Heh. We’ll have to try again next year. Maybe it was the shade, maybe it was the bugs, maybe it was the timing, maybe it was a lack of Miracle Gro. Did you see our posts about building it and hanging the sign?
This is all the growth we got:
And something ate our sunflower:
Sigh. Ha ha.
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Did you read about our #BeanHouse?
I was able to get some matte clear-coat spray this week and hit the sign a few times, although this stuff seemed to soak up the paint like a sponge. We just used some particleboard from an old dresser drawer. It was the perfect size. I did the marker & colored the beans, the rest was all Molly.
Molly also got a tomato plant from her Grandma BB, so we planted it right out front. We tried the fork trick there too to deter bunnies, but if I remember right they’re not huge fans of tomatoes. You never know what else is out & around either.
We also put out some organic bloodmeal to provide nutrients and hopefully deter critters. Molly reminded me to put down grass clippings because they hold moisture.
I was thinking about putting out some cinnamon to keep the rabbits away too. I just saw that coffee grounds keep away snails. Do you have any other tips & tricks that seem to have worked for you in the past? We did use garlic clips last year. They seemed to work, but we did have a few incidents of snacking on our peppers.
No beans sprouting yet, but our Spanish onions just popped from seeds we planted a while ago.
#BeanHouse Sign & Tomato 🌱
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This is an incredibly easy & delicious dinner or lunch.
Well, the name’s misleading. Sometimes it’s not exactly nine cans. I’ll give you the recipe as it was given to me…
Nine Can Vegetable Soup
- 2 cans Hormel chili, any variety
- 1 can vegetable soup
- 1 can green beans
- 1 can sliced new potatoes
- 1 can mixed vegetables
- 1 can corn
- 2 cans diced tomatoes (for extra kick, use a can of tomatoes with green chiles in place of one can of diced tomatoes).
Optional: 1lb ground meat*
Dump the entire contents of every can into the crockpot – liquid and
*Brown turkey or beef and drain and add to veggies in crockpot. Heat on low all day, or on high for less than 2 hours.
Well, sometimes I do it like this…
- Hormel Chili with Beans
- Hormel Chili with No Beans
- Campbell’s Beef With Barley & Vegetables Soup
- Campbell’s Vegetable Beef Soup
- Cut Green & Wax Beans
- Diced New Potatoes
- Succotash (Corn & Lima Beans)
- Mixed Vegetables with Potatoes
- Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, & Oregano
- Petit Diced Tomatoes
I didn’t take this picture, or make this soup. This is pretty much what it looks like though. (athomewithkim.com)
Sometimes I add other stuff. I think I’ve put in Garbanzo Beans, Mexicorn, or
the diced tomatoes with jalapeño or chili peppers, and even plain old navy or black beans. Sometimes I dump some of the liquid of the cans out. I like thick soup.
I’ve used ground beef & ground turkey… both work really well. I’m sure a vegetarian version of this would be easy to make. (Hormel makes a vegetarian chili, you can get vegetarian vegetable soup from Campbell’s, & the ground tofu, seitan, or tempeh would work well… or you could just add more beans or vegetables.)
I just put it into the crock pot on low all day. Dinner’s ready when you get home!
I like to have it with homemade bread, or over biscuits like a pot pie. If you’re camping and have a mountain pie iron or if you have en electric sandwich maker that seals the edges you can add some flour to thicken it up or strain it a little to make incredible filling.
I also like the tiny saltine crackers.
A any rate, we make some & it lasts a while… as a main dish, or a side with sandwiches. It freezes & re-heats easily.
Do you make something like this?
What are some good soup recipes or easy crock-pot recipes?
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I recently realized that I haven’t blogged yet about one of my favorite local places to eat, so I will now. I have a few reviews & photos on their Urban Spoon page. I really don’t have enough good things to say about the place. Reading my old review, it looks like I went there for the first time in 2008.
They’re tucked away on Glenmore Ave., right off of Potomac, with plenty of parking (for Dormont) in a nearby public metered lot & some metered parking on the nearby streets. It’s a tiny yet incredibly inviting shop. Everyone who has ever waited on us has smiled & said hello, has been polite, welcoming, and a great host or hostess. The place is small, but it’s cozy. Last time we were there, there was three two-person tables inside, and in the warmer months they have two picnic tables outside.
Hot Dog w/ Baked Beans, Cheese, Ketchup, & Mustard. • I get this one even though it's not on the menu. They'll make anything for you!
Dormont Dogs offers hot dogs served up gourmet style on delicious fresh bakery made buns. They’re mostly all named after the neighborhood streets, and they’re all unusual yet delicious combinations. My favorite menu dogs are probably the Reuben Dog (self-explanatory if you’re a Reuben fan) and the Wisconsin Ave. (Swiss, Pepper Jack, Cheddar, & Provolone Cheeses!). A lot of times I order the one above… starting with a “Plane Jane” (a regular dog) & I ask them to add baked beans, cheese, ketchup, & brown mustard. Maybe they should name it after my street? Ha ha. I generally have a side of nachos and cheese. I’ve seen signs for Sloppy Joes, and have seen a delicious-looking taco salad served up, but I’ve never gone in & gotten anything other than a hot dog. I need to just go more often, I guess. I generally wash it all down with some of their excellent sweet tea.
My wife is a fan of the Texas Ave. (Chili sauce, cheddar cheese, sour cream, Fritos), Mississippi Ave. (Chili, Mustard, Coleslaw) minus the mustard, and Bruschetta (tomatoes marinated in olive oil and basil and creamy pesto Parmesan) dogs. I need to muscle up the courage to make my way through the rest of the menu. If you eat ’em all, you get your photo on the wall!
They’re not foot-longs, there’s no natural casings, there not sausages… they’re just hot dogs, done really well. They’re prepared with tasty ingredients, and they always look like little works of art in a basket. You can even get a vegetarian dog if you’d like, in any style on the menu. If you’re near Dormont, and a hot dog fan, you need to check this place out.
Dormont Dogs on UrbanSpoon | Dormont Dogs on Facebook
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Made some chili the other day. I don’t think I’ve ever made it the same twice, but I dig that. This time, I puréed some fresh & roasted peppers, and added hominy. Next time, I’ll try less tomato stuff. Maybe less spices.
This batch caused some absolutely ridiculous gastrointestinal distress. I had to employ both Vernor’s & Pepto. Serving leftovers over some creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes helped a little, but not much.
Chili à la AiXeLsyD over mashed potatoes... topped with shredded triple cheddar.
Anyone ever use anything in your chili to cut down on heartburn or any other side-effects? I rinsed the beans (black & kidney here). My grandma said baking soda may help, but I think that’s for gas from the other end.
Vernor's Ginger Soda
I think the peppers or spices are what got me here… maybe the garlic. I burped so much after drinking a little Vernor’s that I actually amazed myself. Where did all that air come from? Surely some spectacular chemical reactions where going on inside my stomach. SCIENCE!
Can;t wait for that coal-black Pepto poop.
Think Vernor’s would be a good ingredient in the chili? What about Pepto? How about some Tums?
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