Sunday, May 4, 2008

Gardening


Ahhh ... spring weather!... time to work outdoors! A good friend of mine came and helped me plant my Dahlias yesterday but we ended up digging a new garden beds in front of my walkway. Fortunately, it rained the night before so the ground was not too hard but carrying these stones is enough to give anybody a carpal tunnel syndrome! lol I really prefer a shorter plants to go in here but since I have about 4 buckets of dahlia tubers, we planted some ... I plan to surround it with lower growing annuals like Petunias and Geraniums, can't wait to see how they look like when they're blooming.


After all those digging, hauling and planting, we rewarded ourselves with a well known Filipino dessert called Halo-Halo. It is a mixture of shaved ice, evap milk, coconut sport or young coconut meat, yam, plantain (banana), and beans. This is usually eaten in a tall glass with a leche flan on top and/or rice crispies.

BUT, instead of shaving ice and tall glasses, etc. I did a short cut ... a week before, I made an ice candy halo-halo (pictured above.) I mixed all the ingredients, filled an ice candy bags and put them in the freezer ... less work and no dishes. :)
That was a nice ending to a tiring day!

19 comments:

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Nance,
Looks like we were both busy planting this weekend. Your Halo-Halo sounds yummy!

Yes, I will be back to Hornell Ny sometime soon. We still have family there. So when I go, I will let you know and we can meet in Naples. That would be fun!
Penny

nini said...

nance, this is an original halo halo way of preparing it. i learned something new and may do it this summer for my regular visitors. looks so yummy.

nini

Mari said...

The new bed along the walkway would look great. It would create a sort of a trim between grass and walkway. You are lucky to have a friend who is helping you dig and plant. It would take me a while to prod myself to do that kind of work by myself. My bones are lazy. LOL

Show us a picture of it, when your dahlias are blooming.

dodong flores said...

So, you don't have snows anymore...

It's good that you can get back into gardening again...

Your halo-halo must be very yummy. Here in Manila, we're eating halo-halo in Chowking almost everyday. Sobrang init na kasi dito ngayon...

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

wow, you have a nice and clean garden.
nice too, you have a good friend who helps you.

the reward is the halo-halo.... while looking the pics, i think that is ice candy....

nice idea, i do it, while kim likes very much our halo2x, but my problem is the crushed ice...wala kasi akong maschine for this, nasira nya.......then we used our hands, minsan nasaktan pa ang daliri to crushed it....manually...
pero huwag naman yon Carpal tunnel Syndrome....lol

hello Nance,...kumusta na.
back to blogging naman ako, hope tuloy na ito, kasi minsan i have no time to open my pc if the weather is nice, panay ang pasyal namin ni bernie sa forest namin....lol

or biking around the field near to us.

sigi, bye and regards to all.......

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

aqy oo nga, arlene a friend,
she used fresh or H-milk, put it in the freezer.....b4 using it, she get from the freezer n stay for 1 hr, parang hindi matigas, koskosin?

using fork only.....tapos yon palaman , yon sa glass lang na mabili sa asia store, hay masarap nga.....

thanks for your idea you share to us,.,,,,

i can say already....WELCOME SUMMER........

Becky said...

Hi Nance,
I like what you did with the stones leading to your porch.
All that work . . . keeps us young! and able to keep up with the grandkids, right?!

I am working in the garden today (later-I'm here bloggin' right now)
and just lovin' springtime!
I'll be back to visit your blog some more.

I like your spirit!

After I work in the garden . . . i'll be over to your place for some Halo Halo please. I've never tried that and i LOVE food! All of it!

Yes yes you may add my blog to your list of bloggers and i'll do the same with yours.

ta ta for now,
Becky

Paula said...

Nance, that was a nice substitute for the regular halo-halo! My husband loves eating halo-halo but I refuse do it because it takes a lot of effort. Thank you for the idea, I really learn a lot from your blog!

ghee said...

now thats a real term of a yard!haha!unlike mine :) its good to garden,pero really,masakit sa katawan,hehe...

i thought your house is old?but it doesnt look like one?i like the design. :) and the halo halo ice candy!!wow! i miss those stuffs!!

ghee

Nance said...

hi penny! we sure were! :) would love to meet with you here, i will make Halo-Halo especially for you!

by any chance you were one of the vendors in one of the grape festival? ... lavender hill sounds familiar.

Nance said...

nini,
... and it is so easy, just mix a jar of halo halo mix, one can of evap and equal part of water. i like a lot of filling so i normally add about half a jar of macapuno or nata de coco.

let me know if you need ice candy bags... will shoot some your way!

Nance said...

oh i hope so, mari ... i hope the dahlias are not too tall by a walkway.

i will surely post pics when they're in bloom.

Nance said...

i'm pretty sure we're done with snow, dodong. we'll probably still get frost but they should be ok since they are underground. annuals are recommended to be planted after Memorial day (5/26/08)... by then temp will be decent.

Nance said...

vk, nice to see you're back. biking and/or taking walks are nice activities too ... they are healthy.

that's what i use for my halo halo too, the one in a jar. (halo halo mix) don't have time to cook each of the ingredients.

nice to see you back!

Nance said...

beckyyyy! welcome to my blog!!!
luv your enthusiasm! sure, come on over and have halo halo with us, i will serve it in a tall glass just for you! :)

gardening surely keeps us young! and for me, keeps me out of trouble too! lol

you're added, gurlfriend! ;)

Nance said...

paula,
welcome! ice candy halo halo should solve the problem. you don't have to shave ice, although nowadays they sell electric machine that shave real fine ice (not crushed).

thanks for the visit.

Nance said...

ghee,
i love gardening so i ignore the aches and pains, he he he you should have seen me the day after, i walked like an old lady! lol

it warms my heart when friends admire all those flower arrangements that i do for our church and office... my rewards.

JeannieTheDreamer said...

Hi Tita Nance, congratulations on the graduation of your daughter. Good job!

I wish I can go visit you and help you plant your dahlias and all, and eat halu-halo! I miss it...

jeannie

http://jade-n-mom.blogspot.com said...

what a cool idea with the ice candy, nance! Where did you get the narrow plastic bags? My daughters and I have been looking for those to make ice candy with.