Friday, January 23, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Beets...... pretty scrawny looking. I will have to wait a bit to decide if I will waste the space on these next year.Green OnionsSpinachCarrotsSwiss ChardHabanero (forgot to rotate this picture but still unmistakenly a habanero)Side Garden.. brussels sprouts in back, then swiss chard, then greens and mesclun, and then in the very front is broccoli.Side Garden.......... mostly mesclun.Kohl Rabivery tasty............. kind of like eating a piece of raw broccoli, just a bit sweeter.
Sugar Snap Peas
Sugar Snap Peas......... the bottom frame from a bed makes a great trellis.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Morning view, standing in exactly the same place I was last night.
I am amazed that this tree survived. This is pretty much all that remains of the house, the rest completely collapsed.
Kind of hard to tell what this picture is. There is a travel trailer to the side of the house that survived. I walked around to the side and crouched down to take this shot of some debris still smouldering this morning.
The average cost of a bottle of pure vanilla in my local grocery store is 10.00 for a 4 ounce bottle. That is equal to $2.50 per ounce. That is pretty pricey so I have always used imitation vanilla. There is a big difference in flavor between real vanilla and imitation.
An average bottle of vodka is $9.00. I started with 8 vanilla beans in the vodka which cost me $12.00. Beginning total = $21.00 A bottle of vodka is approximately 25 ounces. For an average of .84 per ounce. Not bad at all.
The process is very simple. Carefully slit the vanilla beans down the side and drop into the bottle of vodka. Allow the bottle to sit for a couple months before beginning to use. As you use the vanilla from the bottle occasionally add some more vodka and a fresh vanilla bean.
It is also important to watch the for the strength of the alcohol in the vodka. A bottle of vanilla extract is 35% alc/vol. The first bottle of vodka I bought was also 35% alc/vol. Just today when I was tweaking my bottle of homemade vanilla extract I noticed that my new bottle is 40% alc/vol. Hmmmmm, hopefully my kiddos won't get a bit tipsy from their oatmeal cookies.
I have also found that vanilla beans can be quite expensive. If you have to pay a small fortune for the beans it totally defeats the purpose of making homemade vanilla. I have found the best price for vanilla beans at Cost Plus World Market. They come two in the little sealed pouch, making them only $1.50 per vanilla bean.
On Christmas Day I went out to the desert with hubby and son. We were amazed at the wildlife and tracks we came across that day.
A hawk in flight with it's breakfast (look close at it's tallons)
Pack of wild dogs
Coyote fleeing across field
We came across this man made bench. Hubby says possibly a lookout point for coyotes.
And sure enough just a while later a police officer stopped by and talked to us and told us to be very careful in this area. He said it is a known location for coyotes to stop with immigrants and wait for their pickup vehicles. He told us that the week before they had picked up over 20 illegals in this area but the coyotes escaped. He also mentioned that the coyotes were heavily armed... yikes!
And now for a few random scenery shots...................
Some shots deserve black and white
My very favorite scenic shot of the day which I will probably have printed and put on my wall.