Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
basil can be grown indoors, in planters outside, or just straight in the ground, and it's so amazing in almost all foods, why would you not
still planting in containers, just to let a few more weeks of possibly bad weather go by before putting our babies out in the real world
I love my sister jennifer. she helps with most of my projects, and she makes me smile.
Monday, April 27, 2009
The berries will come on in late summer (boysenberry pie is so delicious, you have no idea). The grapes are usually in their prime late summer early fall (we make jars and jars of grape juice, delicious, and so good for you).
we give them love, they give us eggs
and we live happily ever after
For those in our ward or nearby, if you and your kiddies would like to hang out with the chickens for a little bit, gather some eggs and what not, talk to my dad or myself! My dad loves showing off his little friends to people :)
They live at the garden across from the church, just in case you were interested (I think it's illegal to have them at your house)
Saturday, April 25, 2009
My Mom :)
(it was a random draw I swear and the odds that it would be a family member were quite high considering they were 90% of the comments left). But...Karla, I saved a piece for you at the house, come to the show tomorrow! Cindy, I'll bring you a piece tomorrow. Mom and ryan, you'll get to enjoy the cake after our sunday dinner. Jana, come home please, we miss you. Sorry for anyone that's to far for a cake :) maybe you can attempt at a giveaway in the future where the gift can be mailed!!!
This carrot cake was made by request, and I couldn't have been happier to do it! I had not made a carrot cake in a long time, and I don't think I've ever bothered to decorate one, so it was fun!
I couldn't decide how big I wanted to make the cake, so I ended up with extra, enough to make a mini!!
And I had a great idea; if you would like this amazing carrot cake to be yours, leave me a comment on this blog today (saturday), and obviously if you're in the area surrounding fremont. At the end of the day I'll pick a winner!!!
LEAVE A COMMENT, WIN A CARROT CAKE!!!
I'll attempt to give you a recipe for this cake..
For the cake..
I used a box mix of carrot cake, follow the recipe, then add 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts), 2 carrots finely shredded, and if you would like, some fresh ginger zest.
This recipe is a cheat recipe, but it's so amazing.
For the cream cheese frosting:
2 packages cream cheese
1 T. vanilla
6 T. melted butter
2 c. powdered sugar
Mix the cream cheese, vanilla, and butter thoroughly. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 c. at a time until fully incorporated. Refrigerate for an hour or so before you frost the cake.
I usually use 2 cake round pans; then when frosting, both cakes are cut in half. This allows for 3 layers of filling or frosting. The first layer (bottom) I use cream cheese, next layer (middle) I used apricot jam, the last layer, cream cheese frosting.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
7 hard boiled eggs
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1 T. Dijon mustard (brown/spicy or regular mustard)
1 t. paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Chives chopped can be a great garnish.
Hard boil your eggs any way you like. I typically place the eggs in a small sauce pan, with water just covering the eggs. Place over medium high heat for 12 minutes (this includes the time before and after water starts to boil). After 12 minutes, place the eggs, one by one, in an ice water bath. This will help with a clean removing of the shell. After the eggs have cooled, peel and wash off.
Cut the eggs in half, long ways. Place the yolk in a separate bowl, and the whites on a serving dish. Mix mayo, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper with the yolks. Using a fork, mash the mixture until you have a smooth consistency. Salt and pepper, as well as the paprika is to taste. This is the basic deviled eggs recipe, feel free to add and flavoring you like.
Spoon the yolk mixture into the egg white halves, salt and pepper and add a dash of paprika for garnish.
Eggs, bacon, toast, and freshly squeezed orange juice!
Eggs are incredibly good for you, your metabolism, and building muscle. Anytime I want to strictly follow a diet regimen, eggs are always a big part of it. They're also very economical, for the amount of protein you get from eggs, you're getting more than your dollars worth.
1. Eggs are high in vitamins and minerals.
One large egg contains 251 milligrams of choline—more than half of a woman’s daily requirements. An essential nutrient especially for pregnant women and women of childbearing age, choline plays a key role in the brain development of unborn babies and even affects their memory later in life.
Eggs are also a rich source of vitamin K. One large egg contains 25 micrograms about one-third of the daily recommended amount for women. Vitamin K is a key nutrient in blood clotting.
2. Eggs are nutritious and low in calories
In its own nature-made single-serve container one large egg contains just 75 calories.
He has a show at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay on Saturday, June 27th! So mark it on your calenders everyone! It's a great restaurant, beautiful view, and one of the few shows he'll play where you can sit, enjoy a meal, and enjoy the music. http://www.samschowderhouse.com/
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sweet corn: Plant about six inches apart, we have about 8 plants, we'll plant more in a few weeks
Green beans: Plant about six inches apart, we have about 6 plants, we'll plant more in a few weeks. If you're planting green beans, which I definitely suggest, grow bush green beans if you don't want to build a structure for them to grow on. Ours are pole green beans, so eventually we'll have a wire structure up.
Tomatoes: We have 4 tomato plants (which need a lot more space than corn or green beans, which grow straight up). Give your plants at least a foot of breathing room on each side.
Yellow Squash and Zucchini: We have 3 yellow squash, and 2 zucchini plants, which also need a lot of space around them. You can put the plants close together, but they're going to need a few feet between them and any other plants.
Fertilize your plants once they're a few inches high, about the size of my plants now, so around 6 weeks. Then again in a few weeks. And make sure to water them everyday!!
We're growing a pretty hefty garden, and we're going to have lots of vegetables!! But you don't have to go as full force as we have; planter boxes or just a small strip of your yard would be great if you just have a few plants.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Park City! So close to provo, and an internationally known city! Wonderful restaurants, music venues, and lots more.
Magleby's Fresh's all you can eat french toast!!!! So amazing!
Salt Lake City is just 45 minutes away!!
There are vending machines all over the byu campus, it was amazing! Jana had meal money that she had to use up every month, so we would make sure to spend our time at the vending machines at least once in a while!! Our favorite, the chocolate milk and crumb doughnuts combo!
You can hike up to the Y, it's pretty fun, although steep.
I miss Jenna!! She is such an incredible hair stylist and friend! If only I could find someone like that out here!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here are the little ones at 5 weeks...
They were planted in just your typical soil, I water them once a day, and keep them outside where they get as much sun as possible.
This is my garden buddy, although this is what he does most of the day, not much help :)