Posted in Container Gardening

Garden – 4 week update

I can’t believe it’s only been four weeks since we started our garden. I’m so excited to say this year’s garden is already doing better than last years.

Radish Radish. This is the first year I’ve grown radishes. My thought was I can just pluck them from the garden and have one or two rather than buying a bag of them and wasting most of them, since I’m the only one who will eat them. I had to pick one to see how big it was. It was a pretty good size. I’d say a week longer and they’ll be full size. I think we’ll be able to have two batches of radish this year – we’ll see.

Peas The peas are looking good.

Pole Beans We have green pole beans. Yum. We had these last year and they were so good lightly sauteed in butter, with some salt and pepper. Can’t wait.

Onions The onions are trying to take over.

Squash Here’s the squash. I’m not sure how it’s going to do. Last year we didn’t even get this far with them.

Carrots The carrots are slow going. This is the first year we’ve planted carrots, but after doing some research it seemed they will grow in a square foot garden. Time will tell.

Green Pepper If you look close there are two little green peppers!! Peppers are expensive at the grocery. Most of these guys are going in the freezer for winter. (My husband loves to use a lot of them in the chili he makes).

Strawberry The strawberries are looking good. One leaf got eaten by some little critter. My husband’s working on a chicken wire netting for the top. (I’ll post more on that once it’s done.)

Tomatoes Can’t wait for the tomatoes. I could eat a tomato everyday and never tire of them. Freshly picked, sliced with a little sugar on them…nothing better. Okay, maybe sliced with cottage cheese, freshly cooked in pasta sauce, fresh Pico de Gallo. I could go on and on.

lettuce  Lastly, the lettuce is starting to come up. Last year this little vegetable was so tender and made some great salads. It seems to be growing a little slowly this year.

My son is impressed that we haven’t used any fertilizers or chemicals on it. I’m just happy to have fresh, clean, food.

Happy Gardening~Bam

Posted in Life

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, to me means remembering all of those who died in the war and those who served in the US Military that didn’t die.

What??? Why remember those who didn’t die in the war? I’m thinking about my uncle Dan. He was a Ranger – in the 2nd Battalion. On D-Day in WWII – Company “C” – One of the first troops on ground in Normandy, France. He lived to tell his story but never really did. He came back with a Purple Heart, and shrapnel in his back, but, physically he was fine otherwise. He and his wife and two kids settled down in North Vernon, Indiana to a farmer’s life. My parents, myself and most of my cousins would go on that long drive for an “easy” weekend on the farm. For breakfast he’d grab three eggs from the chicken coup crack them open into a glass and drink them down – ewe. But, I’m sure by then not much phased him. I’m sure he had PTSD. Some nights we’d all be asleep in our sleeping bags in the living room only to be awakened by this horrible screaming. I’ll never forget that sound, it was awful. I never really thought about it at the time, I was only a little girl, who had bad dreams now and again too. Now, though, looking back I can’t imagine what kind of night terrors he had. I can’t imagine the stress of being in a position that was so significant to our nations vitality, and the life of other countries like France, and Germany.

Even though Dan made it back alive and physically well. I’m sure a part of him died during that war. He loved his country and he loved his family. He was a great man and I miss him.

J.R.Moore-galley-about 1961 My Dad was in the Navy, although he wasn’t enlisted when there was a war going on but there was still unrest. He was on a Destroyer, a chef working in a tiny little galley kitchen, preparing all kinds of homemade foods and goodies to keep up morale. Everybody’s job was important. He got to travel all through the Mediterranean on his two years on-board.

I have a young cousin who’s been to Afghanistan three times now. Thankfully, he’s back home now and I’m sure his Mom and siblings are happy to see him back.

Memorial Day to me is remembering all of those millions who’ve served our country, in one capacity or another. No one will come back the same – whether the experience was good, bad, beautiful or ugly. They will forever be different.

Thank you to all!!!~Bam

Posted in Life


Keidi – our beloved Dachshund has gone on to “doggie Heaven”. It’s been a rough week-and-a-half. The day after Mother’s Day our Keidi started acting a little weird, just not like her usual self, she didn’t want to eat, go out and bark and the neighbors or really do much of anything. We thought, maybe, she just had too much human food from the table the day before. Usually we’ll give her some bread, ice cream, milk from the table (never meat or veggies). We had strawberry cake and my husband let her lick the plate after he’d finished so there were only a few tiny crumbs, but the cake was made with real strawberries and she has a lot of allergies, so I thought she might have been having some weird reaction to that so I gave her some Benadryl. She still wasn’t perking up to her normal self. By Thursday she stopped drinking water, even when we held the bowl up to her mouth. I left work early and my son and I took her to E-Pet 911 and they ran some blood work and ex-ray’s and they told us she was in severe kidney failure.

Oh boy, I wasn’t ready for this, but, I knew something wasn’t right. The Vet offered to keep her there to push fluids and medicine through IV, but even then there was no guarantee it would help. Also, even though we LOVE our four-legged friend we do have a family responsibility to be fiscally responsible and there’s always the “how much are we willing to let our dog suffer” because we aren’t emotionally ready to let her go? Obviously with kidney failure there’s really no turning back, no true “cure”, just life-long treatment of medicine therapy.

I still remember they day my husband went to pick her up from the breeder. It was a super cold and snowy day in January of 2000. She was six weeks old. He took a little laundry basket filled with blankets and drove about an hour one-way, after he’d worked all day even. Our son was five and he was so excited to see her when they finally got home.

Even now, I still get teary-eyed just thinking about her. She was with us over for over fourteen years. She slept with us, followed us around the house, sat at our feet while we ate, snuggled on the couch with us. She was definitely a major part of our lives.

Today, I’m cleaning up the rest of her belongings, her crate, harness and leash and all of her toys.

P1010200 Her favorite toys, clearly they’ve all been chewed on. We kept her toys in the corner of the living room and she’d go over and pick one out, play with it a while, shake it around, growl at it then just walk away when she got tired.

P1010203 This was her favorite though. She found it one day while out for a walk, picked it up and carried it home. (I wondered if she thought it was her baby??)

IMG_20131017_210625_672 This is how she slept most of the time. So happy to have known her for fourteen years. So sad she’s gone.~Bam


Posted in Cooking

Pecan and Apricot Granola

I’m amazed at just how expensive granola can be at the grocery. Then there’s also the “unknown” factor! Just what exactly is in that processed granola??? So; I decided to make my own and let me tell you…it’s really good.

P1010194 I used easy to find ingredients. Quick oats, pecans, flaxseed meal, canola oil, molasses, dried apricots, honey, vanilla extract and some sea salt.

P1010195 Chop the pecans and dried apricots. I did a rough chop of the pecans and a little finer chop of the apricots, but really this is personal preference depending on if you want more of a chewy or crunchy texture. (Don’t you just love that old wood cutting board? It’s a staple in my kitchen.)

P1010196 Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

P1010197 Mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl.

P1010198 It’s a loose granola, (not like a bar).

P1010199 My favorite way to eat it is mixed in with some vanilla yogurt. Delicious!!

Here’s the recipe:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then line a sheet cake pan with aluminum foil.

3 1/2 C Uncooked Quick Oats

1/2 C Ground Flaxseed Meal

1/3 C Pecans – chopped

1/3 C Dried Apricots – chopped

1/2 t Sea Salt

1/4 C Honey

1/4 C Molasses

2 T Canola Oil

1 T Vanilla

1/2 t. sea salt

Mix the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the last four ingredients in a small bowl then add to the large bowl. Pour the granola on the baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring it around every 10 minutes. See…it really is that simple.

I love pecans and I think they taste even better when they’ve been toasted, which is one of the reasons why I chose them, but you could substitute with slivered almonds, or walnuts. And the dried fruit choices are endless.




Posted in Container Gardening

Square Foot Garden

It’s that time of year when I’m getting our raised bed garden ready. I’m so excited this year to try this again. Last year, I would say the garden did a little under fair. This year, I’ve done a lot more research, bought some already started plants and am really hoping this works better. Not only have I changed up how I have the plants laid out, like I said earlier, I bought some plants that have already been started. The plants the I bought are the same kinds of plants that didn’t work well with the seeds I started last year myself, so, I’m crossing my fingers everything goes better with these.

I really didn’t fill our garden last year to capacity thinking I didn’t want to overcrowd the plants but the more I’ve been checking things out on-line the more I’ve come to realize a lot of plants can go into a one-square foot patch of dirt.

P1010186 With that in mind I asked my husband if he could grid the garden for me. Our bed isn’t quite square, so on the ends I have about 3″ more than the rest of the squares, and that makes the four corners about  3″ x 1.5″ larger; which is okay since I can plant a little bit more in those areas.  It gives me more room for the tomatoes & green beans I planted on each end.

P1010185 On the outside of the box he added some small screws and tied Mason String around them and then he continued the string in one long course around the box.

P1010184 Twisting it once at each square foot section. I thought this was pretty ingenious because now I can move the string around to make sure each box is where I want it to be.

IMG_20140504_161934_219 After a lot of research I came up with this plan. I had a general idea of what plants I wanted to try to grow and I started researching the best way to grow them. I learned about all kinds of things regarding ‘Companion Gardening’. Like I shouldn’t plant garlic near green beans or peas, but they grow good with tomatoes. Pretty cool, huh? I also learned that fragrant marigold’s deter bugs, and keep them away from plants like strawberries and lettuce. I also learned how many of each type of seeds to plant per square foot. There was definitely a method to my organizational madness here. I really, really, want this to work!!

P1010187 P1010190 I used the end of a large artist’s paint brush to make holes for the seeds in each square. I tried to keep everything very neat so I could see what I was working with.

P1010188 It helps the plant grow better if you gently pull on the roots before they’re planted, to loosen them up some. Don’t pull too hard, they can become damaged or even break off.

P1010192 I found these cool copper labels on They look so nice and will also help me stay organized ( Have I mentioned I love, love, love organization?)

P1010193 Yea, It’s all done. It looks so nice, due to a big part in my husband helping me. It was great team work. I also have some Rosemary and more Jalapeno planted in the large planters on the deck. I discovered last year the Rosemary did really well there and hopefully the squirrels or bunnies won’t like the Jalapeno as much as they liked the Strawberries that were there last year.

A couple of the websites I found very informative were and

Happy gardening~Bam