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Hello dear readers.  I have moved to a new website.  The look is the same, I’m still faithful to my WordPress support!  I just wanted more capabilities, so I have a new dedicated web page.

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We spent the last 4 days in Denver visiting friends.  It was a lovely trip, just a bit too much driving on either end of it.  Not that western Kansas isn’t beautiful (eye roll).  I was so anxious to see my seedlings when I returned.  My husband laughed as I literally ran over to the workbench in the garage to check their progress…not that I couldn’t see it from the car!

Just to remind everyone, here’s where we were when we left:

Day 12

Day 12

And a mere 3 days later…

Day 15

Day 15

The zucchinis have gone absolutely wild!

Day 15 - Top View

Day 15 - Top View

Day 15 - Side 1 View

Day 15 - Side 1 View

Day 15 - Side 2 View

Day 15 - Side 2 View

And behold…some new arrivals!  I have been awaiting the peppers, and I think the warmer temperatures (both air temps and having the grow light closer to them) finally coaxed them above the surface.

Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers

And last but not least, signs of life from the jalapenos.  They were the last hold outs, so it seems everything I have grown is sprouting.  That makes me so proud and happy!

Jalapeno buds

Jalapeno buds

After hour 8+ hour car drive home today, I couldn’t wait to grab my shovel and dig some more rocks out of the garden.  I know, it sounds weird, but as someone who needs a little solitude and physical activity to stay sane, it was probably the best thing I could do this evening!  Plus, the beds really need the work if I’m gonna plant these seedlings in the next few weeks.

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Signs of Life

THEY’RE ALIVE!!!! Squint really hard…you’ll see them!

Teeny Tiny Carrots

Teeny Tiny Carrots

This morning before work I checked on the seedlings and saw a tiny basil plan poking its little leaves above the soil.

Baby Basil

Baby Basil

And when I got home from work, I rushed over to see what progress had been made throughout the day.  Low and behold, several carrot seedlings sprouted in the past 8 hours.  It all happened so fast!  I’m sure by this time next week there will be all kinds of greenery in my little plantation.

tender carrot loops

tender carrot loops

There is something immensely satisfying about planting tiny seeds (and carrot seeds are the tiniest of little specs) and nurturing life from them.

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Chicken Curry #502

Maybe this isn’t truly my 502nd chicken curry that I’ve made, but it kind of feels like it.  I tried to dream up a creative name for it, but really, its just a good old chicken curry!  This meal was my husband’s request.  Every weekend as I am writing the grocery list, I ask him what dinners he would like to have the coming week.  After giving his first two choices as grilled cheese and hot-dogs, I prompted him to select a more “grown-up” meal.  So he said, “some sort of Indian chicken dish with rice”.  Um, OK, will do.

This is not a quick meal, and like all Indian dishes, it has about 50 ingredients (well, not quite).  This is a dish to make maybe on the weekend or if you can come home right after work and start cooking, like I did today.  I normally prefer to come home, put my feet up and watch something brain-deadening on the TV, but not tonight.  Tonight was spent making curry.

Spice Blend

Spice Blend

I had a bit of a disaster in the beginning of the food prep tonight.  I heated the oil and dumped in my fragrant spices.  I decided to take the time while the spices were cooking to cut up the chicken.  Well, the chicken took a bit too long apparently, and I ended up burning the bejeezus out of the spices.  I didn’t even think of trying to salvage the mess.  You CAN’T save burned spices.  Just start over.  Clean the pan and start over.  So that’s what I did.  The rest of the prep went quite smoothly.

Veggie Puree

Veggie Puree

Pureeing the veggies, garlic and ginger together works well in this recipe.  It thickens the dish well and I just like the resulting texture.

Curry in Progress

Curry in Progress

I’m realizing that my food never looks very appealing mid-preparation.  Oh well, I promise it gets better!

My Arch-Nemesis

My Arch-Nemesis

I have a confession to make.  I STINK at making rice.  It always comes out gummy and bland.  Ugh.  We were even given a nice rice-cooker (an appliance I swore I would never own) as a house-warming present, and I still suck at making rice.  Despite the mediocre rice, dinner turned out quite well overall.

Yum

Yum

I personally think the slivered almonds are a must.  The rice is soft and the curry is rich and creamy…the almonds add a welcomed crunch, plus the flavor is wonderful.

Chicken Curry #502

Chicken Curry #502

Recipe after the jump.

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