Mother’s Day…Brunch, Flowers & Family

I am so blessed to have a wonderful family that acknowledges me on Mother's Day! This year they bought the brunch and flowers to me! Mother's Day Bouquet The above bouquet was part of my Mother's Day present. My daughters made brunch which consisted of: Quiche, homemade coffeecake & whipped cream for berries with mimosas. [...]

Hydroponics Update

I wanted to provide an update about our Hydroponics Garden. We saw growth and buds. Eventually after many flowering buds, we did get a few small green tomatoes. The plants were growing, but the flowering buds were not producing any tomatoes. The PVC pipe size was small and my husband could see the roots were [...]

Part 1 – 2022 Hydroponics: Do Setbacks Lead to Success?

I have been #thepatientgardener waiting for a progress report on our Hydroponics. Here is what is going on: The Setbacks: we have had a few green beans. We have a few tomato flowering buds that will look promising than dry up. We removed our lettuce it wilted. Hydroponic Tomato Bud Successes: My husband has been [...]

Part 11 – 2021 Garden: “That’s a Wrap!”

Today, five months after starting our garden it came down. Beautiful crisp autumn day for this activity. Season’s Over We were able to get some more tomatoes before disposing of everything. That’s always a plus! Tomato Harvest A bounty Always a little sad to take it down. Every year we learn something new…what worked, what [...]

Year End Garden & Hydroponics

It is warm & humid so our garden is continuing to grow. I remember several years ago pulling out the garden mid September. Vegetables are still producing. We are at the end of our growing season but will take all the extra vegetables we can! I dice the tomatoes & freeze them for soups or [...]

Praying the Rosary

I was raised Catholic, very active at church. I know I learned about the rosary, but I never prayed the rosary, so therefore I did not know how the rosary is prayed. I have heard the recommendation over the years, “Pray the Rosary!” I did not know how. I have not pursued this desire to [...]

Breakfast Tortilla

This summer my daughter made us a breakfast burrito. It was so delicious, but it was too much. She used a larger tortilla. I thought how could I take her amazing ingredients and scale it down. Egg, Sausage, Red Pepper & Spinach I started with 1 egg, 1 breakfast sausage, red pepper and spinach. Once [...]

Part 1: Hydroponics – “One Big Science Experiment”

We love to garden. It is always a “letdown” to be done for the season. We have been thinking, “What if we didn’t have to be done?” Starting over with new starts We began to check out different hydroponic YouTube videos. After checking out various ones, we decided on a simple system. This system was [...]

Part 10 – 2021 Garden: “Harvest”

Every year we wait. Every summer our garden produces a bountiful of vegetables. Waiting is the absolute worst…yet it has its rewards Started from seeds Our garden tomatoes, we have been eating them, giving them away and next I may blanch them to make either a sauce or diced tomatoes. I’ll use them in stew [...]

Creating a Side Gig from Scratch

My younger daughter is a CCU nurse. She has always enjoyed baking. Almost six months ago our daughter started to design and make cakes, for coworkers and friends. Gradually it morphed into a “word of mouth” side gig business that keeps her steadily busy. Classic Coconut 🥥 Cake Festive & Fun Cake Cool Floral Cake [...]