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Soft Pretzel Sticks, Garden Plans, Grow Light

I made some soft pretzel sticks with pizza sauce (Muir Glen, canned) for a snack the other night. They were delicious as always. In the past, I’ve also used uncheezes as a dipping sauce. Of course, Rob likes to use mustard as a dipping sauce. Blah! πŸ˜›

Soft Pretzel Sticks

In addition to the sticks, I made some regular pretzels too. The pretzel salt I used was purchased from my favorite catalog in the whole world….King Arthur Flour. When using pretzel salt, keep in mind that a little goes a long way. It’s so easy to over-salt that I usually use a light touch. I can always sprinkle more on later if needed.

Regular Soft Pretzels

Now for some of my garden plans. I’ll be growing most of our veggies at our community garden plot. However, I will have a small container garden on our tiny patio. I had a $25 coupon for a catalog so I took a chance and ordered a blueberry plant kit, which came with the plant, soil, and a container. The plant didn’t look that great when I got it but it seems to be doing better now. I also ordered a Maximillian Sunflower. I’ve never grown sunflowers before so we’ll see how it goes. I chose that sunflower because of the name – Maximillian was the name of my beloved betta fish that died last year. In addition to the blueberries and sunflowers, I’m also going to plant a container of red bell peppers.

Blueberry Plant. I’m keeping it indoors for another week or two:

Blueberry Plant

I also wanted to post a picture of the grow light Rob built for me in January. It’s made with PVC pipes and a shop light. It’s not fancy but it cost a lot less than store-bought ones! πŸ˜€ The light is adjustable too, although this picture is from the very first time we plugged it in, before I adjusted it. That’s the Chia garden I grew earlier this year under the light.

I actually took this picture back in January but somehow didn’t post it…until now. Currently, I have a 72 count Jiffy peat “greenhouse” under the light for starting some seeds.

Thanks Rob!

Here are some of the things we’re going to grow in our garden plot:

  • broccoli
  • carrots (a few varieties)
  • green beans (pole)
  • radishes (two types)
  • jalapenos
  • Kung Pao peppers
  • green onions
  • sugar snap peas (the only peas I really like)
  • pickling cucumbers
  • lettuce (mesculan mix, several types of leaf lettuce too)
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • swiss chard
  • Malabar spinach
  • Thai basil
  • chives
  • cilantro
  • tomatoes (depends on what we find locally)

This will be the first time I’ve grown swiss chard and Malabar spinach (it has a wonderful peppery taste). One of the carrot varieties I’m going to try growing this year is purple carrots. It should be interesting. I’m really excited and curious about the community garden experience. I’ll be sure to post pics of our garden progress.

And a question for my readers…what are you planting in your garden this year (if you have one)?

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!! πŸ˜€

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  • Kati May 4, 2007, 3:36 pm

    That blueberry plant is so cute! How long will it be before it starts producing berries? Sadly, I do not have a garden. πŸ™ I will just have to garden vicariously for now – and it sounds like you’re growing a lot of tasty things, so I’m in luck!

    Your pretzels look delicious. I love the King Arthur white whole wheat flour – I’ve been using it constantly.

    Have a good weekend!

  • johanna May 4, 2007, 3:56 pm

    those pretxel looks good! can you share the recipe?
    your garden will be amazing!

  • Aurora's Mom May 5, 2007, 8:32 am

    This year I’m going to grow: (or try to grow!)

    green beans
    several types of tomatoes
    squash (not sure what type yet)
    snow peas
    lettuce greens (as long as our local bunny doesn’t get them)
    herbs – I already have a couple in my garden, but will plant new annuals as always with lots and lots of basil!
    I might try zucchini as well
    more rhubarb!!

    Every year we plant a pumpkin patch. The pumpkins don’t always grow so large, but it’s fun to try.

    Good luck with your garden Emmy. Hope it grows well ;o)

  • scottishvegan May 5, 2007, 10:02 am

    I love the little pretzel sticks…they are so cute! I’ve only ever eaten pretzels once…when we were in Disneyworld and saw everyone else was munching them. I couldn’t eat it because it was just so salty. It would be interesting to make my own and that way I could limit the salt. I don’t have a garden, but when I’m back in Scotland I would like to grow some little pots of herbs on my windowsill. Does that count?!

  • Randi May 5, 2007, 12:29 pm

    I love soft pretzels. I should try to make some using that white whole wheat flour. I always buy the frozen kind and then throw the salt out because I never use any. All I have so far to start is basil and cucumbers. I have a lot of herbs planted in pots that are coming back, thyme, oregano, sage and chives. My rosemary died though, I need to get some more of that. We went to a town wide sale today. I’m going to post some pics just for you of what we got.

  • K May 5, 2007, 7:40 pm

    Wow, your own pretzels!! That’s one of my fave snax of all time, Emmy. With tons o’mustard… sorry Emmy, but i’m w/Rob on this one! My garden is the cactus my uncle gave me for my b’day, which is withering on my counter. No, i leave the gardening to peeps like you! Aw, and i love the blueberry plant. Very sweet. Great grow light. Wow, Rob did a nice job there!! I remember when your beloved Maximillian passed on. *HUGS* i know how much you loved him, and how he loved you too. The sunflower in his name is a wonderful unexpected tribute. He’d love it!

  • Midwest Vegan May 6, 2007, 8:42 am

    Is that your little chia pet herb garden? I tried growing one with my mom but I think we replanted it too soon because we killed two of the plants.

    Your pretzels look so great — better than what you can get at the mall. I’m a huge fan of soft pretzels, especially split open and spread with a little Earth Balance. Yummmmmm!

  • udandi May 7, 2007, 8:15 am

    those pretzels sticks look delish! Did you recycle that container – it looks plastic or maybe it is a harder plastic meant to look like those from the vendors.

    I do not have a garden so I’ll just check in on yours!

  • Dori May 7, 2007, 1:17 pm

    I love the looks of your pretzel sticks. Good luck with your garden plans. Dh made a grow light stand for me also. I have a light timer to ensure that the seeds I start get 16 hours a day light and 8 hours rest.

  • Randi May 7, 2007, 4:03 pm

    oh the pressure….. I posted it.

  • veganruthie May 7, 2007, 4:13 pm

    Hello Emmy! :- )

    I have a community garden plot this year, too! I am SO THRILLED! I spent 2.5 hours working there this morning. It has a lot of risidual crab grass in it.. even though they tilled. Yuck!

    I am using Square Foot Gardening principles. What about you?
    I am growing (at least :):))

    Bright lights Swiss chard
    Chiogga Beets
    Yellow Beets
    Sugar Snap Peas
    Chinese Snow peas
    Green beans
    Yellow beans
    Purple beans
    Patty pan squash
    Lemon cucumbers
    Pickling cucumers — to eat raw YUUUMM!
    Grape tomatoes (red)
    Grape tomatoes (yellow)
    and of course: Sunflowers!!!! Tons of them.

    I am also growing the following in my mini-garden in front of the apartment:

    Sugar Snap Peas
    Ruby red chard
    Mixed lettuce
    Mixed carrots
    and of course: Sunflowers! πŸ™‚

    I’m hoping to plant some containers in the back with raspberries and blueberries, and I’d like to plant a window box strawberries and another one with herbs.

    I am such a nerd. Anyway, I stopped by to tell you about this site:

    Thought you might like it. πŸ™‚

    Also, sometimes I think we’re the same person. I just scored 30 books at the library book sale. πŸ™‚


  • atxvegn May 7, 2007, 7:33 pm

    I’m so impressed that you made pretzels! I have never attempted to make pretzels or bagels – too intimidating.

    I’ve mentioned before that I absolutely can’t grow anything. Your garden is going to be awesome!

  • mikaela May 8, 2007, 9:25 am

    That grow light is awesome! Yay for Rob πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to seeing your garden pics; we just turned the soil and mixed in the compost for our veggie garden this weekend.

  • pinknest May 8, 2007, 10:28 am

    ohhh i so wish i had a garden. le sigh. your pretzels are adorable.

  • cheriej May 8, 2007, 12:45 pm

    i love pretzels! i think i’m going to make some with my sourdough starter.

  • vicki May 8, 2007, 8:53 pm

    homemade pretzels must be delicious – i could eat pretzels all day & sometimes do! you have exciting garden plan — i always love seeing community gardens in action. right now, my herb barrel is raging with cilantro, basil, marjoram, thyme, dill, & rosemary — think that’s it? the garden boxes art made me last year aren’t full yet, but so far i have tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, habanero pepper, & onion. you gave me some good idea on how to fill in the extra space. happy gardening, emmy! and way to go, rob on the grow light!

  • bazu May 8, 2007, 9:50 pm

    I’m so jealous of your gardening plans! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out… I’ll be lucky if I grow some assorted herbs and a few tomatoes! I feel about the Bob’s Red Mill catalog the way you feel about King Arthur- so full of wonderful stuff!

  • vegandiva May 10, 2007, 9:01 pm

    Thanks for all the terrific comments everyone!!!

    Kati, it’s suppose to produce berries by mid to late summer. I sure hope it does and that the birds don’t eat them. LOL

    Johanna, I’ll try to get the recipe posted when I get a chance in the next week or two. πŸ™‚

    Aurora’s Mom, Sounds like some delicious garden plans. I’ve never grown rhubard before but my grandma always used to grow it. The bunnies are always after my lettuce too. Sigh. Ooooh, you grow your own pumpkins. That is so cool! Growing my own pumpkins is on my to-do list. Hopefully I can give it a try next year.

    Scottishvegan, that’s so cute that you’ve only eat pretzels at Disney World. Yeah, commercially sold soft pretzels tend to be way too salty for my tastes too. And sure, a windowsill garden is still a garden. πŸ™‚

    Randi, thanks for posting pics of your finds. I really enjoyed seeing them. You got some fantastic deals. What a bummer your rosemary died. Basil and cukes are still a good start to a garden πŸ™‚

    Kleo, ahhhh, the mustard fans are outnumbering me. LOL Rob thanks you for the compliment on the growlight. It looks even better in person. And thank you again for all your sweet words about Max (then and now). πŸ™‚

    Midwest Vegan, Yep, that’s the Chia Herb Garden in the pic. The Chia herbs did ok, the chives turned out the worst.

    Udandi, I actually bought a large pack of the divided containers at Sam’s Club. I couldn’t resist buying them even though they are horrible for the environment. We try to wash and re-use them a few times before they hit the trash (they’re actually not a number we can recycle). I love using them for pretzels and dipping sauce, vegan nachos, and chips and salsa. The containers make the foods so much more fun to eat.

    Dori, that rocks your hubby made a grow light for you too!!!

    Ruthie, yay! So glad to hear have a community garden plot too. That’s cool you’re using square food gardening principles. I’ve read about that before πŸ™‚ And as if we didn’t have enough in common, I also love to snack on pickling cukes! I can’t grow enough. I always have to buy extra at the farm markets. I love them. Be sure to take pics of your garden too. I’d love to see how the sunflower turn out. That’s really neat you’re growing purple beans. I’ve seen them before but have never actually tried them. That’s too funny you also have a mini garden at your apt too. Love that link you posted. I have the one rec room book they mention. I bought it at….where else, a library book sale. Those sales are so much fun and you can’t beat the prices, especially when they have bag sales. I bought about 25 book over the past month at the sales that I’ll be blogging about soon. Hope all is well!!!

    Diann, making pretzels isn’t that hard at all. I’ve made bagels at home before too but I prefer the ones I can buy at a bagel shop better. I’ll be posting the pretzel recipe soon if you want to give them a try πŸ™‚

    Mikaela, Rob got a kick out of the your comment on the growlight πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to have a compost bin. Hopefully we’ll have one next year when we have our own yard.

    Pinknest, thanks for the nice comment πŸ™‚ The preztels were almost too cute to eat….almost….LOL

    Cheriej…oooh, sourdough pretzels would be yummy πŸ™‚

    Vicki, Your garden sounds great too. I enjoyed seeing pics of your herbs. That rocks Art made you garden boxes last year. Rob says thanks for the compliment on the growlight!!!

    Bazu, oooh, Bob’s Red Mill is a good catalog too. Rob loves when the King Arthur Flour catalog arrives….he knows he’ll have a few minutes of peace and quiet while I read it πŸ™‚

  • johanna3 May 11, 2007, 6:04 am