Garden Update - Something is eating my plants!


I am leading this post with a photo of my petunias because it is the least disturbing picture of those I'm including.  They love the heat and sunshine and are really taking off.  Now onto the garden where destruction has begun.  As if my seedling problems weren't enough to ruin my gardening skills ego, within a week of planting them outside in the garden, some critter(s) decided that my babies I'd worked so hard to cultivate would make a good lunch.


Caramel Corn Ice Pops

Recently I was at a store, which shall go unnamed, browsing through the plants.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something drop from the greenhouse roof and heard it go SPLAT.  I thought to myself, "That was one big bird crap."  I totally ignored the pterodactyl turd and continued on my merry way.  I rounded the corner and my very thin-soled shoe grazed-slash-smeared something soft on the ground.  I looked down to see a baby bird, which had apparently fallen from a nest only moments before. 


Parmesan Crusted Potatoes and Zucchini

Sadly, I put my French teenage visitor Justine on the plane back to Paris a few weeks ago.  She and I had a wonderful time talking, shopping, and cooking while she was here.  I was so unhappy to say goodbye to my partner in crime. However we made some great memories (and food! - like this French Onion Soup) that we will always remember.  And we will get to see her again next year!


Garden & Seedlings - Update


It's been pretty much forever since I've posted about my garden and seedlings. Truthfully, it's because I'm embarrassed.  I've had success growing from seed every single year since I first started a million years ago.  Yet this year, the year I start a food and gardening  blog, I suck.


Salted Nut Bars

Craving something sweet and salty?  How about sweet, salty, creamy, gooey, and peanut buttery?  Salted Nut Bars are super easy to make and taste a bit like a Pay Day candy bar.  Or perhaps a Fluffer Nutter.  Either way, it's delicious.


Mint Julep

They say the Kentucky Derby is the "most exciting 2 minutes in sports."  I've news for you, friends.  The Mint Julep is the most exciting reward for 2 minutes worth of work.

I had my first Mint Julep 6 years ago at Churchill Downs.  The cool, refreshing drink had instantly become my new favorite adult beverage.  The smokey, vanilla, oak-y flavor of the bourbon mixed with the fresh, crisp mint was mind-blowing.  And you don't have to like bourbon to enjoy this drink.  There are several methods for mixing this cocktail out there, some of which are good, some of which are garbage.  I have been making Mint Juleps for years now and this is the most authentic and delicious I have come up with.


Country Pumpkin Bread

I know it's not autumn, although Mother Nature has us fooled here in the upper south.  It's chilly and raining (per usual it seems).  I've got a fire roaring in the fireplace and three loaves of Country Pumpkin Bread filling my kitchen with warm scents.  It feels like fall today, but you certainly don't need a cold, wet day to justify making this delicious quick bread.


Gorditas de Heuvos - Masa Cakes With Eggs

In honor of Cinco de Mayo this week, I decided to make something very Mexican.  I don't know about you, but I get so sick of the Tex-Mex stuff people try to pass off as Mexican food.  Gorditas de Huevos is a delicious way to celebrate the 5th of May.