I Love This Time Of Year!

Orchard Hauls

I love this time of year, or well more truthfully I love the produce that is available! The hot weather, snakes and bugs I could do without, but the blueberries, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables are pure heaven!

Yesterday Alexis, Grams, Pop and I set off to go on a little adventure. We went to lunch and then I wanted to go over to the orchard and see if they had any peas since mine didn’t really do much this year. They had peas, but more importantly they had tomatoes and peaches! I was thrilled!

After we went to the orchard we cut across country to pick up some charcoal on the way home. My mom brought me our old charcoal grill that we used to use when we were camping at the lake and I wanted to break it in so to speak! Along the way we came across another orchard and they still had some strawberries! They also had blueberries so I was really thrilled given they are my favorite fruit and all!

We ended up with Swiss chard, peppermint, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, orange cherry tomatoes, cherries, raspberries (for Alexis), cabbage, peas and broccoli! Not bad at all!

This morning we had fruit for breakfast:

Local Berries

I had berries with granola and cocoa nibs. I had planned to have some Greek yogurt too, but my yogurt had gone the way of the Dodo bird!

For lunch we sliced the tomatoes and enjoyed them on sandwiches. Have I mentioned I love this time of year?

Now if I can just find some garlic scapes!

So what’s available where you live?

You Find The Best Stuff Out and About

From The Orchard

This morning I had to run some errands and once I got through I had the urge to go exploring. There was a road off the main road that I always wondered where it went so I took it. Jamison works from home most days and Lex opted to stay home with him, so I was sans kidlet and in the mood for an adventure. I had a general idea where I thought the road ended up, I had a county map in the car if I got really lost, and if the road did in fact end up where I thought it would, then I planned to go over to the library and see if I they had a copy of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (which they didn’t).

So I’ve guessed you figured out that the road ended up where I thought it would. I love it when that happens. So since I was where I thought I’d be I decided to stop by the orchard before I went to the library to see what they had today hoping to find some strawberries (Score!) and possibly some peas (No score, but he told me they’d be in this weekend or early next week!) because I’m slightly obsessed with both.

Unfortunately this year we weren’t able to swing the CSA. We didn’t have the upfront cash we needed to sign up at the time because well life’s a bitch and all that, but that didn’t mean that I wanted to totally forgo eating locally. There is just nothing like fresh, local fruits and vegetables, especially when it comes to strawberries! The strawberries today were a little dirty as you can see, but nothing a little water won’t fix, and oh my…The smell! The smell is heavenly!

So I happily picked up some broccoli, spring onions and strawberries. I’ll venture over next week in search of peas, and if I can keep the effing ground hog (who I have nicknamed “Satan” in case you’re wondering) off my porch and out of my garden containers which he seems to think is a free buffet, then I might have some peas of my own to harvest too!

So what are you all growing? What is available at your markets? What do you look forward to most? I’m curious…..

P.S. Two days in a row with an entry? A sign of the apocalypse I’m sure! ;oP As you can see I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’m easing back in to it and for a while I may just be talking about food in general, but feel free to tell me your thoughts on what is going through my head too. I have a few recipes to share too, just be patient with me as my mind is cluttered at the moment and I’m trying to figure out where life is heading.

Five Weird Things About Me

1. I like mustard on my grilled cheese sandwiches. I’m not sure when this started, but I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember since I moved out of my parents house! BUT I only like the mustard on the sandwich if the cheese is American cheese. If I make it with cheddar or Colby or Swiss or mozzarella, or some mix of any of those cheese or another cheese all together I don’t do mustard.

2. I take most of my showers in the dark. When we moved in to our last house a couple of years ago we didn’t have curtains for a little bit and we had a very large window in the bathroom over the tub. So I got in the habit of taking showers in the dark so as not to be an exhibitionist to the neighbors behind us. I found it’s actually more relaxing to take a shower in the dark. I don’t know why, but it is, so I kept doing it and have for the past two years.

3. I can’t sleep with the closet door open. This is another one of those, who knows why sort of things, but it’s true. If the door is open, I’m not sleeping!

4. I’m desperately afraid of snakes. I’ve seen so many stories of people finding them having crawled up their pipes and ending up in their toilet bowl or washing machine that I always check these things thoroughly. Even in the middle of the night I’ll turn the light on for a moment if I have to go to the bathroom to make sure there are no snakey visitors. Yes, I’m weird and yes it’s the middle of winter so they should be hibernating, but my brain tells me to check anyway!

5. I despise cleaning, but my OCD despises a dirty house even more. I wish I could ignore messes, but I can’t. And believe me with a 6 year old kid and my 36 year old kid too, there are a lot of messes. Lex is pretty good about cleaning up after herself, most of the time, the 36 year old, not so much! ;oP

So who wants to tell me five weird things about you?

Originally posted on Daffodil Lane.

10 Things I have Discovered From Being Trapped Inside

1. Were the roads clear I would be perfectly content to sit here at home, since in reality I’m a homebody, but now that they are not clear and they are asking us to stay off the roads at all costs, my defiant side has cabin fever and wants to GO OUT NOW!

2. Being cooped up inside doesn’t seem to bother the tea cup, nor the big kid (aka my husband) at all. They do however have problems playing Wii together without arguing. It’s as if I have two children!

3. Laundry is never really done, since you’re wearing clothes as you think you’ve finished up.

4. This is the same with dishes, because there is always the next meal to make.

5. I’ve discovered that I can not stand to hear people chew. This little gem has really become obvious in the past 24 hours.

6. Shoveling this much snow, while good exercise, is a complete pain the ass quite literally. Along with being a pain in your back, thighs, arms, shoulders…Well you get the picture!

7. Having all this free time on my hands I would have thought to enjoy. Not so much.

8. Alexis is really a smart, heartfelt child. (See not all of these are just bitching! ;oP) Not that I didn’t know that already, but it has become more apparent over the past few days.

9. Snow cream isn’t as much fun when you’re the only one eating it. Jamison says he doesn’t like it and Alexis won’t try it. *sigh*

10. The sun while lovely, does not make 50+ inches of snow go away that fast. Melt baby! Melt!

Originally posted on Daffodil Lane.

Daffodil Lane: A Little History

01/24/2017: I transferred this post, along with all of the others from Daffodil Lane, to give a bit of personal history of that blog. It was a bumpy ride, and ultimately I decided to merge the two back together here, instead of there. Dianne’s Dishes started on the original Daffodil Lane, way back when. I moved food to Dianne’s Dishes on January 18, 2007.

In June of 2009 I moved Daffodil Lane to a new server and started fresh. I have those other entries stashed somewhere, and I might dig out the Alexis posts at some point and post them here, but until then, this just gives you a glimpse in to the past. I’m keeping the domain name for Daffodil Lane. I have plans for that, you’ll hear about those later. For now…enjoy!

We started Daffodil Lane five years ago to keep family and friends updated on Alexis and to share pictures of her with family and friends. (Which we had to stop after a few scary instances involving picture stealing and some deranged people.) We also wanted a place to rant about life’s injustices, talk about things that interested us, including politics, and document what we were feeling about any given subject at any given time.

Sadly though things devolved into a quagmire of trolls and hateful comments and it quickly wore me down. I realized that having an opinion and being able to articulate those thoughts without resorting to hatefulness and spite was hard for some people to do. There are just some people out there who can’t disagree with you, and just agree to simply disagree, without being mean about the whole thing. So I began to withdraw and edit what I was thinking, instead of saying what I thought. This is never a good thing. After all a blog is what you’re thinking and feeling and if you can’t say what you think and feel what’s the point?

Over time I started shying away from politics, and to this day that is still the case, and just posted about things that mattered the most to me….Alexis, the environment, various thoughts and food. Ultimately food moved over to Dianne’s Dishes to an environment that was removed from what Daffodil Lane had become. Things had changed and I wasn’t sure how to bring it back from the brink. So I posted less and less, which was not what I wanted, but it was what I got anyway.

A few months ago our blog was moved to another server, but I didn’t realize it was going because I had never updated my e-mail address with our host. For a while now I had wanted to change hosts to the same one that hosts Dianne’s Dishes, but had never gotten around to switching over. Life happens. Alexis grows and homeschool takes place. Dianne’s Dishes kept me busy, not to mention everyday stuff that keeps you tied up like laundry, dishes, cleaning, family time. etc. Time got away from me and I never switched.

So what does all of that mean?

Well if you had been a previous visitor to Daffodil Lane and kept up with it over time all of a sudden when you tried to pull up the blog you got a blank page. Some hoped that meant I was gone, but not the case. I just hadn’t had time to sit down and move things over. Last weekend while I was redesigning Dianne’s Dishes I finally got around to switching servers. And this past weekend Jamison and I sat down and got Daffodil Lane back up and running.

Now what?

Obviously Daffodil Lane has changed. Rest assured that I will continue to share the things that are important to me. I won’t however justify not putting up with hostility. If someone is hostile they’re out of here, no explanation, no patting them on the head, etc. I won’t go down that path again. Common courtesy will be expected. I also still tend to lean toward the left and that’s just how it is. I am what I am and I will not justify myself to anyone. What you see is what you get.

Also I don’t plan to reload the archives. We’re starting a on a new page so to speak. Daffodil Lane had gotten so large it was hard to load and rebuilding it was a multi-hour bear of a task that often failed anyway! Things are different, yet still the same in other ways. We’re going on a new path and the old path has been pushed aside. Change is a good thing.

Also on the Alexis front, while I’ll share anecdotes and such about her, I still will not be sharing pictures. The whole copying her pictures and posting them other places by people I did not know and had never met, coupled with the person even pretending that she was their child really freaked me out. In short, though I would love to be able to share pictures of her as she continues to grow and change, I just can’t risk that in this forum. There are a lot of scary, messed up people out there!

For instance right now she’s singing and dancing to music from my iPod on its dock. I’d love to show you that, but as I mentioned above the few that have issues make it impossible to do on the whole.

So Daffodil Lane is back. Some of you had hoped I was gone for good. Oh well. For those of you who asked me what happened and when I’d be back, well here I am! It’s good to be back!

Again welcome back to Daffodil Lane…It’s nice to be home!