SUMMER TIPS FROM HOOTERVILLE

Check out Dolly's blog, https://www.hibiscushouseblog.com/ - she is a "True Southern Lady"  Excellent tips, household helps, and recipes!   I can't even come close to her when it comes to the home or being a "Lady"!

Garden looking dingy?  It is never too late to plant to fill in those areas in your garden... Now is the time that many plants go on sale..... my favorite for fill in - is the Cosmos - and herbs.... sure herbs don't necessarily bring color... but you can eat them!  Closer to Fall I add Chrysanthemum.

Morning walks in your yard to survey trees, and planting beds... I am always on the lookout for pests...  I prepare my beds and trees in the fall with a good dose of Diatomaceous Earth!  So when the worms lay and eat - they die... this has really helped on my apple tree... I still will sprinkle a bit during the summer months too. 
  
Bird baths - this is an excellent way to attract wildlife to your yard.. I keep mine clean, especially with our days being so hot...(finally, a summer without torrential rain!) -  I have more than one bath too, I have a smaller one with stones - this helps out the butterflies.

How to pick a good watermelon? - Gee I really don't know - But an old timer says - place your watermelon on a flat surface and give it a nice knock -  when you tap it, you should hear a full, tenor-like sound rather than a bass. It may seem silly, but this one is no old wives’ tales?? -  Look for yellow circles on them - Avoid shinny - Let me know what works for you?

A small share of my yard - little shy of an acre - but boy, I have it packed! 

Love my Lily - first flower I planted 13 years ago
Happy and Healthy

New Additions this year

Love these

Wild flower area

Cosmos - my fav! I have three wildflower areas this year

New addition this year

Roma - Waiting on them


My unruly girls! these chicks are NOT friendly!


added this flower to fill in where one of my herbs died







SPRING... WE AREA TALKING ABOUT IT - RIGHT?

Each season brings new excitement!  

My Talk About is - managing living on a hilly property..... what are the challenges?

Challenges:
  1. Envision.... Your "Vision" - Don't make it too big (at first)
    1. Plan, Plan, Plan and take a year or two to figure out water issues 
  2. Know drainage issues, how to fix 
    1. What I did is take a video when it 'down pours' this helps me determine how to work on the problem (done this a few times :(..)
  3. Knowing what to plant & where
  4. Pick your plants based on soil, climate and adaptability
  5. Best places for Steps, fences, and sheds and retaining walls 


Walkway with flower border - keeps the water flowing - where it should flow 


Mint - a Weed-Gone-Wild 

Retaining wall - place for strawberries - I use all the space I can to grow

Add new garden beds to grow herbs...

We live on an acre in Northern Virginia in the Blue Ridge, a community not far from the "city."  Off a paved road, but once you turn into our development .... you enter "goat trails"..... hilly, muddy roads - awful...

Mistakes I made: 

Moving to this community
Thinking too big
Planting invasive trees and plants in my yard - Not knowing!
Planting trees to close to house

This year we have removed damaging trees, excess rock, put in efficient retaining walls.... Planted flowers that are not as acceptable to veggie planting, and put veggie planting in raised beds in a more manageable part of the yard.







POUND CAKE

My dad made poundcake often, many times to accompany strawberries.... a nice food memory for me.

Today is my 20 year wedding anniversary and I wanted to switch up the dessert and give my husband his favorite Ice Cream Cake..... Poundcake is hearty.....

I researched several cakes and I found this one.... Easy, Rich and Delish..... I broke up the recipes to add a few pound muffins.... for his lunch tomorrow.

Grandmother's Pound Cake II 

Grandmother's Pound Cake II

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

Recipe By:WHOLEGRAINWOMAN
"This recipe is over 100 years old and is the original kind of pound cake: it contains 1 pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour and contains no salt, baking powder or flavoring (but flavoring such as vanilla extract or almond extract can be added if desired!)"

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 6 eggs

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 3 - 8x4 inch loaf pans, then line with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated.

  3. Pour batter evenly into prepared loaf pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

  4. After removing them from the oven, immediately loosen cake edges with a knife. Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from the pans. 

  5. Strip off the parchment paper and cool completely on wire racks.
(I added vanilla - only change)



CHICKEN NUGGETS... AIR FRYER COOKING



- AND YES IT TASTES GOOD

Chicken Tenders
I Tested a few air fryers and I give my vote to Phillips brand.  cooking a meal is easy, making healthy French fries!!!

I have made dessert too, but I can't recommend for that!