Recipe Search Saturday - Maters

My tomato seedlings aren't growing fast enough, even though I feed them with my expectant gaze.  Literally.  I stare at them, willing them to grow.

I'm a tad excited for spring.

Free Wildflower Seeds from Cheerios

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I already have my bee attracting seeds for this year.  Borage, which is bee crack, and squash.  Multiple bees on these blossoms last year.  I had no issues with pollination per creating a little bee heaven in my garden and surrounding yard.  I encourage everyone to take advantage as bees are an integral factor in creating a productive garden.  Hand pollination can be done, but why not use the tools nature provided to help out? 


Stuffed Winter Squash - YES honey!

Stuffed Winter Squash - Serves 8

2 Buttercup or similar type winter squash.  

Carve off the top, scoop out and discard the seeds.  If wobbly, cut off a thin slice of the very bottom of the squash to even out. Salt the inside of the squashes with half of the salt.  Set oven to 400  degrees.

1T Butter, cut in half.  Put one piece in the bottom of each squash.

1/2 LB ground pork.  You can purchase plain and season yourself, but I use mildly seasoned pork.

Mon petit plaisir - My Little Pleasure

Today, it's a walk.  Outside.  In the middle of the afternoon.  Unseasonably warm temperatures beam happiness, a reminder to do a quick gratitude exercise.  All the worker bees are busy working.  Strolling through new construction, I am passed by friendly contractors driving from site to site.  Penned dogs chat as I pass, looking to play.  Usually, I am wearing my headphones, by today I just wanted to get lost in my neighborhood, instead of the beats.

Holy Shit Cardio - Low Impact - Pahla Bowers

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Hit my personal best this year, working out.  Using my Polar HR watch as a guide, I burned well over 600 calories in an hour of cardio time.  I watched three 20 minute videos. I do low impact cardio as high impact exercises leave my body with a longer recovery time.  Plus, I don't appreciate all the bouncing.  

Winter Sowing Experiment - Tomato ZONE 4-5 (w/Final UPDATE)

Winter sowing sounds wonderful when you live in a home with limited space to start seeds.  However, how much winter is too much for this method?  Winter sowing, simply put, is planting seeds outdoors in the winter in a mini-greenhouse environment and let mother nature encourage germination in her own time.  For a more detailed overview, visit  I am also curious about the rate of growth compared to a seed started indoors.

Old School Tae Bo

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The holy grail of TaeBo workout videos is the original Advanced dvd.  Nobody seems to have one and if they do, they want an insane amount of money to purchase it.

Favorite Music Videos - Gotye - Someone I Used To Know

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I can't count how many times I listen to this song since it was released in 2011.  The video is interesting visually, and different than any video I had seen before.  Besides, who can't relate to feeling this way after the end of a relationship?  If we haven't felt this way, we've likely inflicted this sorrow on another.  2011 was a memorable year for music, for me personally.  Adele, Lady Gaga...too many musical endeavors to count.  If you are into electronica, I would recommend spending some time running through the different remixes of this Gotye track.

Five things to be happy about Today, December Twenty-Eighth

  1. The days are getting longer.  More sun.  More vitamin D.  It feels like March outdoors today.
  2. Approximately 360 days until the next winter holiday season.  That is a lot of time to encourage your loved ones to please give us all more options on their wish list.  It also gives us more time to come up with creative gift ideas.
  3. Thus far, our winter has been mild.  Green grass still covers my lawn, revealed under patches of melted snow.  A nice reminder of the warm seasons to come.
  4. Prime seed-selecting and garden planning time.
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