Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Take A Peek Wednesday: Seeds and A New Friend



           It's that time of the year folks!!! that absolutely wonderful time when you start placing your order for seeds! I look forward to this because it means there is an end in sight to all of this grey cold weather. Spring is on the way and planting season is about to begin. I thought long and hard about what I was going to grow in my container and raised bed gardens this year. I really wanted to focus on what me ate the most of and kind of step away from planting things that either never work for me or barely produce vegetables. So goodbye to pumpkins,watermelons,and eggplant. I actually managed to grow eggplants for the first time ever last year but I only got 4 and I decided to use my space differently in my small green house.

I am focusing on cucumbers,zucchini,carrots and potatoes. I still need to pick up a few more seed packets. I want another packet of rainbow carrots and way more sprouted potatoes to grow hopefully twice as much as last year. We loved those! I also decided to grow a few new things...

        We have a local store here that has some kind gimmick going on a few times a year..buy 10 euro worth of food and get some sort of prize. I wasn't really excited about any of them until now. For every 15 euro that is spent you will get one tiny seed pot to grow your own fruits and vegetables! I had to stop myself from jumping up and down and screaming yes! when the cashier asked if I wanted a few of the pots. You never know what you are getting until you slide the little peat growing box out and look at your tiny tag. I decided that whatever I was given during the promotion that I would do my best to grow. So far I have,one container of broccoli, two spring onions and one radish container. I am so excited and hope they all sprout!
               
  
         Since my birthday is on Dec 1st, my youngest son has always gotten me something having to do with Christmas. For years he has picked out a new snow globe to add to my collection..but not this year! This year he went to my favorite garden center and purchased a grow your own Christmas tree gift set! It came with the seeds and a burlap bag of dirt to plant it in. So out of the 10 million seeds it seemed like I planted a few months ago, this was the only one to come up. I'd like you to meet, Charlie. I have such wonderful plans for this little guy. Speaking of friends..lets meet him!
           


          I went out to feed the girls and spotted this little guy. We both just stood there and stared at one another. We even moved in closer at the same time to kind of see how the other one felt about the whole situation. I call him Tiny Tim. I asked that he please stay out of the covered food containers and to please not jump out and scare me like he did this time.

Who's growing a garden this year?? let me know what you are planting!
             






Monday, February 23, 2015

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

                         
              I don't know about you, but I always seem to have at least two to three overripe bananas at any given time. I usually pop them into the freezer to use at a later date but the freezer is full of pork and beef packets we ordered from a farmer so I decided to bake with them right away. When you have two teen aged boys that are forever hungry it's always nice to have a snack on hand to the tide them over until dinner time.

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

1-1/4 cups All-purpose Flour or White Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 cup Dutch-processed Cocoa Powder
1-1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
3/4 cup Mashed Ripe Banana
1/3 cup Sour Cream..I used plain yogurt
1 Large Egg
1/2 cup Sugar..I used 1/4 cup
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 cup Semi sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350/180. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners and set aside.

In a medium bowl,sift together the flour,cocoa powder,baking powder,baking soda,salt and cinnamon.

In a large bowl,whisk together the banana sour cream or yogurt,egg,sugar,oil, and vanilla until well blended. Add the flour mixture and chocolate chips into the wet ingredients and gently mix until just combined.

Divide batter evenly among prepared liners.

Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 12 Muffins
Source: Scientifically Sweet 









Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Take A Peek Wednesday: A Walk Through The Neighborhood

         
               A week or so ago my youngest came down stairs to announce he was in need of a book written in Dutch by a Dutch author. Normally that's not a big deal..simply go to the library and check one out. Only his bike was being used by my husband and he wasn't exactly sure about how to get there and I so wasn't in the mood to walk into town. 
               
            
               So off we went to the neighborhood bookstore/mail office/ office supply store/Hallmark type thing without all the cute ornaments or figurines. So this is my neighborhood and this is the store I shop at once a week..or several depending on what I forgot during my weekly shop.
           
     I miss American cars....every so often I will see a large truck of some kind and it makes me laugh. For one..they do NOT know how to drive or park the large beasts..you can tell by how wonky they park while taking up 4 spaces because they can't seem to get the truck in straight. In their defense I will say that that parking spots are smaller and more narrow..but still. If you are going to drive it, then learn how to park it! Secondly, it costs an arm and a leg to fill your car up here so this is costing them that and both their legs each time they fill it up. Still..I miss American cars. Can you spot that sign up there? lets look closer...
       

    
         Yep..KFC and letting you know it's open until 2 am...And no, I have never ever gone there. I just can't. They don't even serve the gravy or the biscuits!
                   

            
           It's common to have homes on top of businesses here. They cram you into any available space that they can.
            


                The bottom part of that building is my doctor's office. I've been there a total of 3 times. Behind me is the store I took my son to but didn't want to snap a photo with all of the people walking by. I am so not comfortable snapping pics with random people being in it. I miss American neighborhoods..and houses!