting them started. Next thing you know I will be the one with the ideas and it will be complete and organized AnArChY!! ... OK I'm better now... Here are some of our plans to get done by next Winter.
Garden project #1, Mushroom garden: Yep, last year I wouldn't eat the things, this year we are going to grow them in our yard. We answered a Craig's list ad from Eric near Dodgeville. He is selling around 1000 logs that were innoculated with shiitaki mushroom spores last year. We bought nine. We should get at least two harvests a year for four years if things go well.
Garden project #2 : Gardens in Stock Tanks. We have had wilting problems with our tomatoes and other plants. People tell us the problem is in the soil so we are going to start new gardens in stock tanks on the other sunny side of the yard. We are buying a couple of stock tanks and a LOT of dirt for the project. Theresa knows more about this one than I do.
Big outdoor project: Expand the Catio. We built a 8' x 10' x 8' cage on the house so the cats could go out when they want and be safe. This year we will put up a fenced area in the back yard and connect it to the Catio so the cats have more room and we have more of a chance to be in there with the cats. The trick is going to be connecting them and making doors that the cats can't get out of but unlucky squirrels and humans can. If we could, we would fence in the whole yard for the play area. Wish us luck.
Big Indoor project: Nicer Tornado Shelter. Theresa likes to be prepared for disasters, with emergency supplies and shelter. When the tornado alarm goes off we head to the unfinished basement to wait it out. Usually it sucks because the basement collects dirt and spiders. When our water heater broke a couple weekends ago, we cleaned out the big room of our basement for the first time to make room for a new water heater, then decided to whitewash it since we could actually see the walls. It looks a lot better! Now we need to clear out the small room, do some wall fixing and get it organized so we are willing to use the basement more often.
I'm getting tired while inspired just thinking about these projects. We will keep you posted on our progress.
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