Gardening in February

Even though it has been unseasonably warm lately I won’t be planting anything yet. February is planning and prepping season. I like to gather materials when they go on sale and plan my spacing accordingly. This year we look to improve majority of the beds, and adding some plants we have never grown before:

  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lavender

Wince we are remaking most of the beds, we will also be changing up majority of our layout. When you change plant layout, it is good to check what plants work well together and which ones should stay far apart. Tomato and basil not only taste good together, they grow well together too. It is sunniest in my northeast corner so that will work great for my tomato and pepper plants. We have had trouble the last two years with squash bugs, so for this year no squashes (so bummed!).

My husband and I are also adding some flowers this year to act as a natural pest deterrent, garlic is also effective against many different pests.

Below is an initial layout of our garden for next year. We don’t have it all figured out, but we will fill in the blank spots as we go along. We have high hopes for our brussel sprouts and edamame this year.

Basil, saves us the most money out of anything else we grow. It is great in sauces, pasta, and of course pesto!

Preliminary plans for our 2015 garden

Bathroom Remodel

It has been a crazy few weeks for us. A new school semester has started for my husband and we broke ground on our bathroom remodel (literally).

Our bathroom with be neutral and calming for guests using shades of grey. See below for our current view in our bathroom.

Shades of Grey Moodboard

 

Luckily this first phase should be the most difficult and everything should be easier after this. Each project brings along unique issues, and I can honestly say I learn something everyday when we are knee deep in a renovation. Big, messy upgrades are a challenge because you are living with the mess and typically you have to do without something essential to your life, this time it is our washer and dryer. I can’t wait to have my washing machine back so I can have clean clothes.My husband and I complete major tasks typically on the weekend, but we are going to be pouring cement most nights this week so that we can have our floor back this weekend.

My current view:

Start of a Basement Remodel

Vegan Bierocks

Bierock Recipe including dough Bierock Recipe

 

I love bierocks, and during Christmas I had a special request for my vegan bierocks. This time I wrote down the recipe. The filling is pretty easy, but the dough just takes some time to rise. This is a better meal for weekend.

Bierock Dough

3 cups flour
3 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup dark beer

Mix all of the ingredients. Knead 8 minutes until smooth and elastic. You make need to add more flour or beer if the mixture is too wet or dry. Oil a bowl and set in a warm place for 1.5 hours.

After the first hour start making the filling.

Bierock Filling

2 Tablespoon olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 head of cabbage (chopped)
1 cup carrot (shredded)
Salt + Pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 cans of beans rinsed and well drained

Heat oil over medium in a medium or large sized pot and then add onion and garlic. Cook until golden. Add chopped cabbage and carrots. Cook until cabbage is limp. Salt and pepper to taste. Add cayenne and beans. Cook until warmed.

Now that your dough has doubled in size and your filling is made. Divide the dough into 8 equal rolls (thought I might prefer these a little smaller and make 12 even rolls). Take each roll and flatten with a rolling pin. Add one cup of filling (you will need a little less if you make the smaller ones). Pinch the dough closed and let rest on a greased cookie sheet.

Heat oven to 350. Once dough has rested 30 minutes pop these in the stove for 25 to 30 minutes. Coat the top of the rolls with olive oil to develop a crust.

 

Enjoy with mustard!

Pantone’s Color of the Year

Pantone announced late last year that their pick for Color of the Year was Marsala. I know I pick a reddish color recently, but since it is the color that should define 2015 it seemed like a good place to start. Use wine-like tones and pair them with rich dark colors to incorporate in your daily life. This rich color makes me want to curl up in a chair. read, perhaps with a glass of wine!

furniture, clothes, shoes, fashion, kitchen, style

 

  1. Chair from Pier 1
  2. Relaxed Shirt
  3. Kitchenaid Mixer
  4. Luck Be a Lady Dress
  5. Shoes