Journey toward happiness

July 9, 2008

Dead Worms

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tara @ 8:53 pm

Last week, we cleaned out the poo tea and watered the tomatoes and peppers in the garden. They are looking spectacular. I can’t wait to add more. We had about a half inch of liquid in the binand filled the rest with water. What a great fertilizer!

 

Yesterday, I took some food scraps out to the worm bin and noticed that the contents did not look so good. There were lots of gnats and flies and mold. I dug around for a minute and could not find any adult worms. There are plenty of little babies though.

 

I am pretty sure I know what happened.  After starting the bin, I did a little more research and learned that onions  and fruit peels should not go in the bin.  They change the pH of the bedding which make it impossible for the worms to survive. Well….early in the process I chopped up some green onion tops and put them in the bins. So go ahead and call me a murderer, because I am. It was an honest mistake but I feel horrible.

 

I add more shredded paper and some compost from the garden compost bin. The little babies seem to be thriving. I will definitely be more careful from now on.

 

I am researching how to compost cooked food waste. I have read not to put cooked food in with your compost bin because it attracts pests. Then what do we do with the leftovers? Any suggestions?

 

Back to happy farming,

Tara

July 2, 2008

Taters and Hens

Filed under: recipes — Tags: , , , — Tara @ 10:55 pm

Ok. I know I should totally just redirect everyone to PioneerWoman’s site because I have yet another recipe from her. MMmmmm…the taters are so good. They are my fav right now. They are easy, delicious, and full of flavor. You gotta try them. The cornish hens are good too. I found the recipe somewhere on the internet. I can’t remember where. Sorry for not giving props to the correct person.

 

Crash Hot Potatoes

Small, round new potatoes (I use golden)
Olive oil
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Any Herb
 
1. Boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender.
2. Drizzle olive oil on a cookie sheet and preheat oven to 450 degrees
3. Place potatoes on baking sheet and smash slightly with a potato masher(should resemble a cookie)
4. Brush tops with olive oil.
5. Salt and pepper generously.
6. Sprinkle herbs on top(I like to use rosemary)
7. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden and crispy.
 

Yummy, Juicy Cornish Hens

 
4 tbsp. Butter
3 tbsp. Honey
4 tsp. Chili Powder
1 tbsp. Orange Juice
2 Cornish Hens, halved
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt butter and stir in honey and chili powder, mix well.
3. Stir in orange juice, salt and pepper, remove from heat.
4. Cut hens into halves, rinse well and pat dry.
5. Place hens in baking dish, skin side down, place in oven for 6-8 minutes.
6. Turn hens over and baste with all of the mixture.
7. Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until well browned.

And Voila…A Delicious Meal for Two!

Try these recipes. I am sure you will love them just as much as we do!

Enjoy the feast,

Tara

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