Thursday, November 27, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thanksgiving Menu Planner
caring for dwarf lime tree
I bought this little lime tree at a Garden Show last April. It was only the size of a little stick and cost $10.00, so I pampered it all summer, placing it in the sun on our deck. When it started to get cool at night I brought it in our kitchen, and I put it in front of the glass door going out to our deck. You will notice the leaves are a little yellow, and this indicated poor drainage or the need for fertilizer. I took it out of the bottom pan (it was in a clay pot, and I sat that in an orange pail for decoration). We also had about 3 days of heavy rain, and I should have moved it off the deck under shelter. Also, I have limited my watering to when it feels dry about 2 inches down in the soil. I will need to purchase a well balanced fertilizer (2-1-1) and feed about once a month. Wonder how long it will take before I can garnish all those Margarita glasses?
Check out this blog for more info on growing dwarf fruit trees. www.dwarffruittrees.org
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I am not sure how I discovered the following site, but find it interesting, and I have submitted products, or pictures as requested. The site http://www.helpareporter.com/ sends out 3 "requests" daily from blogs, reporters, journalist etc., who are looking for info, products etc on certain subjects. You will have to filter through some requests that have nothing to do with your business, but at least 3 times a week, I find something I can respond to. Just go to the site and submit your email address. A number of the requests for reviews of your products ask for pictures only, or may ask for a product. The owner of the site has limited the amount of product reviews, and to only legitimate blogs or sources. Often the info is requested by well known magazines or television programs. If you are an expert on a subject, the request may be for an interview. I have submitted 2 products and several pictures. Two of the products I sell, the Ultimate Garlic Bread and Fiesta Dip were reviewed on the following blog, and I am awaiting a couple of more reviews. Check out the review here http://typeamom.net/Homemade-Gifts/Garden-Chick-Products.html
For those of you interested, I will continue to post ideas on promoting your business when I find them helpful.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
National Bread Baking Day
Whole Wheat Bread
3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/3 cup honey (be sure to buy local)
5 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky - just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely.
You can add dried herbs to the bread to make a great herbal bread for soups and stews, or butter the bread with an herbed butter. You can purchase both of these mixes at my website
www.gardenchick.com/herbal_seasoning.html You can be assured of the quality of the dried herbs. They are purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs, and hand mixed.
photo from dreamstime.com