Sunday, May 13, 2012

Monday This 'n That

Thomas Jefferson ordered the landscape at Monticello to create a "ferme ornée," or ornamental farm, combining function and beauty.

What's Available from Grandma Farmers Garden this week:

Greens (4-oz $2): Red Russian Kale, Arugula, Spinach
Herbs (1-oz $2): Sage, Oregano, Chives (Garlic and Onion), Spearmint, Dill Weed, Cilantro, Flat Leaf Parsley, Lemon Balm
Vegetables:  Green Onions 6-8 bunch $2
Fruit:  Rhubarb $3 per pound
Farm Fresh Eggs (fed organic grains) $3 a dozen
Grass-Fed Ground Beef $4.50 per pound
Daylilies 6 fans for just $5

Email Us for pick-up.  We do make daily trips to Omaha and ocassional trips to Lincoln where we can meet.

Reading Through the Bible In a Year
We are again attempting to read through the Bible this year. Just joining us or did you get behind? No matter and no need to play catch-up. Start where you are today and go forward.

Monday: Mark 13:32-37, 12 Cor 12:1-10, Psalms 107, 2 Samuel 1-2
Tuesday: Mark 14:1-11, 2 Cor 12:11-21, Psalms 108, 2 Samuel 3-4
Wednesday: Mark 14:12-31, 2 Cor 13, Psalms 109, 2 Samuel 5-7
Thursday: Mark 14:32-42, Galatians 1, Psalms 110, 2 Samuel 8-10
Friday: Mark 14:43-52, Galatians 2, Psalms 111, 2 Samuel 11-12
Saturday: Mark 14:53-65, Galatians 3:1-14, Psalms 112, 2 Samuel 13
Sunday: Mark 14:66-72, Galatians 3:15-29, Psalms 113, 1 Samuel 14-15

We also like to read a Proverb a Day corresponding to the day of the month. This month I am memorizing Psalms 32, could you memorize a Psalm?

This Weeks Meal Plan

Monday - Szechuan Orange-Ginger Beef with Rice (opt), Coconut Pudding with Fresh Strawberries
Tuesday - Chicken Noodle Casserole, Peas
Wednesday - Salmon with Asparagus, Rice (opt), glazed Carrots
Thursday - Tex-Mex Stir-Fry
Friday - Brocolli, Ham & Cheese Frittata
Saturday -  Pizza, Super Salad
Sunday -  Roast Pork Loin, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans and Fried Apples

I've been cooking out of the WeightWatchers One Pot Cookbook these last couple of weeks.

Mission 101 Herbs That Heal

I have created a list of the plants and herbs in our yard, currently that have healing qualities.
  1. Aronia
  2. Basil
  3. Blackberry
  4. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  5. Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
  6. Catnip
  7. Cayenne
  8. Chaomile
  9. Cilantry
  10. Currants
  11. Dandelion
  12. Dill
  13. Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower)
  14. Feverfew
  15. Gooseberry
  16. Hollyhock
  17. Horehound
  18. Hyssop
  19. Juniper
  20. Lavender
  21. Lemon Balm
  22. Linden Tree (European Basswood)
  23. Mullein
  24. Oregano
  25. Oxeye Daisy
  26. Parsley
  27. Peppermint
  28. Plantain
  29. Raspberry
  30. Red Clover
  31. Rosemary
  32. Rugosa Rose
  33. Sage
  34. Spearmint
  35. Sunflower
  36. Thyme
  37. Violet
This means I only have 64 more plants/trees/shrubs to propigate.  (Chuckle) This also means I get to create more beds to plant all these wonderful and beautiful plants.  There's nothing like edible landscape, incorporate all these wonderful plants into your landscape and make them your 'flower' beds.  We will discuss two plants a week.

BASIL - Bet you thought this was just a culinary herb.  Not so!  Basil is an excellent digestive system support herb.  Basil enjoys full sun and well drained soil.  It loves to be next to any kind of peppers and tomatoes and often is said to enhance their flavor when Basil is nearby.

BLACK EYED SUSAN - These beautiful, happy flowers do well in full sun and will grow in just about any soil type.  It is said to repel insect when planted with feverfew, licorice, or hyssop.  Black-eyes Susans attract birds of many kinds into the garden.  Roots may be dug in spring or fall.  Leaves may be gathered by handpicking or with snips any time.  Used mainly as a herbal diuretic so should NOT be used in pregnancy.  It is also used occasionally to support heart health and for women's health concerns.  It is used as an Infusion or a traditional tincture.

BEWARE:  This plant can be toxic to your pets!

Grain Free Brownies

I'm going to send you to a different blog for my new favorite recipe for brownies.  Hubby says they actually taste like brownies.....really chocolatey.  Espresso Fudge Brownies

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