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Archive for the month “August, 2013”

Gluten Free Banana muffins with mini peanut butter cups

 

Luckily before this heatwave hit us, I had a chance to make these banana muffins.  I usually use nuts for this muffin recipe. I also tried dark chocolate chips. All were fantastic, but I think this tops it. The mini peanut butter cups keep the muffin very moist and just melts in your mouth.

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Makes: 12 muffins

1 1/2  cup mashed bananas
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup palm shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1  1/2 cup gluten free flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini peanut buttercups

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix bananas, sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract.  Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until dry ingredients are mixed in.

Grease muffin pans. Add batter to pan and sprinkle peanut buttercups on top of muffin. Bake for 20-23 minutes.

Tip: Leave a space in the center of the muffins without the chocolate buttercups so that you can stick a toothpick to check for doneness, without getting chocolate all over the toothpick.

Harvest Monday

 

 

Harvest Monday caught my eye with Daphne’s Dandelions blog. She does it much more regularly than I do and had a place where you can link up on her blog.

I’ve got lots of tomatoes and peppers. I didn’t realize how much one tiny pepper tree can produce. I have 3 different varieties that are producing really well right now, Corno di Toro, chili de Arbol, and one that was given to me by my uncle.  Those are the really tiny peppers underneath the matchbox. Now I have to figure out what I can do with them.

I also harvest some green beans and strawberries.

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I decided to harvest some beets too. They are getting some powdery mildew on the leaves. This is the first for me. This powdery mildew is also getting on some chard and on my pumpkin leaves. booo. i have to figure out soon, how to get rid of that.

 

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Book Review – Edible Landscaping from Rosalind Creasy

The picture below is from Rosalind Creasy’s latest book, called Edible Landscaping, that our landscape designer let us borrow. Her book has tons of great ideas on how to include edible plants into your garden without it looking so much like a vegetable garden. It also has great resources for seeds, fruit trees, supplies, and equipment. There’s an encyclopedia of edibles section, that I particularly like, that talks about each plant. There’s info on how to buy it, zones, how to grow  and harvest, uses in the kitchen and landscape, and an effort scale that the author created to get a better idea of how easy or hard it is to maintain and care for the plant. I found some great plants to incorporate into our design. There’s also lots of illustrations and tons of photos. I think I’m going to have to get one for my library of garden books.

Climbing rose and blackberry vines cascading a wall.
Climbing rose and blackberry vines cascading a wall.

June update and sows

I thought I posted this a while back, but I guess not.

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I have a bunch of seedlings that I have no room for. I’ll be sure to not make so much next time.

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There was a totmato seedling in a small pot on top of the plumeria pot and it took off. The roots of the tomatoes grew through the small pot. I decided to just leave it there. It seems to be really thriving.

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A little lady bug on a zinnia.

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Seedlings that I sowed.

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These are celery that I started a while ago. they seem to be doing well. I keep them in the shade but they get a lot of bright light.

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IMG_1914More tomatoes I harvested from the garden.

IMG_1896  Honey and I went for a walk and she seems to really like the rock mulch. I think we may use this somewhere in our garden.

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These calla lillies were given to me from Mr. Wonderful a couple years ago. Orginally they were yeallow, but now the bloom coming out is red. Weird.

IMG_1913  More chard.

IMG_1912Pretty Calla Lilly.

 

Update 6/19/13
Side dressed with compost and vermicompost.  Collected a tray of vermicompost.

Mint that I planted in the beginning of the month have sprouted.
Sowed, pumpkins, basil ( genovese, lemon and opal) . The only basil that has survived is the lemon basil.
I also sowed more Moringa. The one I sowed in the beginning of the month is doing very well. I wanted to plant extra just in case my other plants don’t make it.
Transplanted onions and rest of Cornish di toro peppers. Chi chien peppers I sowed in the beginning of month has already sprouted.

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