Flash Attack

I’m visiting my Dad and family for a few days.  It’s lots of flea markets, laying in grass, eating yummy food and talking about childhood memories.  It’s amazing.
Another highlight is my friend Flash.  I met this guy last year, he appeared, gave me kisses and became my best bud.  So today, not 5 minutes there, I see my friend Flash:

He was slowly walking, then I called his name and he picked up speed.. quick!

Then the tail went up and Flash..

Gave me a big hug and kisses.  Love this fellow! What a welcome!

Soybean Update

Check out our soybeans.. these guys have grown quite a bit since they were planted.  Interested to see how they will grow and how strong they’ll be against the wind.. Any tips for our first time? Thinking about getting them cages…
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New Hiding Spot for FiFi Bofinkles

Don’t tell anyone, especially Xanadu, but FiFi Bofinkles has a new hiding spot.  I think it’s because 1) She likes the heat and its next to the window 2) Xanadu stole her bed.  This is usually how the process goes of me trying to lure her out.
Where’s Bofinkles? Hrmm, let me try to find her.  Oh, there she is. In a wooden cube. Sleeping.
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Hey girl, it’s mom… you there? I can see you, can you see me? Come give me kisses.
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Bofinkles disappears, suddenly this appears. 
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Minutes later, she’s out and giving me kisses.

Chinese Green Beans

I love Chinese food.   You should know this about me.  I love having lunch at our local Chinese restaurant where they serve crispy noodles and duck sauce and don’t glare at me when I ask for seconds or thirds.   So today while contemplating what to do with our fresh green beans for lunch, I decided to sauté them up and serve over rice.  I’m  so happy I did, what a keeper this recipe is! In less than 20 minutes, less if you aren’t making rice, you will have a delicious meal.
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Full recipe behind the cut.

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Container Gardening – Give It A Shot

A large part of our garden is planted in containers.  We do this for 2 reasons: It’s on a roof (no ground) and it’s amazing.  Even when growing in the ground we never had the results we have had using containers.  If we were to suddenly get a yard, I think we would still grow inside containers.   It’s not only produced the quality of the plant, but it’s had amazing results with quantity of production as well.  All of our tomatoes and peppers are in sub irrigated containers.  Basically you water from the top, but then it goes down a pipe and waters itself from the bottom.  If you’re interested in trying it why don’t you buy some new planters and give it a shot? Also, Rubbermaid containers make great planters too – check our your local hardware store for sales, or even craigslist/sidewalks on trash days. 
Has anyone spotted a red tomato yet? Based on schedule, I figure we’ll be seeing ours slowly start to turn in the next week or 2.
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Our peppers are getting big, I wish I had something here to size comparison but some of them are almost full size already.  I can’t wait for stuffed peppers!
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Fresh Mini Pumpkin Muffins

This weekend I went to a picnic and because of the heat I wasn’t going to make anything.  Then when I woke up the morning of the picnic I suddenly had one thing in mind: mini muffins.  It was like I was dreaming about it and it just ran into reality.  I’m not sure how but I was suddenly a muffin zombie and 5 minutes later was in the kitchen with a apron on defrosting pumpkin puree from our garden pumpkins that was in the freezer.   Also I was able to try out  my new mini muffin pan – worked great!  These muffins are fresh, yummy and easy to make.  You can go the route of powdered sugar on top or make a cream glaze.   Try them!  Full recipe is behind the cut.
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Pumpkin and Watermelon Sizing

Right now we have 4 pumpkins and 3 watermelons in our garden.  I’m trying to resist the urge to pollinate more.
These are 3 Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins.  The guy in the middle is quite large already. 
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This is a pumpkin pie one, it’s naturally smaller in size.
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Also here’s our watermelons!
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Year Round Kale

The kale is proving to be a year round plant.. it can even survive 100 degree temperatures for multiple days.  In fact, today in the heat it was looking just as strong and mighty as it did in April.
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First Onion Ever!

We picked our first onion today because we couldn’t resist seeing if anything was truly growing under the soil.  Well surprise, the onions worked! This is the first time we ever grew onions.  Matthew ate it tonight, and I asked him to describe it for me:
Pamela: how do those onions taste? describe in 1 word.
Matthew: tasty
Pamela: how do those onions taste? describe in 2 words.
Matthew: tasty crunch
Pamela: how do those onions taste? describe in 3 words.
Matthew: magical tasty crunch
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Corn Update

Children of the Corn is a very scary movie.  As a kid it terrified me.  I remember in the summers if I had to be near corn fields I was petrified that I was going to be killed.  Still to this day, I still am semi scared. 
Like this for example, I don’t look scared, but trust me, I made sure no teenagers were hiding to quickly fill my mouth with corn husks and rip my eyes out.
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But I also like corn, and we’ve had pretty good success with it last year.  So this year we decided to double our hopeful loot and grow 2 boxes of it.
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So far they are looking good.
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This here is the biggest corn guy so far.  I wonder if he’ll win the strongest man award at the end of the season…