With a few days of warming weather and lots of rain, things are starting to happen in the garden. Oliver now has a buddy, or maybe a mate, who knows? They are coming by together to get their tidbits, Oliver is on the retaining wall on the left, while his buddy (paramour?) is on the driveway lower right. No, I am not sure at all that it isn’t Olivia, LOL!
Up close on the bulb bed covered with the green mesh shows the daffodils are coming up.
Oliver enjoys the scenery while he nibbles.
In the front flowerbed, I did some clean up this week and noticed the crocuses are starting to bloom.
There are purple and white ones coming up and showing happy spring faces. I still need to rake the leaves out.
Inside, I got my seeds started. My Sweet Babboo hooked up my timer for the grow light. I used a lot of the plastic knives I saved from last year’s garden, and had to add a few more. I write the name of the plant on the handle with a sharpie. I planted several varieties of tomatoes and squashes, several pots of basil and flat leaf parsley, and a few flowers.
On a Sunday chat post a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I wanted to make this butternut squash recipe from my Cookish cookbook from Milk Street.
I did try this recipe, and it was a new and interesting flavor. First was to cut up the butternut squash, then roast until it was nicely browned.
Toss with the hoisin sauce ingredients and serve, yep just that easy. I didn’t have any actual hoisin, so I used the substitute I’ve used before of equal parts peanut butter and molasses. It made a nicely nutty, slightly sweet squash dish. If you’d like this recipe, I’ve linked the Milk Street pdf for it – Roasted Butternut Squash with Hoisin and Chives. Find more interesting flavors with easy to cook recipes in Cookish.
On the quilt frame, I started quilting a charity quilt for a youth center. This one is a twin size, and I’ll share more about it later.
I’m making a lot of progress in the clean out. Now, after two more months of taking four crates at a time to the library’s used bookstore, the shelves are starting to look like real progress is being made. It has taken 15 years to read all the books I had stuffed on those shelves, as I moved here with boxes of unread books. I have donated the fiction novels I have read, and only have a few left that I haven’t read. A few are keepers, as you cannot have bookshelves with no books at all. I kept the best of the reference books on depression glass, costume jewelry, gardening and souvenir books like my books on Epcot and Maui. Five more boxes of books are set to go this coming week. My stuffed shelves are starting to look a lot less crowded as previously there was virtually no empty space. I need to decide which, if any, of my collections of Anne McCaffrey, Barbara Michaels, and Mary Stewart books can go.
I need to decide on donating a set of cookbooks, which set to keep and which to give away – the Taste of Home series or the Cooking Light series? I don’t use either one a lot, so one needs to go. I use the Southern Living series more than either of those.
Somehow having a year at home, with very little interaction and no guests has made me want to just to clear out and get rid of things I’m not using anymore. The basement bookshelves will be next on the agenda, and I’ll be selling a lot of quilting books soon. Blog readers will get first dibs on those, and I’ll post the first lot on our Facebook group this morning. Lots of kitchen cookware and bakeware is leaving this week, along with the lemon dessert plates, and the snowflake plates. Some more dishes and chargers may be next. I need to look carefully at what I will likely actually use going forward. I think the days of giving dinner parties is over, and that was really the case before lockdown began a year ago. I’m giving my turkey roaster to my neighbors, the sweet newlywed couple that we haven’t been able to spend time with much. I haven’t used that roasting pan in over 10 years, as we don’t have big gatherings anymore that need a 24-pound turkey done. They moved in right before lockdown, but we have had a couple of driveway visits back when the weather was warmer. They’ll get a couple of my really nice cookbooks, too.
What is going on in your garden and kitchen this week?