Homemade Easter

Since there's a new little one in the family this year, Easter is going to be a lot of fun! Easter baskets and eggs and candy (well, probably not so much candy - she's not quite old enough). All those pretty colors and frills that go with Easter and baby girls makes me smile just thinking about it.

I want to make it a "homemade" and "homegrown" Easter as much as possible. (If I only had some chickens for eggs!). I just rounded up some natural dyes for Easter eggs, so I'm going to be using them. I haven't dyed eggs for a few years, so this should be interesting.

A hand knitted duck and rabbit, a chocolate dipped egg made with mashed potatoes and powdered sugar and a basket that I haven't decided on yet, will do it for her.

Her mom and dad get their own "basket" of course. I usually find a container of some kind and put Easter goodies in it for all the kids who are nearby, no matter how old they are.

It's fun to see how much I can hold down costs and still have a nice Easter for everyone. Any other tips I should be using?


Too Dry for a Garden

Dry. Warm. Too warm. Too dry. It's not just where I live, but much of the United States is warm and dry. That may be great if you want to play outside in the sun every day, but it's not so good if you want to grow food or flowers, or buy food or flowers that someone else grew.

I've been saving water from rinsing dishes and this and that to water the few things that are popping up. I put it into a bucket just out side the kitchen door and when it gets full I take it out to the garlic or the horseradish, the chives or rhubarb.

It looks like we're having an early spring and the ground is warm enough for them to grow, but it's so dry... but I said that. Keeping things watered may take a lot of creativity this year!

I could grow yucca or cacti, I guess, but that doesn't appeal as a major garden crop.

Other than saving rinse water from the dishes, leftover water and ice cubes from glasses, keeping a bowl under the faucet to catch everything else and praying for rain, what can be done?

If any of you are in a drought condition, give us your tips on survival, please? I don't want to give up the garden, but if it keeps this up, it's going to be very hard to keep it alive.

You Can't Eat Gold

I've been out and around on the internet, looking over the financial situation as well as the political situation worldwide. The thing that strikes me harder than anything is that people are hoarding, but many of them are hoarding the wrong thing.

What good will it do to have a stash of gold bars if you can't get a loaf of bread? A few seeds can be the difference between life and death in a future scene. What is it about gold?

I've never coveted gold or silver or even a lot of money. I've only wanted an abundance of the things that life should be giving all of us: Good food, clean water, fresh air. Trees, grass, birds. A measure of peaceful solitude, which is as necessary to the human soul as water is to the human body.

Gold? I don't want it. I'll take my little garden and the robins that have returned. I'll take the bright colors of an early morning and the green of the grass, even if it has to grow through the sidewalk crack.

You can have you gold. You can't wear it. It won't soothe your tired eyes. You can't drink it. You can't eat it.


When It's Springtime

My daughter and I took a little drive out of town this afternoon. Fields are greening up, farmers are out on their big tractors and their little tractors, manure is piled alongside fields to be spread for fertilizer, plant nurseries are gearing up and the leaf buds on the trees are swelling ever bigger.

Back at home, I saw a dove doing what I think was a mating dance in flight and the finches are very noisy. The little ones (human kind) from next door are playing in their backyard.

Does that mean anything?

Here's something that does mean something: The tomatoes are coming up. I have to replant the peppers (don't ask) and I'm so hungry for fresh, green stuff that I might have to go to the grocery store! A tiny pot of lettuce on the kitchen windowsill just won't do it.


Sunflower sprouts?

I feel like I got scammed, but I did it to myself. I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a few things - a very few things, and then I found a bag of sunflower sprouts marked down to about half price. Good snack, right? Better than chips or cookies! They didn't look too old, so I bought them.

After I got them home, I realized that there was a full head of sunflower seeds stored away. I had intended to save some to plant again and roast the rest and never got around to sorting them out.

D'oh! I could have made my own sunflower sprouts for much less, even marked down. AND they would have been fresh and no doubt, more nutritious than the ones I bought.

Will I never learn?

More about sunflowers (I don't always blow it)
How to Eat a Sunflower

I'm STILL waiting on Yahoo Voices to fix a problem with republishing an article on sunflowers there.