Yellow Squash recipe

We put up a lot of veggies in the springtime.

We usually plant 3 kinds of squash so there is always plenty of squash in the freezer.

We seal a meal the fresh veggies this seems to preserve that fresh flavor we love so much.

Thaw it and drain all the water out first this is very important.

I made up this recipe but 95% of the time I like my experiments.

Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to a baking dish and place the squash in a ziplock after it’s drained add two envelope packages of Italian seasoning salad dressing mix, salt, pepper, and about 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs shake well in the ziplock to coat evenly.

Place in the baking dish top with chopped onion, fresh parmesan cheese, parsley, and melted butter bake at 375 degrees with foil loosely on the top for 20 – 25 minutes remove the foil to finish baking. Mine took a total of 40 minutes once the parmesan melted I recovered it.

Here is a picture of the completed side dish. We actually loved the flavor of this dish.

Taking turns

The mockingbird anxiously awaits his turn at the deep bird bath.

There are 4 bird baths together but the bigger birds prefer the deep one.

The mockingbirds can be aggressive but so can the blue jays I guess they figured out a system that worked out for them both.

Nature seems to get along just fine even when they do not know I am watching them.

Two squirrels visiting

These two squirrels visited on two different days.
The one in the actual feeder is smaller and more skittish than the other one. I feel like he is younger.

I feed the birds but a lot of different wildlife enjoy the seed.

Sylvia the lizard

On my basket plant was Sylvia she watched me as I watched her. She changed leaves a few times but used them like umbrellas from the sun. Even lizards worry about the sun’s rays and their skin.

We seem to have a good population of green anole lizards and I do love photographing them.

After I noticed her still there about one hour later I decided she needed a macro photo session.

A lizard’s skin is so neat to look at under magnification and I love the turquoise around the eye. She was small but had a few battle scars. I feel like since the throat never swelled up she was a girl.

The curiosity of the photographer is always matched by nature.

Basket Plant

Callisia Fragrans Plant is also known as a basket plant.

My sister n law gave me a piece about 5″ long this was 6 weeks ago.

Mine is staked up and about 2 1/2 feet tall now. All those arms coming out the side are new babies there are currently 12 of them.

I staked it up to see what would happen because typically those babies droop.

This is one of my new favorite plants and I am about to take some clippings off mine to have more plants.

Share plants with your family and friends it is an excellent way to get a lot of different varieties of plants.

Lizard hanging out

I saw this anole lizard hanging out on the Agave Mangrove plant.

The colors of the plant and the lizard went quite well together.

I have not seen many geckos since the freeze a year ago and that upsets me.

I need to find a location and import some to the house.

The critters in your yard are always watching you but at times they can be quite sociable.

Juvenile American Robin

At the bird bath on the side of the house, I noticed some new visitors.

It took me a little while to realize these were juvenile American robins. The color on the chest was for sure the robin orange color but it was speckled this meant they were juveniles changing colors.

There were about 4 of them I could not get a good group picture but this little one was glad to pose.

The birds have been spending a lot of time in our 6 birdbaths without rain there are no puddles so they get water from what we put out.

I love photographing birds they always see you and watch you closely but they do not mind posing.

The blue jay, redbird, and sparrow

It was prime eating time and time to throw some seeds around.

These birds make a mess but most of the time by the afternoon the other birds have cleaned up the mess.

This is a juvenile blue jay because he is nowhere near as big as the larger male birds. This is also a juvenile cardinal.

I feed early in the morning in 4 different feeders and there sometimes is a traffic jam. I can look out the french doors and see 3 blue jays, 5 redbirds, a few woodpeckers, dove, sparrows, and chickadees all eating breakfast together.

By nighttime, all the seeds are pretty much gone.

The birds give me the opportunity to photograph them while they enjoy a feast. If I am lucky I get to catch them in the bird baths later.

The sounds of nature and the beauty of the birds are all around us. Listen carefully and you will learn which bird makes what sound.

DIY Planters

I love crafting and it had been a while since I have made anything.

I saw on Pinterest how to make tile planter boxes and I knew this was the project for me.

A quick trip to Lowes only to find out there were no 6-inch tiles and they did not have many pattern tiles that were 12-inch. I bought what they had to make 4 planters. Each planter takes 5 pieces and if you do it the exact size there are no cuts to make.

I have issues using the caulking gun so I got Jack to do that part for me.

I did find later on the internet they make squeeze tubes of construction adhesive and I can do that when I run out of what I have.

You do need to wipe off the construction adhesive on the edges then after 24 hours of drying time you can paint the edges to match your planter. Some of mine turned out neater than others but now I know next time to wipe off early.

I have about $5.00 in each planter so this is a very cost-effective project. One day this week I will get to Floor and Decor for a bigger variety and cheaper options so I can make more. I want some bright-colored tiles with the Morrocan flare.

When it comes to the bottom tile you will find there will be a few gaps you can seal some of it off in the inside of the box with the adhesive but leave some for drainage then you do not have to drill holes. My planters were for outdoors and I planted some of my overabundance of Aloe Vera.

I loved this project and can not wait to make more. I want some tiny succulent planters and some large rectangle planters. You could even make some tall skinny planters with the rectangle tiles.

Be creative its good for the mind and the soul.

Spider plants

This plant is known as the spider plant, ribbon plant an airplane plant.

They grow fast and usually have 4- 6 strands of babies hanging off with 10 – 12 babies total.

Mine have gone nuts this year to the point I have 3 hanging baskets and these 2 large containers plus I have given away many.

The big plant probably has a100 baby spiders on it. You can take these off and plant them in the dirt to get a new plant it’s really a unique plant.

These are in the morning sun but afternoon shade and I think that is why they like it so much.

I have 3 hanging baskets on the back porch in full shade.

I love my spider plants they are a good bang for your buck.

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