Getting Ready for Ice Storm

Getting Ready for Ice Storm

"...so what are you doing to get ready for the incoming ice storm? Made your bread and milk run yet? I'm going to make chili...." -- Amy

Hi Amy, chili sounds like a good option, especially on a cold, icy Missouri winter day. We like to joke about the run on bread and milk when the forecast calls for a storm but there is something to be said to getting in the necessary staples. Everywhere I stopped, people were talking about staying home tomorrow and hoping it wouldn't be as bad as the winter storm of 2007. A lot of power went out that winter because of the ice on power lines. Bet there is a run on renting generators, just in case.

I have made my ice storm run for our necessities here:

 Must haves for a Missouri ice storm include fresh herbs, cat treats, hot chocolate and books.

Must haves for a Missouri ice storm include fresh herbs, cat treats, hot chocolate and books.

I'm already stocked up on chili and soup-making ingredients but I was short on treats. Cat treats for the cats - they love Temptations Treats - and my low calorie hot chocolate mix from Swiss Miss, just in case I run out of milk for hot chocolate before the ice melts. One must have hot cocoa on a warm winter day!

While at the grocery store, I couldn't pass up the fresh potted herbs on sale, $2 each. I picked up basil, cilantro and oregano to join my rosemary, sage and parsley growing inside in pots in my windows. Now I have several choices of herbs to add to soups.

And who can go into a winter storm without a pile of books and magazines to read? A quick stop at Rolla Public Library and I’m stocked up with magazines, books and there's a CD in there somewhere in the pile. It will be a great weekend to cook, read and what my cats love to do, nap.

Hope you can stay off ice roads until this passes. Stay safe and warm!

Charlotte

 

 

 

Too Much Mint

 Spearmint garnish to make cold water even more refreshing at Bluebird Gardens.

Spearmint garnish to make cold water even more refreshing at Bluebird Gardens.

"...my mint has taken over my garden. What on earth do I do with it all?" -- Ellen

Charlotte: Lucky you, I can't imagine summers without fresh mint from my garden.

Mint, like many herbs, can easily take over if it's not somehow contained. My problem is that I love to brush against it when I walk through my garden paths. As a consequence, I turn a blind eye to herbs that start encroaching on other plants, even though I know I should be more of a disciplinarian.

One thing that helps is waiting for a day after a good rain and pulling out the extra herbs you don't want. Don't worry, you won't get all of the roots but the pruning process will slow down their creeping progress.

Don't toss those volunteers, you can cut off the tops and use them in salads, in water or drinks that need a little umph, as a garnish on deserts and ice creams.

If you keep the cut mint in a flower vase in refrigerator, it will last for a couple of weeks.

 

 

From a Reader: Another Garnish

 Orange daylilies make a pretty garnish and are entirely edible.   

Orange daylilies make a pretty garnish and are entirely edible.

 

From a Reader

"Dear Ms Wiggins;

Your articles are always enjoyable (in El Dorado Springs Sun...my hometown news).  I was especially interested in the day lily article since I have several in my yard.

I have used pansy blossoms as the finale on individual salads for years, since they are not only pretty, but tasty.  I was also aware that both roses and nasturtiums are edible, so I am happy to add day lilies to the list.

Cordially,

Fawn"

Charlotte: Thanks, Fawn, I am also a fan of pansy and nasturtium blossoms in my salads. I haven't had the heart to eat my roses yet but I have garnished guest dishes with them, much to their surprise, by the way.

Glad you now have a new way to embelish your food.  Enjoy!

 

What Did You Say?

 Two of the furry residents watching lizards on Bluebird Gardens deck. 

Two of the furry residents watching lizards on Bluebird Gardens deck. 

What Did You Say?

Do you talk to your pets? I only ask because I do and I didn't realize how unusual some people think it is until a visiting relative went home and taught his cats to talk to him.

Maybe it's unusual but I can't imagine not engaging my cats, they see the world from a very different perspective. So when I ask "what's out there" my cats let me know if there is something interesting to watch; a bird, maybe a lizard or "cousin george," the generic term I use  for any number of raccoons that amble by.

Although this is a question and answer forum, I hope it's also a place to exchange ideas and information. I used to get paid to ask questions so I tend to ask myself as well. It's all a part of the learning process, something I love to do. Even if it's something I am experienced doing, I will wonder if there is a better, or different, way. 

So don't be surprised if I also ask you a question, or two. After all, we are all in this deliciously together!

Charlotte