Squash – potato buckets – storm chard

I decided to have only a couple hills of squash this year. No fancy varieties, just plain ol’ yellow straightneck squash. No zucchini though, I think the green summer varieties don’t have much taste.

Instead of starting them from seed, I bought a couple of peat pots with squash seedlings growing in them. They’re growing pretty, but I was disappointed that only one had any show of squash. The squash aren’t really as well formed as I’d like. But hey, at least they’re producing.I gave the bare squash vine a good once over and discovered that indeed it had blooms and they were on zucchini squash. 😮
Apparently someone put the wrong plant stake in the peat pot.So, I suppose that it’s meant for me to grow green squash whether I want to or not. :/
I gave it some thought and I’m now looking forward to having both varieties. Together they’ll make for pretty pictures and tasty stir fries. I’ve a couple zucchini recipes I may make too.

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One of my potato plants has grown taller than the bucket. The other potato plant is still at half way point. The plants look very healthy so far. This is easier than planting them in the garden. If this works out, we may make this a part of our gardening every year.

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There was some significant thunderstorms moved through our area. The only thing in the garden that was effected was the chard. I suppose it’s because the leaves are so large. They’ll be okay. We figure they’ll stand back up with time.

I hope you all have nice weather and happy thoughts.

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Cheese Puffs, a Cautionary Tale – Flashback Friday

Sometime ago, I was cutting across our local department store trying to take the shortest route between the craft isle to the fishing isle where my husband was shopping. I was weaving in and out of isles I don’t usually frequent and as I darted through the party favor isle my eyes happened upon these wonderful little tongs.I had been searching for little tongs like this for years. It never occurred to me to check in the party stuff for them. There’s 6 of them for less than $2.00. I happily put them in my cart and bought them.These little tongs are perfect for cheese puffs, pickles, chips, marshmallows or most any little snacks.
I usually use a fork to eat cheese puffs with. I like the tongs much better.

As I was photographing the tongs to make a post about how handy they are, I remembered a fun post from my ex-blog about cheese puffs. I dug through my files, found the post and made a few edits. Since I don’t have that blog anymore and I have several New Blogging Buddies & Readers, I’m going to post it again.
It makes me smile to share this with you. I hope it gives you a bit of a smile too.
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Cheese Puffs, a Cautionary Tale

When my grandson was a little boy, he’d asked me many times, “Grandma, Why do you eat Cheese puffs with a fork? You’re the only person I know that eats cheese puffs with a fork.”
I’d tell him, “I don’t like to get the cheese crumbs under my fingernails.”
But for some reason, my explanation would get lost and again, the next time he had cheese puffs, even if I didn’t eat a one, we’d have the same conversation.I was thinking about cheese puffs and my grandson asking me over and over again about why I eat them with a fork. I remembered a fond childhood memory about a funny conversation I had with a special Uncle about cheese puffs. For a few minutes I mused if maybe it has something to do with my odd quirk of character of eating cheese puffs with a fork.

When I was a child, we had a big family. Chili was an affordable hearty food to feed many hungry mouths. Unfortunately, I was the only member of the family that couldn’t eat chili. It just didn’t agree with me. So, When Mom would make chili, she’d have my Dad take me to the local grocery store and buy me a can of chicken noodle soup and a bag of cheese puffs.
Also whenever I had a cold or tummy ache or other childhood ailment, cheese puffs and chicken noodle soup was a couple of foodies that would pull me through.I had a wonderful Uncle who was big as a mountain with a heart as big as the sky. He loved to tease us young’uns. He and my Aunt happened to be visiting once when Mom made up a huge batch of chili. Mom and my Aunt took me to the store and bought me my chicken noodle soup and cheese puffs.

That evening when everyone had finished their chili, I was still munching on my cheese puffs, I had learned to make them last since they were a rare treat.
My Uncle asked me why I was eating chicken noodle soup and cheese puffs instead of chili.
I told him that I couldn’t eat chili. I then offered him a cheese puff.
He said he would never eat a cheese puff because he didn’t trust them.
Then he told me an amusing story that has stuck with me my whole life.

My Uncle said when he was a little boy, he loved eating cheese puffs. Unfortunately, his hands would get cheese crumbs all over them and he’d need to wipe them a lot. He didn’t have a napkin handy and didn’t want to ruin his shirt or pants, so he’d wipe his hands off in his hair. And oh what glorious locks of hair he bragged he had as boy.
Sadly, one morning after he had eaten a bunch of cheese puffs the night before, he woke up and his hair had turned curly and yellow like cheese puffs and then it all fell out.
This, he explained, was why he was bald-headed even as a grown man because his hair never grew back. He refused to ever eat cheese puffs again. He warned me to be careful because it could happen to me too. Then he gave a hearty laugh and patted me on the head.

I remember giggling at his silly cheese puff story. Even though I knew he made the story up, I kept my hands washed and the cheese puff crumbs out of my hair just to be sure.

I wish my Uncle was still with us, I’m sure he would tell my Grandson the same amusing cautionary tale about eating cheese puffs. I’m so thankful that my Uncle took the time to make up a silly story to share a laugh with me.

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend filled with smiles and special moments.

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A Dandy of a Wildflower Wednesday

Dandelions are some of my favorite wildflowers. Dandelions are supposed be healthy to eat. I personally have never eaten them. If I ever take a hankering too eat a dandelion, I’m going to read as much as possible to try and make sure that there hopefully wouldn’t be any negative reactions or side effects.

Have you ever eaten dandelions?

Happy Wednesday!

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Potato bucket, Gardening & fan nest

One of my potato plants grew tall enough to add more soil to the bucket. I may have went a bit over board with the soil. As you can see, I kept the plant a couple inches tall and buried the leaves, so maybe it’ll be okay. It’ll make me happy if I actually luck up and grow an edible potato or two in the buckets.
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The garden is growing and doing well.
Except for our beans. The bunnies are eating the tops out of them. We figure the beans may still mature and produce as long as the plants have some leaves and are healthy. Our squash is loaded with babies. It won’t be long until we have a nice fresh mess of straightneck squash.The cucumber vines are growing nicely and has a few blooms. We grow cucumbers for salads and to snack on. These few plants will produce enough for us for the summer.The corn looks good and is growing strong. We hope we’ll have enough corn to freeze several bags for the winter.We’re happy with our little garden. It doesn’t require much attention (yet). We like having the more compact smaller garden.

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It’s that special time of year for birds to nest. A couple of birds tried to build nests in our fans again on the back porch. My husband cleaned out the twigs and fluff. Thankfully there wasn’t an egg in the nesting. We now keep the fans running on low during the day to deter the birds from trying to build nests again.
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I hope your plants and flowers are thriving and growing well.
Have a great week!

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edited in 5-22-2017-2:45pm:
Well I didn’t have to worry about adding too much soil after all because the potato plant took care of it.

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Potato in a Bucket

I think it’s neat how much the potato plant looks like a green rose.
I never realized a potato plant grew like this… but then I’ve never had a day-to-day view of a potato plant growing in a bucket.
Perhaps it’ll start to get taller this week and will become a potato plant.

I hope you all had a good weekend
and will have a nice week of sunshine.

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