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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

Tag Archives: vegetables


Get your vitamins and enjoy a cocktail at the same time!

I love Bloody Marys, especially when I fly, since they go down well at any time of the day. In fact, the first time that I ever had one was at 9am. Who knew you could drink in the morning?

Despite the statistics, I am always slightly nervous when using airborne transportation. But since I don’t have to drive the plane, why not have a little liquid courage.

Flying is actually the safest mode of transportation. In fact, the odds of a plane crash are one for every 1.2 million flights, with odds of dying one in 11 million. Your chances of dying in a car or traffic accident are one in 5,000.

If you want to save yourself a lot of time and ingredient gathering, you can purchase a mix, sans the alcohol and then just add some vodka to it. But, if you’d like to make your own, here is what you’ll need.

Tomato Juice or V8 – Eight ounces

Fresh Ground Horseradish – Two teaspoons

Fresh Lemon – One slice

Fresh Lime – One slice

Fresh Celery – One stick

Tabasco Sauce  – A couple of dashes
or any hot sauce made from fully aged red peppers, salt and vinegar.
I used Louisiana Hot Sauce.

Worcestershire Sauce – A couple of dashes

Salt & Pepper – A pinch of each

Smoked Paprika – A pinch

Vodka – Four ounces

I just mix up everything in a stainless steel, alcoholic beverage shaker. Then I add the vodka, citrus wedges and a celery stick. To fully take advantage of the celery flavor, score the base a few times with a knife to release some of that flavor into your drink.


Fresh Lime did not make it into this photo since we were out of them. It is great without it, but even better with, so make sure to pick some up when you are out grocery shopping.

The vodka didn’t make it into the pic either, but believe me, it was there!

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I have two vertebrae smashed together in my neck. This has debilitated me quite a bit this past year. A wonderful chiropractic/physical therapy combination office has allowed me to bypass surgery and avoid pain pills. Having finally found the right direction to go in order to address this issue, I can function enough to do some of the activities that I really enjoy. Gardening is one of the great loves of my life.

After deciding to move the garden, we only had digging to look forward to and therefore procrastinated. This is positively not the fun part. We finally set up to start working this past weekend and the weather decided to mimic a sauna.

So, the area was staged and a sprinkler set up to soften that area. Then it rained the next day. Yesterday, I tested the waters (thick red clay soil) and was absolutely amazed at how easy it was to dig when moist.

Starting the Garden

The surge of my home office graphics work is over for now, so I’ll take advantage of this morning and work outside. The tiller gets too clogged if you try to start with that, so digging and de-weeding is the first thing to do.

This was not the best idea. I am still making a mental list of the parts to my favorite activities I must ban. One third of the garden is dug and now void of plant life, but the digging part is too much for my neck. I must have my husband do that part before I de-weed.

1/3 long garden turned

Lettuce, spinach and other cool weather vegetables (Spring crop) will have to be skipped, but there is plenty of growing time left. Our summer choices for the garden will be covered in our next blog.

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