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I saw something recently on pinterest that caught my attention.  As has been well documented on this page, my yard and garden dont get a lot of sun. So when I saw these vertical planters I got an idea (also combined from this post) to plant strawberries and hang them on our west brick wall. So about 2 months ago I ordered 50 bare root strawberries, 25 June bearing and 25 ever bearing so there would be a good mix.  Then time passed and I forgot about them. All of a sudden they showed up in my mail box and I had to get them planted.  I bought a bunch of felt from Hobby Lobby and fashioned my own wall planter.  Below are photos of the process.





And now they are starting to grow pretty good!  


The ones in the garden are doing really well too and I have a TON of flowers and some little berries starting to form.


How do you grow your strawberries so to keep the birds, bugs and squires off of them?



Easter Dinner

One good thing about the holidays is they put good cuts of meat on sale.  Picked up this bone in prime rib for $5.99 a pound.  Paired with asparagus and cheesy garlic mash potatoes- it was a wonderful meal!

Apple wood for the smoking. In hindsight I should have just done hickory cause its just a bit stronger.

The meat thermometer you see in this photo is one of my favorite Christmas presents!

Asparagus drizzled with black truffle oil, topped with Parmesan cheese and lemon zest.

Thinking of mom today and everyday….

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other peoples’ gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickles for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

by Jenny Joseph



A Sad but Good Visit…

Thanksgiving 2010 (in captions)


Noah mixing ingredients for the Pecan Pie

Pumpkin and Pecan pies

Turkey post brine- ready to go on the smoker

with breakfast rising on the stovetop

broth for the stuffing....

smoker ready to go!

and then some breakfast...

and a little sun basking...

6 hours later... the turkey comes off the smoke

the table is set, and the wine is poured...

and dinner is served!

and then.... we nap.... Happy Thanksgiving!

Noah’s goal from this weekend!

Noah’s First Goal of the season

Game Two- This is the 3rd period-  Noah scores his first goal about 1/2 way through!