Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Busy days..and more...

Well..the last couple of days have seen me a bit busy..but manage-ably busy...thank goodness.

I've been tossing around the idea of putting in some raised beds for gardening in my backyard, and really wanted to add the raised beds, but in the same regards did not/do not want to have to spend the extra money to go about doing so.
How could I?/can I ?...solve this problem and still get what I want?

So...I put my thinking cap on this afternoon and I know exactly what I will be doing to accomplish my goal.

When we first moved into the house here..hubby built a small deck off of the patio that honestly doesn't get used..it is used merely as a holding area for potted plants and that's it.

So...my plan is to disassemble the deck and where the deck is located at currently...up under the deck is wonderful weed free / rich soil...I'll use the long boards that were used for the deck rails and create my patio raised bed area right there.

Then the decking boards will be reduced down in size to create a couple more raised beds further out in the yard. I won't have to buy very much in the way of supplies at all. I'll just have a wee expense on some soil/compost blend to fill in the small beds that I wind up creating.

Sounds like a win/win solution to me and I'm very eager to get started on my project with the help of my family.
This evening I wanted to share a few recipes with you all.

Bean Chip Dip
2 cans of re-fried beans (15 oz cans)
1 container of Sour cream (8 oz.)
1 /2 cup of your favorite salsa
1 /2 tsp. garlic powder

Blend all together well. Can be served chilled or warmed in microwave.
You can also sprinkle a little mexican style cheese blend on the top.
Serve with tortilla chips.
Easy Ever Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
Combine the peanut butter and sugar:mix well. Stir in the egg.
Roll dough into small balls.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a floured fork.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool. Makes 4 dozen.
(These are very very easy and yummy.
No flour needed.)
Banana Nog Shake
1 fully ripe banana
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 can(6 ozs.) evaporated milk/cold
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg.

Blend well in blender.
Split between 2 glasses. Top with whipped cream and additional sprinkling of nutmeg on top. Add a maraschino cherry for the finishing touch.
Have a great evening!
~The Garden Goose~


Monique said...

Oh, those recipes cound so yummy, I can't eat sugar at the moment though : ( Maybe I can change the sugar for something else, fructose or something ??? I will have to take a look.
Have a great day !!!

GardenGoose said...

perhaps you can switch it out with Splenda..which is a sugar substitute.

Homestead Mercantile said...

I have made those peanut butter cookies forever...we called them peanut butter babies.
Thanks for checking in on my blog and posting so much. I love that. Not to many people read it, as I do not say much to anyone about it.
But I am glda you are there. Thanks again!

Monique said...

Thanks for the tip !! I will give it a try !!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful recipes.