Fall Planting

Because its my blog and I can do what I want.  I was pondering what to plant for the fall in my planter boxes.  I’m sure I will land on pansys because they are my favorite and seem to do well in the back yard this time of year. Unlike the petunias that have fried to a crisp.  They have even been taken over by the vinica (?) volunteers from last year.  Here are a few pictures of what I’ve done over the years, somethings successful and some not so much. 

Creeping Jenny, Portulaca, Ornamental Grass and Zinnias

Petunias and Cast Iron plants, when they were really small

pansy

pansy
Dahlia

I think its one of moms black eyed Susans

I really have no idea but isnt it pretty

Hmmmmmmmm………..  So what do you like to plant in the fall?
 

Culture

How many followers does one need before one has a cult following? 
  I decided now that I have a whopping nine followers its high time I take charge and post the cult rules.  All members will where pink all star high-tops, blue jeans and a T-shirt that reads “I follow the short one” spelled out with rhinestones and glitter paint.   Monday is chick Fila day, Saturday is Mystery Science Theater day.  Coffee will be served daily at 6:30 am sharp.  My birthday is the best holiday ever!  No tuna fish salad allowed.  All followers will be issued chocolate on a daily basis. Oh and did I mention we will live on an island in the Caribbean.  so –  any new followers? 

Aunt Jeans Congo Bars

I had a wonderful time vising my family in PA, and the cook out for my dads birthday was a blast.  My aunt Jean brought these cookies with her and they are fantastic.  She said its a very old recipe and she use to make them for my uncle when he was stationed in Vietnam.  My aunt even goes the extra mile by putting chocolate bars on top when they come out of the oven, and spreading them once they melt.  Enjoy!

2 1/2 Cups brown sugar

3 Eggs beaten
2/3 Cups shortening melted

2 3/4 Cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Cup broken nuts
1 6 ounce package of chocolate chips.
 
Add sugar & eggs to cooled melted shortening & mix well. Add dry

ingredients that have been sifted together. 
Pour into a 15x10 bar pan bake

20 minutes.

Mom’s Tortellini Salad

Well I’m on my way to PA to spend some time with my parents.  We will be celebrating my dads 60th birhtday with a family picnic.  I am sure moms Tortellini Salad will be a guest of honor.  Its probably one of the simplest take along foods, and always a crowd pleaser.

2 containers of  cheese tortellini, or one family sized (in the refrigerator section)
1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes
small jar of sliced olives
1 cup of shredded three cheese blend
small bottle of  Italian dressing

Cook the pasta per the package instructions

While the pasta is cooking:
Slice the tomatoes in half
Drain the olives

Drain the pasta and transfer to a large mixing bowl, cool.  Tip: add a little of the  dressing and stir to keep the pasta from sticking to itself.

Once the pasta is cooled mix in the tomatoes, olives, cheese and half the bottle of dressing.

Serve cold or a room temp and enjoy! 

Caprese Salad on Toast

Its the height of summer and everyone’s garden is fruitful.  I will be going to visit my family next Saturday in Butler PA. We will no doubt spend the week eating family meals right out of my mothers garden.  This is probably my favorite way to “dispose” of perfectly ripe tomatoes.  For the best flavor make this fresh and feel free to eyeball the ingredients. 

1-2 fist size ripe tomatoes
1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese
1 cup of basil leaves, washed and patted dry
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Dice the tomatoes into bite size pieces.  It might sound like a little extra work but I prefer to cut the top off the tomato and scoop out the seeds first.  It keeps the dish from being too runny and my indigestion in check. 
Cut about half the cheese into the same size pieces.
Stack several basil leaves together and slice.  Avoid the urge to chop the basil, it will get bruised and not be as green and pretty.
Mix all this together in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, salt pepper and mix again. 

Serve on toasted Baguette, or get fancy and try my garlic bread recipe here.  

I would love to hear your favorite tomato “disposal” recipe?

 

Life as an Octopus

Thoughts on living life as a giant octopus, no really I thought about it.
Eight arms, eight purses yippee!
No feet no shoes, bummer.
I was a Bond girl…..twice
When I get scared I ink myself, how embarrassing.
I’m the Kraken goo goo g’ joob
Rock paper suckers!
Captain Nimo looked like he needed a hug, that’s all.  
 Disclaimer:  This is what happens when someone ask for random.  I don’t know if its funny, but I laughed.