We finally got our two varieties of lavender in the ground this afternoon. After removing the weeds from the area we covered it with newspaper in hopes that it will help keep the weeds from coming back up. We then covered the entire area with mulch. It looks so much better!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Last night I decided to make some homemade vanilla extract. I found instructions online which stated 1 cup of vodka to 3 split vanilla beans. I had four beans on hand so I upped the vodka (Belvedere, it's all we had) to 1 1/3 cups. I placed the labeled mason jar in the pantry and made weekly entries on my calendar as a reminder to shake to bottle once a week for the next 6 to 8 weeks. We'll see how it turns out! Stay tuned...
Dear Pink Insulator: I know you were only with us for a few months but I still miss you nonetheless. Whoever got into our yard and decided, with their pea-sized brain, to walk off with you is a compete douchebag. I hope the karma attached to stealing from me drives your captor so nuts that they decided to bring you home.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Saturday morning I decided that we needed a deliciously fragrant Gardenia near the front door so I ran over to Home Depot where I was able to pick up a 1 gallon plant for $18.00! I planted it in a tall blue pot (above right) which fits perfectly next to our front walkway. It's full of buds. I can't wait until it blooms!
While purchasing the Gardenia pot I also picked up a larger pot for Farilla's beautiful (but root-bound) succulent Bonsai (above left). I think it will be much happier in its new home.
Farilla took a pick axe and shovel to the remaining stump of an unruly and overgrown cactus that was literally killing our Miniature Date Palms. With that now out of the way I'm thinking some feather grasses or maybe a fern or two would fill in that empty space nicely.
I'm also looking forward to getting a few lavender plants in the ground along the front walk behind our Palms.
Boy, what a difference a few pots and some mulch makes!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Organic blueberries were on sale for $1.99 yesterday (regularly 6.99'ish) at Whole Foods. I bought as many as I could carry back to my office. After getting them home I washed and dried them then whipped up a batch of blueberry lemonade. Deeeeeelish!
Friday, June 15, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Our park hopper passes were expiring today so we got up early and hit California Adventure. I'd forgotten how much I liked the coaster in that park. Lots of dips, drops and turns. Tower of Terror was a lot of fun too. A first for both of us. We were only in the park for a few hours but that was plenty of time to ride the bigger rides we were most interested in. As always, there will be plenty more to see next time!
Monday, June 4, 2012
I've had a craving for some cookies so I thought I'd try out a super simple recipe I peeped on Pintrest. The recipe called for peanut butter but I improvised with almond butter since that's what I had on hand.
1c Almond Butter
A dash of cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla
Mix all ingredients together. Drop by the spoonfull on to a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Crumbly yet delicious!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Rather than donating my old high school/club soccer and college sweatshirts to Goodwill I've decided to turn them into a sweatshirt quilt. I started this project a couple years ago but quickly lost interest when I realized how much work goes into cutting out those squares. Yawn-city! I tried to pawn this project off my mom (the bonefied quilter in the family) but she wasn't having it. Apparently retirement life doesn't mean she has as much free time on her hands as one would think. Three more sweatshirts to go before the actual sewing begins. Wish me luck.
Saturday, June 2, 2012