Have you started to setup up pots for the Swiss Chard? Its about time, in some areas it might be warm enough to sow seeds.
I am sure everyone dreams about stuff to do in the house. I have many such dreams too numerous to count but mostly those that I do not necessarily act on. One is of a recurring kind where I derive my power independent of the power grid. I have these shiny solar panels on the roof catching all the power from the sun. This I know is a costly dream but in all probability will pay off in a few years. I realize it does not have to be a dream when I read a news article in the Washington Post a few weeks ago. A Maryland couple had installed their solar panels almost 20 years ago and the panels are erected about six feet from the ground and their 2000 square feet home has been fully powered by these panels. State and federal government offer subsidies for installing solar systems. Another Maryland resident has installed a windmill to generate power for his home. Though we do have winds powerful enough to blow off our siding now and then, this might not be a viable option. If you are interested in reading the articles, links here
Md.Couple Basks In Savings From A 19-Year Old Solar System
Green Answers, Blowing in the Wind
It is really encouraging to read these articles and when the time comes and with money readily available(I am pretty sure this would be the stumbling block) maybe I'd convince myself and other responsible parties to give this a try.
I have a sweet tooth, a severe one at that. When I was a kids whenever ammayee(grand mom) sent mysore pa or gulab jamuns I ate them early in the morning right after brushing my teeth. I seemed to carry that even today, now I indulge on sugary breakfast cereals as a snack early in the morning. Cereals are good for you aren't they. Having sweet things without sugar added seem to be a great idea.
I saw these date and walnut balls on Linda's Make Life Sweeter a long time ago and had been planning on making them ever since. It came to pass when I bought a lot of walnuts and had to use them before they became rancid.
Mahima of Indian Vegetarian Kitchen has a version of the these balls here.
I also used a handful of peanuts and after a couple of days I saw oil pooled in the bottom of the container. Peanut/walnut oil?. A dab with a piece of paper towel removed the oil. A ball during midday satisfied my sweet and hunger pangs. DD loved it but DD2 did not take to them.
Recipe Source: Halawa Tamr (date and walnut balls)
Makes: 15 balls
1. 1 1/2 cups of walnuts and peanuts
2. 10 dates
3. handful of raisins
1. Blend the nuts,dates and raisins till they come together in a mass.
2. Roll out into small lime sized balls