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Marigolds

Marigolds

Is there an easier or happier plant in the world? Is there a more rewarding plant to grow, even for the youngest of us? I don’t think so!

If you buy 1 package of marigold seeds you can have marigolds for the rest of your life. When the flower head dries after blossoming you just gently tug it out and there you are, a handful of seeds to plant again. Marigolds are annuals, which means they only live 1 year. They grow, bloom their hearts out for a long summer full of color, then they dry up and you have to pull them out. If you have neglected to pull out the seeds then they will have fallen to the…

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Tomatillos

Tomatillos

Tomatillo plants are very rewarding to grow. They get big fast, they produce very well and in our desert heat they keep producing long after the other plants have succumbed to the dog days of summer.

Tomatillos have wonderful yellow blossoms that look very festive in your garden, then they produce a pod. Don’t be confused like we were, the pods grow first and then the fruit grows to fill the pods. When the pods feel fairly full keep an eye on the fruit, it should be picked after the pod splits.

Tomatillos flavor and bitterness can vary from plant to plant and even from limb to limb, who knew? So it’s best to have a bunch for your recipe…

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Hazards of Growing Tomatillos

Hazards of Growing Tomatillos

My family loves as we call it green sauce. I guess it’s also called a green salsa or chili verde. The only way to make this in any quantity is to grow your own tomatillos. Now luckily these plants seem to grow very well and quite easily here in our desert. The first year we tried growing them it was pure experiment. We had never grown them before and had no idea what we were doing. We bought some plants and then sat back to watch. We thought we had done something terribly wrong when pods formed but were empty of fruit. So google here we come!

We found that the pods form first and then the fruit grows to…

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A little Sunday Laugh

As I’ve said before our extended family get together every Sunday night for dinner. It’s a nice tradition and it allows us all to catch up and enjoy one anothers company for a couple hours. But sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

Last Sunday we were having Indian tacos. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it consists of a circle of fried bread dough or a scone as we call it in the west, topped with refried beans, hamburger, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, basically all the fixings for a taco. On this day it was my job to make the scones. So I mixed up my favorite batch of bread dough, waited for it to…

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Empty Nest = Moldy Bread

When your kids start leaving home you slowly begin to notice the small changes. There are fewer clothes to wash, more leftovers in the fridge, less noise. But when the last one leaves you really begin to notice things, things that no one tells you about.

We are down from doing laundry all day Saturday and a few loads during the week to only 3 loads a week. We need to clean the bathroom less often. There are fewer dishes to wash. The house is much quieter. We eat a little healthier, a little lighter and our meals are simpler. But the biggest change was something I noticed just last week. I had made a simple cake, we had eaten…

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Mom’s never give up

I had an old memory come to me the other day. We had gone to the lake as a family on a cool Sunday afternoon. We often went there after church with our arms full of stale bread or popcorn to feed the fish and the ducks. The lake has huge fish that swarm the docks and open wide their mouths as they leap for your offerings.

We had walked a ways out onto the dock and as usual kept reminding the children to stand back from the edge, don’t get too close! But my middle daughter got caught up in moment and I watched from several feet away as her small 5 year old body stepped off the dock…

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A people of Sacrifice

A people of Sacrifice

As a Latter Day Saint I know that we are a covenant people. One of the things we covenant is to sacrifice all that we have, all that we are, all that we have been blessed with if God requires it of us. We take this covenant seriously, we believe that we are equal to it, we hope we are.

Last week we took our youngest daughter to the Provo MTC to begin her mission to North Carolina. We have sent two boys a few years ago, we have known for a few years that Alison wanted to serve. With the change in age requirements she was leaving a year before we had planned. I won’t lie, this was a…

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