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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Container Gardening - Apartment Edition on: August 20, 2011 07:59:43 PM
I am super happy to present my awesome garlic growing containers:


Figure out what they are in yet? They are old grated cheese containers (the taller ones) with some rocks in the bottom for drainage purposes. So far so good. Where I live, the heat and humidity levels make me slightly nervous to grow them, but I think it will be worth it!

Some of my recent containers include baby tomato plants, with support from Tinkerbelle wings. The water catch underneath the pot is actually an old cd container cover upside down!


I cant wait for my jack-be-little pumpkins to start growing. I heard for apartments and containers that these do very well. Well see.


Anyone know what to do with all this aloe? I dont think you can stem it off into smaller plants, and I dont know anyone who is sunburnt!

Look how big it is! I dont know what to do with all this aloe! Any idea what to do with it?
Let me know what you think of my container gardening!
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cheap and Easy Baked Zucchini Sticks, Lemon Butter Scallops and Dips! on: August 19, 2011 09:40:58 AM

Recently I have been trying to incorporate more vegetables in my daily routine, but unfortunately my love for all things fried, deep fried, or coated in butter (damn you Paula Deen for making such delicious food!) has made that goal just that more difficult than it really should be.

One of the people I follow on Pinterest posted this great link with the recipe:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2011/07/28/baked-zucchini-sticks-and-sweet-onion-dip-that-bloomin-zucchini/

Its for a lovely variation of an Outback Bloomin Onion, but the healthier, baked way with zucchini! It was very easy to make, and for two people, was plenty of zucchini to go around!


I had some scallops in the fridge (bought on sale of course!) and decided to do a quick saut with fresh garlic, lemon, and a smidge of butter. So good!
The dip sounds lovely, and is going on my to try list, but I actually didnt have any onions on hand to make it with. I just did a blending of some light sour cream, ranch, and some of the roasted lemon butter garlic from the scallops and used that for my dip. It actually turned out quite delicious.

Overall, it was not a very difficult to make, and was quite delicious! I personally loved the crunchy outside of the sticks with the soft inside part of the zucchini. The sticks actually held up pretty well for next day consumption. Obviously they werent as crispy as they were right out of the oven, but for an afternoon snack they were pretty good! I peeled off some of the breading the next day, and the flavor had seeped into the zucchini and was quite yummy still.

If you want to try this out, and I suggest you do, let me know if you have any questions or anything, Ill be happy to share my insight!!

Any comments or suggestions are always welcome!!  Enjoy!
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Topsy Turvy Win! Now to make the container a fancy jacket..... on: August 17, 2011 02:00:05 PM
Have any of you tried a Topsy Turvy?  Has anyone had any luck with their Topsy Turvy? For anyone out there who are not convinced that the Topsy Turvy planters can actually grow something, I am here to prove you wrong! Now that I know I can actually grow things in the Topsy Turvy , I want to try to make my own cover or wrap for this, so its not some big plastic cylinder. Any suggestions?

I cant get over how great these little squashes grew! These pictures are from earlier this year, but Im posting them now so you can start getting your brain ready to decide what you want to plant next season! I think Ill try something new this next season!

See the first set of squashes coming in here:



And then about two weeks later, look how much it grew! (Sorry for the blur! I have such an unsteady hand!)




I wonder if I had trimmed them back a little more, would the plants would have produced larger fruit?
24  COOKING / Dessert / Yummy Rum Soaked Strawberry Turnovers Recipe included! on: August 16, 2011 05:12:56 PM
Let me start off by saying I am a HUGE sweets fan. So when theres no dessert in the house, or something yummy to get my fix on, I start rounding up ingredients and trying to make do with what I can.



These Rum Soaked Strawberry Turnovers were literally just something that I made up as I went along, and were SO delicious, and ridiculously easy.  I only used what I had on hand.

All I Did was..

Gather:
1 roll of phyllo dough
1 handful or so of strawberries
1 handful or so of sugar (varies on how sweet you like things)
A good half a cup of rum, give or take a little. I used strawberry flavored rum for extra taste.
Some butter or oil to layer with phyllo dough with

Then..

Take the phyllo out of the freezer to defrost.

Wash and prepare your strawberry slices, combining the sugar and rum. Place in sealed container and let sit until dough is ready to use.

As far as the dough goes, I cut mine so I had long narrow pieces and used the flag folding method to wrap mine up nicely, however there are various options to choose from as far as how you want to fold your triangles.or squares or whatever shape you want!  Dont forget to butter or oil between each layer lightly.

Make sure to get a good amount of fruit AND syrup in each. If you eat them warm, it will nice and gooey, but if you eat them cold (which is awesome too) it will firm up and fill out well.

Spray a cookie sheet and lay them on. Cook in a preheated oven, roughly 375 degrees (F) for about 15 to 20 minutes until browned to your liking! Let sit for a few moments to cool and enjoy!



Easy Peasy!

If you try this I'd love to hear how they came out! Any comments and suggestions are always welcome Smiley !!!

Thanks for viewing!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Who wouldn't want a glow in the dark galaxy bar!? on: August 15, 2011 10:20:40 AM
Not too long ago I was wandering around my local Goodwill, like ya do, and I came across this bookshelf. It was not nearly in this good of condition, I think this is what it was supposed to look like new.



Whoever had this shelf before me did a number on it!

Water damage, serious scratches, and dust so thick it could chock any creature walking though. There were front panels falling off, shelves missing support pins. It was a mess. But it was cheap and I really needed a bookshelf!

After a quick trip to Wal-Mart and about 36 hours later this is what I came up with:




This bookshelf got a good sanding down, spray paint job, and glow in the dark stars added!



I LOVE glass, and seem to have a lot of liquor on hand at any given time, and desperately wanted a little bar for my little apartment.

Due to my lack of owning a drill, I hot glue gunned each of the bar fixtures on, which actually is far sturdier than I thought it would be.




The top shelf glass hangers (the silver) are from IKEA, but I bought them long ago and have been saving them for a project like this. The white ones on the second shelf are thankfully hidden by one of the borders on the shelves, but they were what IKEA replaced the silver ones with months later.

I'd love to hear your comments or suggestions!

26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Marble Nails! on: August 14, 2011 12:13:24 PM
I have been trying to conquer the marble nails technique, and while Im not quite where I want to be, Im getting there.

I found most of the techniques I have used from My Simple Little Pleasures youtube site.





Any suggestions or comments are always welcome!
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