Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ever Get the Feeling.....

...your being watched?
"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you" - Joseph Heller

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Milk in a Mason Jar

Now that's fresh, when you get milk that hasn't been commercially bottled! How does one get milk that fresh, well it is very hard these days with everyone watering it down and everything. But apparently Mr. Sheep Shack works with this nice lady, Mary Lovell, who is the goddess of all things yummy! At Easter she sent home chocolaty treats, then she sent me an adorable sheep, for the collection not for eating, and now she has sent home fresh real honest to goodness milk from her family's farm! Oh it has been too long since I have had milk that good. The kind of milk you have to skim the cream off the top. If you've ever had that got of milk you would understand that they stuff they sell in the grocery store is criminal. White water, labeled milk.

So thank you goddess of all things yummy!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A New Little Blog

Dear Reader,

  I want to tell you about a fun new blog; it's a little different though, no knitting, maybe a little gardening, but a whole lot of mixology! Yes, I have launched a second blog to discuss all things related to spirits. Come by and join the fun, we can talk about anything related to home bartending or professional bartending, your fav drink, or bar song, it's pretty much anything goes. Think of it as your online pub!

Not to worry though, Stitches and Stories is not going anywhere, we will still be here for all your non-alcohol related topics.

Visit me at Laugh Love Drink

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Re-purposing in the Garden

So to me the thing about urban gardening is one, to grow fresh food yourself that is healthier than what you can buy at the store. And two, be self sufficient but not strain the environment around you, so we re-purpose items to be used in the garden year after year. Our latest project is rain barrels made from three olive barrels and one soda barrel.

We recently had new gutters installed on the house and purchased the larger size downspouts and then had them cut to accommodate the rain barrels. The barrels were purchased at an military surplus supply store and the faucets and related hardware was purchased at Lowes for less than $5 per barrel. We bought a length of 3/4 inch white hose when we then cut into smaller lengths to connect the barrels. These are located at the end of our garden so that we can easily water with them. 

The next thing we did this year to make better use of our garden space was to plant potatoes in tubs and buckets. Mr. Sheep Shack drilled holes in the bottoms to allow for proper drainage and I painted some 5 gal. buckets that had once held laundry detergent when they were new. It seems to be working nicely. 


This year I am trying my had with a fruit tree, we purchased a tangelo tree and placed it on the patio where it will get lots of sun, we put it in a pot so that we can bring it indoors in the colder months. 


Mr. Sheep Shack is out now looking for a lime tree and I have some mint growing as well, not reason why a bartender can't grow some of her own ingredients as well. Nothing like a freshly made drink! 

Enjoy! 





Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Inspiration

Inspiring, Inspiration, no matter how you say it, it all boils down to one person, Ernestine Shepherd. If are like me and really need/want to be in better shape but have given yourself every excuse in the world not to, read this story and tell me your are not inspired.

Ernestine Shepherd 74 yr. old body builder

I came home from work today and lifted weights and got on my elliptical machine!