Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
All American Potato Salad
2 lbs (3-4 medium) Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
2 T. white distilled vinegar
1 med. celery rib, chopped fine (~1/2 cup)
2 T. minced red onion
3 T. sweet pickle relish (we found that chopped Bread & Butter pickles make the best!!)
1/2 c. mayonaise
3/4 teasp celery seed
2 T. minced fresh parsley leaves
1/4 teasp ground black pepper
2 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes (optional)
1. Place potatoes in large saucepan and add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to boil over medium-high; add 1 tablespoon salt, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring once or twice, until potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes.
2. Drain potatoes and transfer to large bowl. Add vinegar and, using rubber spatular, toss gently to combine. Let stand until potatoes are just warm, about 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together celery, onion, pickle relish, mayonaise, powdered mustard, celery seed, parsley, pepper, and 1/2 teasp salt. Using rubber spatula, gently fold dressing and eggs, if using, into potatoes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate untill chilled, about 1 hour; serve.
(Potato salad can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day.)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
We've found these peppers are great substitutes for Bell Peppers. In fact, we prefer them over Bell Peppers.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This Orchid is blooming on old canes that were cut from the plant a year ago! Stuck the old bloom canes in water and almost of the canes have bloom stalks. I had heard this would happen, so I had to see if it really would. Now, I've seen it!
Sitting in this jar of water for over a year.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
When I got home, the yard was full of beautiful blooms. Purple headed phlox, daylilies, begonias and many others. Here are a few pictures:
Epiphillium Oxypetalum "Night Blooming Cactus" has 17 bloom buds!
The Fernery- Birdsnest fern, Japanese Painted fern, Sago emerging on the right, "magic flower" (an unknown) blooming in the center
White Hydrangea "Limelight"
Yellow daylily (no name)
Pink Angel Trumpet
Cast Iron Lilies, Hosta and Caladiums
Here is a spectacle. I was once told that after an orchid blooms, to cut the bloom stalk off, put it into water and it would grow a new flower. I tried it, and here it is!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Here are the stages of the bloom
Notice the center-- There is a legend about this flower that the center stamen is the halo over Baby Jesus in the manger (the yellow being the straw of the manger). Blooming at night as Christ was born.
the next day!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The green bean rows--still producing (Peach trees inbetween)