Monday, April 07, 2014

The Planting of Tulips/Thinking Outside the Box

Shhh.  Don't tell anyone but I broke planting rules/instructions.  A couple of years ago I went to a Tulip farm and found the above growing in the field.  The instructions from the owners were when you picked a tulip to take home you dug up the bulb with it.  And in about the same time the thought came to mind that I could replant the bulb immediately with the greenery on it and get new tulips the following spring I was told that I could not plant the bulb because once picked the bulb was worthless.

Which begs why pick the bulb in the first place? . . .

I didn't listen.  And was especially happy that I didn't as I tried to order bulbs for this tulip and received notice in the fall that they were not going to be available.

After the first year one tulip appeared.  This year two came up.  I like the flower but love the striped foliage.  Of course I can't remember the name of this particular variety.

But it shows that with gardens sometimes rules are flexible and after a long hard winter the surprise of it is definitely enjoyed.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Spring is Back

Time to sing and dance.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday, September 03, 2012

Back to School

This year I am a teacher and student!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Congo Bars Recipe

I spent a rainy, cool summer afternoon watching one of my favorite shows (on dvd) Last of the Summer Wine and having a Congo Bar made from my grandmother's recipe with a nice hot mug of coffee.  An easy, quick recipe to make and enjoy.

Congo Bars

2  1/4 cups flour
2  1/2 tsps baking powder
1/2  tsp salt
2/3 cup melted butter
2  1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 pkg chocolate chips

Set oven to 350*.  Melt butter and add brown sugar.  Add 1 egg at a time and beat well.  Add vanilla and dry ingredients.  Stir in chips.  Pour into large cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes.  Let cool and cut into squares.  

I used a 9 X 13 inch pan and baked for 40 minutes as they were much thicker.