Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Still more photos from December!

Lots of December photos

Party pics from December

November Meeting Update!

Hey ladies,

What a great meeting! What great attendance!
I'm sure you'll agree that Bob Becker's presentation was quite riveting. Mini golf courses, splash fountain and water park, bike path alongside Marconi, a new bridge over the interstate with a jogging lane... WOW! Kudos to Bob for turning City Park into a fabulous resource for our neighborhood and the whole city.

A big thank you to Joel Myers for letting us meet at her beautiful home, and to hostesses -- Jackie Shreves, head, Jennifer Warden, Suzanne Tyler, Babs Mollere and Margarita Harvey for preparing absolutely delicious lunch. (Recipes will be sent in a separate email.) Also, thank you, Charlene Baudier, for making the lovely LSU inspired flower arrangement.

The two new GC members present at the meeting were:
Delia Perez from 98 Wren Street,
Alanna Wanek from 9 Jay Street,
We're glad they could join us!


November pics!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Party Infomation

Hello ladies,

Our annual HOLIDAY PARTY will be held at Yvonne McCulla's home, 66 Flamingo Street, on December 2 at 11am.

The event is complimentary for members.
If you wish to bring a friend, please prepay $10 to Susan McArdle, our treasurer, by Monday, November 28.
Also, if you know for sure you will NOT be attending, please send regrets to me, Jolanta Tipler, at this email address.
It is very helpful for the hostesses to know in advance how many will be attending, so your response by 11/28/2011 will be much appreciated.

Looking forward to seeing you,

November - recipes

Please see the recipes from our November 2011 Garden Club meeting.

Cheese Ball
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese-grated
2 cups chopped green onions (used two bunches)
2 cups chopped pecans
4 heaping TBS. mayonnaise
1 jar Tabasco Pepper Jelly-refrigerated
Mix first four ingredients together and mold into two separate cheese balls. Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate. (Can be done the day before) Just before serving top with a jar of pepper jelly. It is always a hit.

Fall Salad-serves 6-8
8 cups torn salad greens (I like to include arugula with the greens)
1 cup thin sliced red apple (used Fuji)
1 cup celery, diagonally sliced thin
½ cup chopped red onion
¼ cup blue cheese crumbled
1 cup toasted pecans-chopped

2/3 cup veggie oil
½ cup vinegar-apple cider or combo w/ rice & raspberry but definitely use fruit vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
1 tbs. ground mustard
Salt & Pepper to taste

Chicken Salad w apples & cranberries-serves 4-6
3 cups diced cooked chicken
¼ cup dried cranberries
½ cup diced celery
2-3 TBS finely chopped red onion
½ cup diced apple
¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
4-6 TBS mayo
2 TSP lemon juice
1/8 Tsp curry powder (to taste-but probably needs more)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Combine 1st 6 ingredients then mix remainder and add to chicken. Seasonings will need to be adjusted depending on the chicken used. It is always tasty using a roasted chicken.
Serve on bed of lettuce or as a sandwich.



4 medium sweet potatoes, roasted until tender but not mushy
(Roast in oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes)

4 slices bacon

2 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 medium Red Onion, finely chopped (minced)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

Salt and ground black pepper

1 ½ Tbs. Dijon mustard

2 Tbs. Red Wine Vinegar

4 cups (loosely packed) baby spinach

Yields: 6 servings
Roast sweet potatoes ahead of time and let cool. Peel and cut lengthwise in half, then slice into ½ inch half moons. Reheat in oven a few minutes while making dressing.

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan.Add Olive Oil to bacon drippings. (I took out some drippings and replaced the same amount with olive oil. Just left some for flavor). Hear and add onions, some salt and lots of black pepper. Saute for a few minutes, then add garlic and continue to sauté until onions are tender and caramelized.
Remove pan from heat, add mustard and vinegar, whisking vigorously to incorporate the dressing. Pour over warm sweet potatoes and add the fresh spinach, tossing to coat the potatoes and lightly wilt the spinach. Crumble the bacon over everything. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Rachel Ray recipe: changed by Margarita Harvey


November Garden of the Month

Dear Garden Club members,

November Garden of the Month is 60 N. Lark, garden of Laurie Norman.
This garden is on the circle of N. Lark and the entry is flanked by two lovely urns of Begonia.
The garden colors are vibrant from front to back with Crysanthemum, Petunias and Pansies,
and on both sides of the house are welcoming hanging Potato Ivy.
If you peek along the pathway, you will find many textures, with Knockout Roses, Laura Petaluma, and variegated Liriope outlining the view.

Le Petit Jardin is on the lane side of 63 Spanish Fort, garden of Roy and Kathleen Lassus.
This is a lush, sculptural garden with lovely blooming Azaleas and Camillia, edged with Impatiens of varied colors.
An interesting accent piece is an iron flying pig...adding a local carnival flavor.

Secret Garden is the courtyard side of 6600 Beauregard, garden of Rene and Liz deBoisblanc.
This lush retreat is bricked and meticulously trimmed in ivy, with many palms and exotic plants,
including Elephant Ears and Spiral Ginger...and with the Weeping Youpon in bloom right now, it is a lovely sight to see.

GOM committee
(Ros Wingerter, Vonni Contreary, Liz Leonard, Joel Myers & Cynthia Chauvin)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October Garden of the Month 2011

Dear garden club members,

The winners of the October Garden of the Month are:

Garden of the Month 49 Oriole, Sue and John Fisk
Le Petit Jardin 66 Flamingo, Yvonne and Jimmy McCulla
Secret Garden 53 Wren, Laura and Allen Carman

Congratulations to winners!

More Great Photos from October's Meeting!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wow, we had a lot of photos from October - Fun Meeting

More Great Photos from October's Meeting!

October 2011 Garden Club Meeting Update

Hey ladies,

Thanks so much for coming to the meeting. I hope you enjoyed our speaker, Chad Harris from the Garden Gate, and took home some valuable garden tips.

I know you enjoyed the fabulous lunch our hostesses, Kim Zibilich (head), Joni Diaz, Jan Brown, Louise Kirchberg, Ros Wingerter and Gloria Moore served us. Recipes for the fall salad, quick pasta and pumpkin bars, were sent via email.

Also, Xiomara Brewster has forwarded her recipe for coffee with ice cream from our September meeting.

the coffee recipe is 2/3 cup of instant coffee crystals, 3 cups boiling water , 1 cup of honey, 2 quarts whole milk, 3 quarts vanilla ice cream and 2 cups of rum. The day before, dissolve coffee in boiling water, add honey and mix well. Cool and refrigerate. Put coffee in punch bowl, add milk and rum. Scoop in ice cream and server about 40.

Lest somebody thinks we're a food club rather than garden club, please note that the GOM pictures have already been emailed! :-)

See you next month,