Wednesday, June 18, 2014

#Recipes - Strawberries are in Season

The strawberry harvest is upon us. Mat brought home some local strawberries home yesterday from Dayton Red & White and it didn't take me long to use them up. I need to go to directly to Woods U-pick and spend the day in the fields so I can harvest enough to make homemade freezer jam and I would like to make smoothie ingredients in advance as well to save me time each day.

For breakfast today, I made Oatmeal and I stirred in Greek Yogurt and topped it off with sliced strawberries, chia seeds and hemp hearts. It was the perfect treat to satisfy my sweet tooth, healthy with no added sugar. 

Breakfast Ideas | Cooking with Strawberries

I planted some Rhubarb in my garden this year but I won't get a good harvest until next year. My neighbour has a fairly large rhubarb patch and she sent over a few pieces with my son yesterday. 

Since I already had strawberries in my fridge, I thought it would be a good idea to make a strawberry rhubarb crisp. Here is the rough recipe for your cooking pleasure.

I prepared the fruit filling by dicing up some strawberries and rhubarb for the filling. I placed the filling in a casserole dish and sprinkled it with about a 3/4 cup of sugar. I then sprinkled the mixture with about a 3/4 cup of flour, 3/4 of oats, 1/2 brown sugar and a 3/4 cup of melted butter. I baked it in the oven at 375F for 45 minutes. 

Baking with Strawberries | Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

There are all kinds of yummy seasonal goodies that can be whipped up. These are just a couple ideas that put smiles on my family's faces.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Strolling through the Garden

It's that time of year. Things are growing quite rapidly and you will begin to see photo diaries of some of the things I'm growing. I may even snap occasional photos of things I see in nature or other people's gardens. The blossoms are opening and I am amazed at how much abundance there is this year. This season brings the promise of bountiful harvests.

Nova Scotia Blackberry Blossoms

We have a lot of Blackberries that grow around the property. This blossom was the first that I've encountered this year. Lots of them are just about ready to blossom though. Soon there will be berries.

Growing Lettuce Raised Bed

Not many of my lettuce seeds sprouted this year via direct sowing. I ended up successfully sprouting some seeds at the house and then planting them in trays. The little guy was one of the two plants that actually grow from those that were directly sown.  

Regrow celery easy

Whenever I pick up celery I try to regrow it. I stick it in water for a few days and then when it starts to grow I plant it. I also have another celery plant that is growing on my window sill. I hate to waste them when I know that they will grow. I can't wait to harvest homegrown veggies!