Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I'm on Stay-cation!

Yes, I took the week off work and I'm staying home.

I thought about traveling somewhere, maybe camping in the Appalachians, traveling to the Pacific Northwest, or something like that. But I have so many things on my "To Do Wishlist" I thought it might be more relaxing to spend my vacation getting things done around the house and exploring a little of Baltimore.

Yesterday I visited the Rawlings Botanical Gardens in Druid Hill Parks. (Special thanks to Flickr user wjklos for the above photo.)

Unfortunately it's closed on Tuesdays, but at least I got to lay around the outside gardens in unseasonably warm October weather. My favorite part was the geometrical orb of a sundial that gave the time for regions all over the globe. (Kid Baltimore had this photo.)

Today my friend Katie Red and I walked around Ellicott City, which has a cute historic Main Street. We also had lunch at Lotte Plaza, which has an awesome Asian food cafeteria with really cool wooden tables and stools.

Otherwise I've been doing the usual foodmaking fun.

The tomatoes in my garden are looking pretty busted, so I wanted to make some kind of relish with them.

Green tomato relish! I modified one of the recipes in my Ball Blue Book and cooked the tomatoes with banana peppers, a yellow and red pepper, and some onion.

Should have been a little more patient with a few of the tomatoes, they were turning red inside!

Plus I got a new sourdough starter from my fellow foodmaker Johanna at ChiliBrew, so I've been reading up on how to make good sourdough in the King Arthur baking book.

A few tips and recipes are listed on the King Arthur website if you're interested in learning more.

Collected the carrot seeds from the garden too. I knew they were little black seeds from the ones I got in my seed packet earlier this season, but I didn't realize they had tiny little hairs all over them. A neighbor was wandering in the garden and it was fun showing him what carrot seeds look like!

Sadly some of my seedlings are looking a little nibbled on. Poor baby bok choy. The peas definitely seem like they preferred spring too.

Looks like I'm going to get a fair amount of daikon radish though. Kim chee!

Hah, you know you're an urban homesteader when you take the week off to shovel rabbit poo.

It makes great compost! Most animal waste (chicken, horse, etc.) needs to be composted first before being used as fertilizer, but rabbit poop can be put right in the garden. Thanks bunnies!

What kinds of things would you do on your Baltimore stay-cation?


mscharmschic said...

Enjoy your week off!

bittersweetblog said...

Sounds almost better than a vacation to me- Definitely more relaxing! I sure wish I could take one... Thanks for the inspiration, maybe I'll pencil something in (in the very distant future...) ;)

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