Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Crockpot Corned Beef and Potatoes

Recently we were faced with being without a kitchen and I said we were going to share how we are going to get through it. I know its not a tragedy but an uncomfortable situation non the less. 

Night one we had corned beef and potatoes in the crockpot so I thought I would share the recipe.

Corned beef and Potatoes in the Crockpot.

What you need.

11/2 lbs Corned beef brisket, with spice packet

1 Onion, wedged

4 Potatoes, quartered

1 Can of beer

3/4 Cup water

Remove beef from plastic bag and rinse.

Place onions in bottom of crockpot and place beef on top.

Pour spice packet on top and pour beer over meat.

Put potatoes on top and cook on hight for 6-8 hours until beef is tender.

Remove from crockpot and let rest for a few minutes, carve and serve.

You can add carrots and cabbage if you like (I did not have any on hand) just put the carrots in with the potatoes and add the cabbage after cooking 4 hours.

Here it is just before taking it out to serve.


30+ days without a kitchen: week 1

So we are easing into the whole idea of not having a kitchen. Still a little in denial and a bit still upset with the cabinet manufacturer but we are coming along. 

Night one I made corned beef and potatoes in the crockpot.

I think it turned out nicely. 
Please forgive me for the paper bowls and plastic silverware, I know its not environmentally friendly but its all we had short notice without a sink to wash dishes.
Night two was left over corned beef that I reheated in the crockpot, it was a little dry but still very tasty.

Night three I retreated to my In-laws for chicken cutlets and pasta. 
Thank you for the good eats!

Nights four and five were sandwiches. 

Night six and seven I had to work so my hubby fended for himself.

I am going shopping today so the next week should be more interesting (I hope).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

30+ days without a Kitchen

So my husband and I are remodeling our kitchen, we decided to do this because our house does not have a pantry and I needed more space for food storage. We are replacing our existing cabinets and adding a wall of pantry cabinet as well as replacing the countertop and sink.

The old kitchen before we ripped it out.

The samples for the new kitchen

Our cabinets were supposed to arrive yesterday so we spent the last week removing the old ones.

My hubs being such a good sport removing the sink and dishwasher pipes.

There, all out.

Now that everything is out we found out that there was a problem with the order and the cabinets will not be here for another month.

Now what to do?

Well I think this is a good time to test our skills of being able to feed ourselves without a stove, running water and all of the modern conveniences we take for granted.

We are going to try to use only the crockpot and grill, we'll see how it goes.

 I'm going to have 4 weekly updates to see how we are doing.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Horsenettle, An unwelcome guest


I started seeing these weed around my property last year and did not know what they were so I started doing some research. After a little looking I found out it is called horsenettle (solanum carolinense).

Let me tell you a little about this weed. It's pretty nasty stuff, it will pop up in the yard, flower beds, veggie beds, everywhere.
The leaves look kind of like potato plant leaves when the first emerge and smell like potatoes when crushed. It has small berries that look like little yellow tomatoes.

Horsenettle is a very persistent noxious weed that needs to be removed from your garden as soon as it is detected. It is resistant to most herbicides to include broad-spectrum herbicide but can be used if done correctly. You can remove it by hand but be careful! When I say careful I mean careful! Horsenettle has sharp spines on its leaves and stems that I can tell you from experience are very painful.

When removing horse nettle by hand one more note of caution, the roots of the plant are deep and expansive. Do not leave any part of the root behind and do not chop them up with a tiller. Each and every one of the pieces left behind will produce a new plant.
After doing some research I have found that the best way to combat it is by timed intervals of mowing/cutting back and herbicide treatments. Start by mowing/cutting back in 30 day intervals starting just after flowering when the root system is weakened, forcing the plant to produce new top growth further depleting its root system. Then a treatment of herbicide in the fall after last mowing. 

Once herbicide is applied do not mow for at least 2 weeks to give the treatment time to seep down through the plant to the roots.

If herbicides are not your thing horse nettle can be controlled but it will take longer and be more labor intensive. With diligent mowing/cutting back and digging out the roots eventually you can remove the plants from your property and garden.

Do not compost any part of the plant or root of this weed or you will re-infest your garden.

Well off I go to try to combat this nasty weed!

Happy Gardening!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Walk Around the Homestead May 2015

Just a small walk around to see all that is growing. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

Yellow Iris

Red Lily Beatle on an Easter Lily my father in-law gave me. I should have checked them before I put them in my garden. Oh well, I only have a few so I think I can eradicate them before they get to far.

Can you see the toads in the center of the picture. I dug them up when I was moving a brick walkway. Sorry guys you're being evicted. I moved them to a toad house I have in the front flower bed.

These pop up every now and then around the garden. It's always random and always a pleasant surprise when they show up.

Sedum, don't remember what kind.

 Purple Columbines

Purple Iris

Marigolds in the veggie garden.

A strawberry that refuses to be contained.

My beans are coming along nicely.

Starting to ripen.

I hope you enjoyed your walk.

Happy Gardening!