Well- the groundhog apparently saw his shadow this morning. All I can say is if the next six weeks of winter are as nice as this week has been- Bring it on! Mid 60's and sunshine was the treat today. It definitely felt like a "work outside" day. I pulled the last few plants that didn't make it to the compost pile last fall, and mentally planned out what will go where in the vegetable garden. The seed catalogs are starting to fill the mail box. It's almost time to start plants! Happy Ground Hog day from Hummingbird Hideaway Resort- your Norfork Lake Family and Fishing destination!
Like seafood gumbo? Want to try it our way? I used 2 pounds of striper chunked and 1 pound of shrimp. I also use Penzeys Cajun seasoning. It's not as salty as some. The recipe for 6 servings is below.
Make a chocolate colored roux with 1/3 cup oil or bacon grease and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. Add 1 large chopped onion, 2 stalks celery chopped, 3 cloves garlic minced. Stir over medium low heat until vegetables soften. Add 6 cups chicken broth, 1 chopped tomato, 1 bay leaf, and 1 chopped red bell pepper. Stir to combine. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning and 1/4 tsp cayenne. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add the seafood. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes or until the shrimp is pink and the fish just cooked through. Stir very gently to avoid breaking the fish. Serve over rice.
Nothing better than fish right out of Norfork lake. We had lightly breaded crappie and Kentucky bass filets, fried potatoes and coleslaw for supper. Yes, we bought the potatoes, but the fish was caught this morning and the cabbage was picked out of the garden this afternoon. Our first time growing "cold weather crops." Never imagined that cabbage and broccoli could handle the nights we've had in the 20's. We'll definitely plant them again- and more potatoes. As for the sharing gardens- the rosemary, oregano, thyme and cilantro are going strong. We'll take suggestions for plants for next spring and summer. We'll definitely have peppers, garlic and onions. Tomatoes too if Mother Nature just gives us a little bit of help.
I know I said I would get to the recipe for raised bed gardening, but I think I'll hold off on that for awhile and tell you about the changes to the tackle shop. Lou has been busy adding a display for crappie lures. He removed the window that went from the store to the office and installed pegboard. That of course, necessitated a little sheet rock work in the office. We're going to hang our "sport show" tv in the office. We'll put it to good use in the "non" sportshow season. I've been making twin quilts- not works of art mind you but good functional cabin quilts. I like to sew, we needed new quilts and I decided that I should get the fun- not Amazon.com.
The fall color is the best we have seen in our 9 years in Mountain Home. I sure didn't expect it after the hot dry summer we had. The trees seemed pretty stressed and some were even dropping leaves in August. The color is fantastic every direction you drive from Hummingbird Hideaway Resort. I particularly like the time of day just before dusk. The lowering sun seems to backlight the reds, yellows and oranges. I'm betting that this is the peak week end since I can't imagine that it could get much better than it is now. Take a drive or a pontoon ride on Norfork Lake- enjoy the color and the mild fall temperatures!