DIY Strawberry Hanging Plant

I’ve been out in the garden and probably enjoying myself a bit too much. To prepare for the spring I started saving water bottles and 2-liter bottles. One particularly fun project consisted of making a DIY strawberry hanging plant. Since strawberries cannot touch the ground without going bad, this is a bit of a no brainer.
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Before I go into how I made this terribly difficult contraption. I want you to look around my garden.

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This year I started my plants nice and early and then moved them to the dirt. I have green beans, sweet peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, banana peppers, bell peppers, special Asian peppers, and even some jalapenos.

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I decided to bury my irrigation system again this year. This time I am switching it up. Last year I watered with pvc pipes with holes in them buried under the ground. This year I am keeping it simple by burying milk jugs, 2 liter bottles, and water bottles. It should be interesting.

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This was when we were transplanting the plants into the ground. I guess these Dollar Tree seeds worked out great.

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Now let’s get to these strawberries. Again, strawberries cannot touch the ground. Its pretty important to keep them in some high attractive area and it doesn’t hurt to hide them from small animals either. I wanted a hanging pot to hang on my shepherd’s hook but I am way too cheap for that. I had an extra water jug so I cut it in half. I had two wire hangers from the cleaners and removed the brown cardboard piece off the bottom. I noticed the bottom of the hanger had perfect hook looking ends. I bent two hangers together and put holes on each side of the jug. I used a simple pair of scissors to make the holes and stuck the hook looking ends into the holes.

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Once that step was complete, I added fresh water to the bottom of the jug, as shown above.

Now its time to plant the strawberries. I added the soil and strawberries to the top of the jug. First I laid a piece of newspaper in the bottom then I added some soil and then the strawberry plant. Now I have a self watering hanging strawberry plant. How is your garden growing?

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If I am not obsessing over something on the television then I am pretty bored. Dan Brown hasn’t released a new book and J.K. Rowling is dragging me on an adventure of anticipation and longing. Did you know she is releasing the sequel to Cuckoo’s Calling? She wrote this book under her pen name Robert Gailbrath. Honestly, I detest the fact that people call this book a sequel. It was clear in Cuckoo’s Calling that J.K. Rowling was going to make the Corman Strike books a series of mysteries.

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The new book will be titled The Silkworm and will be released in the United States on June 24, 2014. This is just in time for my anniversary. I guess I won’t have to leave obvious hints for him to totally ignore. I seriously want this book. I don’t want to read anything else out of anticipation. Unfortunately, I have a long wait and a hunger for books so I guess I have to sink my mind into snippets and sneak peeks as I find them.

I was lucky enough to find this little preview on CNN ‘s website:

“When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before …”

I am still excited about this book. There is no way this snippet is doing this book any justice. Imagine if I wrote it. Let’s just have some fun:

It’s hard out here for a novelist, especially when you are esteemed novelist Owen Quine. Initially believed to be off on one of his usual holidays, Quine has written himself into a corner that no backspace key could possibly erase. Writing about your friends proves to be deadly for Owen Quine in this gut wrenching thriller.

With no where to turn, Mrs. Quine petitions skilled detective Corman Strike to solve the mysterious death of Quine. Will he prove the pen to be mightier than the sword or will time cause new wounds for Corman?

I know, I know don’t quit my day job.

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This quote stuck out to me. I was on Facebook the other day and it just leaped out and I had to grab it. I could literally put this on my mirror each day as a reminder of how I should convince myself before I go trying to convince others. I love how he says people will accept who you are when that is the hardest thing for us to do with ourselves. How many of you have always accepted yourselves? I know I didn’t. I did not accept myself and I did not think others would either.  Its funny how something so simple can be so eye opening.

I often wonder if I really want to brand myself. I feel like it sounds as if I am a product or a gimmick. I don’t want to be a gimmick and let’s face it, that owning me shit ain’t happening no time soon. I am me and that’s the only person I have ever strived to be. I keep trying to do things the way that others do things. If my friends blog every day I feel like I should do so too. That is not me. I can’t let my life be consumed by maintaining a blog when there are shows on television like Scandal. I am just saying, priorities! I watch television a lot, I homeschool my tax deductions and I probably can cuss like a drunk sailor with a  one day pass but that’s me. My brand is a cussing ass couch potato and that is okay because to be honest no one is knocking down the doors to get me to represent their products.

Before I go, I am sure some of you are wondering when I will start my videos again, VERY SOON! I am just trying to get through this week of exhaustion first.

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Coming Back Is Hard To Do

by Tamona on March 16, 2014 · 0 comments

I’ve been on a blogging hiatus lately. It’s pretty hard to come back. I’ve been concerned about the direction I was going and I just don’t want the commercial aspect that goes along with blogging. I just want to talk and be heard.

If you’ve ever met me you would wonder how it’s possible for me not to be heard. In all honesty, it’s exhausting. When I go places or need to do things I always feel like I need to be “ON” at all times. When I return to my sanctuary (home), I am drained. I no longer have the energy to be that social butterfly people expect me to be.

When you think about it, it sounds like I am faking it but to be honest I am not. I am all the things I present when I have an audience, I just don’t worry about what others think. When I go to events and go out with friends I have to keep my guard up, be politically correct, and be aware of the feelings of others. I don’t have an overwhelming need to be a bitch. I am just a bitch on occasion and that’s okay. I think everyone is a notch at some point. I just happen to embrace her and accept her for who she is a bit more than I probably should.

I am flawed. I’ve never wanted to be perfect. I know that perfection is interpretation and we all interpret perfection differently. Perfection is a farce, a purely unattainable goal when gauging perfection using someone else’s ruler. Perfection is relative. If you think you are perfect then mission accomplished. Measure your own perfection if you want a truly obtainable goal.

Now I am beginning to ramble. I guess I have said all of this to say that “I” am back. The me you have yet to meet. Hopefully it’s nice to meet me.

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Spinach Dip Recipe and Tutorial

  • 1 cup of Half & Half
  • 1 cup of Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 oz green chilies
  • 1 small onion
  • 10 oz spinach
  • 1 jalapeno
  • *** 1 cup Mozzarella on top for more cheese flavor and a thicker dip

Place the ingredients into an oven safe non-stick dish and bake for 15 minutes or until done at 400 degrees. Allow the dip to cool a bit and serve. I like to add mozzarella cheese to the top to help thicken the dip and allow for a wonderful flavor to come through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now watch Joe and The Techie cook Spinach Dip

 

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