From the garden

Each of these zucchinis weigh over 3lbs.

And then there were four…

Punta Cana July 2011

Did I mention we have baby chicks?

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Chana masala
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Measurements
57: hung the measuring cups and spoons above the stove on little hooks. It’s already made a huge difference in efficiency while cooking.

banana muffins with peanut butter frosting
58 Banana muffins with peanut butter frosting

Bacon wrapped meatloaf
59 bacon-wrapped meatloaf

Dinner
60 Dinner one night

Grow room
61 peas on a “trellis” (which is actually a wire shelf thingie repurposed for a while)

Chili
62 Chili with black and kidney beans, sweet potato, red bell pepper, cilantro.

Grow room
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Relevant
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65 LOL Home Depot

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All in a day’s work

pyracantha before
I’ve hated this pyracantha since we put an offer in on the house. Actually, to state that I merely hated it is an understatement. I’ve trimmed it back 3 times in the last year, but it’s hard to trim because of the slope it was on. It blocked the light next to the door, making it really difficult to see on the stairs to the driveway, thus the rope light. It was covered in thorns that stab right through your clothes. I loathed this pyracantha.

pyracantha after
So I got rid of it.

Front entrance
Originally, there were 4 shrubs in the front that I disliked when we bought the place. Of the 4, I have now removed 3. In this photo, it’s the pyracantha and the 2 conical trees to the left. The last one to take out is at the corner of the house, bottom right in this photo, which we’ll replace with a camelia.

We’re not sure yet what we’re putting in place of the pyracantha. Probably a trellis, climbing vine of some sort, and some low-light plants, maybe ferns and moss. We need to replace and add more lights to the garage side of the house. I also want to strip and repaint the deck, since it the former home owner did a piss poor job of it (it’s flaking off badly) and I loathe that color green almost as much as I loathed that pyracantha.

Another day, another dollar

Happy face butter
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Simple dinner
52: After each meal made our stomachs unhappy (thanks food poisoning), I finally made simple salads with spinach, apple, red onion, cranberries, feta cheese, and Challah bread. No dressing. Much easier on the stomachs.

Cheese
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Salt Dome Fish
54: salt dome fish

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55: What we woke up to this morning.

Photo dump

Some 365, some not.

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48: 2lb Porterhouse at work

Strogonoff
Strogonoff I made for work one day

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49: One of the jars I’ve been stashing tip money in at home. We’re going to use this money for part of our anniversary trip.

Sleeping kitty
Sleeping Kitty

Party face
Apparently this is my party face….or at least after hosting a potluck party for almost 20 people and a few kids all day. Man that was a great party.

Stir Fry with sirloin
Stir fry with sirloin.

French Green Lentils
French green lentils…one of my favorite pantry items.

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As the year turns

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365-8 pic update

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