Watering Cows

Monday, December 23, 2013


Watering cows has become more of a chore with our unusually cold weather, so I brought my camera with me one day to get a bit of fun out of it.

Book Review: The Flower Recipe Book

Friday, December 20, 2013

The first thing to note about The Flower Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo is that it is full of stunningly beautiful photos of flowers.  If you took all of the instructional information out, this would still be a book worth reading.  With great photos and detailed instruction combined it is an easy winner.

The authors take a single flower such as cosmos or dahlias and first give a "Recipe 1: On its own." Just like it sounds, the first arrangement features the flowers displayed in a vase or other container by themselves.  Next is "Recipe 2: With company" showing the featured flower with other supporting flowers and fillers that unite to create a pleasing, full bodied arrangement. This second recipe is often broken down with photos for every step, but at the very least you get an exact ingredients list and a text step by step.  Some flowers have a bonus "Recipe 3: Special occasion."   These special occasion recipes are gorgeous full-blown affairs, easily pictured as a centerpiece for an event or wedding.

This book shines the spotlight on 43 different flowers and details instructions for 100 different arrangements.  I also appreciated the varied vessels used to display the flowers.  If this doesn't jump start your creativity, I don't know what will! 

I first saw this book late last spring and it inspired me to make an effort to bring flowers into the house and arrange them just for my own pleasure.  I was also practicing and experimenting with what looked well and what lasted longest.  I wanted to be able to pull together a finished looking bouquet as an easy hostess or thinking of you gift.  I am excited to include more flowers for cutting in my garden next year. 
Note: My book review posts are all books I have checked out from the library unless otherwise noted.

2013 Cherry Tomato Varieties

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Sungold Cherry Tomato is and always will be my favorite tomato, first to ripen and ripening until frost it is the hardest working tomato of them all.  The flavor is bright and sweet.  It is the first tomato I learned to like, so I call it a gateway tomato.

I tried two types of red cherries this year: Sun Cherry and Super Sweet 100.  I honestly couldn't tell any major difference between the two.  Both were loaded most of the year, but with some tendency to sunburn in the most direct sunlight.  I couldn't tell in difference in flavor either.

This is Isis Candy which was a bit bigger and thicker skinned than the other cherry tomatoes,  I would not grow it again because the plants were much more leafy and hard to tame and the fruit color was not what I wanted it to be.  Ironically the shaded tomatoes seemed to get the most red.  Overall it just wasn't consistent enough to sell at the Farmer's Market.

I didn't keep perfect records, but I think I harvested over 200 pounds of cherry tomatoes from my garden this year!