Hello Hotlanta

Today was the first day that my mother and I explored Atlanta. It was interesting and quite confusing, but I loved it nonetheless. My absolute favorite part was the restaurant that we stumbled upon, its called Home Grown. Knowing that I was going to go to Atlanta today, last night I went on Yelp and looked at tons of restaurants that have authentic southern food (or at least claim they do). So this morning I was ready, I knew of a couple of places that I wanted to try. BUT driving around Atlanta and getting our errands done was exhausting and honestly I was very frustrated. There was some traffic and it’s a little annoying driving around an unfamiliar big city because you have to read ever sign, just in case. So we started driving back home and my mother was like “Wait, I want to eat something before the drive back home” So I got off of the highway and looked for something on yelp that was close by and I came across this gem. DSC_0878DSC_0882Front and back of their business card.

To start off every employee was extremely helpful!

We ordered fried green tomatoes. I never had them before so I was excited to try.

DSC_0864In all honesty, they were just okay. I’m quite positive it’s because maybe I just don’t like green tomatoes. I’m not exactly sure. They were good but I didn’t really care for them.

I ordered the shrimp Po’boy with jalapeno coleslaw and it came with 2 cornbread muffins. DSC_0867The sandwich itself was really good, the shrimp was fresh and delicious!

The jalapeno coleslaw was amazing. I don’t like sweet coleslaw, I refuse to eat it. So this coleslaw was great, it had little slivers of jalapenos so it had the perfect amount of heat.

Now for the cornbread… this item I didn’t really care for, it was hard and I honestly didn’t even eat it. I brought it home to give to my dog. BUT I’M QUITE POSITIVE THAT WAS JUST TODAYS BATCH. It must be good every other day, everything else was really good.

My mother ordered a fried chicken sandwich.

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And she got a side of sweet potatoes with it. I didn’t try her sandwich but she said she loved it, so I’ll take her word for it. I tried her sweet potatoes and they were hands down probably the best sweet potatoes I’ve ever had. It is obvious that they make all (or at least most) of their food fresh.

After we ate we were walking back to the car and we noticed that out back they have a little garden!

Disclaimer: their garden could be wayyy better but I appreciate their efforts and I think it’s wonderful. They have peppers, rosemary, basil, and even a pear tree! DSC_0869DSC_0874DSC_0873DSC_0872

I am so happy that I came across this place and actually liked it. Whenever you’re visiting Atlanta a stop at Home Grown is a must.

You know it’s finals week when……..

It’s Monday I have no classes or work, so what do I do? Everything BESIDES studying… It sucks and I’ll regret it when I don’t see an A on my exam BUT I had a beautiful day! I went to Living color garden center which is about 3 minutes away from my house and I explored. I didn’t go knowing what I wanted to buy I just knew I wanted something. And what I got made me so happy.

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This place is gorgeous, there are beautiful flowers everywhere and it was literally the most perfect day to surround yourself with flowers. I was in love with all of the flowers and wanted to take every single plant home, but I couldn’t, I had to settle for just a few.

I got:

  • 2 Marigolds
  • Orange Mint
  • Lemon basil
  • Chamomile
  • And new gardening gloves!

When I actually write it out it doesn’t sound like a lot and I wish I got more, oh well.

The lemon basil and the orange mint smell so wonderful, amazing, the best. I wanted to buy some jalapeno and tomato plants but I already started growing my own so I didn’t want to cheat and get more plants.

My tomato plants are roughly 2 months old and they are growing rapidly while I’m growing impatient. I want to see little tomatoes growing immediately.

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They are beautiful and they smell divine.

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These are just the plants I bought.

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And these I’m not quite sure what they are, when I made my first raised garden bed I neglected to label the plants, so I won’t really know what they are until they begin to produce their little veggies.

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And my gorgeous gerbera daisies 😀 These are the highlight of my room, they are so beautiful and they brighten my day. I’m looking for more flowers to put indoors, I currently have these daisies and orchids on my window sill, but I’m becoming so obsessed with flowers and plants I just want more.

Well, happy finals week and happy Tuesday night

Little newspaper pots

Whenever I go to school I grab myself a copy of The New York Times, one of my favorite games to play that is in the newspaper is Ken Ken which is a pretty cool number game that kind of gets me frustrated but is fun. Over the past couple of weeks I have accumulated a lot of newspapers and I don’t want to just throw them away so I googled some different ways I could use them and I came across newspaper pots! Why didn’t I think of this before?! Well I purchased tons of seeds from Seeds Now and I haven’t planted them all so I decided to make a newspaper pot and get some plants started in those on my window sill.   image2 image3 image4  image5 image6 image7 image8 image9

This is very easy and simple, gardening doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, just requires patience and creativity.

I’ve been having trouble growing my lavender seeds, I’ve tried planting them twice outside so I decided to plant them inside and see if that changes anything, I also read that lavender likes dry soil so it’s good to mix the soil with sand. Hopefully this works for me. This is my second newspaper pot, the first one I made I planted summer bibb lettuce and they are growing so nicely.

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Literally the first thing I do in the morning is look at my plants and see how much they’ve grown, they give me so much joy, it’s so nice to see them blossom out of nothing!

Happy Saturday ❤

UPDATE!

So I have some great news! I created a raised garden bed! Yesterday I mentioned to my dad about how I could create my own raised garden bed and there are tonssss of ways that you can accomplish this. My dad came up with a cheap way to do this. So all you’ll need is:

  • Storage container
  • 10ft of 4in corrugated pipe (you will need to cut 4 6in pieces and 2 8in pieces)
  • 10ft of 1in pvc pipe (you will need to cut 1 1 ft piece)
  • Knives, scissors
  • Soil & water
  • AND PATIENCE

So it’s kind of difficult for me to explain how this works but I will try.

  1.  Drill holes into the top of the container
  2.  Outline two 4in circles on the top towards the middle (the 8in long corrugated pipes will go through these) and one 1in circle near the corner (the pvc pipe will go through this)
  3. Cut the top so it can fit half way through the container (This will be used to separate the soil from the dirt)
  4.  Place the 4 6in corrugated pieces on the bottom of the container and then the top over them.
  5. Place the 2 8in corrugated pipe through the holes and the pvc pipe through its hole.
  6. EVERYTHING SHOULD FIT SNUG! SO NO SOIL WILL SPILL INTO THE WATER.
  7.  Place a hose into the pvc pipe so the bottom of the container can fill with water. (A hole should be drilled into the side of the container 5 inches up) Once the hole starts leaking, there is enough water.
  8. Then the soil should be placed in all the way to the top.

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I haven’t planted any seeds yet and I placed a bag over the soil to limit evaporation, so when I plant my seeds I will only cut the bag where the plants will grow out of. This is also going to prevent the little neighborhood kitties and their friends from using my garden as their litter box.

I used potting mix, if you’re going to do this and use any type of potting soil/garden soil/vermiculite be sure that it is labeled with OMRI, this stands for organic materials review institute. It guarantees that the product is 100% organic.

The hardest part of this project was cutting the top just right so it could fit halfway through the container. I was getting very frustrated but I knew that the end result would be worth it.

Now my next mission will be to figure out what plants I want to grow in this container and plant them!

I have another container that I haven’t cut up yet, so I’ll still have space to put all my other seeds.

image (26) I recently purchased a bunch of seeds from SeedsNow and they are a great company! I purchased broccoli, artichoke, peppers, lettuce, lavender, arugula, cucumbers, and carrot seeds. I’m going to have a lot of work to do.

So far I planted lavender and arugula in little containers so I can later transplant them.

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I planted them only 3 days ago and they’re already starting to sprout! (This is arugula btw)

Also my tomatoes are growing 🙂

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This is the result of 3 weeks. I’m so excited to transplant these.

My previous post was about the pumpkin cornbread that I made and today I finally made a little something to accompany the bread.

This is what you’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons of Honey
  • Sugar (just a pinch)
  • Salt (just a pinch)
  • 8 tablespoons of butter
  • Vanilla (about 3 drops)
  • Cinnamon (a dash)

And you’ll get cinnamon butter!!!! Wooooooooooooo

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I put into my Nutri-bullet until it was nice and smooth.IMG_5548

It was absolutely delicious and I was so happy it came out so well, and it’s so simple to make.

ALSO I’m in the process of making more pickles!

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And I placed some carrots in there just because.

Happy Sunday ❤