Saturday, December 22, 2012

Peanut Butter Bark

Hello Friends,

It is almost Christmas and I am ready except for a little baking. Christmas is my favorite day. We have family and friends over and I will be cooking a fresh 30 pound turkey. The day starts early and gets a little crazy during the gift exchange. I love watching the kids of all ages hunt for the "pickle" hidden in the tree. The other night I hosted a Ladies party and it was interesting watching some determined ladies on their knees looking for the pickle.

                                    Hope your Christmas is great  and try to eat healthy.

But Christmas only comes once a year so it is ok to eat some yummies such as Peanut Butter Bark.
This is a copycat recipe for Williams-Sonoma's popular white and dark chocolate peppermint bark. Very festive!  Sorry but the picture would not copy. I am using my new computer and still learning.

This recipe is a variation on that theme, and a nice change of pace. It's delicious and beautiful, as you can see above. However, you can also be creative in your presentation, and use cookie cutters or molds to create different shapes. Imagine the oohs and ahs of all your lucky recipients!

Since this is a beginner recipe, your kids can get involved in your holiday baking too. Preparation time is only 15 minutes!


• 2 packages (4 oz. each) Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar, broken into pieces
• 1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
• 1 tablespoon shortening
• 1/2 cup roasted peanuts or toasted almonds, coarsely chopped


1. Cover cookie sheet or tray with wax paper.

2. Place chocolate in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred.

3. Immediately place peanut butter chips and shortening in second microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred; stir in peanuts.

4. Alternately spoon above mixtures onto prepared tray; swirl with knife for marbled effect. Gently tap tray on countertop to even out thickness of mixture. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Store in cool, dry place. About 1 pound candy.

* To toast almonds: Heat oven to 350°F. Spread almonds in thin layer in shallow baking pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown; cool.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Adams Fruit Market.
The Plant Lady ~ Linda

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

10 Ways To Think Outside The Gift Box

Hello everyone,

Hope you are enjoying this Christmas season as much as I am.  I love looking at all the lights each night, listening to holiday music and sitting in the glow of the Christmas tree.

I am hosting a Ladies party tomorrow evening so I spent today cleaning. Here is a picture of my tree. I think it is the prettiest one yet.

 It started out to be just red and white but the grandson likes green so I had to put green bulbs on it too.
 I ordered the last of the presents today but haven't wrapped any yet. I find they are easier to hid unwrapped.

 If you need some ideas on what to give others I found these 10 ways to think outside the proverbial gift box.

  1. Give a handmade gift. Think crafts, cooking, art or bath scrubs. If you don’t have the time or talent yourself, shop local craft fairs for unique handmade gifts.
  2. Give a service you can do yourself. Consider babysitting, car washing or yard work. Get creative with a cute little coupon you design and print yourself.
  3. Gift services at a locally owned business. Perhaps a car tune-up, house cleaning or salon visit. Who wouldn’t love that!
  4. Gift a class together. Art, fitness, and hobby classes are great choices. You’ll give the gift of knowledge as well as quality time!
  5. Gift a membership. Consider local non-profits, museums, gyms or charity groups. 
  6. Donate in someone’s name. Determine their favorite charity, fundraiser, or cause. I’ve had family donate an animal to a family in a third world country in the past instead of buying me a gift and felt so good about it!
  7. Gift a meal at a locally owned restaurant. A delicious dining experience is topped only by knowing the dollars stay in your community.
  8. Buy gifts from a locally owned business. Local shops have some of the cutest gift ideas. Being able to converse directly with the owner is always a bonus.
  9. Buy used from thrift shops, antique shops, flea markets or used music and book stores. I can’t tell you how many wonderful gifts I’ve both bought and received from these stores over the years. The price is right as is the eco-friendly stature, but perhaps the best part is the treasure hunt!
  10. Buy fair trade and eco-friendly made gifts. Seek out items that are sustainably produced, recycled or upcycled. Alternatively, help producers in developing countries make better trading conditions and promote sustainability by purchasing their fairly traded products.                                                             by The Soulicious Life
Hope this gives you ideas to finish your lists and enjoy time with family.

Merry Christmas to all,
The Plant Lady ~ Linda

Monday, November 5, 2012

Butternut Squash, Cauliflower and Carrot Recipe

Happy November everyone.
I am missing the warmer weather but I am loving all the many fall veggies available now.

 I have found this recipe for Butternut Squash, Cauliflower and Carrots.
Now is a fantastic time to try some new cauliflower recipes. Roasting Cauliflower quickly in high heat mellows the bitterness and gives it some caramelization for great flavor - m-mmm!
It is so easy and so good. I have made it several times already. Even the young ones like it.


½ head of Cauliflower separated into bite sized florets
3 Carrots peeled and bias-cut into bite-sized pieces
½ of a Butternut Squash, cleaned and chopped into large-bite chunks

Toss Vegetables in a bowl with 2 tsp Olive Oil
Season with Coarse Salt and Pepper, or a Seasoned Salt mix (I used the seasoned salt)
Spread out evenly on a large cookie sheet
Roast at 450 F for 30 minutes

Have a great day,
The Plant Lady ~ Linda


Monday, March 5, 2012

Dad's 91 Birthday

It was a blessing to be able to celebrate our Dad's 91 Birthday.  He is in fairly good health and he enjoyed "His" day, especially having all the family around. We had a light meal then cake and ice cream. I forgot my diet for this event! We had those blow party things which all the kids both small and big enjoyed.

Dad and Mom started Adams Fruit Market back in 1964. Our family had growned to six children by this time and Mother wanted a "small" produce market instead of dragging all six of us to Wilmington, DE each week to sell fresh produce. Dad built our market and back in 1964, there was not a lot of traffic so that is why the building is so close to the road today.
Out of six children, three of us run the market, me and my two brothers.

Dad still comes down to the market and enjoys talking to all of you.
Happy Birthday Dad and many more!!!

The Plant Lady~Linda

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Some Leap Day Traditions

It only happens every four years: Leap Year. Leap years were introduced over 2,000 years ago with the transition from a Roman calendar to the Julian calendar. Leap years help to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s rotations around the sun. Since a day is added to our calendar this year, 2012 will have 366 days rather than the normal 365.

Some interesting traditions and customs have grown up around the Leap year. According to Irish legend, St. Bridget asked St. Patrick to let women do the proposing once every four years. Men would pay a penalty if they refused the marriage proposal; hence this day was sometimes called “Bachelor’s Day.” Leap year is sometimes called “Sadie Hawkins Day” for the comic-strip character in “Li’l Abner.” Sadie was the daughter of early Dogpatch settler Hekzebiah Hawkins and loved to chase men.

In Scotland, it was considered bad luck to be born on Feb. 29. In Greece, it’s considered unlucky to marry during a Leap year and especially on Leap Day.

For leap-day babies, the hard part is how to count their years. The chance of being born on Feb. 29 is 1 in 1,461. Although there are 4 million leap-day babies worldwide, around 200,000 live in the U.S. Some famous leap-day babies include Jimmy Dorsey, Dinah Shore and actor Dennis Farina.
Celebrating a leap year birthday is a fun way to beat growing old. For example, an 84-year-old could honestly say he or she was turning 21. There is even a special society that leapers can join: the Honor society of Leap Year Day Babies.

At any rate, enjoy the extra day this month. It only comes around every four years!
Sources: Cape Cod Times archives,

This morning I baked some brownies for my brother's birthday and some for me too. If you all lived closer, I would share them with you because I do not need those extra calories!

 The plants are growing nice and I enjoy working in the warm, sunny greenhouses.
Hope you all have a fantastic day.

The Plant Lady ~ Linda

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Oreo Cookies and Spring Bulbs

My grandson had me buy his favorite cookies, Golden Oreo's. We opened the bag and a little later I noticed he had a stack of cookies on his plate. I put all but three back in the bag hoping to teach him good eating habits. The other day my husband and I noticed that the middles were missing from a  lot of the Oreo's. We were perplexed until we realized that grandson had eaten the centers and put  the cookie part back in the bag. We laughed about this one. I quess three year olds are smarter than their grandparents!

Now for some flower advice ~
How will the lack of snow and cold affect the plants?
 Bulbs will grow in response to two variables, light and temperature. This year, the lack of deep cold and periodic spring warmth has tricked many of early bulbs to break ground weeks ahead of their normal cycle. Nearly all bulbs need a cold period to produce flowers and the cold period needs to last 12-16 weeks or 3-4 months in order of the bulbs to rest and then regrow. Even with the relatively mild winter, our temperatures have been cool enough to give the bulbs their needed dormancy period.

The leaves of spring bulbs are much tougher than their summertime counterparts. The cellular structure of the leaves is such that they can handle the freeze thaw cycle of late winter and early spring. These types of bulbs include daffodils, tulips, crocus, and the like. The fact that the leaves have already broken ground this time of year won't harm the bulb. What you may notice is some browning of the leaf tips and an earlier bloom.  Some bulbs don't flower as well after not having a nice blanket of snow. In the future, you could take some evergreen branches, like those from your Christmas tree, and cover the emerging bulbs with the branches. If you don't have a tree, cut some greens from the woods or use some hay. Keep some soil visible by not piling on the greens or other material too thick. Remember, tulips and hyacinths decline anyway after few years,  treat them as annuals. We will have nice ones at the market during Easter this year.

So what about those shrubs that have their buds opening or already opened? Shrubs that flower early set their buds last summer. In other words, those flower buds always sit dormant through the winter. Plants like lilac, forsythia, rhododendron, magnolia, early dogwoods,and others that flower before mid-June may start to come out of dormancy earlier than usual with the warm weather. The plants themselves will not be harmed. However, some of the flower buds could end up being killed if they open too much and then we get a blast of arctic air. The cold air will be able to penetrate into the buds and thus the plants will not be as floriferous as they potentially could have been. The cold air basically dried out the flower buds. I am ready for spring. How about you?

The Plant Lady ~ Linda

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Last Sunday, I went to the beach with my family. I love to go this time of year - no crowds. We rode on the new Indian River bridge (It doesn't take much to entertain me). Only the one side was open. We stopped and looked at the boats out of the water for the winter. My  three year old Grandson enjoyed this and especially  the construction equipment for the new bridge. We stopped and watch some "wind surfer's" for a while. This sport fascinates me. It's looks like a lot of fun.
Monday I cooked like  a professional chef making turkey and dumplings with all the trimmings for my son's birthday dinner.
Today I am going over last year's planting and planning how many of each flower to plant. So it is not all play for me. I can't wait to see all of you in the spring. If you have any plant questions you are welcome to ask me and I will do my best to answer.
Blessings to you!
Theplantlady - Linda

Saturday, January 28, 2012

My first blog.

Hello everyone. I am going to try a blog. I have all my seeds/plants ordered and have some fantastic pots for planting.  Very soon we will be busy in the greenhouses. I love working with plants in the sunny, warm greenhouses.
What are you planning to plant this spring?