Archive for June, 2012

Garden Helpers…

There has been more rain and warmth, which is helping the garden to blossom.  The tomato plants are getting nice and tall with more flowers.  The other plants are growing taller as well, but not flowering just yet.  I can’t wait to be able to start eating some vegetables fresh from the garden. 

I usually go out first thing in the morning to look over the garden to see how it’s doing and make sure the deer or rabbits haven’t caused any damage.  I’m the early riser in the house, so it’s my chance for a bit of peace.  Our dog Savanna enjoys keeping me company and likes to wander about the garden as well. 

Gardening with Savanna

Gardening with Savanna

Yesterday evening it rained, but I managed to get a few gardening tasks done while it was still cool.  I put up a support for the cucumbers.  Next, my daughter and her boyfriend gave me a hand putting up the support for the green beans.  We barely made it, but managed to get done before the rain started.

Both supports were made from pieces of found fencing from previous gardening years.  We used pieces of twine to tie the sections of fencing to plastic stakes pressed in the ground.  The stakes are the black ones about 3 feet tall with a piece sticking out at the base above the spike, which is used to press your foot onto make it go into the ground.  We got them at the Tractor Supply store a couple of years ago.

The other thing we got done yesterday was to move the swing.  It’s under a nice tall tree for shade in the front yard and is in a good position for a nice view of the garden.  Love the swing!  No picture of the supports or the swing, I’ll have to post one another day, but here’s one of the largest squash plant in my garden. 

Squash

Squash

 

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Whole Wheat Banana Oat Muffins

Yesterday I had some over ripe bananas sitting on the kitchen table just beckoning to be made into something.  I decided last night, I would make some muffins this morning.  Well, I searched around looking for recipes and ending up having fun experimenting.

Not all of my kitchen experiments turn out well, but this one is a keeper.  The muffins turned out moist, sweet enough, and held together well.  Of course, tasted great too or it wouldn’t be a keeper.  On the plus side, these are healthier than my usual muffins.

Whole Wheat Banana Oat Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Oat Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Oat Muffins

Ingredients :

  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. whole oats
  • 1/4 c. flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 4 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 c. agave nectar
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. milk

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Melt the butter in the microwave or in a pot on the stove.  Add the melted butter, applesauce, agave nectar, and milk in the bowl.  Do not stir just yet.  In a separate bowl mash 2 over ripe bananas with a fork.  Add the 2 eggs in with the bananas and beat slightly.  Pour the banana and egg mixture into the large mixing bowl with the other ingredients.  Now, stir all the ingredients together till moistened and well blended, but do not over stir.

Prepare muffin pan by greasing cups with cooking spray or using paper muffin liners.  Fill muffin cups with batter.  Place pan in a 350 degree preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes.  Makes 1 dozen muffins.  I actually pulled my muffins out at 23 minutes as I like my baked goods a little on the lighter side.  I also used fresh ground cinnamon in the recipe, just since I had it on hand, but cinnamon powder could be used.  Also, I think the cinnamon could’ve stood to be bumped up to 1 teaspoon for more flavor.  Yum!

Inspiring Blog Award

In case you caught it before the delete, I made a boo boo and had to go redo this post.  Now to catch up on giving thanks for a blog award.  I would like to give a big thank you to Liz of the little box of books blog.  Pop over and enjoy a visit to her blog.  She nominated this blog on June 10th for the Inspiring Blog Award and I’m a bit late being appreciative.

For Inspiring Blog Award…

I was supposed to share 7 things about me :

  1. I will only drink milk out of glass.
  2. Everything will absolutely have to wait once I’ve poured milk over my cereal, because I can’t stand soggy cereal.
  3. I love chocolate…all kinds…just not white or dark so much.
  4. I was born in Germany(parents were in Air Force).
  5. Pink is my favorite nail polish color.
  6. I’m terrified of mice(yes, I know they’re small, I’m still scared).
  7. I am a homebirth and homeschool mama(daughter is getting ready to graduate).

Lastly nominating 10 other blogs I like for the Inspiring Blog Award. The order of blogs are not in any rhyme or reason, but I enjoy them all.  :

linneann.wordpress.com – Linneann

rosemarymint.wordpress.com – Rosemary Mint

thedoodlehouse.com – The Doodle House

bakerontherise.wordpress.com – Baker on the Rise

ccarothers.wordpress.com – Honesty

soulsbyfarm.wordpress.com – Soulsby Farm

darlacooks.com – Darla Cooks

christiepepper.com – CookieMomma’s Blog

elainecougler.wordpress.com – On Becoming A Wordsmith

the-view-outside.com – The View Outside

Catching Up and Chocolate Oatmeal Drop Cookies…

It has been a busy couple of weeks, so I’ve been a little lax in my blogging and my gardening.  I’m back from a good trip to my mother’s.  My daughter and I went for her retirement ceremony.  She’s retiring after teaching school for about 12 years.  We had a good visit and it was nice it was just us girls.  No guys.

Now I’m playing catch up, which seems something I’m always busy doing.  I was very happy to find out this blog was nominated for a blog award from a fellow blogger.  I will try to do another post for it later today.  It’s on my ever growing “To Do” list. 

This morning I got busy with the hoe and weeded four rows in the garden while it was still cool.  The big garden is coming along nicely with a minimum of deer damage.  The little shade bed has some beautiful bright pink impatients, which are in bloom.  The smaller herb bed, with a few vegetables mixed in, is doing nicely and needs some care.

As the weather continues to warm up some, hopefully there will be more fresh produce soon.  The small amount of peas I had planted are done and I need to plant some more.  We continue to have some lettuce and of course lots of fresh herbs.  I used some fresh chives the other day to make scalloped potatoes.   

Making Cookies

Making Cookies

Here is a picture from last week I had wanted to share.  It’s my daughter finishing up making some chocolate oatmeal drop cookies.  It’s a cookie more like a candy that we love.  Most of the time they set up, but sometimes they end up being spoon cookies(meaning so soft you have to eat them with a spoon).  The cookies did good this time.

It’s a good quick cookie, which can be made in a hurry.  We usually always have these ingredients on hand in our house.  Make sure to gather your ingredients before starting.  The peanut butter and oats should be measured out and sitting on counter ready to add when needed.  Prepare a flat surface (counter or kitchen table) with at least 3 feet of wax paper rolled out for cookies.

Put 1 stick (1/2 c.) butter in a pot and melt over medium heat.  Add in 2 1/2 c. sugar, 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder, and 1/2 c. milk.  I stir this continuously, bring to a boil.  After it’s boiled for 1 minute (often I do just a bit over a minute), take it off the burner.  Quickly stir in 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter, and 3 c. whole oats (uncooked).  Quickly drop by tablespoon onto waxed paper.  Makes about 3 dozen.

I say quickly a couple of times, because if the cookies are doing properly, they will set up rapidly.  If the cookies start to harden up, the ones you do towards the end will not be as glossy looking and will be harder to drop from the spoon.  It does not take long for the cookies to cool down and they should peel up easily from the waxed paper.  Love to eat a couple while still slightly warm with a glass of cold milk.  Yum…