My Orchid is Blooming

I as many of you probably have found out, that Orchids are quite cantankerous and can be very hard to keep alive much less get to bloom again.  Well let me tell you that it is possible.  I purchased a purple orchid in the spring, it was so pretty and even though they are not very cheap I purchased it and took it home with the expectation that it wouldn’t be around long and I would enjoy it while I could.  7 months later I can proudly say that I did something right this time, not sure what; a lot of worrying, keeping a keen eye on it at all times, don’t know.  I read a little about them and what I should do, but it only scared me more and made me just know I was going to kill it.  I placed it in my south western facing kitchen window that was shaded in the evenings, watched it, watered it, enjoyed it while it was in bloom.  Then we moved.  Oh where was I going to keep my orchid, It had lost its blooms and had just started to(with my excitement) sprout out more leaves. WOW, it was growing and not dying.  Oh man, this new place has a south western facing window in the living room, but way more sun comes in that window, “It’s going to die now, It’s got too much sun!”.  Evidently not, now 5 months into our new place and a risky re-potting, “IT’S BLOOMING!!!”  Wooo Hooo, it likes it here.

Well I’m very excited with this achievement, not sure anyone else will be.  So excited I want to tell someone but not sure anyone close to me would have the same excitement.  So, I wrote this post to someone out there  in the world who likes orchids or just likes flowers so they can be excited with me.  When I saw the flowering shoot start to pop out I started photo documenting it’s progress for fun or if nothing else to prove that it bloomed again in my custody if for some reason I killed it.  Enjoy it’s progress with me:

Christmas Patio

I have been cursed the last couple of places that we have lived with patios that face the west, and in Texas the western sun can burn eggs on a sidewalk, green thumbs turn brown on western facing patios.  Anything and everything that I have tried to grow on my patios usually ends up dead if it doesn’t get burned to a brown crisp first.  So much heat and not enough water to help the situations; plus the fact that our patio overhangs another persons patio and watering too many plants often made it rain on there parade.  SO, I decided that I would keep my live plants inside and do my magic with silks and artificials outside.

This year we finally got a home that was big enough to decorate for Christmas again, I got to pull out all my Extra and left over Christmas Flowers to put to some good eye candy use.

First when I decided to just deal in artificial plants on my patio, I took all my planters that I had killed things in and made railing planter boxes by drilling holes in the side and zip tying them to the railing.  Inserted some Styrofoam and then I was good to go.  The first flowers in my boxes got to be for Christmas, I hope that you enjoy the following pictures and inspire you to create, create. create.  Happy flowering:

Ham and Red Onions

 

  • Pre cooked Ham, cubed to make 2 cups
  • 1 small red onion, medium slices
  • 1 cube Knorr Chipotle seasoning
  • course ground pepper
  • oil

 

In a skillet add a small amount of oil to pan and heat, once heated add diced onions and saute for 3-4 minute till starting to go transparent.  Add ham and chipotle, saute further till ham is well heated and slightly browned.

When done, sprinkle with pepper and serve.  Suggested to serve with boiled red potatoes and butter.

Spice Cookies

 

Cookie:

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c water
  • **see bottom for filling**

In mixer bowl combine all ingredients till well blended.  Spoon cookies on to greased cookie sheet or parchment covered.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Let cool for 3-4 minutes, then take the back of a small spoon and make a divot in the center then cool completely.

Filling:

  • 1 can cream cheese frosting
  • 1 c. powdered sugar

In a bowl stir or mix both ingredients until smooth and thickened.  Spoon into a piping bag or decorator with a decorative tip and fill generously into each cooled cookie divot.