Thursday, April 10, 2014

The New Garden Beds

We have built new beds this year for the garden. Let’s see what the garden looks like!!

Enter the side gate.

Three more beds need to be planted. Before I will dress the beds with a nice layer of compost, I need to finish up weeding.

Eggplant with red lettuce in the bed. Every bed has arugula, kale or various assorted lettuce. We can only grow lettuce for another month and a half.

The raised beds are an experiment. I love how they look in the garden but I love the idea of not weeding Bermuda grass for five hours a week. 


I bought the plans here and will keep you posted about how the herbs grow. Melanie @ Raised Urban Gardens grows everything in her raised beds except for carrots. She lives in Texas and we both have exactly the same amount of rainfall during the year. I plan on painting them to match the house... yeah I am weird like that. 

Love my bottle tree, even if my hubby thinks it is red neck.

I still have lots to do in the garden, doesn’t everyone? But it is starting to look pretty.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Apricot Dijon Glazed Ham

Easter is not Easter without a great glazed ham. My go to ham recipe is not only easy but completely fool proof. 

Start with a fully cooked spiral ham, 7 to 9 pounds in a roasting pan, I sometimes use a glass baking dish.

Cover the pan with foil

Bake at 300 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes per pound.

Meanwhile, mix an entire jar of apricot jam with an entire container of dijon mustard.

Remove the ham from the oven and pour the glaze over the ham. Turn the oven up to 400 degrees and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Remove the ham and let rest for about 10 minutes. 

This ham is the most delicious thing you have ever eaten. I will be honest, sometimes I make this ham for brunch just for the leftovers.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Goals and Menu Week Ending April 13th.

This week, the garden will be fully planted. Potting shed stocked and cleaned. All the pots will be checked for supplies as next week, I am planting all the pots. My flower beds have a good growth of spring weeds, so they are on my list also. Planting annuals and Mulching is coming very soon so the flower beds need to be cleared out.

I have an ottoman I have been dying to reupholster for months. This week is the time to finish that project too. I need to practice on the ottoman before I start those yard sale chairs, just to get the feel for the staple gun. My list of summer projects is long and any small projects I can finish before the end of school is a big help.

Spring cleaning is in order. All the silver in the house is getting polished, I am pressure washing the back of the house, as well as all the baseboards will be scrubbed. Each week, I am tackling one bedroom and it is getting a thorough cleaning; all bedding stripped and washed. Beds wiped down, floor thoroughly vacuumed and mopped, window dressings cleaned, washed or whatever. Windows washed. Any repairs listed and lastly, lamp shade dusted and lamps cleaned. I can only get one done a week. The winter has taken it's toll on all of us and we need to be refreshed.

This week's menu is full of meals that can easily be doubled. Leftovers for lunches or dinners for times when I am too exhausted from weeding or cleaning. .


Pecan, Cranberry, Chicken Salad
With Balsamic Vinaigrette


BLT Sandwiches
Curly Fries
Cole Slaw


White Truffle Pasta
Cesar Salad
Garlic Breadsticks


Out with family


Cheese Steak Calzones
Cesar Salad

Mini Cherry Pies


BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Boston Baked Beans
Potato Salad

Sunday Brunch

Italian Breakfast Torte
Brunch Potatoes
Assorted Fruits