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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Garden Fair : Cowpeas

My favorite bean to eat as a child was crowder peas. They still are. I like them slow cooked with fresh green beans, garlic and okra. This year I started growing other types of cowpeas. I have come to the conclusion that every variety is uniquely delicous and melts in your mouth. I vote that they be the official bean of the South. Cowpeas are one of the oldest beans on record and come in a multitude of choices. They are easy to grow here in the south with little work. They grow wonderfully on tripods or trellises. My favorite source for seeds are Baker Creek Heirloom Co.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Winterizing the Globe Artichoke

Four years ago I attended my first Heritage Harvest festival at Monticello and fell in love with the Jefferson gardens. Surprisingly, I saw globe artichokes growing. Something I thought could not grow in our Central Virginia region. This year I grew twenty from seed and transplanted five babies into the garden. They did well. Today I mulched them to get them ready for the winter. That is all you need to do for winter, pack them with a deep mulch if you plants are young like mine. If they are bigger you need to prune them back as well.
The kids had a ball today working in the garden practicing there pruning skills on trees.
The henny babies got there treat of all the remaining marigolds. YUM YUM !!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Apple Crisp - So Delish !! GF/Vegan

Fall and comfort food, need I say more. I had apples that I needed to use up. Nothing says fall better than apple crsip. Okay all things pumpkin do, but apples make great treats too. Ingredients: 6 peeled and cored apples. Sliced thick. 1 cup of quick rolled oats and 1 cup of chickpea flour. Sweetener of choice. Cold vegan butter. I used 1 stick of Earth Balance Cinnamon or apple pie spice to taste. In a bowl mix the butter,oats,sweetener, and flour with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly, but still textured. In a pie plate or 8x8 baking dish place seasoned apples mixed with sweetener to taste. Place cold cubes of butter on top and then top with crumb mixture.
Place in a 350 degree oven until bubbling and golden brown. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm with your favorite vegan icecream on top. ENJOY !!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Quick & Easy Quesadillas V/GF/Kid Approved

Tonight we made quesadillas and they were a big hit. This is the perfect meal to get your kids involved. Tonight I served it with my emergancy quick guacamole and sliced fresh nectarines. We used a panini maker. INGREDIENTS: Blue corn tortilla (non-gmo), vegan chicken tenders cubed, Daiya cheese or vegan garlic and herb cream cheese, salsa or spaghetti sauce. Preheat panini maker and lay out ingredients.
Spray or butter both sides of two tortillas (outside side only). Lay tortilla on the panini surface. Then place desired ingredients on top.
Place second tortilla on top and close panini maker for 2-3 minutes. Remove, slice, and serve.
Quick Emergency Guacamole; 1 fresh avacado, 1 small jar of homemade or favorite store bought salsa, 2 cloves of garlic chopped. Mash the avacado. Combine all ingredients and serve. ENJOY !!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Garden Fair

One of my greatest joys is gardening with my children. It is "Put'n Up Time" as we country folk say in the South. That means we are busy canning, drying, and preserving the harvest for winter meals. Today we started harvesting beans. Today's star was dragon tongue beans. They are easy to grow and are great solo or in soups and stews. Our southern garden loves them.
My little helpers !
My little man on a mission !
The Henny chicks getting there share !
You're the best human mom ever!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Our First Not Back to School Day 2012

We started our day with a big breakfast of pancakes,tempeh bacon, and almond milk. Marybeth had therapy, so we waited for her to return to have our outdoor celebration. Rebekah chose to do some Waldorf nature pictures in a drawing book. She did the number 5 and brougt five things inside to draw. A rock, a hickory tree nut/seed, a leaf, a yellow flower and small stick. She also traced her hand to show five fingers.
After Marybeth came home we had lunch, and headed outside. We picked strawberries, and harvested more carrots. Then the fun began, and the water hose came out. As the kids played with the hose and mud, I started planting fall veggies. Planted today: yellow and orange heirloom beets, spinach, broccoli endive, 2 types of cabbage, brussel spouts, red russian kale. By the time I finished planting, all three kids were covered in mud and dripping wet with big happy smiles on their faces. They stripped at the back door and rushed upstairs for baths. There clothes hanging over the deck rail as evidence of their fun.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

GF Hazlenut Banana Buckwheat Quinoa Pancakes & Waffles

We love pancakes and waffles. This week I experimented with with some ingredients and it came out devine. Melt in your mouth waffles and pancakes.
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup quinoa flour
2 eggs or substitute
2 ripe bananas mashed
4 ts gf aluminum free baking powder
2 cups of unsweetened apple juice
1/2 cup ground hazlenuts (or nut of your choice)
cinnamon to taste (optional)

Mix all ingredients. For pancakes cook on medium hot griddle, being careful not to flip to early. We enjoyed our topped with cooked granny smith cinnamon apples and maply syrup. ENJOY !!