Zucchini is just about in season. Do you have an abundance of it from your garden? Or do you buy fresh veggies from the farmers market? This year I’m trying to grow my own.
There have been lots of blooms but only tiny zucchini are forming. It was such a cool and damp start to the season that a lot of the plants are behind this year.
Here is a delicious tasting recipe that is quick and easy to make.
Ingredients: 2 cups sliced zucchini, 1/3 of a sweet onion diced, 3 eggs well beaten, 2 cup grated mozzarella cheese, sliced mushrooms,
Saute the onion and zucchini in olive oil or butter in a frypay.
Drain and set aside.
Beat the eggs, mix in cheese, mushrooms and zucchini mixture.
Spread half the crescent rolls on the bottom of a casserole dish, top with egg and zucchini mixture, add sliced tomatoes on top and cover with rest of crescent rolls.
Bake in a 350F oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until crescent rolls are golden brown.
There are numerous versions of this recipe if you wish to search out a slightly different one. As usual I adapt recipes to suit myself by taking out various seasonings and adding my own. I added the mushrooms and tomatoes for some extra flavour. You can also try different cheeses or a combination of your favourites.
The purples are partying in the front gardens … purple hosta, purple coneflower, purple lavender, purple alliums, purple liatris and a bit more. These are north faint gardens and the far left side is in shade all day long. Continue reading “It’s Purple-icious Time”
The drumstick alliums, which are ornamental onions, are in bloom right now. These herbaceous perennials have pretty, almost round, purple blooms which appear in early to midsummer. Continue reading “A for Alliums”
I love to plant in containers other than flower pots. Repurpose those chipped or cracked teacups into little planters.
The ladder planter has a collection of old teacups, teapots, tea kettles, bowls and dishes that I plant in. Most are planted with succulents.
If the succulent is in a plastic flower pot and then inside a container I will sink the pot into the ground to over winter it. If the plant is directly into the container then I store it in the garage over the winter. Winter in my part of Canada can be very cold and if these little plants were just left outside the freeze thaw cycles that happen over the winter would more than likely kill off the plant.
Teacups make great little planters. If you don’t have any chipped ones in your cupboard you can purchase them at garage sale and thrift stores. If I’m going to use these little planters in the garden I glue the cup to the saucer and then glue it onto a colourful bottle or a bud vase. Then it can be slid over a stake in the ground and is easily lifted off for cleaning.
These planters have little pots with the plants in them placed right inside the cup. The reason I use a little pot is to stop the plant from drowning. When I water the plants or when it rains the cups will quickly fill up with water as there is no drainage. I’m still not brave enough to drill in china.
I can quickly and easily lift the little pot out, drain the cup and re-insert the pot.
Another reason I love the little pots is that it makes cleaning the tea cup planter so easy.
After being in the garden for awhile the teacup feeders and planters get quite dirty. Just lift out the little pot, remove from the stake and with an old toothbrush and a bucket of water you can scrub them clean them so they look like new.
Some of these tea cups started out as bird feeders but I found the birds didn’t use them very much so some were converted to planters.
Old tea kettles are not just for boiling water in. They are wonderful for planting in either directly or with a pot inside.
These little tea cup feeders or planters would make cute gifts for Mother’s Day, birthdays, wedding or baby showers.
Keep your eyes open for teacups the next time you go to garage sales or thrift stores.
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A picture can be worth a thousand words. These are crafts from my years as a Girl Guide leader. They were used for camp swaps and hat crafts. Most of them are easy to figure out just by looking at the photos.
I originally had these posted on my old website but never did transfer them over when I re-organized my site. I frequently get questions about how to make them, probably from old links left several years ago.
If you need further directions you can use the Contact page to send me a message.
I used pop can tabs, yarn, small rings, felt, plastic canvas, goggly eyes, twigs, beads, can lids, pom pons, wire, material scraps, pins, and a lot of patience to make them. Many are crafts the girls made and the leaders prepared kits with all the necessary materials. Camp was such a fun event. Many of these were gives as awards for doing various chores … washing dishes, cleaning toilets, cleaning grease pits, activities and more.