we have finally had a couple of clear, sunny days but the snow is still on the ground!
what is snow good for? cooling off things quickly!
in this case, a pot of vermicelli for a shrimp/vermicelli salad with avocado, carrot, green onions and cilantro.
and the second pot contained macaroni for a chicken/macaroni salad with apple, celery and pecans.
here's a delicious supper from the other night - veg stirfry.
well, it finally has come to pass that we can no longer leave this cedar at the front of the house.
the previous owner probably bought a little bush, planted it here and didn't realize how big it would get. it's roots are destroying our foundation and it bangs against the house when it is windy, which is pretty much always. neither of us wanted to cut this beautiful guy down, but he is actually dying on the backside. jambaloney used his trusty ryobi saw.
and quickly cut him down. we will make use of our beautiful cedar - jambaloney will use the bigger tree parts to make handles for hand tools, while the smaller limbs and leaves will be run throught the chipper to make some wonderful mulch.
on to seed starting - woohoo! this is our set-up for starting seeds indoors. pay no mind to the bowl of cat snacks.
we bought the greenhouse thingy and plastic cover about 6 yrs ago for about $40. it takes up a huge area in our kitchen, which is already too small, but it is really worth it! we put it in front of our second kitchen door so that the seeds have natural light all day. but if you notice the big wood thing on the outside was built by jambaloney. on each side are 2 fluorescent lights. here they are turned on.
we find that the natural light and fluorescent light makes for strong plants which don't get too leggy before they are brought out to the greenhouse or transplanted into the ground. i have been using the same styrofoam cups and plastic containers for years. i fill them up with a combination of our compost and horse manure that we get from a guy. with a little peat moss mixed in. the seeds love that combination! i haven't started any seeds yet - i will wait a few days. we have another snow storm coming tomorrow and thursday - so maybe friday. there are currently 73 cups that will be planted with tomatoes and peppers. as you can see, there is room for more so i will start some other things as well next week.
brussel sprouts are out and there is nothing i love more than brussel sprouts! here's some fried in butter with some spinach - a great way to start the day!
we love veggie stirfries around here!
and here is all of the ingredients needed to make a wicked shrimp pasanda.
i like to make all of my curries or spice mixes myself. kinda looks tiny in the picture - teehee.
but we enjoyed shrimp pasanda and jambaloney's delicious sticky rice.
jambaloney makes the most awesome rice in the world whether it's sticky rice, basmati, brown or white. his trick? he uses our 10yr old rice maker, rinses the rice several times, fills the bowl with rice and water to the appropriate amount and then adds a good dollop of almond oil to it. the almond oil makes all of the difference!
he is at work today and tomorrow for 2 long days - crab season starts next week and everyone at Lobsters 'R Us are in full swing getting ready for it. lobster season will start on april 20 and it looks like a promising year!
i am here with 4 lazy, depressed cats and i totally understand. it's grey out again today and if we don't start seeing something resembling spring soon - i'm gonna lose it!
i hope you all are keeping busy and having a wonderful day!