Each spring the cilantro seeds that dropped from the year before sprout around my patio. It’s been about 10 years since I actually bought and planted the original cilantro, however each year I get another crop from the seeds that dropped the previous year. This year I decided to gather the cilantro seeds and use them in the kitchen. Here’s how to save the magic and at the end you’ll have your own homegrown and harvested coriander herb!
Let the cilantro go to seed. After the plants have dried, collect the stems by cutting them right above the ground. Place the stems carefully into a paper bag so that you can shake off all the seeds (coriander). If some of the seeds seem to still be a little green they can be dried. Place the coriander on a shallow baking sheet, preheat the oven to it’s lowest temperature, place the baking sheet into the oven and cut off the oven.
Once completely dry after a few hours place the coriander into an air tight jar and enjoy! They can also be vacuum sealed in bags if you plan to save them for a later date. Enjoy!
Are you tired of tripping over the ropes that anchors the camper awning to the ground? Is the ground too hard to hammer stakes in for the awning anchors? Camping at home on the drive way and no way to secure the awning to the concrete without stealing bricks from around your neighbors garden?
Here’s what I put together to solve some of the problems with awning ropes and securing the awning when camping in “difficult” locations. A trip to the local home improvement store and Voilà! Homemade awning supports that also pretty up the camp site!
I put these together one at a time so that I could make sure I got everything in place before the cement became too thick to work with. Continue reading for a list of the items needed and directions on putting them together.
A little walking tour of downtown Montgomery Alabama on a very hot Sunday afternoon.
More Montgomery Alabama walking tours can be found here: Montgomery Walking Tours
I got a little creative today. Two different clothes racks and all made in a little under an hour. Most materials I had around the house and the snap kit I picked up at Home Depot a few months ago. Each rack is pretty easy to construct.
Outdoor towel rack for those times when you don’t want to hang wet stuff inside and the campground doesn’t allow clothes lines.
For the outdoor rack I used a longer dowel and attached straps to the bottom of the bunk. I added a washer so that the screw doesn’t pull through the strap. Make sure the wood screws you use aren’t too long as they may damage the bottom of your mattress. If they do go through a little bit, either nip off the end or make a cover that will protect the mattress. There are also snaps attached to the bottom of the bunk so that the straps can be snapped up out of the way when not used. The dowel will be stored inside the camper in one of the cabinets when not in use.
Indoor towel rack that uses the straps and snaps that hold the door to the ceiling when stored.
What’s next? I’m not sure, but it would be nice to recover all the cushions!