. . . how does your garden grow?

Gardening is a joyous activity.

It doesn’t make any difference whether its flowers or a veggie patch, planting seeds and watching them grow is rewarding in many, many ways.

I usually plant only flowers in my small patio garden but this year I planted a squash and a watermelon as well.

So far, I’ve harvested one batch of squash and have about a dozen more that will be ready to pick by the end of the week. I also have three tiny watermelons that are about the size of my pinky finger. I can’t wait for them to get big enough to harvest.

I think that next year, instead of morning glory, I’ll plant pole beans on my trellis.

Hmmmm, next year’s garden will have squash, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon. All I’ll need to add is cornbread and iced tea for the perfect Southern meal.

What’s for dinner … again!

Working at home part of the time is a blessing in my book. But, it’s also a bit of a hindrance sometimes. Like today, when I haven’t bothered to pay attention to the time because I didn’t need to beat the traffic, etc. and, as a result, didn’t realize how late it was getting until my tummy started to growl.

That’s when I looked up and noticed that it’s getting dark outside … and I haven’t a clue what to fix for dinner, again. So, time for an old girl favorite that’s easy to fix …

Quicky Quiche!


1 Small Onion, Diced
1 Cup Fresh Mushrooms, Diced
1 Small Can of Tuna or Diced Ham (or bacon or whatever you like)
2 Eggs (3 if Using a Deep Dish Crust)
1 Pie Crust (I use pre-made ’cause this is supposed to be easy)
1/3 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions …

Crack eggs into a medium size mixing bowl but don’t break the yolks. Coat pie crust with egg white and bake at 400° until dry (usually about 5 minutes).

Now, break the eggs and scramble them up a bit. Next, dump everything else in, and mix well.

Pour mixture into pie crust and bake at 400° for 30-40 minutes. The cook time depends on your oven … you know how that goes.

Good with a salad or, in colder months, a bowl of french onion soup. Hope you enjoy it as much as I always do.

PS: You might want to step out of the kitchen to finish your blog post and avoid burning your tongue. 😉

A Stat Hound’s Woe

So, I all but ignore my blog for a few days and what happens? Not a thing!

No one (well, hardly anyone) visits my blog for days – and days – and days.

What gives? Do I have to write a new post every day? Really?

So many books. So little time!

Can’t do it. Got too many other things to do! For example …

  • Reading: my stack of books-to-read is growing, and growing
  • I need to fill out my 1040 – yep, I pushed it to the edge this year (haven’t even started)
  • Work, work, work, work, work
  • Emmie and Ollie (my cats): they need some attention soon or they’re going to blackball me out of the family (caught them in a corner whispering the other day, nothing good can come from that)
  • My garden: pitifully small as it is, I still had to take a big chunk out of last Saturday to clean it up and get it ready for Spring planting (that’s assuming Spring ever comes back, been pretty chilly here the last few days)
  • House cleaning: nah, that one won’t fly
  • Sore ankle?  oh, never mind

So, have I convinced you that I’ve got a lot on my plate?

Speaking of plates, it’s time to fix dinner.


Let me think. What’s in the fridge?

I know! I can make Good Old Girls Shrimp Fried Rice and broccoli with cheese sauce. Only takes about 40 minutes! Here’s how:

1 Box of Frozen Broccoli with Cheese Sauce (I like Green Giant)
1/2 Pound of small shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 Bag Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Boil-in-Bag Brown Rice
2 eggs
2-4 Tbsp. Butter or Margarine
1-2 Tbsp. Finely Chopped Onions (can use dried if you don’t have fresh onions)
Garlic Salt (as much as you can stand)

Follow directions on box for frozen broccoli. Green Giant requires 12 minutes in boiling water – on each side.

When you turn over the broccoli, put the rice in a pan of boiling water per instructions on box. If using Uncle Ben’s, takes about 12 minutes to cook.

Good Old Girls Shrimp Fried Rice

Melt butter in saute pan, add onions, add eggs and scramble in pan (chop into small bits while scrambling), add garlic salt to taste. When eggs are done, add shrimp, stir and let simmer. When rice is done, drain and add to egg and shrimp mixture. Mix well. Serve with broccoli and bread of your choice. (I like the Wheat Bolillois from the Walmart bakery. They freeze nicely and are easy to heat in the oven.)

Serves two to four, depending on how hungry you are.


PS: My daughter loved this when she was a kid.