Quick tubini in tomato sauce and meatballs

I wanted something hot & quick for dinner tonight since I can only eat mac & cheese 3 days in a row. Plus I wanted to use up the 6 meatballs from GFS that have been developing a heavy case of freezer burn. So here is my under 30 minute meal, made with garbage from around the house. Since I didn’t want to go to the grocery for anything (with a faint whisper from Macaulay Culkin………he’s cooking up garbage.) Continue reading

Review – Pepsi Throwback

I had read about the whole “Throwback” thing in a packaging magazine online a few months back, and it piqued my interest. The article was basically a press release from Pepsico to let everyone know that they would be doing a limited release of Pepsi Throwback, Mt. Dew Throwback and Pepsi Natural. Well the Pepsi Natural really didn’t interest me, from it’s limited geographic release (10 major markets), to the “all natural ingredients”. Throwback on the other hand had me chomping at the bit to get some. Part of the interest being that the Throwbacks were going to be made with beet/cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Continue reading

Starting another batch of seedlings – update

It has been about 4 days and we have lots of good activity, both above and below ground. Most of the flats that i moved outside had roots coming out of the bottom of the individual cells, which i have not had happen before. So that is a positive looking sign for me about plant health. If this keeps going as I think that it will. I’ll be 100% sold on using SoilMoist for all my plantings, as well as blending my own soil from scratch. Double bonus baby. Continue reading

Front Yard and Back Yard views – Start of May

Here are a couple of quick pics of the back yard and a plot in the front yard. I spent part of sunday last week deciding on how to expand the garden in the back yard. It should be a fairly easy process, just a whole lotta digging. But the front yard, that has been a problem over the years.

There is this small plot of land in the front yard between the house and a brick sidewalk. Last year I planted two rose bushes, which were a hybrid called Margaret Chase Smith (after the US Senator from Maine). The only reason that I picked the Smith roses was that I recognized the name, because my sister had a biography of Smith from one of her college classes.

Well both of those roses barely lasted a year. So it’s time for a new plan. With the plan being to dig up that whole plot of land, and fill it with better soil. Since the soil that is currently there, is beyond sub-par.

I guess we’ll see how it turns out this year. But I’ll probably fill it will dill, poppy and a couple of other flowers. Just to keep it simple.

Bacon Breakfast Burrito Recipes

This is one of those restaurant recipes that I wanted to duplicate for a while. I mean how hard could it be to make. If a high schooler working at MickyD’s can make a breakfast burrito.

As a side note, I really don’t like eggs, especially undercooked eggs of any style (poached, soft cooked, sunny side up with a runny yolk, over easy). There is just something about the smell that turns my stomach. But enough about me, let get back to the burritos. Continue reading

Starting another batch of seedlings

As you may know. I’ve been having a lot of problems starting all my plants from seeds this year. But I haven’t given up entirely, because I’m not a quitter. So it’s back to the drawing board, for a new plan.

For this new batch of seedlings, I’m basically going to try and do the opposite of what I was doing before. So with that here goes Round 4, or at least the forth go around that I can remember. Continue reading

Quick miiamonthly update

This is just a quick update; on the behind the scenes stuff going on here. I’ve been trying to put out a couple of posts a week, with one of the posts being of greater length then the others, so that has been going smoothly. Right now I currently have about 15 posts in the pipeline, so I still have plenty to write about.

We also have a new contributor on the site, my sis Cupcake. So expect to see some of her stuff on the site in the near future.

As far as the pictures that I sometimes include with posts, all of them are shot at 9 mp which works out to about >1.9 mb per photo. What I do is basically create an 800×600 thumbnail to upload into wordpress for the image source. Which will then generate the thumbnail grid. If you want any of the full size pictures which have a resolution of 3456×2592. Just let me know and we can figure something out.

As a couple of you already know. I ended up getting caught in a short squeeze because one of my houses didn’t sell at the beginning of the year as planned. So with that I ended up getting a real job for the first time in my life last week, FTE and all (no more co-op or contractor job titles, which is a strange turn of events for this “hired gun”). Even with the “recession” that way that it is, it probably helped me that I have a specific skill set that is in high demand from the mortgage sector of the economy right now.

So with that, I’ll try to keep the posts coming on a regular basis, but if you notice more shorter posts in the future or more being posted on the weekends, you’ll now know why.

Hops Plants – First week of May update

Once again the centennial hops is crushing the golding hops like it is no ones business. When I took some measurements today 5/3/09, one vine of the centennial has already reached 6′, while the golding is barely an inch off the ground. The difference is almost shocking.

I guess that I’m glad that I made the hop trellis A-frame close to 20′ tall, because the centennial is going to need it this year. In just one day from 7pm on 5/2 to 7pm on 5/3 the centennial grew a whole foot. Yikes!!