(An Old Liquor Bottle Would Make A Great Terrarium!)
Needless to say, I spent most of the day sitting on the floor watching these darlings play and eat and drink and chirp. My son popped in on a break from work and said "you've been sitting here all day haven't you?" I laughed and said "no, I've done other things today!" He laughed and mumbled "yeah, right!" as he closed the door and left me to my maternal bliss.
I have come across a nice glass liquor bottle, and I am thinking of making a terrarium out of it. I just need to figure out what sort of plants to put into it, they will need to be small. I look at it every time I walk into the kitchen where it is awaiting a good soak and cleaning. I think the next time I go to town I will take a peek at Lowes to see what little plants they have to make my terrarium. I am picturing a few of these bottles together on a shelf to really set it off. I need my drinking friends to save bottles for me!
My flower bed is coming along nicely, my husband worked all weekend in the cold, getting the logs just right, and it's really going to be pretty when I get it planted. We had some scary storms on Friday night. I know there was a lot of devastation with storms and tornadoes recently, and my heart goes out to all that have suffered. We didn't really have any damage, but I lost a lot of sleep sitting up worried and scared during the night Friday. The storms and rain brought with it very cool temperatures and a lot of wind for Saturday and Sunday. It was a hard adjustment after two weeks of warmth and sun.
Some yummy fun in my kitchen this weekend included:
I made a pork chop recipe Sunday that turned out quite well. First, I marinated the pork chops in Worcestershire sauce and beer after rubbing them down with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and onion powder. I let them sit overnight.
I put them in a glass baking dish and covered them with chopped onions and 1/4 cup of water. I put foil over the dish and put them into a 350 degree oven for one hour. They were so tender they were falling off the bone. They turned out so well, I'm going to do them like this more often.
I also made a coconut custard pie type dessert. That turned out really well too, I didn't feel like making a pie crust, so I mixed up 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 stick of butter and pressed it into a 9 x 13 glass dish. I put 4 1/2 cups of milk, 1/3 cup of flour, 1/2 a bag of coconut (that is all I had), 2/3 cups of sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt into a saucepan and brought that to a simmer where I added 6 beaten eggs and a good splash of vanilla, probably a tablespoon. I mixed that well over low heat and then poured it over the graham cracker crust and baked it at 350 for one hour. I let it sit for an hour before we even thought about eating it, and it turned out so well. Really easy, simple and delicious for quick throw together dessert!