Friday, February 26, 2016

Red Ripe Beauties

Paula Deen’s Strawberry Salsa
MaryJanes Farmgirl Sisterhood Friday Post

In The February issue of Cooking with Paula Deen, I was very inspired with the article Berry Beautiful. It is true that those who live in the south are the first to enjoy the delicious harvest of strawberries. I decided to make the Strawberry Salsa after being teased and tempted with many strawberry dishes.

The Recipe
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and finely chopped
¼ cup chopped green onions
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon honey

In a medium bowl, gently stir together strawberries, green onion, salt, and red pepper. 

Drizzle with lime juice and honey, and gently toss. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, or refrigerate for us to 2 hours before serving. This makes about three cups. 

Overall, I thought this was a quick recipe and it tasted good with corn chips. I think it would also taste great over grilled shrimp or chicken. Next time you are in the store, look for those “Red Ripe Beauties” as Paula calls them. Create something Berry good. 

This post is featured on and Farmgirl Sisterhood Blog Hops.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fun with Terrariums


Many of my friends seem to have come down with a major case of terrarium fever, and I'm no exception. Maybe we are all itching to get outside but with the snow still melting and cool temperatures creating terrariums is the next best thing. 

It is rather simple and I enjoy placing my own unique touch on each terrarium. I’ve been having a lot of fun making Gnome, and woodland-themed moss terrariums so I thought I’d share.

How To Make

1.    Choose a clear glass or acrylic container, with or without a lid. ...
2.   Spread a 1- to 3-inch layer of charcoal, gravel, or pumice on the bottom of the container for drainage.
3.   Add enough potting mix to surround plant roots. Some do not use soil and that is ok too.
4.   To water, gently spritz the soil around plants with a spray bottle, taking care not to overwater.

This one is called Two Bunnies love you.

I hide two small rabbits. Can you spot one?

 I made this terrarium for my son. It has a mischievous troll hiding between the plants. However, his tail which could be mistaken for a plant might just give him away.

When my son was younger he enjoyed a book called, Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett.  It made me smile when he remembered this storybook and I explained why I chose the Troll.

These containers are very easy to find at any hobby store.

I made this gnome themed terrarium with no soil. These plants only require a light misting and the plants can be switched out by the owner.

Different assortments of rocks and gems can be added to highlight the plants. 

  • Water 1-2 times per week, watering only the live plants and avoiding mosses. For an open terrarium, the soil should always remain barely moist, never bone dry.
  • Closed terrariums should almost never need watering.
  • Prune back dead foliage or overgrown plants as needed to prevent rotting.
  • Terrariums thrive in natural, indirect light. Avoid placing in direct sunlight or other hot areas as you can actually cook the plants or burn foliage that is touching the edges of the vessel.
  • Mist your terrarium daily to provide ample humidity.

This terrarium was made by my local nursery Webers. They are so kind and helpful. Matter of fact, they encourage you to grow and try new things. Oh and they let me try to teach their birds new words. 

Have you ever made a terrarium? What theme would you make? 

No matter how small your yard, if it’s raining or hot, everyone can have an adorable garden in their home. Who knows, You may even make one that inspires some to “Quack!” 

Friday, February 19, 2016

A Tour of the DMZ

The Dividing Line North & South Korea

A Tour of the DMZ


The following photos are from my husband's trip to the DMZ. He was able to take a few photos to share during his tour of the Demilitarized Zone.  It was very interesting to learn of the differences between North and South Korea. I hope you enjoy the photos 

Bridge of No Return

Freedom Bell

The Reunification Center

Reunification Center-Panmunjom

The Freedom Bell

Hubby with ROK (Hubby was technically standing in North Korea)

South Koran Preschool Children On The End of Freedom Bridge.
North Korea/South Korea Meeting Room

Site of 1976 Ax Murder

South Korea Outpost

North Korean Soldier watching Hubby take a photo through binoculars.

Korean Weebles


North Korean Classroom


North Korean Home



North Korean Children Toys


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