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spring fever 
May 17, 2011 10:36 pm 
Updated: May 19, 2011 2:35 am
I don't recall if I shared a few days ago, that I made spring rolls...  I've never shopped an Asian market... so I made my own wrappers.  Simply shredded carrot and cabbage, seasoned with sesame oil.  Even J raved about them... that was a surprise!

Lets see, Mon. dr'd up cheap pizza, Tues. hot dogs and pork/beans.  Tonight, I made chicken enchiladas, and warmed up l/o refried beans as a side. 

Frankly, I awoke, made coffee, and headed out to the "patio."  Cooler for a few days, so must take advantage!  I began tidying up, cleaning, and relocating more of the planters.  My 3 baby cuke's have been transplanted with a mesh of chicken wire to grow "up" onto...  I need to putter more, as I'm not real happy with the end result of this morning... but that will have to wait for another day!  Like it or not, I am compelled to make a Costco trip, which is usually hatefully expensive, but then, I won't have to pick up smaller amt's at the grocery every trip... at least for a while! 

Of late, priorities have dictated enjoying outside stuff, from sitting with a cup of coffee, to planting seed, or transplanting seedlings...  I also put in a few more cuke seeds today... might be nice to get a few each week, or month, rather 30lbs all at once! 

It was my shrink who reminded me about the "Square Foot Gardening" technique, which I recall reading about some time (yrs...) ago.  Thus, I've begun looking at my planters as being a "square foot" each!  Too bad that I can't get the recommendations of the author for "how many of which" per square foot... but I do believe that I'm intelligent enough to kinda sort it out!  Speaking of which, I may have crowded my parsnip seeds, but then there's no guarantee that they'll all germinate, so fret I will not do, and since smaller parsnips are uaually the preference, I guess I won't have a problem! 

So, while spring fever is taking over the efforts of crazycook, we are still dining daily... just not to the extent of times past!  Perhaps the heat will return in a few days with a vengence, at which time crazycook may once again go full tilt... heating the crazykitchen up to unbearable temperatures, if only to create tasty meals... 

Our friend Audie gave me a card recently, about the size of a large postcard, that she'd had printed up.  It IS so touching... 3 photos of she and her Afghan, each with a saying...  LIVE every moment, LAUGH everyday, LOVE beyond words.

With that in mind... be happy, be healthy, be CRAZY!
May 19, 2011 2:35 am
hey Stevie your plants look great,i have a square foot gardening book by Mel Bartholomew it tells you how to do everything i got my book at the dollar general store for not much monies...thats how i started planting in tires..we had a new set put on and i asked to keep the old ones, came home and filled them with dirt, oh i stacked two tires (don't have to bend over so much) ...oh that was a nice card...yes we should live that way every day...never know when it's our last...be well my friend...judy
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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