Petite Inspirations

In the name of inspiration and all things interesting to me and hopefully you.

Archive for the month “February, 2014”

Early February sows

This winter has been pretty warm compared to what I remember. Just recently has it been cooler in the days….averaging high 60s and low 70s.

I sowed some more lettuce and snow peas. Hopefully I didn’t start them too late from my last batch in hopes of having a continual harvest.


Chili de Arbol
Bell pepper- these were seeds from 2009. I don’t even think they are still viable.
New Zealand lettuce
1) deers tongue
2) Rocky top mix
3) sunset

Caladium buck

Transplanted 12 day lillies, various colors.


Wedding, more get togethers, and picking lemons

My family came to visit from Guam this year to help celebrate my aunt and uncles 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary. It’s a very momentous feat for any married couple I think.


Auntie Pining and Uncle Erming’s 50th Wedding Anniversary


Leilani and I playing ukelele and singing “Somewhere over the rainbow” for the tribute slideshow of our beloved Grandma “Nanay”, at the wedding.

So, we had another get together the day after the wedding. One day of partying is not enough for this filipino family! Everybody brought something to the table so there was a ton of food, fun, and laughter!


Partial family photo!

In addition to the dish we made, I decided to bring some of the lemons from my back yard. My tree was overflowing with ripe fruits to share with the familia!


My nephew, Oasis picking lemons.


Mom helping pick lemons.

Dried Bay Leaves

I cut back the bay tree again. It’s not a huge tree. I’ve had it for at least three years now and kept it no bigger than three feet tall and growing in a pot. The smell reminds me of Christmas. My goal is to get this tree bigger for next fall so I can prune enough of the branches to create a wreath for the front door! Then when the leaves are dry, I can give them out again.


I dried the leaves and gave them away to my family. These leaves are great for soups and stocks. Some of my family members mentioned they used it for Chicken Adobo and spaghetti.  I really never tried it on spaghetti. Maybe I’ll try that next time. My mom mentions that if you want to help with the ‘meaty’ smell of dishes, you can just add a leaf to the dish. I kinda like the ‘meaty’ smell when it’s cooking to tell you the truth.

My dad, what’s the word……..detests these leave. Every time he sees them or if anyone mentions them he goes on this rant of how they make your stool loose and how much he hates them. Come to find out, his dad, my grandpa used to use them a lot in his dishes and I think my dad accidentally ate a few of them, thinking they were vegetables. Make sure you don’t eat the leaf!!! They just impart a flavor and aroma to the dish.


Flattening the bay leaves so that they store easier in plastic bags.

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