Got a nice garden going this year

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, basil, and more.

I’ve always wanted to have room for a nice sized garden. When we had some of the pasture fence redone this spring we fenced a specific area for a vegetable garden. Turned out to be a bit over 40×20, just the right size to give everything room to grow.

It was a lot of work and took longer to get ready than I thought it would but I’m happy with the way it turned out. I hope it doesn’t turn into a buffet for the local rabbit population!

Setting Off To Explore Whole New Areas of Food Fun

So, it all starts with this article on Lifehacker: Eat Like a Foodie at Home, Without Breaking Your Budget.

With the advice of some noted chefs and food writers, you can elevate the level of your home-cooked meals even while working with a tight grocery budget, producing feasts that wow for just a few dollars per serving.

We’ll show you where to shop and what to stock in your pantry to maximize your dollars-to-enjoyment ratio. We’ll also show you how to save more on buying meat (often the most expensive part of the meal) and techniques and recipes for cooking up some exquisite dishes. Note: you don’t have to consider yourself a “foodie” to use these suggestions—all you need to bring is a desire for great food.

We use the Internet quite a bit around here to track down recipes, but we mostly stay on the mainstream sites. This article pointed me at a whole bouquet of excellent food sites full of great recipes and cooling tips and advice.

Here are some of the sites:

Anyone else have anything to add to the list?

Delta Adds $5 Surcharge for Bags Checked at Airport

Delta currently charges domestic passengers $15 for the first checked bag and $25 for a second bag. For flights starting Aug. 4, passengers who check bags at the airport will pay $20 for first checked bags, and $30 for the second bag.

Fees for bags checked in online remain the same, Delta said.

via Delta announces $5 surcharge for bags checked at the airport – Atlanta Business Chronicle: .

I hope they fixed online checkin. The last 2 Delta flights I had I couldn‘t check-in bags online.

Free Chick-fil-A meal on July 10, Just Dress As a Cow!

Chick-fil-A Inc. will give a free meal to customers who come to any of its restaurants on July 10 dressed as a cow.

The giveaway is part of the Atlanta-based chain’s fifth-annual Cow Appreciation Day, which honors its “Eat Mor Chikin” Cows.

In a related promotion, parents can enter photos of their cow-clad children as part of a “Show Us the Cow” online photo contest, for a chance to win a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Between now and Aug. 31, children ages 10 and younger are encouraged to work with an adult to submit creative photos of themselves dressed as cows. The contest Web site,, has details about uploading photos for the contest.

via Free Chick-fil-A meal on July 10 – Atlanta Business Chronicle: .

Finally a contest I can actually win 🙂 I’ll be putting together that cow suit and getting the free meal.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour Hits Atlanta October 6

Disney is pulling out all the whistle stops and taking its show on the road with a spectacular immersive and interactive 40-city train tour including a 3D sneak peek of film footage from the upcoming movie “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,”…Among the highlights of the tour are authentic artifacts on loan from the Charles Dickens Museum of London; artwork, costumes and props from the film; demonstrations of performance capture technology; and a chance to morph your face into one of the film’s characters using HP TouchSmart PCs. At each stop along the way, a state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D Theatre will be erected, where guests can get a sneak peek of “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and see other exclusive behind-the-scenes materials from the movie.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour

This special will be in Atlanta on Tuesday October 6, 2009 at the Southeastern Railway Museum. Visiting the train is free.