Monthly Archives: October 2013

Zombie PUNCH!

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aka Dead Man’s Hand Punch (serves 8 adults)

I had not intended to make this post but it is threatening rain and I had to make a back-up plan to trick-or-treating for the kids.  When we have a Halloween party I make this punch. This would also be great served at a Walking Dead party.

Update 02/06/14:

With the Walking Dead premiere this Sunday, I thought I would add an additional Jello hand version of this punch. You will need to prep the hand 2 days ahead of time:

You will need:
1 Nitrile Glove rinsed several times
1-2 thick rubber bands
1 2 liter of lemon-lime soda
1 can of Lime-ade frozen concentrate
1 16 oz bag of frozen Raspberries
2 bags of Gummy Worms
1 pitcher or punch bowl
(Jello version: 1 packet of Cherry, Lime Jello or flavor/color of choice)
Zombiehand

(Jello Version: prep jello per package instructions and add to the finger portion of gloves, add whatever frozen fruit you prefer, seal glove by wrapping rubber band around opening and set in fridge in whatever position works best for effect.  Let set overnight. Then on second day follow directions below. Set in freezer overnight)

Take rinsed glove and add 2-3 tablespoons of frozen limeade.

  • Add lemon-lime soda until glove is 1/3 full.
  • Next, add the raspberries working them into the fingers.  The more raspberries, the more gory it looks!
  • Add a couple of worms, more raspberries and limeade, until you only have half of the can left.
  • Add water until glove is 3/4 full.
  • Tie glove or wrap a rubber band around opening several times.
  • Set in bowl upright so fingers are bent.
  • Allow to freeze for at least 3-4 hours or overnight
When it is party time prep:
ZPlimeade

Mix remaining limeade with lemon-lime pop.

ZPlimeraz

add raspberries

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Chill until you are ready to add hand.

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Remove hand from glove by carefully cutting it away and carefully add to punch.

ZOMBIEPUNCH

Your hand may or may not be intact.  It doesn’t really matter because ZOMBIES are rarely intact!  If you want a more solid hand then add more berries.  Feel free to add blackberries and blueberries to the mix.

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If this is an adult party, feel free to add Tequila, Vodka, or Rum. YUM! If you prefer more of an adult cocktail you can make my ‘Zombie Cocktail’ aka ‘Blood in the Water’.

Have a Happy (fun and safe) Halloween!

Serves 8 to 10 servings

Zombie PUNCH!

12 hr, 30 Prep Time

12 hr, 30 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 Nitrile Glove rinsed several times
  • 1-2 thick rubber bands
  • 1 2 liter of lemon-lime soda
  • 1 can of Lime-ade frozen concentrate
  • 1 16 oz bag of frozen Raspberries
  • 2 bags of Gummy Worms
  • 1 pitcher or punch bowl
  • (Jello version: 1 packet of Cherry, Lime Jello or flavor/color of choice)

Instructions

    Zombie Hand
    (Jello Version: prep jello per package instructions and add to the finger portion of gloves, add whatever frozen fruit you prefer, seal glove by wrapping rubber band around opening and set in fridge in whatever position works bets for effect. Let set overnight. Then on second day follow directions below. Set in freezer overnight)
  1. Take rinsed glove and add 2-3 tablespoons of frozen limeade.
  2. Add lemon-lime soda until glove is 1/3 full.
  3. Next, add the raspberries working them into the fingers. The more raspberries, the more gory it looks!
  4. Add a couple of worms, more raspberries and limeade, until you only have half of the can left.
  5. Add water until glove is 3/4 full.
  6. Tie glove or wrap a rubber band around opening several times.
  7. Set in bowl upright so fingers are bent.
  8. Allow to freeze for at least 3-4 hours or overnight
  9. When it is party time prep:
    Mix remaining limeade with lemon-lime pop.
    Add raspberries and chill until you are ready to add hand.
    Remove hand from glove by carefully cutting it away and carefully add to punch.
    Your hand may or may not be intact. It doesn’t really matter because ZOMBIES are rarely intact! If you want a more solid hand then add more berries. Feel free to add blackberries and blueberries to the mix.
    If this is an adult party, feel free to add Tequila, Vodka, or Rum. YUM! If you prefer more of an adult cocktail you can make my ‘Zombie Cocktail’ aka ‘Blood in the Water’.
    Have a Happy (fun and safe) Halloween!
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Punch
6.8
http://anurturedlife.com/zombie-punch/

 

 

 

 

Harvesting Lemongrass

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I planted Lemongrass this spring.  It turned into a garden monster.  I’m not sure what I was thinking planting it where I did.

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Notice how the Lemon Verbena has to lean so far out to get any sun?  It still grew pretty well but it probably would have been less spindly had I planted the Lemongrass in a better spot.  
The upside is I had a nice amount of Lemongrass to harvest!  So harvest I did!  We get pretty decent winters in this part of the country.  Sometimes plants will overwinter well if you give them a good leaf mulch cover but I really needed to move this plant.
 
Lemongrass can be potted and kept inside but I don’t have the space to overwinter a plant this size.  I dug it out.
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First, I cut off the tops and kept some leaves and stalks for later.  I washed and bagged them, then stuck them in the freezer for tea.  Once I dug the plant out roots and all, I began separating the roots, careful not to damage the bulbs.  
 
You can save some bulbs for planting in the spring by placing them in a paper bag to overwinter in the shed, garage, or wherever you store your bulbs and seeds.
Part by sections...

Part by sections…

Carefully cut around individual bulbs

Carefully cut around individual bulbs

Soon you will have this!

Soon you will have this!

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 Shake off excess dirt and wash well.

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I cut and peeled them just like a green onion.

I peeled off the immediate outer layer, cut off the roots, then peeled again to remove any remaining damaged areas.  I was careful to leave as many layers as possible intact to protect the delicate pulp that holds a lot of the flavor.  Then I rinsed, patted them dry, and bagged them up for the freezer.

Rinsed and ready for the freezer!

Rinsed and ready for the freezer!

My intention is to make some Thai dishes over the winter like this and perhaps some of these.

What are your favorite recipes for using Lemongrass?

The Last Flowering Flush of Autumn

Pink Dahlias

Pink Dahlias

I am not ready for the flowers to be gone.

Jack Frost has been visiting the gardens overnight and leaving his mark.
Autumn Fairy Pumpkin House

Autumn Fairy Pumpkin House

But I still have plants to PLANT!  I am not ready for it all to be done!

 

Rainbow garden inspired by Lois Ehlert's book "Planting A Rainbow"

Rainbow garden inspired by Lois Ehlert’s book “Planting A Rainbow

I am not usually this sentimental about my growing seasons.  The only time I usually feel this way is when a baby is on the way and I am waiting.  I never have my babies before their due dates and carry them well into 42 weeks.  My gardens are a beautiful distraction.

But, here I am.  There is no baby due.  There is no need for floral distractions.

Yet, I disapprove of the cold coming to put my gardens to bed.

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So, I bring some inside to make it last a little longer…

Purple bell pepper and flower

Purple bell pepper and flower

…and harvest what remains.