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Homemade chives and sour cream dip on a baked potato with steamed broccoli and cheese.

Sometimes a baked potato is very bla and not very tasty even with salt, pepper, and butter.

I’ve just added some new chives plants to the vegetable garden and they needed a trim. Of course, there was all ready sour cream in the fridge so it was a natural combination!

I used kitchen scissors to harvest the chives.

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Homemade chives and sour cream dip on a baked potato with steamed broccoli and cheese.

Ingredients:

5 tablespoons sour cream
4 tablespoons fresh chives – cut into small pieces with scissors.
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Pinch of salt

Mix the ingredients and serve. Chill to keep firm.

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Baked potato in aluminum foil:

Preheat the oven on 425f. Using a fork, pole holes around the potato. You may rub them with olive oil and salt and pepper.

Wrap in aluminum foil. Place on lower rack of oven. The aluminum foil produces a moist skinned, baked potato.

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Bake for about 45 minutes to one hour or until cooked through. You can test for doneness by poking it with a fork or pinching the potato. Its it is soft its ready!

Top with the chive sour cream dip and more chives, salt and pepper.

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I also steamed broccoli in the microwave for about five minutes and sprinkled with cheese while hot.

Enjoy!

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Random Spring garden pictures.

Spring has most certainly arrived!

1) Lilies have begun to grow. The voles must have not discovered this one because they have eaten all the other lilies I have tried to grow. Oh, tiger lilies how I miss you!

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2) Kerria are covered in blooms. They are gangly plants with a fountain-like grown but the Spring show is wonderful.

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3) Azaleas are doing their thing.

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4) Soloman Seal are spiraling toward the sky.

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5) Tulips make an appearance.

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6) New leaves on the Basjoo Banana.

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7) The Kwanzan Flowering Cherry is providing the bees with plenty of pollen.

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8) Viburnum Mariesii is doing what is known for…

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9) Chinese Redbud makes us all wonder: “Why are they called redbuds when they should be called Magenta Buds?” (Note to self: Put on glasses when focusing pictures!)”

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I wish I could plant everything right along the street so everyone could see but there is always Gus…

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I think he has found something in the Kerria?

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And with the rain comes blooms!

Heavy rains have broken the drought and encouraged a flash of colour in the garden.

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Morning Glory

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Incense Passionflower – the bees seem to stay on this passionflower for hours. The nectar must have an intoxicating effect because they do not fly away even when you touch them.

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Ratibida pinnata – This black-eyed-susan looking plant grows about six feet tall then the flowers fall over as they mature and begin to form seeds.

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Woodland phlox

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Mushrooms

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