Thursday, February 7, 2013

When Spring comes...

I'm planting some vegetables in our little garden area. We live in an area that used to be an old sod farm many years ago and things grow really well. In the past we've had good luck with tomatoes and peppers but I'll probably try some other things that I can use in more meals.

I don't like raw tomatoes unless they are in salsa and I'm the only one who eats hot peppers so I need to make sure that I grow some stuff that are a little more versatile. We did grow yellow squash one year and they were HUGE but when I cut into one that was over a foot long there was a few worms in it and I was beyond disgusted. Do you want to see these bugs when you cut open a vegetable? I actually haven't had a garden since that discovery, it seriously creeped me out and they were over an inch long. Even now I feel like my head and skin are crawling just thinking about them LOL

I'm also starting to grow some garlic. I'm not sure how it will turn out as I have never done it before but I saw a few pins on Pinterest about using a clove of garlic to grow more so I decided to give it a try. I also had one of these I found in the back of the fridge the other day so that gave me the motivation to grow the garlic

What are you planning on planting this Spring? 

Monday, February 4, 2013

I'll never have grape leaves again!

Tonight after I got home from the gym I was looking in the fridge for something to eat and I guess I was wanting something salty because a nice, cold dill pickle was what I grabbed first. I like dill pickles and pretty much none of the other flavor variations of pickles. Not sure why the others never really did it for me but like many other things in my life, if I found something that works, I stick with it.

As I bit into the pickle I was reminded of a bad experience with something pickle flavored a few years ago when I was in photography school. Our first semester class was talking one day about different ethnic foods and our teacher found out there were 3 of us girls who had never had Greek or Mediterranean food. This teacher had lived in New York and Miami and was very familiar with all sorts of ethic foods and he thought it was shameful we had never tried these types of food so our whole class went out for lunch that day to a place that served Greek and Mediterranean food. The deal was that he'd pay for the 3 of us girls but we had to try everything we were given. Always up for free stuff, I was game. Guess I should have considered the fact that I was more of a picky eater than I am cheap and this might not be the best deal for me.

I can't remember any of the Greek food I had that day that I liked besides hummus, almost all of it was pretty much tolerable except one thing, the stuffed grape leaves. The grape leaves looked sorta innocent on the plate, I'd told myself that they were little green enchiladas or egg rolls but I found out that wasn't anywhere close to accurate. I picked up the grape leaf and the texture was a little weird but not necessarily a deal breaker. The deal breaker for me came when I had the grape leaf halfway in my mouth when Mason said "they taste sorta like a pickle" and I discovered that he was right! It DID taste like a pickle, almost exactly like a dill pickle in fact. The ONLY problem with it was that when my mouth tastes pickles it expects a certain texture and those stuffed grape leaves were definitely NOT anywhere close to that of a pickle. My mind is saying pickle=yum but my brain was thinking pickle=crunchy NOT squishy. To this day, that is the only normal food I'll never eat again. I barely choked down the one bite I took and it was the closest I've ever come to losing my lunch mid-meal. . Its funny though how your brain works and interprets tastes and textures, I'm sure if Mason hadn't said that it tasted like a pickle I still wouldn't have liked it but I don't think I would have felt like gagging!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Beautiful Night on the Pier

I'm an inside person. I don't like to get hot, dirty, smell like outside, get wet or anything else like that so I tend to stay inside as much as I can but with a sunset like this, I HAD to go outside to snap a pic.


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