Shalom's Cottage Home Blog
Monday, April 28, 2014
Something like this is what I have in mind for the big metal tub I picked up over the weekend. I've always loved planting things in containers, as they get less weeds, I don't have to worry about moles destroying the roots and if I add a little fence around the edge, it should keep the rabbits out too. In recent years, the local deer population has made a regular habit of visiting my front yard as well, so luckily I have a fenced-in backyard I can start my new herb garden in. I haven't had a lot of luck growing herbs/veggies in the past, but I'd like to give it another go. Found a helpful article here on growing herbs in containers. Wish me luck!
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Yesterday, I had some very ripe bananas I needed to use up and it was a cool, rainy day - perfect for baking. I wanted something a little heartier than banana bread and I didn't want to have to go shopping for any special ingredients. I'd made baked oatmeal using this recipe before, but both my husband and I thought they were a little bland. So I decided to try my own adaptation, adding back in some traditional baking ingredients to give the oatmeal that little extra punch of flavor and sweetness it needed to be just right. We both loved them!! They are easy to store for a quick, protein-packed breakfast on the go and they re-heat easily in the microwave. I prefer mine warm, with just a dab of butter on top. Below is my version of the recipe.
BAKED BANANA-BERRY OATMEAL TO-GO CUPS
(Yield: Approximately 24)
• 3-4 Ripe Bananas, mashed
• 1 cup Milk of your choice...I used whole milk
• 2 Eggs
• 1 tblsp Baking Powder
• 1 tsp Cinnamon
• 3/4 cup Sugar...or sweetener of your choice, adjust amount to personal taste
• 3 tblsp Butter, melted...optional, but adds a lot of flavor
• 3 cups+ dry Oatmeal...'quick cooking' will be smoother, 'old fashioned' will be grainier once baked
• 1-2 cups frozen Blueberries (not thawed)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin liners or muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Mix Bananas, Milk & Eggs. Add Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Sugar & Butter. Mix well. Add 3 cups oatmeal and mix well. If batter is runny, add more as needed (should not be stiff, but easy to scoop up with a spoon). Fold in frozen Blueberries.
Spoon batter into muffin tins (they should be just about full, as they will not rise much at all during baking). Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on top. Allow to cool slightly before removing liners.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
|I have a picnic table on my back porch that needs a new top - it is missing large chunks where the wood has rotten through, but the supports and the seats are perfectly fine. So, rather than scrapping the whole thing, I'd like to just give it a new top. Came across this idea in my research of using an old wooden door. Wouldn't that just be so cute? And it would go perfectly with the rustic, weathered nature of what's left of my picnic table. I'll have to keep a look out this summer for discarded doors left on curbs.|