Oh happy day! Today I get to write about my 2 favorite things Nature and Food. This blog all started with a walk, well it started in the morning with the brine but the walk is better. I have pictures to prove it.(said with a smile)
Yesterday was a perfect spring day with the most amazing blue cloud free sky. I asked Bill when he came home if it was like that all over New Jersey and he said everywhere he drove it was. So if you live in New Jersey and like me home is your job
and you have gardens or even a yard you were probably out in them. I was that is for sure.
As soon as I got up yesterday I knew I wouldn't want to be in the house much so I was quick to unload reload the dish washer, make the bed,& vacuum. I read every ones blogs and did whatever else I do on the computer and then turned my mind towards
dinner. With one eye on the grill I went into the freezer and pulled out some pork chops. Out to the weed garden I went. It will be my BIG herb garden this year and I am just getting it ready. Our Baby(old sail boat) will still be my small kitchen herb garden
but I need more herbs, quantity and verity. Working on the weeds thinking about all the different herbs I want to grow an idea popped right into my head. With a happy smile on my face I finished weeding the one bed and headed back in the house. Warm enough
inside and out the chops were defrosted and ready for me. There has been a lot of brining going on in the AR blogs of late and my herb garden gave me and idea for a brine marinade using the salt and water and sugar, garlic, onion,& pepper and Herbes de Provence.
Such a wonderful combination of herbs and I just happen to have lavender left from last years garden. So I put it all together stuck it in the fridge and carried on with my day with one less worry because not only was dinner planned it was started.
Bill gets home at different times everyday and yesterday was a good day and he was home by 3 so we take a walk out back and we are just sort of meandering and chatting, he stops and puts the mower on the tractor so it is ready to go a little later(
I got all excited I thought he was going to mow the middle back yard, only to be let down when I found out it was being loaded on a trailer and going to my brother in laws house) we stop and admire all the trees with the new growth as well as the leafing ones
just starting to spread their wings or leaves. We stand on the beach and smile at our memories of Madeline digging to China for the perfect bucket of sand and then we walk through the Christmas trees on the way back to the house, we look at the bee condos
and I say oh by the way we are out of honey. Bill replies okay he would see if Tommy( best friend & fellow bee keeper) has any bottled up. We are still wandering in the Christmas trees looking at one that is dying and talking about what he will do you know
burn it or just chop it down, when I start hearing this sound that I hate hearing. I am allergic to Bee's so hearing a large loud amount of buzzing always makes me nervous. As I am hearing this Bill is saying it would be nice if we would get another swarm
this season. We get a lot in our Christmas trees and the area parks and public areas come and get Bill and Tommy when they get swarms. So Bill no more then says that and I am already looking but Bill see's it. I am standing right on top of it a BIG BIG swarm
at the bottom of one of the trees. Bill swings into action and starts gathering the equipment he needs and me smart women that I am step back a step or two and take a few pictures.
Condo in place now it is up to the Bee's they either rent or they don't, it is on to getting dinner ready while the tractor is taken to his brothers house. I had to use the broiler because the grill man was on a mission and heaven forbid I should
touch the "grill " The world would come to a screeching halt if I were to ever touch that sacred man tool. We had company unexpected for dinner and I had 2 count them folks 2 pork chops. I steamed Brussels sprouts with fresh ginger and lemon zest. Such a
wonderful fragrance wafting through the kitchen from that. I was making pasta with a cheese cream sauce any way so I stepped it up a notch added green onion, cherry tomatoes cut in half and the pork chops all cut up,tossed it all together put it on the plate
with the sprouts and our guest never knew we didn't have enough food, in fact there were left overs for Bill's lunch today.
Oh and I am still out of honey .