Last night's dinner was so good.....fresh green beans, potatos and onions in a pot. Simple, fresh and yummmmm! My kitchen smelled like my Grandmas kitchen (my country grandma) as I was cooking this, (and a pot of collards too)...and it literally brought tears to my eyes! That was a strange reaction. My Grandma was a farmer and she was cooking fresh vegies and fresh meat daily. I really hadn't smelled that "exact" scent in a long time. It was just a combination of foods and seasonings that overwhelmed me! WOW! Powerful stuff. It has changed me...inspired me to grow more, and eat from a fresh garden.
It has also made me realize how in love I have become with seeds and I am going to start a basil pot with about 5 Sweet Basil plants for my sweet SIL. She is the one who gave me a ton of seeds and these basil ones are part of them...I happen to know she loves to use fresh herbs and she happens to LOVE italian food. She is a cook (and so is my brother)...so I know they will use the basil. I will do a post of the set up of that garden, and the plants, once grown.
By the way, my grandsons pot of zinnia is doing well...a little taller...but no flowers yet. I am fertilizing it regularly with Miracle Gro. Just waiting...
Hey...thought you would enjoy seeing my new flower arranging material! Collard leaves! I had put about 7 leaves in a tall cup of iced water for my Mom to use in her green shake the other morning...she forgot it....(well...it's not like she couldn't walk out and get some straight out of her garden either)...LOL.....BUT the leaves become so stiff and stand real tall, and I thought it made a lovely bouquet on it's own. I placed the cup on top of my electric fireplace and it was so pretty! I stuck these flowers in front of the cup for a pic, but just wanted to say that collard leaves make long lasting wonderful greenery for floral arrangements! I plan to do more! Hey...I can't eat them or give them away fast enough...may as well appreciate their beauty!!! :)