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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
|This is the area that I have to work with. My neighbors were kind enough to allow me to use whatever yard space of theirs that I need. Of course, they will reap the benefits in the form of fresh produce.|
|My hollow log got a makeover and will house red onions this year. It also got brand new soil.|
|The Trex decking material was turned into an awesome raised bed for me by Bob. He still needs to cut the smaller end boards to complete it. I hope that gets done today while the weather is nice out.|
|This was one of the 2 new mini roses that Bob had got for me last summer. I pruned them back around Christmas-time and all of that is new growth. These will get repotted this year with new soil.|
|This is my first year ever to grow tomatoes from seed. This is my germination station!|
|Baby arugula from the mini water jug greenhouse.|
|About 5 days after getting the heirloom tomato seeds into peat pellets, they decided to pop up and take a look around. Hello, babies!!! I'm sure happy to see you!|
|Here are the other 3 pots of strawberries. I ran out of hanging pots to put them in. No matter...things have a way of working out.|
|Hanging strawberry garden|
Thanks for taking the garden tour with me...PEACE!
Monday, March 17, 2014
My friends know that I do not like bananas. I mean, I love the flavor of them. I'll eat banana flavored popsicles until they come out my ears. I do not like the texture of bananas. I've tried to eat them when they are a bit on the green side, but they don't have that wonderful banana flavor that I love. I bite the bullet and make myself eat one every single day because the potassium helps with my leg cramps. I really don't like leg cramps more than I don't like bananas. I do wait until they are a bit more ripe than most people like, though...if I'm going to eat mush, it's gotta taste good. Yeah, I know...I don't get it myself...how can a person like the taste of something so much but abhor the mushy texture? Oh, well...it's my own personal issue.
Like I said, a banana cake just sounded good to me. I wanted to add chocolate chips to my banana cake, but I couldn't find them anywhere. I did find a bag of white chocolate chips that I had leftover from Christmas, though. Not to be deterred, I thought I would just chocolate up the frosting, instead. While looking for the chocolate chips, Bob ran across some hazelnuts. PERFECT!! So, now I have a banana-white chocolate-hazelnut cake...but, wait...there's more.
For the cake:
3 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 9-inch square baking pan. In a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer or by hand), with the paddle attachment, combine the first 7 ingredients and mix, on a lower speed, for about 3 minutes. Sift the flour with the baking soda and salt. Add into wet ingredients in thirds, mixing until just combined after each addition. Mix in white chocolate chips and hazelnuts.
Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.
For the frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened and at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons strong-brewed coffee (I used a Rwandan coffee bean)
1-2 tablespoons heavy cream
In stand mixer, with whisk attachment, cream butter for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar in, 1/2 cup at a time, making sure that it is fully incorporated before adding the next 1/2 cup. When all the sugar has been incorporated, add in cocoa powder. Whisk thoroughly. Add in coffee and vanilla and whisk until completely combined. Add in 1 tablespoon of heavy cream at a time until frosting has reached desired consistency.
Use to frost the above cake recipe or whatever you want to put it on. I also recommend eating it straight out of the bowl!