Apartment Garden, Episode 4: Watering by quornflour

So far my garden experiment this year is going fairly well. We have had some really nice weather matched with serious downpours. My kind of summer!

That said: I have a neighbor who LOVES watering. I have even see her water after a rainstorm. Because the drainage in my bucket garden is different than it would be in the ground, my plants seem to be getting a little overwatered. There is no stopping her and I suppose it is better than everything just drying out. Regardless we have fruit!

I have a few tomatoes that have started, they are super tiny, but it is a start. My pepper plants are flowering so I am hoping for a few peppers. The cucumber plant has flowered again. The first never fruited, but the plan seems stronger now. I am not sure if there is another cucumber plant, but that might be necessary. I cannot remember if they can self-pollinate.

The herbs are doing well. Well except for the cilantro. Again, everything seems really wet. I have been moving buckets around the yard to try and dry things out. I am hoping nothing gets watered by a hose and asked Lil’ to avoid watering anything since it will just get watered again.

I have some ideas for improving the layout next summer and additional hopes that the tree that is blocking my sun will fall down in a storm (crashing though only a few fences, since there really is no place for it to go that is not a roof). I am going to see if I can score some pallets and maybe build a planter box on casters so that I can move things into the driveway for more sun on the hot days.

At any rate, so far this is way more successful than last year, even though it will by no means be a “bumper crop” of anything except perhaps basil. Good think I love basil.

The Adventures of Finger Buddy by quornflour

Sometimes my palm meets my forehead and I say, “GENIUS!”

Other times I think to myself, “Self, you are hilarious”. That second thought is followed by a critical, “Self, don’t laugh at your own jokes.”

Anyway. One of my co-workers has broken her finger and now there is the tour of broken finger pictures on her facebook page. So naturally I thought to myself, “Self, that splint is ugly, it needs more character…” and the Finger Buddy was born.

At lunch I went home and threw this thing together. I made it with fleece, yarn, buttons, felt and some eyelet lacey bits, you know, to add a feminine touch. Seriously, if you are going to have a useless finger anyway, might as well have fun with it, right?

Think I may throw a few more together this weekend and put htem up on Etsy, well, unless it is still swamp weather.

Russian Punch by quornflour

I live in what I would refer to as a “Cup of Sugar” neighborhood. You know the sort, often missing from the landscape of today, where you can knock on your neighbors’ door while in the middle of baking and after realizing you are short sugar and get a cup of sugar.

I spend a fair amount of time with my neighbors. Once a month we have Neighbor Night. We get together and play cards, have a few drinks, snacks and talk about the goings on.

Regardless of whose house it is as, we all bring something to share. One week I was asked to bring a drink, so I figured I would make some vodka lemonade since it was one of the first warm nights of the season. I quickly realized that I didn’t have much ice, so I threw in frozen fruit that I had and blended it up and called it good.

My friend Lil’ who doesn’t drink much, loved it so much that the next time we were having Neighbor Night and I asked what I should bring she said I should bring “that Russian Punch”.

“Russian Punch?”

“Yes, the punch with the vodka.”

And so “Russian Punch” was born.

I guess one could argue that it similar to a daiquiri, but whatever, it is delicious whatever you call it.

All you need is:

  • 1 Can of frozen lemonade (save the can for measuring)
  • 1 ½ -2 Can worth of vodka
  • 2 Cans of frozen berries (mixed or just your one favorite)
  • ½ to 1 Can frozen peaches
  • ½ to 1 can fresh pineapple*
  • 1 fresh cut (or frozen mango)*
  • ½ to 1 can fresh watermelon*
  • 1 can of cold water
  • 1 can of ice

Stick it all in a blender and whirr it up until everything is blended. Serve cold.

Unless you want it REALLY sweet adding additional sugar is unnecessary since there is enough to go around in the lemonade and the fruits. You could serve this in a sugar rimmed glass though if you wanted to be all fancy about it.

*I like to cut up the watermelon, pineapple and mango and any other fruit (pears and apples are great in this) I might want to add beforehand so that it is nice and cold, just be careful if you do this to freeze flat to avoid having an iceberg that your blender can easily get through and will not heat up your beverage trying to pulverize.

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