Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Gluten free

pre heat oven 375

1cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
2 tsp baking powder
1tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
 3/4 cup brown sugar
1cup white sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil
2 large eggs
15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
1tsp vanilla extract
small bag mini chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Melt coconut oil in microwave, just till melted, stir into dry ingredients till barely combined. Beat eggs with vanilla, pumpkin, and 1/4 cup of milk. Add to dry ingredients/oil and stir well. Add additional milk as needed to form spoonable batter. Add chocolate chips.
Fill muffin tins nearly full, bake approximately  minutes, till set and lightly browned.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Seedchat sed swap- my list

Do you Twitter? There are some great gardening groups which have "tweet chats". One of them, #seedchat, is having a seed swap, and this is my list of what I have available.




Seeds I have to swap (mostly have some left that I bought from 2012 AND collected seed at end of summer):



Lakota winter squash- heirloom, bright orange w/green, golden colored flesh, sweet, cooks up soft.



Tigger melons- lovely small melons, striped like Tigger, smell heavenly when ripe, have a bad rap for not being very tasty but they just need heat. The ones that ripened in hot weather tasted great and were sweet,



Jericho romaine lettuce- bright green, holds up to heat pretty well.



Moon and Stars (the smaller, dark green strain) and Sugar Baby watermelon



Charentais melons- small, fragrant when ripe, taste great



Aunt Ruby's German Green tomato- heirloom, green when ripe

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So many seeds, so little space

I've been going over the seed catalogs, and trying to decide what to buy. Actually, sometimes it seems more like what NOT to buy. I always want to grow everything.

I've tried to think about what we EAT the most of. Tomatoes win, hands down. So they get most of a raised bed. And they grow like mad once it warms up.
-Besides tomatoes, we eat a lot of broccoli, and salad things. Those are a problem to grow, however, in our area. I can't seem to get broccoli to produce anything more than tiny heads which are trying to bolt. I think it must be that there is so much temperature difference between night and day. 30 degrees difference is the norm, 40 is not too unusual, and 50 degrees difference is not unheard of. Broccoli just sits there if I put it in late Spring while the nighttime temps are still rather cold. It doesn't die, it just doesn't grow much. Then when it warms up in May-June it tries to bolt and I have to pick it small. The salad things grow pretty well in Spring, but once it gets full Summer (usually June) they tend to bolt, also.
-We use a lot of cilantro, but it's about impossible to grow here past May. Once it gets to be warm days it bolts.
Seeing a trend here?

-We all like green beans. So I am planning on trying a new french filet bean (pole), a runner bean, and possibly fitting in some bush beans here and there.

Last year I bought, from the Farmers Market, quite a few melons, several batches of okra, and several eggplants.  So I want to grow those (I had a few melons but no eggplant or okra). The melons will get a fair space, the eggplant and okra not as much.

-We use hot peppers, I cook with them, I make salsa, and I can always dry or can them. So jalapenos get space and so do some little hotter peppers. I don't bother with bells, they just won't get very big in our climate.

-The there's cucumbers. And squash. And I'd like a few tomatillos. And I'd like to try ground cherries.

And I'm totally bogged down here, even trying to LIST what I want to do. I'd better get this organized, or my husband may do an intervention. Oh, yeah. He wants corn.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Celery and Strawberries and edamame, oh my.

I want to try growing strawberries and celery this year.

Well, to be perfectly honest, I don't WANT to grow them, I've avoided growing them for years. But I keep seeing celery and strawberries on lists of foods that are bad for pesticide/herbicide residues. What I WANT is organically grown celery and strawberries, that I can buy for non-organic prices. Since that's not likely to happen, nobody at our Farmers Market seems to grow these two items  (probably for the same reasons I don't), I'm thinking I may attempt them this year.

Why don't I grow them? Well, for one thing, I live in a mountain climate. Not all of Arizona is desert. I live in Payson, which is around 5,000 ft elevation. That means cold winters (teens and 20s at night are common, single digits not unheard of) and hot summers (90s for sure, and often low 100s). May and June are dry, windy, and may be warm or cold- you never know. Some years I plant tomatoes on May 1st. Some years it SNOWS on May 1st. July and August are often hot, fairly humid, and rainy (monsoon storms, possibly with hail). Frosts can come as late as early June (usually May, though) and as early as September (usually October).
With the climate being dry most of the time, there is usually a large temperature swing between day and night temps. You know the garden catalogs that say "plant after nightime temps are above 55 degrees"- I just laugh. By the time nights get there it will be mid summer, days will be hot, and it will be too late to get a harvest for many plants. So I plant early, hope for the best, and have row covers and tarps handy in case of cold nights.

Strawberries, from what I have read, can probably survive our temps. After all, there is a town 20 miles north of us named Strawberry- for the wild ones. But they aren't going to like the heat. My other problem with strawberries is that one has to dedicate a fair amount of space to them, year round. I garden in a couple of raised beds, had to bring in dirt, and space is at a premium. Pots, maybe?

Celery also doesn't like the heat, and has a long growing season so it will have to get dedicated space all summer. Maybe I'll sneak in a couple of plants somewhere.

Edamame? I think these will probably grow fine, after all, beans do. The reason I want to grow my own is to avoid the genetically modified ones that are usually what is grown commercially. If you're not familiar with the whole GMO (genetically modified organisms) and Monsanto and Roundup controversy, try googling it. You may not want to eat some of your favorite foods anymore. Come to think of it, I should make room for some corn, too. Same reasons.