apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Gardening - Garden Hoe)
It's seriously about time I spammed you all with vegetable porn. (And it has nothing to do with the fact that I have major re-writes due tomorrow, including an additional sex scene. *ahem*)

RED HOT VEG ON VEG ACTION XXX )

OK, now everybody shout: "AMY GTFO LJ, TWITTER, TUMBLR, PINTEREST (ETC.) AND GET BACK TO WORK!!!" :P

(Also: give me your best songs to write porn to. GO!)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Magenta (Rocky Horror))
First and foremost, BUT THIS BOOK:


It contains a story written by none other than the fantastically talented [livejournal.com profile] ladylovelace and is available in both paperback and Kindle form.

In garden news: I finally have little baby watermelons on my vines! I've been able to spot two so far, only slightly bigger than a jellybean, and that makes me very happy! Also making me happy are the seven pumpkins I have growing that are now about 1-2 lbs. each. While I am melting in the heat, the veggies are diggin' it, and all the plants are just full of new growth. Here's some gratuitous veggie pics: Read more... )

Things I am NOT happy about, gardenwise: the mildew, my arch-nemesis. END ROT! Ok, so I have seven pumpkins growing nicely, but none of the new little baby pumpkins are making it! They're rotting and falling off the vine before they get bigger than golfball-sized. It is epic sad! :( Various other forms of fungal wilt are striking my nutmeg melons (which otherwise have adorable little fuzzy fruits on them!) and the cucumbers. Everday I am ripping out a few feet of vine that have given up on life. And this FRIGGIN' HUMIDITY is torture!

Also also: more people need to play my game with me! It works thusly:
  • You give me the name of a color or an emotion.
  • I give you something that reminds me of or represents that color or emotion: a picture, a quote, a drabble, etc.
  • I give you a color or emotion, and then you do the same!


And...go!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Garden Hoe)
There's a bandwagon? Well, I must jump on it!

A couple weeks ago, my friend convinced me to purchase this app called "hipstamatic" for my iPhone. It takes various cool/hip lens/film/photo effects and applies them to your digital photos. I downloaded it, but then never really sat around and played with it/figured it out. Well, now all the ladies at [livejournal.com profile] pulped_fictions have the app and are making lovely picspams with it, SO NOW I MUST, TOO!

I'm still figuring it out, figuring out what lenses produce which effects, what film effects are my favorite, and how to produce different borders, etc. But I have discovered that if I shake my phone, the app gives me a random combination of settings, which is very fun for trying things out. So, behind the cut find a MASSIVE picspam of images from my backyard garden and my veggie plot. Also a couple random images of me, and my cat, whose permanent "cannot be bothered to deal with you" expression fits just perfectly with the hipster effect of the retro lenses!

Photos. Many. MANY. )

rantypants addendum: I know Flickr is supposed to be some poncey, artsy photo-sharing experience whatever, but it's still a damn photo hosting site, and I don't know why it's necessary for them to make it so damn difficult for me to find the direct URLs to my own damn photos and then demand I include a link to their website if I should ever decide to post my own damn photos elsewhere.

In conclusion: my own damn photos. :P
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Garden Hoe)
Everything going on in the world of my garden! There are tiny little golf ball-sized pumpkins, and we should be harvesting yellow squash within a week. The chinese cabbage will take over the world, if I don't eat it all first!

Read more... )

In other plant news: Thursday's hail storms in Chicago have severely damaged the Garfield Park Conservatory. My friend actually works there as their director of family programs. It's a beautiful conservatory, with a massive collection of plants. The whole conservatory is devastated, with nearly all of the glass roofs laying in ruins and 80% of the plants damaged. It's closed until further notice.

If you can, please consider donating to help repair the damage! You can do so on their webpage.
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! (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! (Red sunflower)
Someone has STOLEN one of my pumpkins!

I went out to the garden plot today to harvest my pumpkins and some veggies for dinner, and one of my pumpkins has been stolen! I had three, and now just the two. I'd been warned about vegetable theft from other gardeners, but naively, I thought it wouldn't happen to me. So sad!

Here's a pic of the two I harvested, along with some acorn squash:

two pumpkins, three squash

For more veggie porn, clickety-click! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
A friend who lives in DC now was in town for our friend's baby shower, and I met up with her and her mom today at the place where I have my garden plot. (Turns out her mother has been gardening there since 1975!!) I spent some time chatting to her mom about gardening and the community garden in general, and she advised I pick my squash and pumpkins as soon as possible lest they get stolen. WTF?! Apparently she's had produce stolen before. I've also heard this from other people.

Between the vegetable theft and the rampant gossiping there is way too much drama going on at the community garden!

I did pick one of the acorn squash, because the vine had died and it wasn't going to get any bigger. I roasted it with some olive oil and salt and pepper and it was AWESOME! I also stir-fried some chard and green beans with pine nuts in olive oil, and threw in some leftover pork, and at everyone with rice. So yummy!

Because I'm mega-proud of my veggies (home grown, y'all!) I'm going to post pics of the meal.

In the new cast iron skillet:
cookin' the veggies

Finished meal:
magic stir fry of awesome
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
I've started harvesting my tomatillos, and I'm so excited! They are just gorgeous!

tomatillos and tomatoes

Also, tonight I made a vegetable stew inspired by a recipe I found at [livejournal.com profile] food_porn. I would post a link, but the post is locked to members only. The stew was delicious, and a big hit in my house!

For the recipe, and more porn-y food pics, click here. )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
bowl of tomatoes

So, I'm a bit obsessed with doing things "from scratch". I like to make things, and I like to work with my hands, and I love the satisfaction of knowing that that I've produced something on my own, from start to finish. (Some might cite this as yet another example of how I'm just a bit of a control freak, but then "some" can shut up!) Yesterday, I took some tomatoes, green peppers, and basil from my garden and made them into tomato sauce. I took pictures of all the steps, and put them together in a little picture tutorial. If you've ever wanted to try making your own homemade tomato sauce, or if, like me, you enjoy the odd bit of food porn, well

read on! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
garden with snapdragons

I rent a garden plot with my mother at a local community garden. It's in full swing now: the tomatoes are ripening, the squash is taking over neighboring plots, and the weeds are THRIVING! (Well, no more; I spent a good hour yanking them up. For a picture of the results of my effort...

look behind the cut!) )

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