The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Heidi Cat’s Favorite Toy May 30, 2012

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The Zarb Garden May 29, 2012


I know it is hard to tell from the pictures below but I finally have a garden. The pictures make it look like a bunch of weeds. This is my first garden, well technically second, I planted one last year and the hail storm killed it. I don’t really know what I am doing but I am giving it my best. Any tips would be of much help.

What my garden grows:

Tomatoes (I love my neon green tomato cages)

Tommy Toes

Cucumbers

Zucchinis

Jalapenos

Cheyenne Peppers

Habanero Peppers

Bell Peppers (green, yellow and red)

Watermelon

and finally Pumpkins

 

 

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Project 365: Week 20 and 21 May 28, 2012


Sorry For the delay in my blog lately. My charger on my laptop decided to stop working. Now with a new charger in hand I am back in the game and still took my picture everyday for the past 2 weeks. Enjoy!

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Husband smoked us 2 chickens for dinner

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Mr. Mal showing off his hippie shirt. My favorite, I love this picture.

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Maya is taking a lazy day

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Got 10 inches cut off my hair. It feels so weird!

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View from the back. I really don’t like the cut. Too clean cut for my taste.

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Finally replaced the bird feeder (cat feeder)  that got destroyed in the hail storm last year

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Double date night

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Someone go caught red handed digging in my flower bed

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Feels odd to wear scrubs again.

Selling my road bike. I will miss that guy but I am upgraded to a hybrid

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Grabbing a beer at the Bearden Beer Market

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I didn’t go alone just lost the other ticket stub 🙂

Phil cleaning the street (only my husband would clean the street). We had a basement clean up day and we about cooked, super hot day!

Just thought my husbands truck looked cool at this angle.

 

Forget all about Salary, Titles, Perks and Status May 15, 2012


I have been a Vet Tech before; I worked my way through college doing this career. I loved it! It was a very rewarding job but you smelled like a wet dog after work and you tend to get a few bite wounds and scratches daily with all that still a great job. Once I graduated college and decided to get my feet wet in the business world. My first job was with Whirlpool doing customer support for the contract side of the business, boring job, couldn’t stand it. I decided after 2 years of doing that I would venture out and see what else the business world had to offer. I landed a job working for The Insite Group as a Project Coordinator. I was working on a Burger King sign project on all the USA locations. Little did I know I would give my life away for 3 whole months. I honestly worked 60+ hours a week, 7 days a week. I may have had 3 days off the whole time I was there. I never saw my husband my house was a wreck, I couldn’t be married to a job like that. Once the project ended I decided to take a breather and here I sit writing this blog (sitting on the couch, listening to the birds chirping in the background and all in a very clean house).

I love being a housewife, but since we have no children and the dogs aren’t much entertainment I decided to go back to work after just 2 weeks off. After putting in numerous applications for business positions online I came across an add on Monster for a Vet Tech opening at  Dogwood Animal Hospital that is 2 miles down  from our house. I applied, got a call the same day, went in for an interview, loved it, and got a call Monday with the job offer. I couldn’t be happier right now. It is part time until August and then it will go full time. It is a win win situation: good pay, short commute, a job I love, maybe some benefits. I am use to drive 30 plus minutes to work while fighting Knoxville rush hour traffic. Sitting in a cubical all day and never seeing daylight. This worse part is that you can’t move. I know that sounds dumb but sitting all day and eating fast food will drive you nuts and you will gain weight fast if you don’t watch it. I am so ready to start moving again! I can live with being thin and happy 🙂

My first day is tomorrow, wish me luck!

 

Flower Garden – Sneak Peek


I finally decided to plant some flowers in the flower bed on my back patio. I normally plant the flowers and the dogs dig them up, step on them, or knock the pots over. Last year I didn’t even bother. This year, I decided to put a small fence around the back side of it hoping this will discourage unwanted traffic. I guess I will have to wait and see if the fence works or they find their way around it or kick it over.

I still need to add mulch but I was happy with my little garden so far. The cat did bring me a dead mole and planted by the purple petunias. I guess he is helping with the fertilizer stage. If the dogs stay out of I am going to add more flowers soon. This is just step 1, sneak peek.

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Recipe – Drunken Noodles -Yummy! May 14, 2012

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I use my fresh basil

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  • 2 14-ounce packages 1/4-inch-wide flat rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 12 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Thai chiles (I used Thai Chili Paste)
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup black soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 large plum tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 green bell peppers (about 12 ounces total), cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup fresh Thai basil leaves or regular basil leaves
  • 1 cup of bean sprouts

Cook noodles in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring frequently. Drain.

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Meanwhile, heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and Thai chiles; sauté 30 seconds.

Add chicken and the next 4 ingredients and sauté until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add noodles, tomatoes, and Anaheim chiles; toss to coat. Transfer to large platter, sprinkle with basil leaves, and serve.

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If you really like hot stuff I put in 4 tablespoons

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This is the fish sauce. I used Oyster sauce 1/4 cup

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This is the finish product. It was very good, still missing something and couldn’t put my finger on it. I am trying to get it as good as Taste of Thai’s maybe I should just ask what they use.

 

Project 365: Week 19 May 12, 2012

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Fishing

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My husband is a builder: His new project

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I love this little old man

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Me and Mr Mal getting ready to run errands.

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Welcome to the family sea urchin

Very sunburned from fishing. I was only out there for 2 hours 😦

Someone was sleeping