Autumn is finally here. The leaves are turning all different shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown. The red ones are the prettiest.
Mr. Husband and I cleaned out our flower gardens. They were quite messy with grass and weeds. We even accidentally pulled up some of the flowers (oops). This year we grew zinnas, daisies, and lots of other flowers I don’t know the names of in one garden. We also planted bulbs in that garden, though I cannot remember the names of those either. In another flower bed we grew bulbs and calendula (marigolds!). Unfortunately, calendula was the only herb/flower I was able to grow. I have been snipping heads off to dry and store.
I don’t think our rose bush will bloom again. We only had one blooming this year and I’m used to the several bloomings that happen at my mum’s with her big gorgeous rose bushes. I have found one rose hip on it so far.
I hope to plant at least one more rose bush next year. I love roses.
In our two vegetable plots, we grew (or tried to grow!) butternut squash, bell pepper, and watermelon, and jalapeno pepper and three tomato plants. The butternut squash only gave off about 5 or 6 squash, with the last one ripening on the vine. The watermelon grew two watermelons, one of which somebody stole… The bell pepper grew a tall plant… but not fruit, not even flowers graced it. The watermelon is trying to bloom again. It doesn’t have enough time to fruit before the frosts though, so as soon as the last butternut squash is done ripening, Mr. Husband and I will be mowing it over and preparing for next year.
Our tomato plants are doing well. We had bought two kinds. The first I can’t remember what it is called, but we have two plants of it. It grows beautiful red fruits that look like Roma tomatoes. The other plant is a Mortgage Lifter. Those pretty tomatoes have turned out pink for me. The tomato plants are still flowering. The first frost will be soon though. But we will cover the tomatoes to prolong their growing season.
The jalapeno plant did spectacularly. Every time we thought it was done, it would flower again and even more peppers would grow!
Next year I hope to have a bigger garden. We bought a bunch of seeds from Atwoods, so hopefully they’ll grow. I don’t seem to have much luck starting seeds!
Something else is growing too. More on that tomorrow!
In my beautiful town in North Western Oklahoma, there are two festivals going on. The First Annual Twister Alley Film Festival and a heath fair called The Pulse. Sadly, I am at work this weekend, so that means no fun festivals for me.
Working at the library today, a regular patron came in to get copies made. She’s a middle-aged lady who has a lot of spunk. As I made her copies, she told me that one of her students (she subs) had given her a ticket to the festival. She told me that she walked out of two of the films. I inquired why.
“They showed a film of a woman shaving her legs. She cut herself with the razor… then she continued to cut herself again and again.”
The other film was of a man being raped by another man.
This is entertainment?
This is gross.
Being as this was a family event, why would you show something like that?
Our morals not only in America, but across the world, have declined so rapidly. Why? Look around you.
My husband’s grandmother, Ma, as we called her, remembers when she first saw a commercial for tampons on television. It was highly embarrassing for everyone in the room. You just didn’t put things like that on television.
Some may call this progress, but I call it disgusting and immoral. We’re letting innocent minds be corrupted with trash. “Shock factor” has become the best thing producers, writers, actors, and artists can do to keep a following on their projects. Whatever happened to talent and plot?
It’s a slow fade until you have porn on everyday television.
There’s a first time for everything… And a few nights ago I made tortillas for the first time!
Tortillas were scary to me. What if I couldn’t get them rolled out thin enough? What if they cooked too fast? What if they burned?
Well, I’m glad to say that none of that happened. Tortillas are incredibly easy to make. Why pay $2+ at the grocery store when you can make your own for cheaper? Plus they are healthier for you than their store bought companions.
They are so very easy to make. You’ll need the following:
Rolling Pin Tortillas
3 cups flour
1/3 cup oil (olive or coconut are what I recommend!)
1 cup warm water
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
First, place the flour in a mixing bowl, then add the baking powder and salt. Mix well.
Next, make a hollow in the middle and add the oil and hot water. The dough should come together soft and pliable. If it doesn’t seem to be, add up to a 1/4 of a cup more water.
Divide dough in half, and half again. And again, and again, and again. Divide until you have between 14 and 16 balls that fit in your hand. Flour your working surface and press them out as much as you can with your palm and let rest for 15 minutes, but do not stack them on top of each other. Or else they’ll stick. That’s why I hung mine on bowls.
After the 15 minutes have passed, keep a little extra flour around your working surface to flour your rolling pin. As you see, I used my wooden rolling pin and a cookie sheet to roll them out on. For ease of cleaning up.
Start a skillet heating on your stove on medium-high heat with just a little oil or butter. Roll out your flattened balls, in whatever shape you prefer. Mine came out rectangle-ish, no matter how circular I tried to make them. And again, I let them rest on the bowl so they would retain their shape while the others cooked. Aim for about 6-7 inches, if not more.
Next, fry them up! It only takes a minute or two per side. If they start cooking too fast, turn down the heat. To slow, turn up the heat. Place them in an air-tight container or a plastic bag once done so they won’t lose their elasticity and become tortilla chips.
And enjoy! Or, once cooled completely, store in the fridge for around a week or the freezer indefinitely. Just place a damp paper towel or rag in the microwave to heat them up so they retain their elasticity.
They aren’t all that hard. Go ahead and try them! And if you have any questions, as below.