Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Garden Tuesday; It's a Jungle Out There!

I’ve been trying to coax Marion into taking a stroll in the garden with me but I haven’t been successful; yet:) For the past few years she has been able to simply look out her window and watch the pretty flowers as they grow. However, this year tomatoes and eggplant are now on her viewing screen and although she doesn’t have a bird’s eye view of Zinnias and Poppies, she is keeping a watchful eye on the tomatoes to make sure no “varmints” nibble them away.

My usual routine is to go out into the garden in the morning with coffee in hand and camera in my pocket. I’ve learned not to wear sandals on these morning jaunts because many times the morning dew is still present. Wet grassy toes are fine during a water hose fight, but not so much early in the morning.

My “inspection” includes making sure “everyone” has had enough to drink and that they are comfy and not being annoyed by any unwanted guests. (you might not be able to see it in the picture above but at the bottom is a screen which I had to place around the Gazania because “someone” apparently thinks it is planted there for their nibbling enjoyment.) Not!

I then look for any new growth and make a note in my head for any “guests” who might need their space cleaned up a bit. Fiesta Time here needs a few yellowing leaves pinched and a quick pickup of spent flowers.

My method doesn’t always work out the way it should. Those Balloon Flower buds in the back are just crying to be popped! (what? you’ve never popped a balloon flower, may I suggest you put it on your bucket list:)

My favorite thing about a morning stroll is discovering a new flower. As soon as it catches my eye, out comes the trusty camera and a clicking I will go. I stopped dead in my tracks when I spied these fragrant pink Stargazer Lilies this morning. I’ve been patiently waiting for days for them to open. I was thrilled when I saw them all opened at the same time:)

This “lipstick” bouquet of Peppermint Twist Phlox caught my eye as I was headed to the back of the garden. I just had to snap it!

And then a visitor:)

The back of the garden is buzzing with life in the morning. Everyone loves the orange Butterfly Weed. (Can you see the Gladiolus popping up?)

Especially the butterflies:)

I waited as long as I could to post for Garden Tuesday in hopes that the hummingbird would appear. As I made one more stroll out to the garden this evening, he made his appearance. In the Garage!

What a job I had persuading him to leave but finally after shutting all the lights and leaving all of the doors open, he eventually found his way out. I was too upset to go after him, Whew:) I guess I’ll have to settle for sharing this Hummingbird Moth. Simply amazing!!!

As for Marion and our stroll, her answer is in the title. ”It’s a jungle out there:)” Maybe when the tomatoes ripen Marion will venture out. In the mean time, I’m off to stroll Pam’s Garden Tuesday. “See” you there, Louise:)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Recipes From The Moon

Well, sorta:)

A Day in the Moon by the Abbé Th. Moreux ©1913
”…I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish…” President John F. Kennedy (1961)

The crew of Apollo 11: Commander Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module pilot Michael Collins, Lunar Module pilot Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.

When President Kennedy announced, We will go to the moon in this decade,” it was the beginning of the The Apollo Space program and the journey to put the first man on the moon. An estimated 600 million people from all corners of the world watched the first manned mission to land on the Moon on July 20, 1969. I can remember it like it was yesterday. The countdown, the blast off, the cheers. Hold your breath The "Eagle" has landed. (The Lunar Module was nicknamed the "Eagle") Neil Armstrong, stepped off the Eagle's ladder, placed one foot upon the surface and proclaimed: ”That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”.

The first meal eaten on the moon by Armstrong and Aldrin before their moonwalk was, 4 bacon squares, 3 sugar cookies, peaches, pineapple grapefruit drink and coffee.” Famous Firsts by Dennis Sanders.

As many of you may know, I grew up on Long Island in the state of New York. Thousands of Long Islanders worked to build the lunar command module "Columbia" that carried Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin to their moon landing. (Michael Collins remained in space.) Six of the 13 lunar modules were built by Grumman. In the mid-1960's, it seemed everyone had a parent, relative or friend who worked at Grumman.

Today, on this historic anniversary, I would like to share a few recipes from a book titled the Horn of The Moon Cookbook by grassroots activist Ginny Callan former owner of The Horn of the Moon Cafe in Montpelier, Vermont

The Horn of the Moon Cafe is no longer in existence. Vermont’s oldest vegetarian restaurant served its last meal on November 12, 2000.

…Ginny Callan hasn't served up a plate of tofu cutlets with mushroom sauce since 1990, at least not in a restaurant. She sold her legendary Horn of the Moon Café in Montpelier, where those cutlets were a big seller and the business eventually passed into history. But the restaurant and its founder/chef/owner lives on in the memories, taste buds and home libraries of thousands for whom it was the first experience of "natural" or vegetarian food. Callan had a 13-year run and locals of a certain age remember her restaurant fondly…Times Argus Online

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to appreciate the recipes and “chatter” in this book. I have many vegetarian cookbooks in my collection but my very best two favorites are the Horn of The Moon Cookbook and The Moosewood Cookbook, which we will have to talk about at another time:) I like The Horn of the Moon Cookbook for its sheer simplicity in the layout of the recipes, the commentary the author shares in each recipe but more importantly to me how the book does not intimidate me because I am not a vegetarian. I would prefer to enjoy the recipes for what they are; be they vegetarian or not.

Normally, it wouldn’t be easy for me to choose a recipe from such a delicious assortment but since we are celebrating Moon Day, I thought I would get you in the mood with some “moon” recipes:) How about some Luna Pie to begin?

They say “it’s all in the presentation” well, for these Moon Burritos, it was all in the name. (or maybe a little of both:)

Don’t forget the Salsa! (dip and dance:)

These are my favorite Moon Cookies! I love them filled with Strawberry Jam!

The Horn of the Moon Cafe was sold to Gary Beardsworth and his wife Rhonda in July of 1990. It wasn’t long before Mr. Beardsworth authored Recipes From the Moon.

Recipes From the Moon doesn’t have the same “feel” as Ms. Callan’s book but, it does offer this recipe for Dairy Free Pie Crust that my friend Amy “swears by.”

I, however, can attest to these egg free Blueberry Muffins, especially when it’s Blueberry Month and I have another batch of homemade yogurt “brewing” on the counter:)

Thank you for spending Moon Day with me. I had planned on delving deeper into “real” moon food but it seems the day has once again slipped away from me. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a Picnic in Orbit, then we all could go! Follow this link to discover what Astronauts Eat in Orbit, you’re in for quite a few surprises! As you’re munching on that, contemplate this first picture of the moon drawn by Galileo in 1610, which I found in A Day In the Moon published in 1913 and available free online for fascinating reading at the Open Library. Enjoy, Louise

1.Horn of the Moon Cafe Closes its Doors
2.Space Food