this was the first weekend of spring and it was worth the wait! temperatures were in the mid 70's and after a long hard winter, it seems like things are actually looking up... especially the daffodils! i spent as much time as possible outside trying to soak up any and all warmth available. i ran the dog down to the creek so he could have a quick swim and through the woods to see if we could find where the eagles have nested this year. i watched the mister relocate leaves and rake thatch. we paddled yesterday and today, but stayed in our creek as the potomac river and chesapeake were a bit on the choppy side with all the warm wind blowing in from the south. i watched a crow couple build a nest in a loblolly pine and wondered if their babies would be adorable or evil. i drank cocktails and watched the sunset.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
friday night i made a meyer lemon meringue pie, shown above. this is a recipe i remember my mom making and everybody loving. those meyer lemons made it sweet and tart to perfection...so much so the mister ate half of it friday, and then the remaining quarter saturday morning!
all that work for so little pie!
meyer's lemon meringue pie
20 finely crushed graham crackers
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
combine ingredients in pie pan.
press with the back of a spoon to fit pie pan
bake at 350° for 10 minutes
fine grated rind of 2 lemons
1 cup fresh lemon juice
4 egg yolks
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
beat egg yolks until smooth and lemon colored
fold in condensed milk
add lemon juice and rind.
blend til smooth
pour into pie crust
4 egg whites chilled in chilled mixing bowl
8 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
dash of salt
dash of salt
combine sugar, salt and cream of tarter
whip egg whites
add sugar mixture one tablespoon at a time just before peaks begin to form.
whip thoroughly after each addition
whip til stiff
top filling with meringue.
spread with spatula or back of spoon to form peaks.
bake on top rack of oven at 350° til top browns, 10-15 minutes.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
before the rain started, I spent a couple hours raking out my flower beds, doing a little weeding and prepping for mulch. the sedums are starting to froth and the crocus are up!
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
i get alerts on my i-phone when anything bad happens or is going to happen in the dc metro area. right now, its a flood alert , and that is not good! all of the sand, salt, garbage, asphalt scrapings, car drippings, kitty litter, dog crap, and varied rubbish from the last few months of wintery hell will be washing down the sewers to the creeks and rivers, and finally into whatever water you live near. polluted stormwater overflows into our water supply. here are three ideas from the audubon naturalist society we can all do to try and reduce the toxic stew.
1. fix leaky cars
2. choose organic fertilizers, but don't apply them if your yard is frozen or before the big rain storm.
3. use CMA-calcium magnesium acetate- for future de-icing ventures
here are ten other very easy household ideas to help our local waterways and reduce your carbon footprint.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
today was 60-something degrees and it made me want to plant some flowers-but i know that's wrong! we are in early march, and freezing temperatures can hit at any time during the next month here in the mid-atlantic region. so, what to do when you want to see some green with a punch of color? plant violas and pansies! these hardy little beauties sneer at frost and smile through snow.
they often re-seed themselves, also.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
now that the snow has finally receded, spring is emerging! snow drops are everywhere and trees and shrubs have begun budding out.
i couldnt be more thrilled!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
i really hate cold weather, like the kind we have all winter. but one cool thing about winter is that deciduous trees get to show off their true forms. the black versus white contrast is very striking.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
i collect cacti and succulents: i have one cactus that was found in the yard of my parents new (to them) house in 1968...another plant, a rosary bead succulent baby, was my grandmother's: my dad remembers it being around over 60 years ago. i also have prickly pears in the yard, euphorbias, a variety of hens and chicks and many many different types of sedums. if you dont collect cacti because you dont like needles or refuse to house succulents because you forget they need water occasionally, try these great candles from the candle factory. they will fill a space with ambient light but are not poke-y at all.