Journey toward happiness

June 19, 2008

We have worm poo tea!!!

Filed under: compost, environment — Tags: — Tara @ 1:33 pm

Just an update…


I checked on my little friends yesterday and there is about 1 cup of poo tea! Yeah! I will give it another week or so before I “harvest” the tea and give it to the house plants.


Much love,



June 16, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Tara @ 8:11 pm is just the little things in life that bring me so much joy.  Like:


<the first blooms of summer



<new growth of an old friend once believed to be dead


<tired doggies


<fresh garden veggies 


Much love,


Great Garlic Greens Beans Batman!

Filed under: recipes — Tags: , , , , , , — Tara @ 7:53 pm

This may possibly be the only way fresh green beans should ever be cooked. It is another recipe from PioneerWoman. Man, she is great! PW calls this recipe “Fresh Green Beans, One Way”. Of course I have made a few changes. I am only cooking for two. Feel free to look up PW’s recipe if you have a whole mess of beans.



Great Garlic Green Beans

1/2 lbs. fresh green beans(cleaned and snapped)
1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion
1/2 cup red bell pepper
1 lrg. garlic clove(smashed and diced finely)
1 heaping tbsp of bacon grease
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 to 1 cup of chicken broth
1.  Start snapping the stringy ends off of the beans. Leave the beans long if you wish. I prefer more of a bite sized bean.
2.  Melt bacon grease in a deep skillet over medium heat.
3.  Add the garlic and stir for just a minute. Don’t let that garlic burn!
4.  Throw in the onions, beans, and peppers. Stir for a couple of minutes. This step is just adding a little color and allowing the garlic to cook.
5.  Dump in the chicken broth with a pinch of salt and lots of pepper.
6.  Cover and allow to cook for about 20 minutes or until broth has been absorbed by the beans.
7.  Once broth is gone, allow mixture to caramelize for a few minutes.
8.  Serve only after having a few bites for yourself. You worked hard, you deserve it.

Now serve these delicious beans on the side of something grilled. I served them with chicken/bacon/BBQ/pineapple kabobs(see directions below), BBQ chicken legs, and fresh buttered corn. What a healthy meal! Well, besides the bacon grease and bacon and butter. Yeah, yeah I know. Just eat salad for lunch tomorrow to make up for it. This is a meal you have to eat!



BBQ Chicken/Bacon/Pineapple Kabobs

Uncooked bacon slices
Chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
pineapple chunks
BBQ sauce of your choice(I use Stubb’s)
Wrap each chicken cube with 1/2 – 1 slice of bacon and skewer. Then a piece of pineapple. Then another bacon and chicken cube. Then..well you get the idea. Throw the kabobs on the grill and let ’em start doing their thing. After you flip them, paint on the sauce. Make sure the pineapple get plenty of sauce too!
Once chicken is cooked completely. Removed from grill and try not to burn yourself as you scarf these down. Serve with Great Garlic Green Beans, if there are any left by the time you get to the table.

Many garlicky good wishes to you!


June 11, 2008

Worms, Scraps and Poo

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , — Tara @ 1:03 am

We have been watching the Planet Green channel on tv all weekend. I find myself inspired by the “Green” movement although I have been recycling for years. This weekend, we decided to finally go through with plans for a worm composter. I have been thinking about it since last summer. True inspiration hit me this weekend and I headed to Walmart for supplies. This composter was super easy to construct and left me with a great sense of accomplishment.


Worm  composting is a great way to recycle kitchen scraps. When food scraps are put into landfills, it takes many years for them to break down. Garbage produces unhealthy methane gas which adds to the pollution of our beautiful planet.


It is simple and cheap to compost uncooked kitchen scraps and paper products. Worms eat the scraps and discard the waste. This waste becomes a rich organic fertilizer that is a wonderful addition to any garden. The water runoff(called tea) is a great liquid fertilizer for house plants and potted flowers.


So go ahead, decrease your carbon footprint. Help the planet while producing this great fertilizer. This is how we are decreasing our impact on the environment. You can do it too!


First, I purchased 2 clear storage bins with lids and screen material.  I spray painted the top box black(it will hold the worms) so it will simulate being underground.



NC Man drilled holes into the bottom and sides of the painted box to create air circulation. He also cut the top out of one of the lids. This makes it possible for the worm  “tea” to drain. The tea makes a great fertilizer for house plants and flowers.



I then lined the black box with the screen material. This will prevent the worms from becoming curious and escaping. They really need to stay in their box so they can eat up all the kitchen scraps that we produce.



Then, I filled the box half way with shredded newspaper.



Then, it was time for food scraps and worms.



We topped of the mixture with a little water to increase the moisture content and placed the boxes under the carport to keep the temperature down.



It was that simple. We now have about 80 new pets that will produce a whole bunch of poo and poo tea for the plants.


This project was very easy and kinda fun. I only spent about $10 which is amazing. Commercial worm composters can cost from $69-$200. Check them out online.


I guess I am a worm farmer now. Give it a try. The price is great so are the rewards.


Happy farming,




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