See those green things popping through the mulch? Those are my favorite plants in the whole yard: our ostrich ferns. What started as some left-overs from when the Wicked Witch moved out of our house and took with her what she thought was ALL of the perennials, became a few hostas and two of these ferns. They're multipliers, so we now have about eight bunches of them and I've even managed to give one away.
They've quickly become my favorite plant in the garden and I can't wait for them to spread out even further.
We didn't stop at just the Mrs. Claus ornament at the Christmas sale. We also picked up these deer bookends. They were in the Christmas section (marked half off) and are stamped Japan on the bottom, so they fit in with our other Christmas stuff. Nat tells me that deer are 'hot' in home decor trends these days, so it appears that these might not be destined to our Christmas collection, rather for either the Babe or the Bird's room for everyday use.
That's a look *up* from the ground through a young, skinny tree limb as well as a larger, more mature (and confirmed) Black Walnut tree. The leaves, from a distance look similar. Back last year, I mentioned that I wanted to try to identify if a couple of young trees were worth keeping or if I should remove them. And, knowing that I wanted to hold myself accountable, I included it as #15 on my to-do list for the yard this year . After poking around on the web in various places , I think I've settled on this clear cut detail that I found on r/WhatIsThisPlant on Reddit : Walnut tree leaves have no notches. Tree of Heaven (an invasive tree), do. From u/blacksheep998 : Ailanthus has a small notch at the base of it's leaflets. Black walnut leaflets, while slightly toothed, lacked that distinctive nub. So, that's first thing to check: Does the little tree leaves have those 'thumbs' or notches? *Looks closer*... Sure, enough. Thumbs are pre
Earlier this winter, I wrote about the old Lou Malnati's menu and mentioned that as I was waiting around for my pie to finish up, I spied an old Chicago Tribune article posted on the wall that included the original Lou Malnati's Italian Salad Dressing Recipe. The Tribune reporter called it "prized". We were set to host a little pizza party over the weekend, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Here's the article as seen through my mobile phone's camera. I'm not a wine drinker, so the fact that the recipe called for Burgundy wine didn't strike me as odd. I went shopping at Angelo Caputos in Addison - a really incredible shopping experience - and when I got to the wine section I found Burgundy wine was carried ONLY in those HUGE jugs. And they were dirt cheap. The only issue is that needed just 4 ounces. We ended up with a whole-lotta-wine that Nat won't drink. I've taken the recipe and modified it a bit by eliminating the percentage