This is not a garden blog, but you might see an article concerning gardening. It is a blog about me and the cultivation of my life. This is a place where I air my opinions and ideas. There will be stories about what is happening or has happened. I like to write poems, some will be good and some will be bad. I am never bored, I hope you won't find what I write about boring. Thank you for sharing time with me.

Friday, June 1, 2018

LONELY: DOES IT MEAN ALONE?

I didn't know, lonely I could be,
When lovely, is as far as my eye can see,
Years and years ago,
People kept asking me, I'd say no.

The world, spread out before me,
Filled with everything imaginary,
Whatever my heart's desire,
In my mind, lit a fire.

Gardens flourished, with good hard work,
Animals birthed with the help of me and the stork,
Friends, who depended on me,
Kept asking, are you ever lonely?

Never, my days filled with excitement of all kinds,
Sometimes there were big disappointments in my mind,
But never did it occur to me,
Loneliness could be connected to my beautiful sea.

I flitted and floated from this and that,
Changed, when I wanted, to another hat,
Never thinking this merry-go-round would stop,
Telling me, "Lady this is your last hop."

"We know it's been a dizzy fifty years,
Go and wipe those unwanted tears,
Find an outlet for those hidden desires,
You never know what ignites little fires."

Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure.

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

an intro to baking for kids.









Sunday, March 4, 2018

TEA TIME

This week the postman left a package.  I wasn't expecting anything and it wasn't a birthday.  I couldn't imagine what it contained.

The return address was from my sister, Kathie.  Hmm, Why would she be sending something?

It came at the right time.  I had been needing a perk me up. Unexpected fit the bill.  It could have been anything and I would have been thrilled.

The contents were something I'd been obsessing over, TEA.  Any  tea, especially naturally flavored no caffeine tea.

She unknowingly had picked the perfect surprise for me.

We have this mobile cart with five shelves.  I originally bought it to put assorted plastic ware in the pantry.  That stuff made the pantry like "Fibber McGees" closet. 

The day we received it and assembled it I was making tea.  We had a cabinet we stored all our teas in, but every time I went to get tea, it seemed the one I wanted was behind the others.

We keep our teas in deli-salad containers we have washed and labeled.  They stack nicely in the cabinet.  When I touched them I thought, their length is about the depth of the shelves.   Eureka! A place to organized the teas where we can see at a glance and grab the one we want. 

A plus; the top shelf was just the size for my everyday teapots, hot pads, and a couple of canisters.  (The brown canister contains sassafras roots we dug from our yard.)

On the left it has hooks which I hung our tea tray and one of my grabbers.  (These are a necessity when you have back surgery.  They are also great for reaching the far back of a cabinet .)  The red hanging on the other end is my apron with lots of pockets!


After we choose a tea of our liking and have chosen what pot to use, the cart slides right back into  the pantry, "out of sight not out of mind".  Take time out for a relaxing cup of tea.
TEA COZY AND HOT PAD
 Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure.

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CHARBROIL BIG EASY TURKEY FRYER: CHICKEN

Each time I use the Big Easy, it is just that!  Easy is an understatement.  The ease of clean up is a major thing.  Cooking in it is a breeze.  It is called big, but it isn't even as big as our Shop Vac.

The picture on the left is the chicken we did on the weekend,  30 minutes after we took it out of the cooker.  You should have seen how glistening the skin was as  we removed it from the cooker.  It was as scrumptious as it looks.  

We  have prepared chicken in it before, but we didn't have the extra basket.  We procured the inner basket through Amazon.  Previously we have cooked two chickens side by each, breast to breast.  The backs of course got good and crispy but the sheltered fronts left a lot to be desired. The you tube videos show it done this way.  Cooking time for the birds in this position was 2 1/2 hours.  

This is our first time using our new bed basket.  I looked for videos showing  using of the extra basket for two whole Chickens, nada.  Either that or I didn't ask the right question to get the right answer, anyhow, we got to the end, toute suite.  The two 5 1/2 lb chickens cooked in 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Along the way I have procured some knowledge I hadn't read before about using the Charbroil Oil Less Big and Easy Turkey fryer. (BTW, one chicken takes 1 hour 15 minutes to cook.  We just cooked two for the price of one.)

One of the facts is there is a dead zone on the bottom.  I hadn't realized that.  All the things we have cooked  in it have come out to perfection.  If there were some underdone moments then the whole item was on the blue side.  Not the fault of the cooker, but the lack of  expertise of the cooks.   Next use, we will Jerry Rig  something to hold the food an inch or so higher.  Another recourse would be try to find one of the single shelves to install above the bottom of the basket.

As you can see in this previous blog we roasted a leg of venison.  We had to use skewers to hold the leg in position. 

 http://glosgarden.blogspot.com/2017/01/big-easy-turkey-fryer-venison.html

This Blog is about our first experience with the oilless turkey fryer.

http://glosgarden.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-big-easy-oiless-turkey-fryer.html

The chickens above are now devoured.  The breast was as juicy as the thighs.  The only dry meat encountered was the kneecaps. They were on the chewy saide.  When one of the breast was sliced for sandwiches the next day it was comparable to the "deli sliced chicken" that is succulent when sliced wafer thin.  The next day the leftover slices had not lost any of their moistness.  Until this moment we had nearly sworn off our beloved white meat because the breast always turned out dry.  We thought it was because we were so used to farm raised chickens.  We are now past the stage where we like to raise chickens for consumption.  I will tell you that a free range chicken is far more succulent than a cage raised bird.

How did we prepare these chickens for the cooker?  Brought them to room temperature(took the refrigerator cold off them.)  Washed them well.  Dried them, and applied a wet rub inside and out.   

The rub I used is not strong flavored.  We wanted only to enhance the basic chicken flavor not be easting the rub flavor.   I rubbed both chickens thoroughly outside and sort of inside.

My recipe I used :  6 TBS Olive oil,  1 teas salt,  2 teas cumin,  3 teas garlic powder, 1 teas paprika. The only change I would make next time is to increase the salt and the garlic powder.  I would also like to put some bay leaves under the breast skin.
The hour and fifteen minutes we cooked the chickens was with the wire lid on the charbroil.

HINT:  Before you preheat, place the basket in the cooker and spray oil the basket and the liner of the cooker.  Remove the basket and preheat burning off the oil and sealing your cooker from rusting.

There are a zillion rubs around and you probably have a favorite.  If you don't like the burnt skin I suggest not use anything with sugar in it (if you do add it the last of the cooking). 

We have found the cooker is very economical on gas, using much less gas than a BBQ.  On windy days we build an enclosure around it.  Rainy days we have a piece of plywood suspended between two lawn chairs for a roof (the board never gets even warm.)  This day was 60 degrees and very windy.  We had wind breaks two sides. 

If you are inclined to invest in something new for your kitchen repertoire.  This item fits the bill.  I can't wait to try roasted veggies in it.  BTW,  we have found it is not kin to fried turkey, or a BBQ, or a smoker.  It's its own self, producing delicious food, efficiently.

Have fun.  I hope this blog helps you enjoy a little more good eats in your life.

Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure.

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

an intro to baking for kids.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A PLACE IN HEAVEN

There's a place in heaven for the sons and daughters who defend our country.  I always knew there was a place there for my son (retired, 30 years Navy) and his buddies.  They are always doing things for special need groups.  When he was over seas he would ask us to send care packages with candy which was singly wrapped to hand out to the children.  

Today I was shopping at one of my favorite scrounging stores "Dollar Tree" for some small inexpensive bag stuffers that my seniors might not have access to in the Nursing home.  I bought some small box containers which would hold items on a dresser, some pens, pencils, small spiral notebooks and erasers.  I'm still looking for items to fill their goody bags with.  

At the check out there was a gentleman.  He was about 39.  He was purchasing a boat load of sticker sheets and pencils; which were beautiful bright colors.  I  commented, "Someone is having a great birthday party."  He commented, "I am being sent to Guatemala, they are for the kids."  
He's in the Air Force.  

Our Children  defend the rights of others in foreign countries, but they also spread the word without saying a thing, "Love makes the world go round".  (They do this on their own dime and time)

Don't forget to thank someone's son or daughter for keeping America free.

Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure.

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

an intro to baking for kids.

All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission

Saturday, June 10, 2017

"THE MUMMY": A Review

I love the movies.  All kinds of movies.  I am not too crazy about horror movies, but I have seen some I can honestly appreciate.  I will say I am drawn to Chick Flicks and am very happily married to a guy who likes them too. We also love the action movies, especially the ones with the over the hill actors.  There are some movies that I say, "Why did I watch that all the way through".   Today I will say I had that experience.

We have a theater which has morning matinees for $5.  We headed out and had an extremely mediocre breakfast from Hardees. The Biscuit on the bacon, egg, and cheese was very over cooked.  The bread on the Frisco sandwich was not toasted so it led to a very doughy experience. 

We arrived at the theater just as the previews began.  I will say there are quite a few very interesting movies coming out.  One was "Meagan Leavey".  This is not a movie we will be seeing.  I could hardly sit through the preview.  We are animal lovers and have a son who is ex military.  My heart was in my throat and I could hear my hunny sniffing.  I will definitely tell my Daughter not to see it.  The old Lassie movies bring her floods of tears.

Wonder Woman finally lit up the screen.  It was a movie which leaves you with a good feeling.  It is not a movie you would need to see on the big screen to get the full effect (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2 are).  When we left theater we had to walk down the corridor, to the exit on the far side of the show.  We noticed that at 12:30 "The Mummy" was showing.  I looked at hunny and he looked at me, we decided it would be a two feature day.  We had only missed the previews before the show.  

This show made me wonder why I wasted 2 hours of my life to watch it.  Cruise and the girl (I don't know the actress's name) Not only didn't exhibit chemistry, but they acted very poorly, IMO.  To me it was stilted, like they were reading from a teleprompter.  Then along came Russel Crowe...whoops, where did he learn to act.  This definitely was not his perfect genre.  

The story line is nothing but knockoffs of the Brendan Frazier Mummy movies.  The first theft was with the Character "Beni".  The new Schlemiel  was a Schlemiel in his representation of the person (I can't even remember the name of him).  There was too much "plagiarism"  to list.  The movie was a very immature copy of it's predecessor.

All the Brendan Frazier's Mummy movies did not steal my heart.  The first Mummy did, it is the only movie I've ever paid to see twice.  I also purchased the DVD's of the movie.

If you have not watched the three movies please treat yourself to renting them (If you can find a rental place).  Or To purchasing them, they have been out long enough they should be in the cheap section.

This is an excerpt about Brendan's Mummy from Rotten Tomatoes who gave it a 75% audience rating:


Loosely adapted from the classic 1932 horror film starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy is set in Egypt, where over 3,000 years ago the high priest Imhotep (played by Arnold Vosloo) was given the all-important assignment of preparing the recently dead for their journey into the afterlife. However, Imhotep made one terrible mistake - he became smitten with Anck-Su-Namun, the mistress of the Pharaoh himself. Driven mad by jealousy and love, Imhotep murdered the Pharaoh, and his punishment was to be buried alive and suffer the torment of an eternal life in his wretched tomb. In 1925, a band of adventurers seeking fame and fortune - led by Rick O'Connel (Brendan Fraser), an American expatriate who has joined the foreign legion, and Evelyn Carnarvon (Rachel Weisz), an amateur archeologist - find a previously unknown burial site in Egypt. The team starts to dig, hoping to find lost riches, but instead they disturb the tomb of Imhotep, and soon the cursed priest rises from his grave to wreck vengeance on humanity. The Mummy was written and directed by Stephen Sommers, whose previous cinematic journeys into the past include The Jungle Book and The Adventures Of Huck Finn. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

In news the TV reviews said it was a summer sleeper.  At the time we couldn't figure why people weren't swarming the theaters.  The last time we re watched the "The Mummy".  I remember thinking how the special effects did not seem hokey (because of the advances in new technology, the older movies sometimes seem Hokey).

I just went and looked and Half.com has the 3 disk set for $.75 plus shipping.

I wish we hadn't stayed for the second feature. We felt cheated and wanted to ask for our money back and be paid for the two hours time.  The ten dollars could have bought me a DVD of a movie I thoroughly enjoyed.

Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure.

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

an intro to baking for kids.

All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission



Saturday, June 3, 2017

WONDER WOMAN

"OUR WONDER WOMAN"
There have been numerous women in my life who could fill the shoes of "Wonder Woman".  They didn't need Arm bands or shields.

They had the strength of their convictions.  Compassion in their souls.  They knew what the right thing was and did it. 

They were born in times of stress.  They had to work hard for what they wanted, nothing was given to them.  

The first one I met when I was only a baby.  I didn't realize till I was a woman myself that she was this amazing woman.  She was my mom.  She organized a household for six children, Making sure they were given the opportunities to grow and become all they could be.  Of course this was in the age of Ozzie and Harriet and that was what a "woman" was supposed to do.  To sum up my growing up I never missed a day when I didn't sit at the breakfast table.

Along came My Great Aunt Flora.  I don't remember if I met her when I was younger but I do remember when I was ten or so, going to her home.  On this trip we visited her store. Yes, "Her" store.  She owned a hardware store.  To me it was gigantic.  I don't know if it was or if it was just a little neighborhood store.  She owned and ran it.  She talked about all the tools (talked to me as if I was an adult).  It was like she thought I understood what she was saying.

We returned to her home.  She had a small hobby farm with chickens and a big garden.  She had the most marvelous tractor parked in her garage. It was a Cub Cadet. Its name fascinated me and the fact she drove it and mowed her lawn with it, I stood there filled with awe.  

From that big garden she served us lunch.  She had canned green beans before we arrived.  I remember thinking, how did she learn to do everything.  

She was born in the age of "Flappers".  There was a great pix of her in her favorite outfit on her dresser.  I stared at it wondering what wonderful parties she had been to wearing it.

She had survived the great depression running her hardware store.

Years went by filled with several women whom I would call wonder women.   Women who dedicated their lives to their families and making time for others.  One of these women was Louise Goldman.  She was woman of the year in St. Louis.  We met her through teaching her Children in Religious School.  She was one of the most unselfish people I have ever met.

Then there came a small little Lady who didn't know when she was born because she had been an orphan.  Her sister had told her she was 16 so she could marry her off and inherit the family's belongings.  This was in 1889.  I met her when she was about 80.  Our Children were four and five years old.  I saw her goats out in the field and drove up the drive to find out who owned them (We owned a herd of goats).  

We were met at the gate by a lady with a 22 rifle, Octagon barrel.  Telling us to get back down the road.  I explained I only was wondering whose Goats those were.  It's a long story, which I need to write down.  This woman became an adopted grandmother to our kids.  Helping us to teach them the meaning of unconditional love.  Our Granddaughter carries her name.

Today is our Daughter's Birthday.  She joins my list of Wonder Women.  She began her career as a kennel cleaner, working forty hours a week at the age of fourteen. She was in the Corporate world for 20 years and now she is working as an event planner.  She did this without a Bachelors degree in anything.   She worked while having two wonderful children.

Our Birthday wish for our Daughter is: That she too, has "Wonder Women" in her life.


Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure.

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

an intro to baking for kids.

All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission






Tuesday, May 2, 2017

ARE WE AMERICANS?

An unsettled world seems to becoming more unsettled each day.  It is like we are balanced precariously on the edge.  I was perusing some of my writings.  I came across this poem I wrote July 4, 2007.  It brought to mind several news events lately.  

Since I wrote this, in 2016 our son retired after 30 years in the navy.  His last couple of years were spent on the USS Carl Vinson.  He didn't want to retire but it was mandatory.  I am thanking G-d that he retired.  His Ship is now in the Pacific, out side North Korea.  Where unsettled is the middle name of the country.

We still have racial tensions.

We still have women striving to be equally evaluated in the workplace.

We are still judging new arrivals by their religious affiliations.

This poem addresses why we are who we are and why we should question anything which threatens to remove our "freedoms" and the compassion which accompanies them. 

I thank My son, the friends of my son, the parents of all the sons and daughters who are risking their lives to insure our freedoms.

"Where would we be today?"

Do you think of where you might be today,
If, the Patriots had not stepped up to say,
They wanted deliverance from England's rule,
Had they not fought the ultimate of duels?

What would've happened if the south had their way,
Would we be a nation, which half would be slaves,
Would we welcome those from far away shores,
Or would we be separatist closing our doors?

This nation, would it's voice be as loud,
If the suffragettes had not been so proud,
What if they hadn't stood up for their rights,
Where would women be without that fight?

A new nation, born under the stars,
Supporting the rights of others, near and far,
Sharing our wealth, which is more than monetary,
Providing a home for the down trodden and weary.

Have you thought of what you'd be doing today,
Would you have to do it another way,
If others hadn't stepped up to the plate,
Would today already be too late?

In this country of ours where would you live,
Would you have the freedom to give,
A welcome to someone of another race,
Or would each of us be wearing the same face?

Think about it, about this country, from sea to sea,
Would you have the choice of where you would be?


Have a wonderful fourth, celebrate, remembering those that have gone before us to give us this day.  We will remember our Uncle Ben, a man so shy and meek but a giant when he served in Italy in World War II.  We will remember the child he protected while there, only to leave her, wondering if she grew up to be married and have children.  We will remember these things, knowing we have a son in the navy who protected others in the Middle East and is waiting to be called if needed to protect us, and our freedoms.
 July 4, 2002

Other blog sites by me:
Chronicling our adventures with a dumped Pit Bull Pup 
who has become a hidden treasure.

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures

an intro to baking for kids.

All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission