Friday, May 26, 2017

Garlic.

Time to make more minced garlic, I completely run out of all the garlic I made last time and didn't realized until yesterday when I had to use some.   



 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

In my Garden.

Slowly things are growing, I have some carrots coming out, potatoes are in and so are the sweet potatoes. I have some lettuce popping out and few flowers for now. Next week I will be planting herbs and kale.



Carrots:




 Lettuce mix:

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Seeds.

It's time to start seeds, with little help we have kale, basil and oregano.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Planting.

Potatoes are in the ground with big hopes for a nice dinner or two in late summer.

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Oatmeal Muffins.

I came across this great recipe for quick and easy muffins with oatmeal and I had to try it. They came out a little bit dry but really good, so next time I will just add more pumpkin.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins 
Ingredients:
- 1 large egg,
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree,
- 1/2 cup milk,
- 1/3 cup brown sugar,
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (I used my dandelion syrup),
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil,
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract,
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice,
- pinch of salt,
- 3 cups old - fashioned whole rolled oats,
- 2 tsp baking powder,
- 3/4 cup semi - sweet mini chocolate chips.

Directions:
1. preheat oven to 350F. Spray muffin pan with cooking oil or use paper liners.
2. To a large bowl, add first 9 ingredients and whisk to combine.
3. Add the oats, baking powder and stir to combine.
4. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
5. Distribute the batter evenly into your pan and bake for about 23 minutes, let it cool before serving.




 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Growing.

It's getting warmer here and the growing season is coming soon, but I couldn't wait any longer so I started indoors with something small. Few green onions and basil seeds.


 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Dance.

My older daughter is in all sorts of after school and at the school programs. She loves dance and acting and she is the art representative for her school. Not that long ago she was asked to design a t-shirt for her dance class and this is what she made.


 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Testing the cookbook.

I made something new from the cookbook that I was testing, Everyday Food, Great Food Fast from the kitchen of Martha Stewart Living. I moved on to Winter section and started with something sweet.

Cranberry upside - down cake.

You will need:
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 1 3/4 cups cranberries ( I used frozen )
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk

1. Preheat the oven to 350F, rub the bottom and sides of an 8-inch round cake pan with 2 tbsp of butter. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2 cup of the sugar with the cinnamon and allspice. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan; arrange the cranberries in a single layer on top.
2. With an electric mixer, cream the 6 tbsp butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until well combined. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. With the mixer on low speed add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three batches, alternating with milk, until well combined.
3.Spoon the batter over the cranberries in the pan and smooth the top.Place the pan on a baking sheet; bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cake; invert onto a rimmed platter. Serve with whipped cream on the side. ( We had it with vanilla ice cream)

Picture from the book:





And my cake:




 

Monday, January 23, 2017

In my Garden.

I have many plants growing on my windows including pineapple and lemon. All the plants really need my attention but since I started working I have a hard time finding time to tend to them. In winter I also have random bowls of onions in my home and one of them started to grow.








 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Reading.

New year, new books for all of us. My older daughter, like always is reading books for school.


I am reading The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis and with my little one we are reading together Aesop's Fables.