Friday, May 31, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Icebox Veggie Salad

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This recipe for Icebox Veggie Salad was handwritten on both sides of an index card. It was found in an old large recipe file box. The age of the recipe card is unknown (the recipe card has ©1992 Vanderbilt so this was probably written down in the 1990s).



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Friday, May 24, 2019

Community Garden - Numbering The Planting Beds


We needed to number the planting beds so folks could easily find the planting bed they were assigned. I thought about numbering bricks or pavers, painting tiles and even making hanging signs.

I finally decided to keep it simple. I would use house numbers. They were large and easy to read, were fairly inexpensive, and they attached to the planting beds so I wouldn't have to worry as much about them disappearing.

As luck would have it, I came across a bunch of house numbers in the clearance section of my local big box hardware store...but they were all polished brass.


Polished brass wouldn't look good against the stain I was using on the planting beds. I would need to paint them. I decided to go with a matte black. I had some leftover Rust-oleum spray paint I could use.


There weren't enough of the polished brass numbers for what I needed in the clearance section but the same brand was also available in black and silver (not on clearance). I got the rest of the numbers I needed in black and one silver (the silver one was also painted).


The screw heads needed to be painted so they would match the house numbers. I pushed them into a piece of cardboard to hold them upright white I sprayed them with the black paint.


A couple of coats of the flat black spray paint was all they needed.



I didn't need to use them right away, but the original retail packaging made great storage containers. The molded plastic protected the newly painted finish from scratches.


A couple weeks later, I was able to attach them. I'm very pleased to see how nice they look on the planting beds.





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Vintage Recipe: Potato Salad

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This recipe for Potato Salad was typed on an index card. It was found in an old large recipe file box. The age of the recipe card is unknown.



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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Spring Snow

Usually by late May one starts looking forward to "Spring". I know I am!

We'd just enjoyed a week of 80+ degree weather.

I had a couple of friends helping me in the community garden so we got a lot of painting and repair work done.

The irises I planted along the front walk are finally blooming.


And the final week of school had arrived...along with cold and snow.

It was only supposed to dip below 40 "a bit". It got much colder than that and all the rain we expected turned into snow.

Massive snowflakes fell all afternoon. Lighter snow continued through the night. Our trees were sagging under the weight of all that heavy, wet snow.

By morning, we had about 4 inches and it was STILL snowing!


A freeze was in the forecast so I panicked and brought in most of my winter-sown plants. Some had frost damage from the night before despite being under three blankets. I didn't want to chance losing them so close to the planting date.


They were lined up and stacked under the dining room table on a tarp. Thankfully, the temperature swing between the outside and inside temps didn't harm them.

And because you can really do much about the weather, I decided to try a new blueberry muffin recipe. This one is from Sweet Little Bluebird.


It calls for sour cream, but I didn't have any so I used plain yogurt instead. I also used the suggested addition of 1 tsp. cinnamon and about a tsp of lime juice (not sure the juice made a difference).

It made way more than the recipe (36 instead of 24) said but they are so good I'm not complaining! Mr. LH and The Girl both kept telling me this recipe was definitely a "keeper".


How appropriate that my only cupcake liners have snowflakes on them! Perfect for our snowy spring day!



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Friday, May 17, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Shrimp Salad

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


Although this recipe card clearly reads “Shrimp Salad Dressing”, it should probably just be named “Shrimp Salad”. It is a little similar to a plain chicken salad. The dish can be prepared fairly quickly with few ingredients and would make a fast, easy lunch.



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Friday, May 10, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Chili Sauce

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This recipe for Chili Sauce was handwritten in pencil on an index card that had been darkened with time. It was found in a small red metal recipe file box worn with age. The recipe is dated “7-28-39”. The reverse side of the recipe card has a canning recipe for “Uncooked Tomato Relish“.



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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Community Garden Update - May 2019


I was able to get 5 of the planting beds done using the stain that was donated by a neighbor. But I  eventually ran out and had to purchase more. So, at the tail end of April, after a month of salvaging and re-using, I made my first purchases for the garden - a 5-gallon bucket of solid stain, some staples (I had been using my own stash and had finally run out) and some painting supplies.

It's a good thing I brought it all home with me because later that same day, someone (or a group of someones) vandalized our little community garden.

It looks like some kids decided to have some fun on their way home from school...climbing on structures, scattering hardware everywhere, flattening the dirt pile, throwing rocks and jumping from planting bed to planting bed (I found footprints everywhere).

Screws and lock hardware I had been saving to reuse were scattered in the dirt everywhere.

My pile of dirt was flattened and wood scattered around it.
That wouldn't be so bad except they were also destructive. They broke the lids to the storage boxes and wood boards that were to be used for one of the community herb gardens...

At least they left most of the broken boards in a neat pile.

They damaged one of the community planting beds that the local scout troop had started on...

The vandals pulled out a corner post, loosened the others and ripped off the bottom boards.

And they ripped off a piece of another planting bed...

That whole board needs to be replaced now.

They even damaged the door to the phone company's box (located in the back of the garden area) and hopped the temporary fence in the parking lot (the one the roofing company set up) and took things out of there (I found roofing materials in the garden area).


All this destruction means valuable time spent cleaning it up. It also makes my small garden budget even smaller. I didn't anticipate having to replace so much wood. In fact, I've decided to forgo the 2nd community planting bed altogether until the garden can pay for it on its own. Too much stuff was damaged.

Moving forward, I guess I need to plan to make things in the garden a little more resistant to mischievous visitors. I am also looking into the cost of installing some type of security. I am hopeful that once the garden starts to look less neglected they will show more respect.

So needless to say, May started a bit rough.

But on a brighter note, I was able to start creating the area along the front fence where the donated irises will be planted. (don't you just love the view in the parking lot right now?)

The plan is to have irises (and maybe other flowers later) running along the fence on both sides of the sidewalk.

For this space, I purchased 5 pieces of COL-MET brand metal landscape border from Lowes. Each 8 foot strip included 4 stakes. It's pretty sturdy with the stakes that were provided, but I think I'll get a few more to add extra rigidity. 

I set the metal border pieces in a straight line on one side of the garden fence.


Then used rock that was in a pile next to the parking lot to fill in the space between the asphalt and the metal border. This created a nice buffer between the iris bed and the parking lot.


That rock pile was big. I have no idea where it all came from but it looks like it was just dumped.


I barely made a dent in it.


On the other side of the fence, I used sections of 4x4 lumber (the posts that were originally supposed to be used for that 2nd community planting bed), bits of scrap wood from the broken boards and a bunch of the larger rocks I had collected from moving all that soil. With these, I made another border on the garden side.


I'm hoping it will look a bit more "together" once that space is filled in with soil and the irises are planted and growing.

The garden has also received a potting soil donation from a neighbor!


Mr. LH and I took advantage of another free mulch day and managed to bring back 2 full car loads of mulch! I decided to store it in one of the large empty planting beds until we're ready for it.

That a LOT of mulch!

There are three more "free mulch days" in our city between now and the end of August and I plan to be at every one.

I wound up purchasing a Gorilla Yard Cart (400 lb capacity) so I can just load it up and walk down to the garden this summer. It had great reviews and I was able to get a good deal on it.

I had originally planned to get the Sandusky Lee cartIt also had great reviews and was cheaper, but I needed the cart soon and it was out of stock.

This week has been all rain and snow. So except for a few hours earlier in the week, I haven't been able to spend much time working in the garden. Hopefully after Mother's Day, I'll be able to finish staining the planting beds and plant the irises.





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Friday, May 3, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Swedish Meatballs

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


I have been making Swedish Meatballs for awhile, ever since a trip to IKEA where Mr. LH and The Boy were found hovering around the meatball samples.


This recipe for Swedish Meatballs is easy and tasty. I was able to make 36 meatballs (about 1 1/2 – 1 3/4″ size). They are usually served with a sour cream sauce over noodles. There were no ingredients or directions on the original recipe card for a sauce so I have included the sour cream sauce recipe that I have always used.



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