Wednesday

Happy Stuffed Champignons!

I meant to say Happy New Years!!

My question for your opinion today is.. Is a mushroom just a fungus or is it a vegetable? (It's a heated debate with my husband)

On the new years celebration finger food menu for today are:
( I had to mention it while I am waiting for stuff to cook......)

  • Port Wine cheese with Ritz crackers
  • French bread round rolls (the frozen kind), freshly baked to a crisp, stuffed with delicious spinach dip
  • Peppered pork tenderloin, thinly sliced (served cold)
  • and the most awesome meltinyourmouth stuffed mushrooms (family recipe)

And here is the mouth watering recipe...

12 - 15 large chamignion mushrooms
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 small onion chopped
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Dash ground cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Carefully break off stems. Chop stems extremely fine, discarding tough end of stems.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped mushroom stems to the skillet. Fry until any moisture has disappeared, taking care not to burn garlic. Set aside to cool.
3. When garlic and mushroom mixture is no longer hot, stir in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Mixture should be very thick. Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing. Arrange the mushroom caps on prepared cookie sheet.
4. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps.


REP TIME 25 Min
COOK TIME 20 Min
READY IN 45 Min

Yum

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Tuesday

Trumpets, Trumpets, Trumpets

This is my new garden project for 2009 - To have Angel Trumpets of all sorts of colors, all over the garden. Specifically trained or pruned small trees. Even though I already have pink, white, salmon, yellow and a variegated, I am still looking for shades of yellow and white, maybe double or shredded. My most desired cultivar is the double orange "Herrenhauser Garten" brugs pictured below of which I hope to get my hands on. A shrub with 12 inch double ruffled trumpets dangling show stopper. Rated extremely rare and challenging to grow. Whats time and patience for, right?

Price for the pinks, whites, yellow Brugmansia plants are aprox $10 per plant or cutting, but depending on the breed can be as much as $35. I found this to be the least expensive source.

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Saturday

Frogs on a Pad

It's getting cold outside and I have been working on indoor goodies.

Since it's garden related I've decided to post my Frogs on a Pad knitting needles on this blog. Each pair created is totally custom made and one of a kind. Hardwood Birch sanded, waxed, sanded and waxed again. Sanding and refinishing nude furniture was my first self supporting job in the US, so these lessons stuck with me.

In the works are currently Ladybug, Turtle and of course Flower themes :)
Hey Son of Mineimasoanxioustoseeforchristmas, you get to help me!!
Hehe just maybe..

If you are inter
ested in a pair, let me know...but there aren't very many....

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Tuesday

Red Spider Lily

While looking for something more heat tolerant I found this nice Spider Lily. The past year most of our plants took a big hit during the drout and heat.
Lycoris radiata:
They are a natural for the Southern garden and should do just fine in the texas heat.

DESCRIPTION:

This is an incredible, small bulb, that can grow to just over 1" in diameter when mature, that surprises you at the end of August and early September every year with 4" diameter, dark-red "spidery" blooms on a 15" stem. The bulbs offset every 2-3 years and eventually form an attractive clump that will add interest to your flowerbeds. I grow them as a border, because they send up their foliage after they bloom and it stays green all winter, looking almost like border grass and dies back about April.

BACKGROUND:

This bulb originates in the orient, and there are numerous species and hybrids available in white, yellow, orange, salmon and other shades. This variety is the most hardy. Another name for this is "spider lily", "naked lily" or "hurricane lily", because it blooms in the late summer before any foliage emerges.

GROWING CONDITIONS:

These bulbs should be hardy to zone 7 and will grow in a wide variety of soils. It will do fine in sun or partial shade. Plants do best if planted in the ground, but they will make excellent container plants. They are evergreen in frost-free climates. Here in the colder part of zone 9 (temps. into the low 20's, they keep their foliage all winter). It seems to be very vigorous and and tolerant of more dry conditions too, unlike many other plants. Bulbs should not be planted very deep, just below the surface. If planted too deep, they will form another bulb on the top, one over the other. They show best, as do most bulbs, when planted in clumps of 3 or more.

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