Archive for May, 2006

I’m strong to the finich, Cause I eats me spinach

May 31, 2006

Picked the first batch of spinach today and made a spinach quiche that would have made Popeye proud. The following recipe was easy and a pleasure to eat.

Spinach Quiche 

4 oz         chopped fresh spinach – rinsed well
1 cup       shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup    shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup    cottage cheese
1 1/4 tsp  dried minced onion
1 tbs        olive oil
½ tsp       basil
½ tsp       savory
½ tsp       pepper
¼ tsp       garlic salt
4             eggs
1/2 cup    evaporated milk
1             pie crust

Blend cheeses, onion, oil and seasonings until smooth. Add eggs, milk, and spinach. Pour into prebaked (according to directions on box) pie crust shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

Spinach Quiche


Eat Your Veggies

May 23, 2006

Ok, hardly any meat for dinner tonight. That is tough considering Dad is a meat cutter and brought me up on a daily supply of the stuff. We went almost vegeterian. We made a mess of kale fresh from the garden. For that we fried up a very small amount of bacon pieces. While that was cooking we boiled a sizable batch of kale for five minutes. The boiled kale and some chopped garlic were then added to the skillet with the bacon. The picture doesn't do the flavor justice. Some people like to pollute their kale with vinegar when eating it. Straight up for me!

Kale and Bacon

The second dish was roasted winter vegetables. We did not strictly follow the recipe that follows, but the recipe is a good starting point. We have made this dish enough that we have learned to modify to our tastes. The veggies we used were a sweet potato, some small red potatoes, parsnips, Vidalia onion, and butternut squash. Busy Dingbat is not particularly fond of either of these dishes.

Roasted Winter Vegetables

Roasted Winter Veggies1 pound carrots, peeled
1 pound parsnips, peeled
1 large sweet potato, peeled
1 small butternut squash, peeled and seeded (about 2 pounds)
3 Tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut the carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, and butternut squash in 1 to 1 1/4-inch cubes. All the vegetables will shrink while baking, so don't cut them too small.
Place all the cut vegetables in a single layer on 2 baking sheets. Drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss well. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender, turning once with a metal spatula.
Sprinkle with parsley, season to taste, and serve hot.

Salad Bowl

May 20, 2006

Raised Beds

The raised beds are starting to fill in nicely. The front bed has a mixture of kale, spinach, and lettuce. Already ate some of the kale and it was quite a treat. Started planting the other bed today with herbs. The clay pots contain oregano, sage, and mint. The bed is planted with lavender, basil, and parsley. A trip to the Farmer's Market tomorrow will result in enough herbs to fill out the bed. Also planted a couple of large concrete pots on the back deck with mixtures of kale, lettuce, and cabbage. Got the tomatoes in the ground, some false indigo in the flower bed, violas in the boxes on the back deck, and several pots of flowers on the front deck. Replaced a grape that did not survive the winter and planted another fern in the front shade garden. Whew! I'm tired so excuse Busydingbat and me while we catnap. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



Quit Crowding Me!

May 10, 2006

Baby Robins in the Nest

The baby robins are getting fairly big and look like they barely fit in the nest. Three seems to be a crowd. While taking the picture, mama and papa had a fit and one of them attacked the back of my head. I snapped two quick pictures and got the heck out of there. The screeching in my ear was a bit much to take. Guess I won't try another picture, because I am afraid they might come out of the nest sooner than mother nature intends.

MD Sheep & Wool Festival, 2006

May 7, 2006

A nice day at the MD Sheep & Wool Festival. Lots of interesting people and sheep. And, definitely a bunch of fun stuff to buy. The following pictures illustrate a nice cross section of today's sights.

Sheep Judging

Sheep in Grooming Device

A Young Boy and His Dad  A man and His Kilt

Spinning Wool

Bumper Sticker

All in a Dog’s Day of Work

May 6, 2006

Busydingbat's best friend, Vandy, the wonder dog, could do this too.

Border Collie Working Sheep

Longwood Gardens Mystery Solved

May 6, 2006

Tulips & Pitchforks

We have made several trips to Longwood Gardens in the past few years. We love the place and wish it was close enough to us to warrant season tickets. The gardens are constantly changing, but we rarely see many individuals working them. Today we think we discovered that the gardens change themselves. Witness the above picture. Those forks were in the ground and about half of the tulips in this bed were piled in the back of a Cushman. No human workers were in sight, so we can only assume the obvious. As usual, the gardens were as beautiful today as we have always found them.

We were also quite impressed with the new, renovated East Wing of the Conservatory. Longwood gardens has agains done a splendid job. We are looking forward to seeing the new children's section of the east Wing after its completion next year. We are excited that we should be able to visit again in November. Thanks, Longwood Gardens! You have again made our visit special.

New Conservatory East Wing


May 3, 2006


How do you get a monster dogwood tree leaning down a hefty slope to fall uphill? Easy! you put one guy on the chainsaw and another on a rope attached to the tree. The tree came down uphill in a matter of seconds. A few minutes of cleanup and the flowerbed was then left in peace. Wish the big trees were this easy!