apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Crocus)
FINALLY I have a day off that coincides with the unusually early spring weather Michigan has been having. I spent a couple hours outside cleaning up the herb garden--trimming back the lavender, thyme, and the Greek oregano that seems to be harboring plans to take over the world. I also discovered that my strawberry pot, which I took very little pains to preserve last fall, made it through the winter, and both the strawberry plants and the orange mint I planted in it made it through the winter!

This was cause for celebration. Several glasses of Sauvignon Blanc in my belly and armed with a digital camera, I documented the happy-making arrival of spring in all its glory. :D (Warning: I was a bit tipsy, so the focus on some of the pics is...not great. Yep. Drunk and in the garden with a camera: the perfect way to spend a Saturday off!)


More evidence of an early spring... )

Happy Spring, and Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! ♥
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
Last night I had a dream that I got a job in a whorehouse. I've been stressing out lately about not having a full-time job, and how I'm going to be able to afford to go back to school, and blah blah blah, and what does my subconscious give me? "Hey, you could always be a whore!" Thanks, brain: that was extremely helpful.

I am totally not qualified to be a whore. Or a hairdresser. )

My mother and I are now swinging into full-scale GARDENING MODE, and this was our kickoff weekend. We went to Block's (a nursery with the best prices and selection on flats of annuals) and Detroit's Eastern Market to buy flowers, veggies, and herbs. Also, my perennial herb garden that I planted last summer is coming back, and looking gorgeous! (Minus a few comrades who didn't survive the winter. R.I.P. golden oregano, variegated sage, lemongrass, lemon verbena, and two lavendars.)

Here are some photos of what we've got going on. I whittled it down to the best pics, and spared you about a dozen views of my teeny tiny herb garden!



Cut for OBSCENE GARDEN PORN! XXXX )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Canton Everett Delaware III)
Last night I told an intruding stranger to piss off (in politer terms than that) when he decided to come up to my friend in a restaurant and tell her how to handle her dog. Thank you, Cesar Fucking Milan, but we're not interested in your lecture course. I just hate blowhard men who think everyone's just dying to hear their expert opinion on absolutely everything. (When he lit up a cigarette, I was oh so sorely tempted to offer him some free condescension advice on how he should quit.)

(For what it's worth, it's not my friend's dog: she's watching it for a couple months. She has no experience with dogs, and I knew it was a bad idea to bring it to the restaurant. After I scared off the Dog Whisperer, she drove the little yapper home so everyone could eat in peace.)

We've started buying annuals for the house. My mom is crazy into container gardening, and loves making elaborate pots for the patio. Me, I'm much more into the herbs and vegetables: the stuff that's ugly, but useful! I bought a little four pack of dill.

I'm going to get the rest of the herbs I need when we go out to Eastern Market tomorrow. It's a huge farmer's market in downtown Detroit, and it is SO MUCH FUN! The market itself is full of about 5 tents worth of vendors, and the area is surrounded by fun shops and yummy restaurants. There's outdoor BBQ and street performers, and it's just a good time! I like looking for unusual mint varieties to plant and dry for tea. Last year I had chocolate, orange, lemon, apple, peppermint, and Kentucky Colonel Mint, which is a spearmint variety: it's GORGEOUS, and smells OH SO good! Very delicious for mojitos and other mixed drinks: I like a sprig in my vodka lemonade.

My father and I have started making plans to build trellises for my pumpkins, melons, and squash. We went out to Lowe's to look at wood and do some pricing, and the man who worked there was actually able to talk to me about what I needed as if I were a competent, thinking adult! HOORAY for restoring my faith in men, Random Lowe's Employee! ♥

Happy weekend, y'all. What's up with you?
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (P&P - Darcy (Gonna Bitch in Journal))
First, some miscellaneous bitching: I need a faster computer. I see no reason why I can't have 10 different tabs open in Firefox, two Notebook pages, a Word document, iTunes, Spider Solitaire, a few different folders, email, and still be able to edit photos in GIMP. I feel a big 'ol sulk coming on.

Anyway. My frustration with my computer's inability to develop superpowers means that I don't have a shiny, pretty graphic to advertise that:

Posting for Spring Into Sherlock over at [livejournal.com profile] sherlockmas opens tomorrow! Super exciting, y'all: I'll have a banner eventually for anyone who wants to help promote, but in the meantime let me just say that I am very excited, and there are some fantastic submissions to the fest!

Now, since I can't edit the size of pics in GIMP at the moment, I'm going to resize these photos using the IMG tag. If it don't work in your browser: lo siento! (I'm sorry.)

"Oriental" Coleslaw with Peanut Sesame Ginger Dressing
(It's like cold sesame noodles, but with cabbage! And raisins...Mmmm...)

(I forgot to take a picture until it was almost all gone, so my apologies for the sloppiness of the presentation!)


recipe )

Photos of plants coming up in the garden. )

All right everyone: how was your weekend? Any miscellaneous bitching you want to get off your chest?
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
It's been awhile since I've posted a recipe, and this is a good one! I'm sorta known for my chili. I know everyone says that, but FER REAL, guyz!

This recipe can easily be adapted to a vegetarian or vegan diet: just leave out the steak! The starch from the squash and the beans makes a nice, thick chili, so it's not thin and runny like a lot of vegetarian chilis.

(My apologies for the slightly blurred quality of some of the photos: I need to buy batteries for my camera, and my phone doesn't take the best pictures indoors.)

Chili

Step-by-step instructions here. )

Bon appetit, and thanks for indulging my crazed foodie obsessions!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
I've had a chatty life couple of days! So I'm going to try to get everything I want to say into one more post today. I PROMISE! So, let's get started, shall we?

First: I went with my mother out to our garden plot today to gather up our stakes and tomato cages and take down the fence our bean was growing on. (THAT was a workout: the bean vine was all up in that fence, and it took some major cardio-vascular effort to rip it out.) We also harvested the last of our crops. (Though I do have some more leeks I'll go back for this weekend.)

Pictures:

cabbages, pumpkin, and acorn squash

Recipe, book meme, and more pictures. JOIN ME! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
I harvested some of my herbs today to dry for tea. I picked three different varieties of thyme (lemon, orange, and common), several different mints (orange, spearmint, peppermint, etc--basically whatever was left), and some lemon verbena.

I brewed a test batch of the tea with the fresh herbs, and it was lovely: very subtle flavor, but very aromatic! The finished tea will also have dried lemon and orange peel, I think.

fresh-brewed tea

freshly picked herbs
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
A couple weeks ago, I was driving home from work, and I thought to myself: it feels like fall. At first, I couldn't understand why I thought that, because the weather was 90 degrees and humid as hell, and all the trees and plants were still green (and brown from the heat).

Then I realized: it's the position of the sun. The northern hemisphere is on the downswing of its tilt, and we're going to be plunged back into winter soon.

So, here are some parting shots of the flower and herb gardens; there's not much left that's healthy and blooming, so I'll have to enjoy it while I can!

First: a beautiful peach-colored zinnia.

peach zinnia

More here... )

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