Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Take A Peek Wednesday: How I'm Spending My Sumer Vacation!

                 
                 How has your summer been? I've been busy..busy in the garden,busy on day trips, busy around the house, and busy trying to get some relaxation in there. 
                           
 
                  The garden is coming along nicely and have already made some mental notes for next years garden. Like..plant 3 times the amount of zucchini because we are already out. I had one plant that didn't produce anything! I've learned my lesson with watermelons..as in, don't even bother in this climate. I'm waiting on my blue jade corn to come into harvest as well.
               


           I've been hitting up the local second hand shops and was thrilled to finally find an egg wire basket! is it no the neatest thing ever? The second hand shops here are for the most part seriously disappointing but every so often you can score something fabulous.
            


                     We've gone on a bunch of nature walks..I'm determined to soak up as much vitamin d as possible before the long dark days of winter hit us..and you know they are coming!
                


                  In just a few short weeks the boys will be heading off to school and my husband will be headed off for a new job adventure. So for now please excuse my absence. I am loving the time with my family and will return soon.

I have so many things to share with you all..I finally made a sourdough starter that is thriving. I've baked so much bread it's unreal. I'm learning new ways of stretching the food budget. So stay tuned and I wish you all a wonderful summer!







Sunday, July 20, 2014

TCSB's July Cake: Glazed Almond Butter Cake

     
                    Here is my monthly cake from, The Cake Slice Baker's. We were given a choice of 4 cakes from Great Cakes and I went with this one.
                 


                 It's a pretty straight forward butter cake with an almond topping that is crunchy and chewy at the same time. Overall not a bad cake and one you could serve to all lovers of almonds.







Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Take A Peek Wendesday: Where Has Summer Gone?

                 

                I'm currently participating in a 100 day happy challenge. You post a pic everyday,for 100 days of something that makes you happy. This was my pic for yesterday..Rain...We are in a stretch of miserable non stop rain.

The happy part was that I baked up some cookies..because a rainy day really does require freshly baked cookies.

I sure hope summer makes a return. I've got corn and watermelons that are relying on it. Not to mention my spirit. I need more sun and warmth! 





Monday, July 7, 2014

Whole Wheat Orange Blueberry Drop Biscuits

             
                      Summer vacation is in full swing over here..and with that comes with two forever hungry teenage boys. It.Never.Ends. The crazy thing is, they don't snack in between meals. Ever. I suppose on one hand I should be happy that they aren't constantly on the hunt for something to eat but when they do eat? wow. I'm seriously impressed with the amount they are able to put away with out ever gaining weight. If I sound envious,it's totally because I am. I am on the cross trainer 6 days a week to keep up with my love of all things bread. Like these drop biscuits.

For some reason I am not into the proper rolled out biscuits. I just don't have the time nor the patience for it. Drop biscuits? I'm all over those. They are quicker,taste just as good and you can mix and match the flavors and add ins.

Blueberry and orange is one of my favorite combos and with some added whole wheat for good measure you can pretty much feel awesome for plopping these down in front of your kids..and then watching in awe as they inhale them before you have time to serve milk.

Not a fan or orange? swap it out for lemon. It's all good!

Whole Wheat Orange Blueberry Drop Biscuits

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup All-purpose Flour..or use all WW
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 cup (8oz) Orange Yogurt..I used low fat
1 Egg
1/4 cup Butter,melted
1 tsp. Orange Zest
1 cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries

Glaze:
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1 TBS Orange Juice..plus more as needed
1/2 tsp. Orange Zest

Preheat oven to 400 or 200 celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease with nonstick spray;set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients.

In another bowl,whisk the yogurt,egg,butter and orange zest until blended. Add to flour mixture,stir just until moistened. Gently fold in blueberries.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart onto prepared pan. 

Bake 15-18 minutes or until light brown.

In a small bowl,combine the glaze ingredients;stir until smooth. Drizzle over warm biscuits.

** If using frozen blueberries, use without thawing! Not a fan of blueberries? try raspberries**

Yield: 12-15 Biscuits
Adapted From: Taste of Home                        




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Take A Peek Wednesday: What I'm Harvesting

                      
                   My backyard is alive with bees,butterflies, and food! The chickens are laying eggs,my veggies are growing, and I am just so thankful for it all. So what have we been eating, you ask?
                 

  
              The sweetest strawberries and golden raspberries,for one! I realize I should have planted at least 5 container raspberry bushes because they taste that good. I had forgotten how sweet berries are when you grow them yourself. It's such a treat to walk out there and pluck a few and eat them while checking on everything.
                   


                 My patio snacker cucumbers are growing like weeds! We,along with the hens have been snacking on these delicious cucumbers..which by the way,were grown entirely in my front window! I will have to take a picture of it because it grew 3 times bigger than I had imagined and the cucumbers are way bigger than I expected. I laugh every time I see people walking by only to stop and come back to see what it is we have growing. I did not plan to grow them in our front window but the plants grew so tall so quickly that I was afraid to move them.
                    


         I have been so worried about my baby corn and my blue jade sweet corn. I lost a lot of corn..I could totally relate to poor Charles Ingalls from Little House On The Prairie when that man lost a corn crop for the millionth time. I nearly cried over the 7 plants I lost and vowed to never try again. I kept pushing forward though and was so happy when I saw them thriving finally.
                          


           They've done so well that I was finally able to harvest my first baby corn! Isn't it cute??? It looks just like the corn from the cans you can purchase..but it tastes a million times better. My corn crop won't be a huge one but I still managed to grow the baby corn and that is something. My blue jade still has a ways to go before I know if it worked or not..but they are getting taller by the day and look great! I grew corn people...CORN!
               


          My golden zucchini is doing very well and we are eating a ton of that.
          

           I love the funky shapes they come in..this one looks like an egg plant! 
                         
                   
 Now for what I'm waiting on: My potato plants are kicking major butt and have started to flower. I reached in the bag to see if I could find anything..I pulled out a small new potato! I am going to wait until the plants are done flowering and by then the potatoes should be of a decent size. I'm waiting on string less celery that I forgot to take a picture of. They are coming along just fine and look like cute little celery stalks right now.
                  

             My rainbow carrots are doing well but need some more time before I can pluck those out.
                        


          My mouse melons are coming along..still way to small yet but they are thriving in the green house.
                       

             My pear tomatoes are coming along and so are my tiny tim tomatoes. I've got small watermelons growing but I am not sure about those. We need some massive warm days and so far those have been few and far between. 

I happily spend every moment I can sitting outside and listening to the buzzing of the bees..speaking of bees...
                  
         

     I spotted this poor tired little chap the other day as I was taking the clothes out to the dryer. Someone on my facebook page had posted about feeding these guys a little sugar water if they appeared to be still and close to death. I guess they are ok but are in need of a sugar boost. I ran inside, mixed up a little sugar water and took it out to him. He crawled over and started drinking right away..within minutes he was just fine and on his way again :) Hopefully as a thank you he stopped off and did some pollination for the zucchini plants!