Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
This one is about forty minutes away and is probably the closest one left in the area. I would guess it had around a hundred and fifty seats and on our visit probably forty people were inside. Definintly an old school kinda place, one of the few places left where you can smoke while you do business inside. In nineteen sixty five this place was probably packed full a chain smoking, cowboy hat wearing, ranchers and farmers every Saturday. These types of places were the center of comerce for a rural areas, but even when this was built the small farmers and ranches were probably fading fast as businesses and really only surviving as hobbies.
We mostly came to see the goats and pigs. Both, sold for for twenty to thirty dollars each for young ones and the grown goats could go up to a hundred and fifty. The only grown pig for sale was a boar and since you can't eat it it only sold for thirty bucks even though it was a big fella. Most people were interested in buying feeder pigs. They will fatten it for five or six months and then butcher in the winter. We aren't quite ready for livestock yet, and when the girls realized we were serious about not buying anything today they were not interested in waiting through the cattle auction.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Living in the deep dark woods of south east Texas we are mere hatchet throw away from a big, plate of super fried chicken and biscuits at couple dozen so called restaurants, but for pizza our options are limited to something that comes from a hut. Since I haven't perfected a homemade crust we often consume a slice of the frozen pie. I do like to heat it up a bit first. The good folks at FRESCHETTA were nice enough to send me a sweet coupon for one of there pizza by the slice products.
FRESCHETTA® By the Slice
They got four fantastic flavors of single slice pizza options: BBQ chicken, vegetable medley, chicken-spinach-mushroom, and the SIX CHEESE MEDLEY!!!! Since I like my chicken deep fried, dipped in butter and my veggies come from the garden, I went for the SIX CHEESE MEDLEY. Cheese is what pizza is all about and this slice-a-pie was tasty. It's a darn good thing there was only one slice in there or this would have contributed to my overwhelming gluttony cause I could have eaten a whole big ol' pizza pie. It was tough to resist the temptation to use the second coupon they sent me so that I could get another slice of this tasty pizza, but that one I am giving away to someone who leaves a comment on this post saying they would like to try the new Freschetta By the Slice.
What you thought this was over, no chance man, because Freschetta also sent me this six piece LaCuisine locking round storage container set. No way! Yes way! With the gardens booming I know someone could use this to hold some of the their veggies.
FRESCHETTA® By the Slice
http://www.facebook.com/freschettapizza That link your gonna need cause when your finished with pizza your going to want to head over to Facebook and give it the thumbs up.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
No way I could snack on these things unless the options where pretty limited. I think I might rather end up like the cannibals in that book The Road than slurp down some of this.
I planted the zucini and the squash in little groups of four and when they had come up out of the ground I mounded dirt around each group as well as each tomato, and pepper plant. That way the water is only going right to where it is needed. The sunflowers, green beans and cucumbers had to be planted into a row, but for these I mounded the dirt around the entire section. When everything had come up I sprayed the whole garden and gave it good soak. This a bunch of remaining seeds from weeds germinate and after a week or so I started to see little green spots everywhere. After hacking up all the dirt outside the little wells, I resumed only watering the little rows and the places where I had made little wells.
The result is that the weed factor is almost gone. Everything died after I hacked it up and then withheld the water. The few things left where easy to pick from the base of the plants by hand. I thought the drought conditions that we are experiencing in Texas would be a problem, but this is the most productive garden I have had and I am using a fraction of the water I normally do. It is time consuming, but seems to be paying off in zucchini.
Monday, May 2, 2011
This is a compensated post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.
The garden needs soil, water and sun, but the sun can do as much damage skin as it brings life to my plants so I was pretty stoked when I got a sample of Walgreens Brand SPF 50 sunscreen lotion. Being kind of a pale guy I have to be careful not to fried when I am in the garden. Besides being pale I can be one sweaty dude especially in the nasty east Texas heat and humidity which can wash off sunscreen in a heart beat. With the lack of rain sunscreen has gotten more important and the Walgreens Brand SPF 50 sunscreen lotion fits the bill and has kept me from getting my usual beginning of the season back of the neck burn. I can even go without a hat because this stuff works great on the old chrome dome I've been sporting for some time now.
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