It seems like the days are getting warmer but there are still some days that remind me of a March that hasn't really left yet. Welcoming rain has given a boost and head start to our new tomato plants and various peppers, as well as to some new Moss Rose and Marigolds. I just planted dwarf cannas, and if you want an easy and continuous beautiful tropical look, these are gorgeous. Leaves can be striped or colored dark burgundy, and the flowers show out in shades of oranges, yellows, reds and pinks. Most of mine from last year are coming up, and with a few more added this spring, summer should be gorgeous! We grow ours in pots around a pool, which saves me time and money by having to change out several different annuals that one buys in flats. They are sturdy, love the sun and don't take a lot of water. The blooms last a while and then I cut them off, and even more pop up.
I found a reduced price on a sirloin steak but was a little hesitant to grill it until I found a tasty recipe that made it very tender. I know where all the reduced meat sections are in every supermarket. Of course, some cuts we don't care for, but many times there are substantial savings and we all now how fast the beef prices have risen!
▪ 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak
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▪ 1/4 cup melted butter
▪ 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
▪ 1 teaspoon garlic salt
▪ 1 teaspoon salt
▪ 1/4 teaspoon pepper
1. Combine last 5 ingredients. Mix well.
2. Cover both sides of steak and refrigerate at least 4hours.
Grill to desired doneness.
Mike T.'s Skillet Supper
Men seem to like this and it's really easy.
▪ 1 medium cabbage-coarsely shredded
▪ 1 large onion-chopped
▪ 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
▪ 1 pound smoked sausage OR kielbasa
▪ 1/4 cup water
▪ 1 teaspoon salt
▪ 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
1. Combine cabbage, onion, and green bell pepper in a large skillet.
2. Cut sausage diagonally into 1-inch chunks and combine with vegetables.
3. Add water and seasonings.
4. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
This is good with a side of pinto beans or cornbread.
How Dee Dee Picks a Watermelon
I love to give my grandkids a healthy dessert and they all seem to love watermelon. The smaller earlier melons are coming in now, and are already delicious. I thump a watermelon, but mostly I lift it. I found one at Brookshire's the other day and it was small but heavy; I could hardly lift it!
We took it home and immediately refrigerated it. I usually rinse it off and slice it in half diagonally, and then into thick slices and make triangles out of each slice, so kids can just pick up the slice and eat it. This was the dessert of choice the last couple of weeks. It's nice to save these slices in gallon, zip plastic bags and reach for a slice or two the next day instead of desserts.
Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning to a new growing season. Have you planted a garden? No matter what size, shape or in pots, how rewarding to taste a pepper for your salad or slice into a juicy tomato.
Have a great week in Parker County!