You could say that it is a useful kitchen appliance, and my sister-in-law says that we'll get our money's worth out of it over the years, but that's a heckofalot of pasta I say. At about $2 per meal for bought pasta, I have to make 35 meals just to make the money back if I don't count the cost of ingredients. The wheat I grind is really cheap and healthy and the eggs are not quite free, so maybe it will pay for itself.
But that's not why I wanted it. I wanted to play.
It's like playing with playdough and even Alice can do it herself.
We made this first batch exactly as the recipe was given (3 cups of white flour, 5 eggs), but yesterday I made whole wheat spinach lasagna and spagetti using frozen kale and it worked great. Before adding tomatoes, onions, peppers or carrots to the sauce, we ate about 1 cup of kale in only the noodles. Before wilting, that's a whole lot of veggies.
Fun, fun, fun!
But life hasn't all been fun this week. This is a picture of our front yard last year in June.
It's very underwhelming and it took some time to find a picture to compare to what it looks like today.
See, isn't that better? No? Well, it will be. I removed two sad bushes and created a whole lot of veggie-growing space. However, that root ball is huge. I worked so hard out there cutting down the big bush and then working at the root with an axe that I wonder if the increased salt in the soil is going to be a problem. There's still a lot of root left, but an hour is about all the swinging I can do with that axe.
I've got more garden to prepare and seed too, but I can't seem to plan without seeing the whole picture of space. I think I might not get everything in this weekend as I'd like to.
I've toyed with the idea of getting a squash to climb over the remains of the stump, but then I'd just be putting off the root removal until next year. And I'd rather have the plants climb up than sprawl. There will be a lot of missing privacy on my little patio until trellises of some sort are erected. May always seems like such a rush to get everything done.
Besides the big root ball and stump, here is all that remains of the bush.