Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tasty Tuesday


first garden dinner of the summer
everything except the chicken is from the garden.

AMAZING

maybe one day the chicken will be mine too... but for now i'll have to settle for just the veggies.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Project backyard oasis!

supplies are gathered...




swooning over this fabric is happening...

sewing has started....

now to find the time to finish the rest of it!

what are your summer projects this summer?
are you getting them done?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

it is almost that time....

what time you ask?

the time when i am literally swimming in raspberries.... or could be if i actually picked them all.

there are only a few ripe so far so they're manageable.
but by next week i'm going to be in a big raspberry mess!

i swear there are at least a MILLION.
sigh
two raspberry canes plus 5 years equals a crapload of berries.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

this should be a tasty tuesday post...

but i'm just too excited that THIS is finally done.

this monstrosity was DADDY's idea.
too bad i was the one trying to cut the grass around this giant beast since i couldn't move it... problem solved!
and hugo loves the the rubber playground mulch. he's constantly filling and dumping his dump truck and pushing them around with his big bulldozer.

we still need to add more mulch but he's happy... so i'm happy! and no more cutting the grass around it. 






BUT.... since its tuesday...

i'll post my easy chocolate chip cookie recipe since i've made it so many times that i just know it by heart.
just baked up a batch yesterday which is more than half gone already. cookie monsters be a munching.

cream together:

1/2 cup Butter/Margerine/Coconut oil
1 cup sugar (i usually use brown, and often cut back)
1 egg
splash of vanilla

mix in:
add 1 1/2 cup flour
dash of baking soda
pinch of salt

stir in chocolate chips (as many or as few as you'd like) or other add-ins of your liking.

scoop onto pan and bake about 10 minutes (time will vary depending on how big you want your cookies)




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

a welcome back to Tasty Tuesday! Banana Bran Muffins

i have not posted a recipe in AGES

not because i've stopped baking/cooking but because i never think to do it.
baby brain? can i still use that as an excuse? i sure hope so... otherwise i guess i just have to admit that i'm slowly losing my mind? that just won't do!

so this recipe is my latest creation.

i actually just remember it and its a favorite for hugo and i.
apparently at the office too.
by the time i remembered that i wanted to blog about these damn muffins this was all that was left.



here's my recipe

mix together:

1/4 cup sugar (brown or white or a mix of the two... or coconut sugar)
1/4 cup oil (i usually use coconut but today i used canola)
1 egg
2-3 overripe bananas (mashed) - aprox 1 cup
1/2 cup bran
splash of vanilla
sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

let sit for 5 min

mix together in separate bowl:

1/2 cup AP flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp BP
1 tsp BS
pinch salt

Add dry to wet, stir to combine... don't mix the heck out of it or your muffins will get tough.
yes they do get tough. 
my assistant sometimes gets a bit crazy for the mixing portion of baking... so take it easy! if they look kinda lumpy you're doing it right!

if you like you can add chocolate chips, coconut, chopped nuts... whatever you like in banana bread really...
i prefer just straight up banana  but that is just my preference.

bake at 375 for 20 minutes aprox.
makes 12 medium sized muffins

or...
 if you like giant muffins, i did 6 Jumbo sized muffins today and they needed to bake for 25 min plus another couple minutes before i got to my beeping oven. so 27 minutes was perfect.
watch them though and use your judgement and take them out when they're done.

or...
if you like mini muffins i do 24 mini muffins in non stick mini muffin pans and they take no longer than 10 min to fully bake.