Friday, March 5, 2010


Hi there everybody… I missed you all yesterday. What happened? Ya missed the first comment day! Oh well, we’ll try again soon. I hope you are doing well. Me… not so much but its ok… Just the norm with the knees and whatnot. I have a few errands to run this morning but nothing major. Gonna try to keep it low key today so that I don’t hurt myself too badly.

Yesterday I put most of the dirt in the planter and began putting my plants in the box too. The kitties have decided they like to play in there and they killed one of my bell pepper plants already. There were little paw prints everywhere!! I am NOT happy with them… might have to invest in a small little fence to keep them out! Anyway, I am very proud of how it turned out! I think it looks great and I can’t wait to fill it in with plants and then watch it explode!

Then this morning when I was making me a jalapeno breakfast wrap, I was looking in the window sill at all the seed pots I have been trying to start. Normally I don’t have any luck with seeds, and seeing no sprouts has had me somewhat discouraged… at least until this morning!! The seeds for the sweet pea plants I started have began to sprout!!!! YAY!!!!!! I am so excited!! Now if I could just get my Giant Pumpkin seeds to sprout, I would be one happy woman! LOL… yes I said GIANT pumpkin! These seeds are supposed to produce pumpkins that get to a minimum of 400-500 pounds! LOL I just wanna see if I can get 1 to grow but if all 6 work… OMG that’s a lot of pumpkin LMAO! Could you see my landlord’s face if I was growing a 500 pound pumpkin? LMAO! Shoot, I’d need a picture of that!

I went to visit with my mom last night and we were looking through the Burpee catalog trying to get some ideas of what all I want to put in my planter. My mom is always full of such good ideas. So far in my planter (and answering Vincent’s question as well) I have 2 Roma tomatoes, 2 Husky Cherry tomatoes, 6 Black Beauty eggplant, 4 Sweet banana pepper, 9 broccoli, 2 yellow bell pepper, 2 red bell pepper, and 3 green bell pepper (have to get a new one courtesy of the cats!). I also have separate containers of Italian Flat parsley, cilantro, habanero peppers, cayenne peppers, strawberries, and rosemary. I am hoping to add brussel sprouts, more tomatoes, peas, jalapenos, cantaloupes, watermelons, pumpkins, okra, carrots, and some other neat stuff to my garden. I am having so much fun with this… its crazy! I want to grow everything! LOL… just to see if I can! I’m even gonna try CORN! Yes… container grown CORN! If it works, I am gonna LMAO!

Spring Break is coming soon… so is the Band trip to Florida. The DD15 will be gone from the 11th to the 15th. Her plane is leaving at 6:20am on Thursday… I’m real nervous for her! Man, I am gonna feel so lost! And then Spring Break is the whole week of the 14th (not next week but the one following). So I’m trying to brainstorm some things we can do that’s fun and easy on the wallet at the same time. If you have suggestions, I would LOVE to hear them!

Ok, well as for me, tonight and this weekend is gonna be another freezer cooking marathon as it looks pretty bare in there. I will be firing up the crocks and making soups and such, as well as making some homemade TV dinners too. I also have to make some breakfast stuff for the kids. Here is a soup recipe I’ll be making this weekend that I wanted to share with you for your collection… its hearty and healthy and I think you’ll enjoy it!

Gypsy Soup


4 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
3 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon tamari
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper


Heat olive oil in a stock pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion, garlic, celery and sweet potatoes for about 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Season with paprika, turmeric, basil, salt, cinnamon, cayenne, and bay leaf. Stir to blend, then stir in chicken stock and tamari. Cover, and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

Add tomatoes, garbanzo beans and green pepper to the soup, and simmer for another 10 minutes, or until all of the vegetables are tender. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Ok kids, I think I am going to grab a glass of OJ and go sit on the patio with all my awesomeness and enjoy the morning sounds of birds and nature. I’ll talk to you tomorrow… HUGS!


  1. Debbie "MOM" DonahueMarch 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    You will DEFINITELY have to put up a small fence! The kitties will treat your garden as if it were a personal cat box/playground!
    Your garden looks wonderful but as for garden comments.....remember....a lot of the areas are still inundated with winter weather, not being as lucky as we have been with such nice sunshine and semi-warmth. Great GET YOU IN THE MOOD SPRING WEATHER blog today. Have a good one.

  2. Garden comments lol Sorry we still have snow on the ground but you continue ,you bring a little bit of spring to us each day .