Adventures in Killing Plants: Our own sweet corn!

We grew corn!!! This year I have stayed on top of watering the garden plants and many have survived. Even the corn has survived. I planted 4 corn stalks for kicks but really wasn’t sure what would possibly grow since usually corn is grown in large fields with many corn.


Our back yard garden


Cathy Wallace eating some of our home grown corn!


Beautiful Sweet Corn

Adventures in Killing Plants: Peach Salsa

Today peachy adventure is peach salsa. I made a small batch to test it out rather than a full batch for canning. I think it took more time to cut up the ingredients than it took to heat up the salsa!

Peach Salsa II


 7 cups


 35 mins


    • 4 cups fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and chopped
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
    • 4 jalapeno peppers, minced
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
    • 1/4 cup white sugar
    • 1 (49 gram) package light fruit pectin crystals
    • 3 1/2 cups white sugar
    • canning jars


    1. Sterilize jars and lids.
    2. In a large saucepan, combine peaches, onion, pepper, cilantro, garlic, cumin, vinegar, and lime zest. Stir together pectin and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil, and stir in remaining 3 1/2 cups sugar. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir for 5 minutes.
    3. Pour peach salsa into prepared jars, leaving 1/4 inch air space. Seal, and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
Precooked Ingredients.
Finished Salsa!

Remodeling Warriors: Master Bathroom

We are remodeling warriors. As many of you may know we have been hard at work on remodeling our Texas house. Currently we are working on the master bathroom. We’ve already done A LOT and I’ll try to update those picture as time permits, including the before pictures. Check out our work in progress!
First up, just a small preview of what was there below. The top is the wall paper that was ALL over the bathroom when we moved in. Below is the wall paper we found when we were taking down the lights…must have been the original wall paper. What were they thinking?
Original Wall Paper Samples. 
The old bath tub is gone! Wooden framing is in place to hold up the new granite for the under-mount tub
This it the new shower stall with the green water barrier.

The shower stall with the green barrier membrane and starting to dry fit the floor tile.
Dry fit of the shower floor tile. 
Numbering the tile pieces so we remember where they go.
Tile ready to be installed!

The new shower floor! (minus the grout)
Finally all the wallpaper is gone! (well except that little piece where the light was).

Check out that awesome bathroom light!

More progress updates coming soon!

Adventures in Killing Plants: Gardening app

I love my iphone. I can’t put it down. It makes me happy…so I might as well make it a useful tool. For this years garden I found a Plant Planner App to keep track of the plants in the garden. It also tells you when to plant each plant and other plant specific details. This doesn’t mean I won’t kill the plants, it just means I’ll keep better track of what plants I’ve killed along the way. 😉
Plant Planner App
Adding plants to my garden

Adventures in Killing Plants: Peach ice cream

For our wedding we received a lot of new and awesome kitchen gadgets including an ice cream maker from Melissa & Jason Hadley. Peach season seemed like the perfect time to break out the ice cream make for the first time. The recipe I used is from the Food Network. Have I mentioned the Pepper Plate App/Website? It’s an awesome tool to organize and share your recipes. (Thank you Nikki Pietragallo for telling me about it!)

Peach Ice Cream


    • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen peaches, peeled if preferred
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons peach brandy
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 egg yolks


    1. In a bowl combine peaches, 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice and peach brandy. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight, stirring occasionally. Remove peach mixture from refrigerator and drain juice into a cup. Return peaches to refrigerator.
    2. In a saucepan combine 3/4 cup sugar, heavy cream, milk and vanilla. Bring just to a boil.
    3. In bowl whisk egg yolks. While whisking stream in about 1/3 of the boiled cream mixture. While whisking cream and sugar mixture, stream in egg and cream mixture. Return to the heat and continue to heat while stirring. Mixture will thicken as it returns to a boil. Remove from heat and strain into a bowl set over ice. Add the reserved peach juice.
    4. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. After the ice cream begins to stiffen, when very close to done, add the peaches and continue to freeze until done. Variation: Use fresh raspberries
    The brand new ice cream maker
    All the ingredients in the ice cream maker
    The ice cream starting to get thicker and creamier!
The peaches are stirred in near the end of the process.
Enjoying home made ice cream with homemade peach pie!

Yummy!!! I think I could get used to making homemade ice cream every now and then!

Adventures in killing plants: Dehydrated peaches

Continuing my 5 day streak of processing peaches, todays adventures included preparing peaches to be dehydrated. I cut and or pealed peaches to dehydrate some peaches with skin and some peaches without skin. After cutting the peaches I doused them in lemon juice. The internet says the peaches should be dry in 12-15 hrs at 135 F…when you add in the fact that this is Texas and I can’t cut consistent thickness of a slice, we’ll make that 15-24 hrs!!

With skins.

Without the skins!
After the peaches are dry I’ll use my new toy to vacuum seal them for storage. I love that food saver!