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12 Jun

This morning I decided to make my morning prettier with a breakfast feast on the back patio. My grandmother used to do this in Oklahoma when I was a kid and it always made breakfast feel like a treat.

Bounty from the garden

This is the first cutting of zinias this summer. I love that they are so bright and they thrive in the Texas Heat.

On the slate this weekend: Some yardwork, garden work – weeding. Grilling out this evening. And working on baby blanket for my coming niece and learning to knit socks. Also going tto tackle the ruffle shirt tutorial from Craftzine.  Pictures to come tonight on these projects.



Giant Fruits

24 May

Because I am obsessed with seeds, an addict really, I bought MORE seeds to grow into plants. Even though I have 23 tomato plants in the raised bed, garden number two only has like one pumpkin vine. What does one pumkin vine need with a whole bed.

So say hello to your new competition. I mean friends. Black and orange pumpkins. AND… the infamous, Does-it really exist or not…. GIANT pumpkin. I am obsessed with growing pumpkins because I CANT GROW PUMPKINS. My only foray into this genre of gardening was last year and it was a complete failure. I had high hopes of impressing my friends and family with said GIANT pumpkin. My unreal fantasy goes something like Charlottes web with country fair and “some pumpkin” written in spidar web or something,… that.

I mean, I want to believe in the GIANT PUMPKIN. I want to believe I can grow fruit bigger than my child, or my dog. And I am crazy and insane. 

This is for my boy, because he’s like “I dont eat tomatoes mom. Or peppers. Or cilantro. Or basil.Or zucchini.” You get the drift.

And in keeping with my apparant innate need to grow GIANT fruit this summer, I transferred the Beefsteak tomatos to bigger containers. 

What am I compensating for with all this giant fruit? What does it all mean?

Moving along, I think the Texas heat would wipe out the seedlings if I put them in the ground this young. Which is different for “you guys” up North. Your always blogging about a freeze and trying to keep your seedlings warm. Not a problem here in Houston. We like it hot and humid.

transplanted beefsteak

I know, they are little. GROW!!! Growing tomato plants from seed is excruciating. I need to start earlier next year.

I am attached to the GIANT beefsteak. They must make it. The brandywine,  phht. They can die if they want. I read that the Brandywine is “leggy”. And that sounds all whimpy and high maintenance.

Ok good bye.

xoxo melissa


15 May

Garden update:  The basil is really coming in well. I am hoping to make pesto for the first time this year and save it in ice cubes for use in the winter.

I have 23 tomato plants in all….that’s definitely a crop. I’d like to do some canning for the first time as well.

I am really excited about these guys…they got started late so are still in the seedling stage, but if I can get them strong enough to go outdoors they make those huge 1 lb tomatos like you see in the fair. Great great for canning!!! And my ego.  Finny is my inspiration for monster truck rally tomatos.

I see salsa verde in my future.

exes and ohs


Mama Plant

10 May

Earlier this year I had the insane idea to sell my house that I adore. The house was listed all of about six weeks of me feeling sad before I came to my senses. So when I called the realtor and cancelled my contract and joyfully began moving in my pictures and boxes I noticed this plant needed to be repotted.

I gave the babies away to my neighbors to celebrate “We’re not moving day”.

And then we made pizza and I had a glass of my friend Car don Aye and all was right in the world again.

For a children’s tutorial on how to make Pepperoni Pizza check out Cooking with Calvin.