Your JanuaryTo Do List
From the office of david paul lord
“ The Most Famous Designer you’ve Never Heard of ”
For the Garden:
- Work on those hardscape elements, repair the fence, screw down those deck boards, put a bench in the garden or around a tree and someone please feed the birds
- Mulch trees, scrubs, perennial beds, garden paths (if you haven’t) and fertilize pansies and ornamental cabbage
- Dormant spraying of fruit trees, cotoneaster, dogwoods,
- Prune deciduous trees and shrubs. Don't prune your spring flowering shrubs or hydrangeas because you will remove the flower.
- Forsythia, Jasmine and Quince sprays can be cut and brought into the house now for forcing
- Use your fireplace ashes as fertilizer for your Iris and other alkaline soil plants (ok, I don’t think this really works, but I saw it online…. but bone meal, superphosphate and 6-10-10 are all effective)
- Turn your garden soil to expose insect eggs
- Force Hyacinth, Paper white Narcissus, and Lily of the Valley bulbs into bloom indoors, in a shallow bowl of water, or in pots
- Sharpen and oil tools such as shovels, shears, mowers and if you are the kinda person that likes to paint his wheel barrow, well…you can get that one off the list by the end of halftime
Life’s a Garden, Dig it….
In the Kitchen:
David’s World famous Chili
This is a sweet chili guaranteed not to put hair on your chest….I’ve found that you have to be careful with that kind of food because if you chew it on the wrong side of your mouth, you could end up with hair on your back.
1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. ground pork
1 lb. ground beef
2 yellow onions, chopped
4 teaspoons dried oregano
4 teaspoons ground cumin
¼ cup chili powder
8 bay leaves
3 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons bacon bits
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 14 oz.cans of diced tomatoes
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup yellow mustard
4 cups chicken broth
1 32 oz can. pureed tomatoes
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can red beans
I’ve always thought of chili as one of those kinds of foods you make when you have lots of folks coming over, whether it’s in a bowl or over nachos I’ve always liked it topped with some sour cream and chopped onions, last time we made this we had about 20 people over and we had plenty of food. (You’re going to need a pretty large pot for this)
Start by browning each of the meats (pork, turkey and beef) pour off the grease then put each into the pot. Chop the onions, brown them and add them to the meat, after that, just start adding the rest of the ingredients in the pot, bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer, stir occasionally for about 45 min.
Top with sour cream, fresh cilantro and a few cropped red onions. (remember to take out the bay leaves)
As with any recipe, have fun with it….think of it as a guide not a blueprint.
Few things say springtime more than the site of the bluebirds, long considered symbols of love, joy, happiness and good fortune. Here in Georgia we are lucky to have the eastern bluebirds throughout the year, around March they start nesting which will continue though the summer.
This is an easy project and can be made into a special memory if you include a child. We have made several birdhouses, some with chimneys we covered with rocks (which we put on with liquid nail). Moss is another element we work into some designs. You can do lots of different designs including license plates for roofs, painting them bright colors , think of it as yard art.
A few rules:
Make the hole 1 ½ inch diameter to keep out other birds that may try to move in.
Don’t put a perch on the house, bluebirds don’t need them, however, house wrens and sparrows will use it to access the house.
It’s a good idea to put in a few ¼’ inch drain and vent holes, 4 or 5 on the bottom and a couple more on the side panels.
Place your bluebird house facing an open area between 4 to 15 feet above the ground.
Most people will tell you that you need to design your house so it can be cleaned out, however I have had bluebirds coming to the same house for 10 years without cleaning it….so use that info as you will.
What’s New with Us:
For those who didn’t know, David as been working as a stuntman/stunt coordinator since 1980 with over 500 credits
Although it was a slow year for film in Georgia, we were able to work on a few projects
After doing stunt work (scuba) for Tyler Perry’s film "The Family that Preys” as well as stunt coordinator for the water work on the ”Fruit to Fruition” grand opening of Tyler Perry’s new studio, David was the stunt double for Gary Cole in the Demi Moore movie “The Joneses”.
He was also stunt coordinator on few other smaller films and commercials.
We have had several pieces of photography and sculpture on display around town this past year; we’ll keep you posted as new shows feature David’s work.
Something to think about:
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
David is currently working on several books including;
· a cookbook based on his family recipes
· a devotional featuring some of his Angel photos
· a series of photo books based on the 8 1/2 months he spent in New Orleans post Katrina
· as well as a book on landscape design
Feel free to give us a call or send us an email to schedule an appointment 770.435.9636
‘Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass;
Life is about learning to dance in the rain’.
DPL and Associates