Thursday, June 9, 2016

Flower Explosion After A Mild Winter

We have had such a mild winter that the growing season for flowers is upon us faster than we expected.  During a similar winter a few years back, I was disappointed when I found the bulbs from the previous year's lilies unearthed in my little side garden by my entrance stone.  It seems my neighbors were not so nice when they were walking their dogs because they dug them up for me.  I took them out and dried in my basement to replant them in the Fall.  The bulbs took nicely and I now have a profusion of Asian Lilies in front of my newly painted Madonna.

I did some pregardening and dug up the dandelions in front of my pedestal.  After I re aligned the pedestal, I moved my Madonna statue back onto her pedestal and planted two new Asian Lily plants that had a lot of buds on them.  Now I see the dogs missed one of my white lilies because the stem is popping out of the ground and the ones on the other side of the entrance stone are coming up.

I want to add some new plants this summer but have not made up my mind what to plant.  I love lilies of the valley but they only bloom once each year and then you have greens the rest of the year.  I may do those and then I wont have so many weeds showing in the garden.

I'm not a good gardener.   My grandfather had a green thumb and could grow anything.  Each year he went to the greenhouse to pick out something new for his garden.  I just want to get something growing that will come up year after year and look nice.

If you have any suggestions on what to put in such a small planting area, please comment so I can consider your suggestions.

Friday, June 3, 2016

National Doughnut Day

I t was a long time coming but today is it, NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY.  As a lover of doughnuts, it was a long hard 12 months.

Last year I went to Giant Eagle at around 8 am and in the entrance was a table full of boxes of a dozen doughnut assortments.  I'm particular and wanted mostly chocolate this year so I went back to the bakery where the selection was slim pickings until a bakery worker told me they had a special section today in honor of the day over by the fresh baked breads.  Wow!  They had long johns with white cream and Bavarian cream.  The jelly doughnuts had either white icing or powdered sugar.  All the regulars were there such as glazed, raised with sugar, white and chocolate cake doughnuts with white, chocolate or maple frosting.

This year is the same deal, "buy a 1/2 dozen and get another 1/2 dozen free." There were racks and racks of fresh doughnuts just waiting for the shopper who was there for the special.  A nice way of saying half price.

A selection of Giant Eagle doughnuts

I'm a kid again or at least a kid at heart.  I love raised doughnuts.

Dunkin Donuts Assortment

They can be glazed,
 sugar coated,
  or even be long with white cream
inside them.  It makes no difference.  I just love doughnuts.

I'm not fond of the the Boston cream though.  As a child we ate cake donuts.  My son prefers the Boston cream and I'm always sure to get at least two of those for him.

I remember my neighbor making raised donuts.  She used a biscuit cutter to cut out the doughnut and then a whiskey glass to cut out the hole.

She didn't use a fancy grease fryer.  She just used a pot and a slotted spoon to turn and lift the doughnuts out of the grease onto brown paper bags to absorb the grease.

She then dropped them into another paper bag filled with granulated sugar to coat the doughnuts before placing them on a tray.

What a wonderful day today because I get to fill my sweet tooth with my favorite breakfast food. . .a wonderful raised doughnut.  Happy National Doughnut Day.