Thursday, April 12, 2012

Greetings From The Redeemed Gardeners Wife

I have recruited someone wonderful to put in her two cents worth from time to time. Hopefully once a week if possible! So I am gonna let her introduce herself and please you all make her feel very welcome!

Hello everyone seems the Redeemed Gardener is a bit busy these days since he has returned to work.  Guess someone has to go earn a paycheck.  He was very discouraged that he wouldn’t have as much time to garden and blog so he has asked me to help him out.  While I can’t help him much in the gardening department, unless he would like everything to die, I can however write about various other things. 

I guess I should start by telling you who I am, my name is Dana and I am the Redeemed gardener’s wife.  I am going to do my very best to check in once a week here on The Redeemed Gardener blog, hopefully I am up to the task.  You can also find me at www.Maplecottagestitcher.blogspot.com where I talk about my needlework projects and what not.  I love needlework; it is my favorite thing to do.  I also love to decorate my little cottage, read and I love to eat so therefore I cook not because I like to but because I like to eat.  So I will share some recipes with you all from time to time so you can use up those wonderful veggies that our gardens are going to produce very soon!  I for one am looking forward to fried squash, let’s hope the gardener has plans to plant some!

This is me @ my favorite place, OBX!

Speaking of recipes, decorating, gardening and such I am a new Pinterest convert.  I have a love hate relationship with this site.  I love all the ideas, they really get my creative juices flowing but too much of a good thing is not so good.  It is a real time killer.  I have tried some tips and recipes I have found on Pinterest and today I will share a few.


I found a recipe for Honey Baked Ham from Pam Martin-Allen that we tried on Easter Sunday and it was out of this world, smack your mamma good (just kidding I would never do that I would lose my teeth).  Anyway it was so good, I normally just rub my ham down with brown sugar and good honey (not the kind at the grocery), and cook it for a few hours.  But this recipe called for making a glaze of honey, brown sugar, Dijon mustard and cinnamon and pouring it over the ham the last 45 minutes of cooking time.  This is definitely a keeper and the next time you cook a ham try it out.  Ours is almost completely gone after two days.  You can go here for the recipe. 

Picture obtained from justapinch.com Pam Martin-Allen


The next pin I am going to share with you is a tip for cleaning the glass shower door in your bathroom.  I tried it on the tub and surround and it failed miserably.  This may work very well for the shower door but I don’t advise trying it on your tub and surround like I did.  The recipe can be found here and it calls for hot vinegar and blue dawn dish liquid in a spray bottle, spray on and leave for 30 minutes and come back and wipe off with a sponge and water.   Well it took me over 30 minutes to get it off the shower walls and probably 50 gallons of water, it was a disaster and I had water everywhere but boy was my tub and surround shiny. So I guess it worked but there are easier less expensive ways to clean a tub. Needless to say I won’t try it again.

 
                                                                   
          


Well I must sign off and get back to my daily duties before the gardener gets home and thinks I have done nothing but sit on the computer all day.  Shhh, don’t tell!!

57 comments:

  1. We love the OBX too.

    I would've been so mad over that tip if I had to spend that much time cleaning up a mess afterwards!!

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    1. Lisa I was aggravated to say the least! It's been one week since I tried it so I have calmed down a bit since.

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  2. Looking forward to seeing you here and also checking out your other blog!

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  3. It is very nice to meet you! :-) I look forward to checking out your blog, and what you have to write on this blog. :-)

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  4. It's nice to hear from you, Dana. It's always good to hear a woman's perspective! I'm fairly new to your husband's blog, but I'm enjoying the posts from your hubby and now from you :-). I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.

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    1. Welcome Brenda!! Thank you for stopping by, I look forward to contributing to the Redeemed gardener blog!

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  5. Hi Dana, it is great to see you on here. I also follow your blog and enjoy it very much. I know Clint is glad to have you on here. I like the tips you just gave us. Tell Clint we all hope he does well back at work please. Thanks for posting.
    Dolly

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    1. Hey Dolly!! Thank you for following Maple cottage stitcher!! So far things are going well on the first week back at work for Clint, he really is glad to be back. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Next time I bake a ham, I want to try this recipe! I love sugar glazed ham.

    Linking from Katherine's Corner.

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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    1. Ricki Jill, You will love it!! Our's is now gone and I want more!

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  7. Wonderfully informative post ~ enjoy the day ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  8. Dana I would love to find a quick and easy way to clean the bathtub and shower surround. Why is it always such a chore?!

    I hope you will stop by and see my new Annie Sloan Projects Revealed!!
    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    1. Karena I have been searching for an easy way like the fountain of youth for years! It seems elbow grease is the way to go, stinks though and yes it is a chore and I dread it!

      I will check out your Annie Sloan projects revealed!
      I will also see if I can't come up with the miracle tub cleaner!

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  9. that ham sounds good! my husband smoked ours this easter and that turned out yummy too :) i love pinterest too and have found a few things that work and some that don't. when i plan my grocery shopping i let the kids go through my "sweet" board and pick a couple of desserts. they recently picked "milky way cookies" and those looked and sounded incredible but the end result was just ok...the kids didn't even finish them!

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    1. Yummy, smoked ham sounds awesome too! What a nice idea to let the kids pick out some sweeties from your board! Bummer on the milky way cookes though.

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    1. It was, and I am still thinking about it, 4 days later!

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  11. Great job filling in, Dana. Welcome to the garden world!

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    1. Thank you Diana, I'm like a fish out of water over here in garden world. I have two black thumbs. Hehehe!

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  12. Nice to meet you Dana. Totally know what you mean about pinterest, love it but "oh my", before you know it half the day just breezed by. That is not time "well" spent, even if I did get some reeeally good ideas. While I recuperated from surgery and a cold I worked it and got my boards looking pretty good. I wont be doing that now that I am feeling much better and need to get other things done on the homestead.

    The ham recipe sounds wonderful. Thanks for the tips on the shower cleaning ideas, good to know when something does not work.

    Have a great day!
    Sassy
    http://keepinitruralinthemidwest.wordpress.com/

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    1. Sassy, I could waste an entire day on that Pinterest time waster site. I have to limit myself to 3 quick checks a day or less. I'm glad you are feeling better, especially now that it's springtime.

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  13. Hahhah.... Hi Dana!! Welcome to blog land and thank you for linking up to Garden Club Thursday.

    I can't wait to see your recipes. Do you take requests? I would like to can this year and have no idea how to do it. I could use some step by step instructions with pictures.

    I tried canning beets one year and the sugar started working in them and they smelled horrible.

    You are going to love this blogging so much that Hubby may never get his blog back.

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    1. Thank you!! I will see what Clint and I can do to get some articles on here about canning, I have done it several times and made baby food when my daughter was little. Clint has been doing it for years, he used to help his grandmother. I have never canned beets though, mostly green beans, tomatoes and fruit. I froze all my baby food.

      LOL! I am limiting myself to one day a week on hubby's blog since I have my own and I have a lifetime of needle work to get done. Oh so little time.
      Thanks for stopping by!!

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  14. Nice to meet you Dana! I'm a Pinterest "junkie" too~and you're right~sometimes it's too much of a good thing! Thanks for sharing what didn't work~I've found a couple of stinkers too. (Just say NO to Coconut Milk Shampoo...;))

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    1. Nice to meet you too Kim! Thank you for the heads up on the coconut milk shampoo!

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  15. You should sneak some squash seeds into the garden and then let Clint take over. ;o)
    I too have a black thumb, but I am trying to make it green...
    I don't know if I have a love/hate with Pinterest or what. I tried it because my Sister-in-law loves it, but it doesn't make me want to go there every day. Oh well.
    I want to like ham. My mom used to make it. But it is one meat I do not like. Still might give this recipe a try some time, though.

    A blessed Thursday to you all!

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    1. That is a good idea Linda! I have been working on my black thumbs for years, I have managed to keep my house plants alive so I guess I'm doing okay.
      You know ham is not for everyone and that's okay. Do you like pork at all? I think you could use this glaze on a turkey breast or a pork loin and it would probably be delicious. I think I would eliminate the cinnimon though if I used it on Turkey.

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  16. P.S. Not sure what's going on but I could not get to your blog with your link. :o/

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    1. Linda, we fixed the blog link to Maple Cottage Stitcher it is working now, thank you for letting us know!

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  17. Welcome, Dana..nice to meet you here! Enjoyed your recipe and your soap tales (smile): don't think I will try that recipe. I hopped over to your sight..it's beautiful.

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    1. Nice to meet you too! Thank you for visiting my blog. Oh my soap tales, that is a good way to put it, LOL!

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  18. I'm new to this site, Nice to meet you. Yes, pinterest is another thing to gobble up our precious time! but on the other hand it is so pinteresting!

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    1. Welcom Jessica! Nice to meet you. It is so pinteresting that I can't stay off the thing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. Hello RGW! My Mom glazes her ham the same way, only without the cinnamon. It is the BEST glaze we've tried.

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    1. Hello Carrie! The cinnamon sounds strange doesn't it? I make a dish called beef Kapama that calls for cinnamon and it's really good so I didn't hesitate to try it in the glaze and you could definitely taste it but it just added to the flavor. Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. So great to meet you, Mrs. RG! You did a fabulous job. And thanks for the tip on the shower cleaner. I won't try it! :)

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    1. Great to meet you too Nancy, thank you!

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  21. I'll look forward to more posts from you. I'm also going to check out your blog, too :) :) Greetings from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :) :)

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  22. Off to check out your blog! Since this is your husbands blog, do you think he read what you posted? Shhh! LOL

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    1. Thank you Becky Jane! You know now that you mention it, he probably didn't read it all the way through since he didn't mention, Shhh! He probably thought if it was good enough for me it was good enough for him.

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  23. Oops. The link you put for your blog didn't connect. I had to change the www. to http:// and it worked! Just thought you might like to know!

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    1. Thank you for the heads up we fixed the link.

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  24. Thank you for all your wonderful comments just incase I missed anyone! You all sure do know how to make a girl feel welcome!

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  25. Hi Dana as co-host of Katherine's corner blog hop just popped over to say hi since you've linked to Katherine's blog. You've got some great tips and I so enjoy gardening I look forward to following and learning more. Cheers

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  26. Hi Dana! So nice to see you here! I look forward to your recipes.. we always do a honey ham on Easter but I buy them already honey's! This recipe looks great.. Will have to try it for sure! Have a wonderful day!

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  27. Hi Dana! It's nice to "meet" Clint's wife! :)
    I glaze my ham that way too, sans cinnamon. The lady who gave me the recipe said to slather on the glaze and then wrap it all up in heavy-duty foil and bake it. YUM!!
    I avoid Pinterest like the plague just because I know I would be there for hours...and hours...and hours! ;-)

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  28. Team blogging is a great idea! I appreciate your review of the DIY shower cleaner, Saves some of the rest of us from having to find out the hard way. ;) What a great idea cinnamon is on the ham. I really need to try that one.

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  29. Oh, I am so happy to have found your blog on the UBP! After a chilly afternoon in my yard raking and realizing I will be battling the stinging nettle again this year..I am in garden frame of mind! Hope you'll stop by for a visit at the Little Shack on the Hill! I'm a new follower!

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  30. Hi Dana! So nice to meet you! I love coming here and reading the Mr.RG's blog. Love the practical and the spiritual application he provides for the gardener / homesteader.
    The ham sounds good! May give it a try the next time I cook a one.
    As to Pinterest. I deleted most of my boards when the topic of 'liability' became an issue. I've not started rebuilding yet. I kind of like the freedom I've had from Pinterest- lately.
    Give me more time to connect with my readers and other bloggers.
    I love the relationships part of blogging!
    I'm going to check out YOUR blog now.
    have a blessed week
    -Pat

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  31. Thank you all for giving Dana such a great, warm welcome! I am sure you will enjoy all of her posts, she always brings much wisdom to this household!

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  32. Welcome Dana, wonderful post! Clint thank you for linking up to the Thursday hop. Sorry I'm behind in saying thank you. My recent post will explain my delay.Hope to see you again this Thursday. xo

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  33. Hi Dana! Super nice to meet you thru the UBP12... Hope we can stay in touch and looking forward to your posts! Visit me and join too!
    S.O.S. Mom
    http://sosmom.blogspot.com

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  34. Your site looks great. Will be back after the party to go over your blog better. :)

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  35. Proud to join your site. I don't eat ham, but that looks like quite a spread! Hope you follow me back at http://chatonsworld.blogspot.com.

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