SATXBlog | San Antonio Real Estate and South Texas Blog

The Texas State Capital Building

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 9:09pm. 372 Views, 0 Comments.

The People's House and Senate

by Celia Hayes

Texas State Capital Building by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSo – after a two-hour long stint in the Texas Author's Association booth at the Texas Book Festival this last weekend, my daughter and I decided that we should explore the grounds of the state capitol building, which reared up at the top of the hill just outside the tent where the booth was. No kidding – the tent was at the intersection of North Congress and 11th, just in front of the gate to the grounds ... which looked cool, green and inviting, after two hours in the hubble-bubble of commerce.

Tejano Monument by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe put the two tubs of books in the car, and walked back from the public parking structure on San Jacinto, past the state archives and the statue-topped obelisk monument to Hood's brigade ... that unit which

Read Full Post »

What to do With Gumbo

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 9:00pm. 425 Views, 0 Comments.

Tales of Gumbo

by Celia Hayes

Gumbo - All Ready by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI may be defeated in my ambitions this year to have bounteous crops of tomatoes and zucchini squash ... but by way of comfort, the peppers of various sorts and the okra plants are multiplying and producing like champs. The encouraging thing about the okra plants is that I have been able to grow a fair number of plants from seeds left in the pods that I let go last year ... and that the darned things do grow like weeks. However, the okra pods of the variety that I have propagated do have to be harvested before they get to be about three inches long; otherwise they are tough and woody to the point of inedibility. (But still good for gleaning seeds for the next crop.) I would actually consider planting a good-sized patch

Read Full Post »

Different Kind of Farming

Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:18am. 319 Views, 0 Comments.

Another Kind of Farmer's Market

by Celia Hayes
http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
Okra, Pepper and Radish Still Life by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAs much as I try to wedge in useful vegetable crops into various parts of my tiny suburban back yard, there is just not enough cultivatable space to grow enough that our needs for seasonal vegetables can be satisfied from it, day in, day out, year in and year out. Oh, certainly, we have gotten good things from the garden – especially potatoes this year. Sing ye the glories of home-grown potatoes, so tender, so luxuriously velvety that we didn't know whether to eat them, or slather them onto our hands like skin cream. I got one good squash, a fair number of okra pots, and all the fresh herbs I could use – 'Twas ever thus; herbs in plenty – other edibles, not so much.

Mushrooms by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThere

Read Full Post »

Autumn Cometh

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 8:37am. 413 Views, 0 Comments.

Autumn Cometh

by Celia Hayes

A Good Find by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe have already had one cool snap, and a couple of rounds of rain, all of which herald the end of summer in South Texas, and the advent of what I believe to be the fairest and most pleasant season. Spring has it's moments of attraction, to be sure, but there is always the threat of the soon-to-be boiling-hot summer hanging over it, as the days draw out. Autumn has no other threat than perhaps a couple of days below freezing, and every two decades a promise of snow. We had our ration of show a couple of winters ago, so it will be a good line time before we get it again.

Man Stuff at Market Days by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comGetting back to the joys of autumn, though – the main one is that one may fully enjoy hours spent in the open air without running the risk of

Read Full Post »

Autum Garden Stuff

Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 8:20am. 458 Views, 0 Comments.

In the Autumn Garden – September

By Celia Hayes

From the Back Porch by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThat blessed day – the day that we can turn off the AC and open the windows arrived this last weekend. Cool fall weather in South Texas arrived in tandem with the notice from the city regarding brush pickup, so the neighborhood has been serenaded with the sounds of chain saws all this week. Receipt of the brush pickup notice meant for us that it was time to call the tree guy to come and take out two many-stemmed laurel-cherry trees, which had begun as a self-planted small saplings, grew into a hedge-like thing which screened my back yard from my next-door neighbors and offered a small touch of shade, and finally one of the two into a towering behemoth which banished direct sunlight from half the yard.

Read Full Post »

Home Made Marinara Sauce

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 8:02am. 563 Views, 0 Comments.

Marinara

 

Marinara by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSince getting the new refrigerator, revamping the larder cupboard, getting the vacuum sealer and experimenting with canning, bottling and picking – we’ve been stocking up even more intensely. Well – now that we have the space, or the re-vamped space, and the technology – why not? Indeed, thanks to a fortunately-timed stop at the marked-down shelf at the local HEB a couple of weeks ago, I can report that our requirements for exotic vinegars, balsamic and otherwise, have been fulfilled for the foreseeable future. And one of our projects over last weekend was to clear out the deep-freezer in the garage. Yes, indeed – it is possible to lose track of what is on the rearmost shelves; we found a package of frozen chicken with a best if by date

Read Full Post »

The Culinary Frontier

Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 10:48am. 783 Views, 0 Comments.

Exploring the Culinary Frontier

by Celia Hayes


This last Friday, my daughter took it into her head to bake a deep-dish pizza for supper; she went rootling through the drawer under the oven, where the römertoph clay casseroles, the Spanish clay cazuelas and Dutch ovens are kept, looking for a cast-iron frying pan to bake pizza in – but she unearthed a particular small cooking implement, still in the original plastic wrap.

I had forgotten about it entirely, and can't recall when or where that I bought it; a heavy and well-made Pyrolux iron pan for doing aebleskivers, which are a nice and peculiarly Danish variant on pancakes. The little leaflet with it is in four languages, so that was no clue. I knew what it was, of course. When we were children

Read Full Post »

Good Stuff

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 at 9:59am. 628 Views, 0 Comments.

Good Stuff

by Celia Hayes

My daughter and I did our foodstuff stocking up this last weekend, including a run out to Granzin's in New Braunfels. Alas, we were disappointed in our intent to purchase a large quantity of beef bones to make home-made beef broth out of, and then to give to the dogs for their chewing pleasure. Their stock of bones in the back room was much reduced by demand, I guess. We should have gone up during the week, as we have on previous occasions. No good meaty beef bones this trip! But I still have a sufficient quantity of the last batch for my various cooking purposes, so ... never mind. It's all quite simple, actually; spread out the fresh bones in a single layer in a pan – or several, if necessary – with a quartered onion or

Read Full Post »

Kitchen Pantry Shelf Redo

Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 9:17am. 1,241 Views, 0 Comments.

A Spot of Home Reorganization

 By Celia Hayes

New Pantry Shelves by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThe kitchen pantry in my house is a misnomer. It a small kitchen closet, 25 ¼ inches wide by 27 ½ deep, extending all the way up to the ceiling-level. The builders installed shelves roughly fifteen inches apart. When I first moved in, I attached a pair of narrow wire shelf units to the inside of the door, seven shelves, each one just deep enough to hold a single can, small box or bottle. Later, I put in three wire shelves above the existing shelves. These needed a step-ladder to access. I put the little-used items on them ... and then pretty much dropped doing anything more, except for when it was necessary to go spelunking to the back of the deep shelves looking for a box of lasagna noodles. A couple of

Read Full Post »

Tomato Ketchup Chronicles

Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 11:28am. 868 Views, 0 Comments.

Tomato Ketchup Chronicles

by Celia Hayes

Ketchup Making Raw Materirals by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI was inspired by an old blog and Facebook friend, Katie Barry, to have a go at making home-made ketchup this weekend. I had often intended to try it before, as this condiment is one that we (as Katie points out in her own housekeeping blog) all have in our condiment collection. I was put off some of the recipes for it in my own collection of canning books, because they called for simply awesome quantities of fresh tomatoes, and unless and until my garden starts producing tomatoes by the ton ... well, I like fresh home-grown tomatoes too much to condiment them. But Katie's recipe started with canned diced tomatoes, and I thought ... oh, that is doable. One six-pound can of diced tomatoes from Sam's Club, and

Read Full Post »