Cooking in the Kitchen with Ina

If Only. Wouldn’t that be the coolest of coolest things to happen. I just can’t get this tune out of my head that I switched up the words to Ina.  Sorry – not intended to be false advertising 😀 … What is the name of this silly song I can’t get out of my head?

It has taken me almost a year to figure out how to log back in to this wordpress blog. I purchase the website name dot com every year to make sure I don’t lose it. But it doesn’t work either. Even the wordpress people themselves are no help. Now that I am finally back in, maybe it will be easier to make to actually work. I have many recipes and photos to add but they are all in the past 18 months. Who wants to go backwards? Thankfully, that is one of the things I have come to understand in the last year… we can’t go back.  So with that…

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The Sky’s the Limit!

With July, 2017 coming up, I am taking Independence Day to a whole new level in my little life.  More Cooking for Others… More Growing for Others… More Joy for Others.  and for Me… Just More. Seems kinda strange making resolutions in the middle of the year LOL. but hey, I’m the only one reading my thoughts here, so its all good. HAHA



The new garden is the biggest event of the year ^^ … just need to move out the the toys and put up the fencing around the chicken coop, She Shed and the part that is now leveled.  I think the larger garden will definitely give me what I need in the feeding other’s plan.  I am very excited about the new endeavor!

til next time….



And Then It Was Fall…

Here we are, October. What will you give us this year? I think I’m ready.

As with all of you, I imagine, the past few months have been non-stop craziness. Some good, some bad, some I could have lived without and some I miss terribly. But for the most part, I found myself in my garden or in the kitchen before, during and after said craziness. Thankfully, both did wonders on my psyche. I don’t know what took me so long to get where I am this day. This actual moment. But I cannot tell you what that garden, and kitchen, has done for me.

And speaking of the infamous garden! She is huge-mongous! The okra is STILL putting out the most delish fruit. And all the broccoli, spinach, lettuce, arugula, collards, green beans, cannelloni beans , potatoes, squash, carrots, tomatoes, etc just seem so damn happy. 🙂  Unlike the spring/summer garden, there haven’t been any bug problems to speak of, and no squirrel issues (yet), everything is just so pretty & tasty! Although, I can’t keep my mind from wondering about the Spring garden. There is just so much I want to grow. I think I need a bigger Fall Garden October 6, 2015garden. I’m thinking actually plowing up some of the yard for the corn, okra and tomatoes this coming year. I don’t know how I’ll get around all the critters visiting, I’m still working on that. :/

I have been in a quandary trying to figure out when and how some of the produce is suppose to be planted and harvested. Especially my fruit trees and bushes. It seems the good ol’ internet is a little confused as well. Being in North Florida, finding out what zone we are in depends on who you talk to…. and it also depends on the fruit, vegetable, & flower you are trying to get information about. So I have ruined a few things along the way. Oh well, you win some you lose some, I guess. I’m just really bummed that I won’t get any Meyers Lemons this year because I listened to the wrong people… and I let too many birds get a hold of the green fruit early on. So… I wait another year. I’ll be better prepared November, 2016.

I am excited about the list of experiments in the kitchen as well, the past couple of months. I won’t bore you with all the foods, but having to cook for so many on a weekly basis is actually fun, even though it is very exhausting. Depending on the dates, I cook for four to eighteen different people in a month, so they will have meals through out the week where ever it is they live. Florida is a big State! Thankfully, I don’t have to deliver. ha!  I am trying to convert from electric to gas for cooking. I have never used gas before, but I am so excited for the change. It has to be better than what I have used my whole life. I am so over uneven cooking :/   Plus there’s a new stove in the deal! (obviously lol)

I had fun playing with  food the last couple months… I hope you did too!

Happy eating!

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