Saturday, April 18, 2015

Get rid of those snails and slugs

Snails and slugs are a menace to your plants. During the day most of the slimy guys snuggle down in the dirt and mulch. They emerge after dark with a powerful appetite for leaves and spend the night munching holes in your plants.

One sure sign of snails and slugs is called honeydew, or what I would call a slime trail.

When you get honeydew trails, you need to take action right away. You can use a commercially available snail bait (see your garden center). Or you can use diatomaceous earth. The diatoms you studied in junior high are all over the ocean floors, and somebody scoops them up to sell in bags. Diatomaceous earth is good for many kinds of soft-bodied bugs, not just slugs and snails. If an insect moves over diatomaceous earth, it cuts him to shreds. Gruesome, I know, but it's a good natural insect killer.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Afghan for a giantess

Who in their right mind would piece together such a gigantic afghan? That would be me. I needed a portable project and 9-inch squares seemed to fit the bill. The problem came when I wanted to crochet together the squares ... a big pain considering how many granny squares I crocheted. The afghan is actually twice as long as shown. What was I thinking?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Failure-to thrive chives

The picture says it all. I planted quite a few types of herbs, and they've all come up except the chives. I've never had any luck with chives. I did read that it's better to plant chives (seeds) in the fall. And to find someone with thriving chives and ask them to divide the clump and give you a little.  Any advice? Please comment.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Worth going off your diet for

This Banana Pudding is oh so decadent and is correspondingly irrestible. You'll see that the ingredients make it extra fattening, but I still get special requests for it.

Technique is key, so be sure to follow the instructions. You'll end up with little dabs of cream cheese and Cool Whip within the pudding mixture. The reason it's so irrestible is that with each bite you never know what dab of deliciousness you'll be sending across your tongue. This, of course, makes you want to consume more and more.
This is a recent banana pudding before I topped it with Cool Whip
and vanilla wafers. Notice magazine-like styling of the ingredients.
Karen's Banana Pudding
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 can Eagle Brand milk (aka sweetened condensed milk)
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
1 large Cool Whip, half unthawed and half thawed
1 box vanilla wafers
3 bananas (but let's face it, who cares about the bananas?)

Combine dry instant pudding mix, milk, Eagle Brand milk, and half of Cool Whip. Technique: For the softened cream cheese, add it one pinch at a time. For the unthawed Cool Whip: add it one small spoonful at a time.

Mix with hand mixer until pretty well incorporated, yet leave a lot of small dabs (culinary term).

In 9x13 pan:
Bottom layer: half of the vanilla wafers, half of the bananas, then all of the pudding mixture. Make sure the pudding covers and coats the bananas.
Top layer: the rest of the Cool Whip (wait until it thaws all the way), then decorate with the rest of the vanilla wafers.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Give this Banana Pudding a try and let me know what you think. Please leave me a comment below!