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Just recently I was invited to join Twitter and since I had heard some talk about it, I decided to register and give it a try.  You don’t have to be invited to join; you can just go to the website and look around and join if you decide.  Well, I think it is COOL and it’s only been a few days for me.  There is Followers and Following – you can Follow people and when they make an update to their Twitter account about what they are doing, you see it and can go check out a blog post or website if they include the link.  Some posts just advise what they are currently doing – like weeding their garden or starting seeds or even eating breakfast.  Then people can Follow you if they want to see what you are up to.  I found this link to Organic Gardening back issues of the magazine that you can actually just read on-line.  I haven’t had time to read any of them yet, but how neat is that?!?!  I am also following FarmFoody.org who connects folks with local farmers; seems similar to Local Harvest.  I know I will be following a lot more folks who garden and I hope I can share with them some of my gardening experiences.  I only have 3 updates on my Twitter account right now (an update is when you type in what you are doing).  So today I said I was Drying Strawberries and ….  <–the link to my Twitter account.

I made Trail Mix with the dried strawberries and cantaloupe.  Just added almonds, raisins, cheerios and a few chocolate chips. 

trail-mix

homemade-trail-mix

Update found on Twitter http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6961929

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This spinach dish is very easy to whip up and can be served as any main meal; breakfast, lunch or dinner! 

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8 Oz Fresh Spinach
1 Small Onion – Diced
1 Clove Garlic – Diced
4 Oz Mushroom – Sliced
1 Cup Egg Substitute
Feta Cheese – Crumbled
2 Tablespoon Dried Tomato – Cut In Small Pieces
1 Teaspoon Dried Jalapeno Pepper – Cut In Small Pieces
Prepared Pie Crust
Saute diced onion and garlic on low heat.  Add mushroom, spinach, dried tomato and  jalapeno pepper. Continue to saute for several minutes.  Add crumbled feta cheese to prepared pie crust – add saute mixture and 1 cup egg substitute.  Blend ingredients gently.  Bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 350
degrees.
Note: The dried tomatoes and jalapeno pepper were fresh from the garden earlier in the year and dehydrated in the Excalibur food dehydrator.  The jalapeno gave this dish just the right kick!!

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Tomatoes in the dehydrator before drying

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From the title of this post it appears I am going backwards in time, back to the basics and … I am!  I have been researching grains to grow this season in my garden and I am surprised there isn’t more information out there, but then again our world has become so modernized that most folks don’t grow their own grains or need to make their own quilts to stay warm.  In reading up on quilting there was some history touched upon and Quilting Bees used to be the big social event!  Can you imagine??  Most everyone was busy working in some form, cutting logs, baking bread… survival – and the quilting bee was a time to gather and the women would sew and chat, and then there was dining and dancing – everyone dressed to the max for these events.  I would probably dig it, but I bet I am the only one in this family who would!  So although making a quilt looks like ALOT of work I am going to attempt to make one … I think it would be so neat and since I can’t be out gardening in this negative degree wintry weather, I might as well make something to keep us Warm!  I did post several facts about Growing Amaranth Grains on the forum under Grains and it appears to be an easy grain to grow.  I will be researching other grains and hope to grow them as well.  It seems our hard working ancestors have plenty to teach us about the basics in life and with the present state of our economy, I am betting many folks will benefit from this information.  I know I will be growing alot more food for my family this year, all my seeds are already ordered and my research continues! 

thyme-sprouts-2   Thyme seedlings I started a few days ago … along with the other herb seeds which are all sprouting up also!

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I have added a “Herbs” page to the blog and listed herbs that I know for sure I will be planting.  I received Richters 2009 herb catalog and there are a TON of herbs listed, so I am sure I will be adding to the list!  I actually planted some herbs last night indoors and they are under the grow lights.  I always start my seeds too early, but with herbs you can actually use them – they don’t get leggy like the tomatoes and peppers that beg to be planted outside (no, I haven’t started those yet).  The herbs will help me focus on eating healthier since that is one of my resolutions.  Here’s what I planted: thyme, summer savory, oregano, basil – lemon sweet dani, parsley, marjoram.  I have a sheet of plastic wrap over the containers to keep the moisture in since that seems to be one of the biggest problems growing at this time of year; the soil dries out very quickly with the dry air in the house.  I will keep the plastic on as long as possible but watch that mold doesn’t start to grow.  I will be sending my seed order off to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds today – what a spectacular catalog they have this year … it’s Beautiful!

I also added a Recipe page to my website and hope to post those healthy recipes I come up with.  Researching grains is one of my newest ambitions and I actually bought Buckwheat pancake mix today to see what it tastes like.  I did grow buckwheat as a companion crop last year and it grows very easily – so I may be growing a whole lot more to harvest for eating.  To those who are receiving the Luffa seeds I plan on posting to the forum some information on growing them (there is a blog post here also; search Luffa).  I added a calendar function to the forum also so we can add events going on around us that others may be interested in.

Looks like 2009 is shaping up just dandy!  Happy New Year!

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I was able to organize my seeds and have 4 different varieties of peppers which I added to the website that are available for free to those who would like them.  This was my first year growing Marconi Peppers and I really liked them alot!  Once they turn completely red they are very, very sweet and delicious.  They grow 4-5″ long and I did make stuffed peppers which worked out great.  The Mini Red Peppers are small and one or two can be sliced up and added to a bowl of salad and this eliminates wrapping up extra pepper and storing in the refrigerator for another use later.  The hot peppers can be used for salsa or to add an extra kick to many dishes; omelets, soups, chili.   I did can up some jalapeno peppers this year.

canned-jalapeno-peppers

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Not quite 2 headlines that go together – don’t think I want to indulge in a recipe made with compost, except of course if I were a worm.  Anyways, I tend to my compost piles/bins religiously and I also feed my worms when they are hungry.  I have blogged about all of the above previously and today I received one of my newsletters that had a Great article on composting.  I share here.  A second newsletter I received today is Local Harvest, which is such a wonderful tool for those looking for local produce and also for those who wish to sell their wares.  You can subscribe to the normal newsletter and also to one specific to your area – what events are taking place within a certain mile radius.  It’s worth it .. keeps you in touch with local and real.

Now the recipe – I found this recipe and adjusted it somewhat.  It calls for yams and since I have been experimenting with all sorts of new winter squash lately… here’s the scoop.  Sometimes, you can only take so much yam or winter squash.  It is great for you but a bit heavy if you consume too much.  So here you are, baking/steaming this new winter squash and everyone has a spoonful or two.  Now what do you do with the remaining?  Sure leftovers work (for one day) – then what?!  I substituted the winter squash where the recipe calls for yam and you can do this with any recipe I would think, same consistency (kinda) and it is very healthy! 

Cinnamon-Yam (or winter squash you prefer) Biscuits

2 cups flour, 2 tbsp. sugar, 4 1/2 tsp. baking powder (which I think is WAY too much – all you taste is baking powder and I hate that!) so adjust that baking powder amount to like 2 instead of 4 and maybe less.  I can eat a flat biscuit if it tastes great! 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. allspice, 1/2 cup butter,cut into small pieces (1 stick)  I didn’t use that much either!  One stick of butter??  that’s insane.  I added more milk. 1 cup mashed cooked yam and 6 tbsp. milk or more if needed.  Oven preheats at 425.  Combine all dry material, cut in butter. Beat yam and 6 tbspn. of milk together and stir into dry mix.  Form a soft dough – turn onto lightly floured surface and cut out circle biscuits 3/4 inch thick.  Bake about 18 minutes.

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I heard we may have had frost last night but not sure … either way, it’s right around the corner and then winter … blah!  The main reason for the “blah” besides the total chill that runs down my spine is the fact I can’t garden outside for many months.  I can organize all the seeds I have, tidy up my solarium and start some seeds under the lights (herbs for using all winter, some hard to get going flowers)  and plan, plan, plan for next year.   I can work on some good recipes too … like this one I made yesterday – Flaxseed Muffins.  They are way healthy and very tasty!

 Flax muffins

I have to say I am very happy with my Spinach this past season, planting in the spring and then saving the seed to plant in the fall (which I did) and I have quite a bit of seed left for next spring.  There is still some spinach out there which I should harvest today before that frost knocks the life out of it.

 Fall crop of spinach

I will be undertaking a new project, which is way overdue, of revamping and decorating my fireplace.  I did start a website and will now have more time to work on that, so that’s cool and the new blog will have crafty stuff on it; such as the fireplace makeover with dried flowers from the gardens! 

The Swans have all but grown up!  You can still see the difference between the adult swan and the babies, who are almost 5 months old (couple more weeks).  When the cold sets in they will be leaving the area and a new pair, or maybe the same pair, will return next spring and have another flock of babies.  It really is remarkable watching the baby swans grow!

 Adult swan in the middle of 2 young swans and then one of the younger swans spreading its wings!

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