Friday, March 1, 2013's Foto Friday...'s snowing.


 They said it was going to be finished yesterday, but it looks like they were wrong.

 However, on a bright note, it is warming up and there's lots of melting drippage going on out there. It's been a fine light snow, but it's been coming down since about 6 PM yesterday.  It's all good.  More precipitation means better garden starts. 

Here's a shot of the little weeping fruitless mulberry tree in the front yard. Poor thing was here when we bought the place, and is all stooped and bent over and I haven't the heart to take it out, because the dogs and cats LOVE hiding and sleeping under it in the heat of summer. It looks much more patheitc in winter than when it's covered in leaves, lol.

  I finally got busy yesterday and made my batch of home made dish soap. Very simple ingredients. Non-toxic. Works great. I even made my own dispenser lid to fit a wide mouth quart mason jar...a pump from some hand soap, a knife and some goop glue. It was easy to make, 2 quarts were made for less than $2.50.  And that's with tea treee oil in it, which is pretty expensive stuff.  I'll let you know...but so far, I'm very happy about it.

Have you ever made these?? Out of leftover (scrap) piecrust?  My mom and grandma always made them, and I do too.  My brother calls me sometimes and asks me to make them for him, because his wife insists on using ready made piecrust to make them with, and they're just not the same. lol  At Thanksgiving or Christmas, or sometimes just family get togethers, I'll makle a batch of pie dough and bake a butt load of 'em.  Everybody's  happy.  lol  I love cinnamon, more than it loves me these days. Sometimes I get heartburn from it, sometimes I don't. I figure I'll keep eating it until I absolutely can NOT. lol

Salads like this Italian Layered Salad make me soooo anxious for summer. Fresh tomatoes and basil and cucumbers...fresh picked onions...mmmm.  I've been extra hungry for salads lately and been fixing them almost every meal. lol

 And don't forget the bread.  Yummy slices of baguette-- buttered and garlicked lightly and grilled...


Okay--I have things on my list that need doing and just got a text that something a little extra is added . Cannot say what it is, just in case somebody that isn't supposed to know might read this blogpost. I might let you in on it

  Hope everyone is having a great Friday, no matter what the weather.



Ashling said...

Longing for fresh tomatoes and mozzarella too....all those fresh, sweet, bright flavors of the seasons ahead.

Have a great weekend!

Beth said...

It is snowing here today too! I know it is good for the farmers but I am tired of it. :-)

Mama Pea said...

Would you be willing to share your recipe for the dish washing soap?

I grew up on the "rolls" made from scraps of leftover pie dough! We always spread jam on the crust before rolling though. Mmmmm, good!

I've been making salads like crazy this week, too. Not like those taste right out of the garden, but good all the same.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Ohh fresh tomatoes. No snow here - thank goodness. We would make pie crust cookies - just flat pieces of pie crust sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked - yummm.

DJan said...

It sounds like things are getting back to normal in your household, Annie. It's so good to hear you up and about, writing your unique blog posts for me to enjoy. Thank you!!

Mariodacatsmom said...

You are amazing - simply amazing with what you accomplish in a day.

Anonymous said...

would you be willing to share the recipe for the dish soap?

Petit fleur said...

Crazy snow! Stay tucked up. (In the south, they say "tuck up") I wasn't sure if that would make sense though.

You always make me want to eat. But I want to eat YOUR food! No fair.

I hope your weekend is fabulous.

Akannie said...

Listen, ya'll...I'm gonna have to tweak the soap recipe some more, because I am not crazy about it. The tea tree oil smells like turpentine to me. LOL It doesn't lather nearly enough to suit me, even though that bar soap lathers like crazy in the shower. I'm thinking about trying to add some liquid castille to it and see if that's better. I know I just need to change my "sudsing expectations" for one thing, but...once I get it the way I like it, I'll post it on Dragon Woman's Kitchen, I promise.