Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Untitled Ramblings

I've been taking the boys to the airport a lot this past week, and they've been having a lot of fun.  We live in a large town (or small city, I'm not sure which) and it has a small regional airport.  The university in town also has an extensive flight program. 

On Saturday there was a small conference of Air Force men, and one had flown up in his private plane.  He was happy enough to see two small boys so interested in aircraft that he let them sit in his plane.   Over the past few days we've seen a number of small business jets, and today we saw a helicopter take off! 

We've also seen a lot of fire trucks (not really good outside the station, but still exciting) and many motorcycles.  It looks like it's going to be a good summer for little boy adventures!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Gardening, 101

The day before my birthday I planted a garden.  Just a simple, small thing; for different vegetables and one flower.   Nick and I have done some research on permaculture and companion planting, and I did the garden with those on mind.  The carrots next to the tomatoes and peas, the peas next to the cucumbers--which will grow in the shade of the tomatoes, and marigolds to control the pests and attract bees.  And guess what, since I planted it's only stopped raining on the weekends! 

The boys and I have been going a little stir crazy because we haven't been able to play outside much, and I'm sure that that's been hard for Nick.  He's been wonderful about it though, and lets us go to the indoor play places.  I haven't been too sick with this round of storms, just enough to keep me from doing everything I need to do.  Like write, and advertise for my shop.  But I can tell that the weather is changing, in spite of all this rain, because I am gradually less sick with each storm. 

I needed a soup for dinner today.  It stated with the recipe on the back of a box of ranch powder.  The recipe was for ranch roasted vegetables, just toss assorted chopped veggies with some oil and the ranch powder, and bake.  I was going to do that, and remembered that I still had some chicken in the freezer.  Then I thought that the broccoli I had was not going to go well with the ranch, not roasted.  So I was just going to use some oil and spices, when I remembered that I had some chicken broth in the freezer too. I threw it all together in a casserole dish and baked it till the potatoes were done, about forty minutes I think. It was kind of like a good roast beef, with chicken instead of beef, and enough broth to justify serving it in a bowl--which I did. 

This is a picture of the boys when they had some M&M's, I thought Thing Two looked like a chocolate vampire.