My Grandmother’s Recipe Box


My grandmother clipped recipes from magazines, newspapers, food packages, etc and kept them all in a blue Storybook Shoes shoebox.  The box is one of my most treasured possessions.  I can see her at the kitchen table, curtains moving from the breeze blowing through the window, looking through the box for that favorite recipe.

There are also a few written down on sheets of notebook paper and the back of old envelopes.  To me, those are absolutely priceless!  I’ve decided to share from the box from time to time.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

This is one from the Depression Era:

Corn Chowder

Made with just corn, potatoes, chicken broth, evaporated milk, onion and butter.
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups broth from boiled chicken (2 14.5 oz cans chicken broth)
2 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel corn
1 large white onion, diced
3 cups diced potatoes
2 (12 fluid ounce) cans evaporated milk
1/3 cup butter
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
In a large pot over medium heat, combine broth, corn, onion and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until potatoes are just tender.
Stir in evaporated milk and butter until butter is just melted. Season with salt and pepper and serve at once.

Creating Zen


My garden is coming along great. Last year we put together a simple irrigation system so we could water at the root of the plants. It worked great – cut down on the water bill and weeds. This year I changed the direction of the rows and made the garden bigger so we’ve had to revamp the system. The water pressure isn’t quite strong enough from one faucet to get the proper ‘drip’ for all the plants so we added a couple more and have decided to split the irrigation lines so we have 2 feed-in lines. I’m not sure if that makes any sense – but I’ll post pictures when we’re all done.

My litte trees (Giant Thuja) are thriving (grow babies grow) … I have visions of the way the garden will look with a living privacy screen. The neighbors property to the right of our garden isn’t .. well, let’s just say … very well kept. It’s hard to have a zen attitude when you’re looking at a trash heap and have no control over it.

I’m digging a firepit and we have a used metal gazebo that we’re going to be putting up soon. It has a canvas top and side curtains – but when those wear out I’ve decided to plant vines to cover the frame – chocolate vine or maybe wisteria … or .. both!

This little space of mine …


We own the lot directly across the street from our house. We put a cyclone fence around it … good fences make good neighbors…  right?  But that hasn’t worked out as well as I had planned. So I’m hoping my newly planted Giant Thuja trees will grow as fast as advertised … 3-5 feet a year … and help me create a more private garden space..

I recycled our old mailbox into a garden tool storage box. I saw the idea on gardening site so I kicked it up a notch and stenciled some designs on it and put it at ‘kid level’ so my grandkids can keep their things in it too.

 
I made the girls twirl sundresses for the summer and we put the serger scraps out for the birds to use for their nests.

Strawberry plants are in the pot and doing great … and the view of ‘my little piece of Heaven’ looks great from my front porch!

Gardening 2011 Style


After spending $60 + last year for garden plants I decided to grow my own for this year. I still may purchase some but for the most part, I’m using my own home grown. I asked the ladies I work with to save the toilet paper rolls for me and that’s what I’m using to make seed starters.
The toilet paper rolls are biodegradable so I don’t have to transplant them to another container – I have put some of the earlier tomatoe plants in 4″ peat pots just because it would be a few more weeks before I transplanted them to the garden. My kitchen window is full of heirloom tomatoe plants … Campbell’s & Brandywine.

The toilet paper rolls are biodegradable so I don’t have to transplant them to another container – I have put some of the earlier tomatoe plants in 4″ peat pots just because it would be a few more weeks before I transplanted them to the garden. My kitchen window is full of heirloom tomatoe plants … Campbell’s & Brandywine.

I’m using milk jugs cut nearly in half as mini greenhouses. After the seedlings have a pretty good start I’m moving them over to plastic shoe box containers so I can keep them watered from the bottom.

So far ar I’ve been pleased with the results. However, I bought some seed starter from Dollar General Store that I’m very unhappy with. At least 1/2 of the seedling starts have soured & has grown mushrooms! I’ll stick to Jiffy from now on.

Friday was such a beautiful day – my grands, Kaylie & Carter, helped me plant Purple Hull & Cream peas and okra after I got the rows made. We had so much fun and I hope they have fond memories of the day just as I do of the many times I helped my grandparents with their gardens when I was their age.

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