Transplanted from Chicago to Texas; I'm a suburban/country girl hybrid. I wear many hats- mother, daughter, wife, boss lady, and college student.
This blog is about gardening, cooking, parenting (fur babies and skin babies), art, music, and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Joyful Girl

thugkitchen:

Tell your problems to wait until normal business hours for bullshit because YOU NEED A FUCKING DAY OFF.  But don’t ruin a good time by using tonic that has fucking corn syrup. That sweet syrupy shit will ruin the taste and your waist.  
 

ENDLESS SUMMER GIN AND TONIC

6 ounces tonic water (check the label - don’t buy any of that corn syrup bullshit)
3 ounces gin
1 tablespoon fresh or frozen blueberries
2 basil leaves
juice of ¼ of a lime

-or- 

6 ounces tonic water
3 ounces gin
4 slices of cucumber
1 inch of fresh rosemary
juice of ¼ of a lime

Throw the blueberries and basil (or cucumber and rosemary) in the bottom of a glass with the lime juice. Mash that shit around with the handle of a wooden spoon or some other blunt object. No need to go Incredible Hulk on this shit, just lightly grind them around a couple of times to release some fucking flavor. Add the gin and tonic and stir. Drop some ice cubes in that bitch and kick your fucking feet up.

Makes 1 dope ass drink

thugkitchen:

Tell your problems to wait until normal business hours for bullshit because YOU NEED A FUCKING DAY OFF.  But don’t ruin a good time by using tonic that has fucking corn syrup. That sweet syrupy shit will ruin the taste and your waist.  

 

ENDLESS SUMMER GIN AND TONIC

6 ounces tonic water (check the label - don’t buy any of that corn syrup bullshit)

3 ounces gin

1 tablespoon fresh or frozen blueberries

2 basil leaves

juice of ¼ of a lime

-or-

6 ounces tonic water

3 ounces gin

4 slices of cucumber

1 inch of fresh rosemary

juice of ¼ of a lime

Throw the blueberries and basil (or cucumber and rosemary) in the bottom of a glass with the lime juice. Mash that shit around with the handle of a wooden spoon or some other blunt object. No need to go Incredible Hulk on this shit, just lightly grind them around a couple of times to release some fucking flavor. Add the gin and tonic and stir. Drop some ice cubes in that bitch and kick your fucking feet up.

Makes 1 dope ass drink

Cucumbers are coming up!

Cucumbers are coming up!

Holy cucumbers Batman!

Holy cucumbers Batman!

A few good rains in the past week have really improved the health of my garden.  The cucumber arch has blown up!

A few good rains in the past week have really improved the health of my garden. The cucumber arch has blown up!

Harvest!  The sharpie is just there for comparison, in case you’re unfamiliar with Armenien (yard long) cucumbers.

Harvest! The sharpie is just there for comparison, in case you’re unfamiliar with Armenien (yard long) cucumbers.

Cucumber update- Look on the left side of the arch and in the middle at the top for some cukes.  So glad hubby  thought of this; it’s a much better option than the short, “a-frame” trellises we used last year.  What I like best about this arch is that it’s MUCH easier to see and harvest the cukes.  I can get right under the vines to see what’s developing.  It also makes a pretty little “gateway” into the garden area in our yard.  The only thing I’d like to do differently next year is to choose wire or mesh with larger holes in it, so that we don’t we have to thread the baby cukes through to allow them to hang down rather than getting stuck on top of the wire.

Cucumber update- Look on the left side of the arch and in the middle at the top for some cukes. So glad hubby thought of this; it’s a much better option than the short, “a-frame” trellises we used last year. What I like best about this arch is that it’s MUCH easier to see and harvest the cukes. I can get right under the vines to see what’s developing. It also makes a pretty little “gateway” into the garden area in our yard. The only thing I’d like to do differently next year is to choose wire or mesh with larger holes in it, so that we don’t we have to thread the baby cukes through to allow them to hang down rather than getting stuck on top of the wire.

So here’s what we did with our first Armenien cuke of the season (and the last tomato I had left).  We made refreshing and delicious cucumber salad, yum!  I like to grow the Armenien yard long variety of cucumbers because they’re milder, sweeter, and have less seeds than regular  cukes.  (I read somewhere that these are actually melons).  They also have a really thin skin that you don’t even have to peel.  The wrinkled exterior makes the slices extra pretty in salads.

So here’s what we did with our first Armenien cuke of the season (and the last tomato I had left). We made refreshing and delicious cucumber salad, yum! I like to grow the Armenien yard long variety of cucumbers because they’re milder, sweeter, and have less seeds than regular cukes. (I read somewhere that these are actually melons). They also have a really thin skin that you don’t even have to peel. The wrinkled exterior makes the slices extra pretty in salads.

Lots of progress with the cucumbers these days!  I can’t wait to make sweet and sour cucumber salad!

Lots of progress with the cucumbers these days! I can’t wait to make sweet and sour cucumber salad!

Armenien Cukes are finally picking up since hubby cut back some leaves from the big oak tree that were blocking out the sun too much.  They’re almost big enough to reach the trellis now.

Armenien Cukes are finally picking up since hubby cut back some leaves from the big oak tree that were blocking out the sun too much. They’re almost big enough to reach the trellis now.

Hello cucumbers!  I’ve missed you so!

Hello cucumbers! I’ve missed you so!

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