We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Gardening Today

Sweat peas are in and I transplanted the cabbages also. I will post pictures in the near future. Hopefully the snow is gone for the season.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Raised Cedar Beds

The best raised cedar beds I have ever used come from  a family owned business. I cannot make them for the cost they sell them for.  The Farmstead raised garden beds are a breeze to put together and will last years. I just ordered another one since I had enough room for a 4x8 foot. I believe the Whie Flower Farm now sell their raised beds, but there is an up charge . So I go directly to the source.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sweet Peas Update

As some of you know, this is the first time that I  have started sweet peas indoors and they are doing fabulously. Most are over 5 inches tall. Now I just need to figure out when to transplant them.

Thanks for all of your help!  Here are some of my seedlings.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sweet Pea Update

I just noticed that I have 3 little sprouts popping up from my sweet pea tray. Stay tuned and hopefully by next week I will have more.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sweet Peas

I have had trouble with sweet peas taking off  and I love these flowers. So I started the seeds indoors and hopefully will  have success in transplanting these

Another great place to find plant trays with plastic  lids is the Dollar Store.They have large aluminum foil cake pans with high top plastic  lids. Perfect for starting seeds and cheap.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Snow Storm and Ice Again Means Coffee Cake

My husband and I got all of our work and errands done today. Typically we go to the grocery store on Sunday mornings right after church. Well when went to church tonight and the grocery store. It looks like no one is going anywhere tomorrow due to 5 to 8 inches of snow and ice on top of that. I also thought it would be fun to bake a cinnamon streusel  coffe cake. It is in the oven now .

I was amazed that the grocery store wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. But we were there at 6pm. So I guess everyone may have been making dinner.

Well at least we can just sit back now and let it rain, sleet, snow and do what it is going to do.
I found this recipe at Bakedbree.com, but I have made some changes to it.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4!cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • Streusel:
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar or slightly less
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • blue ribbon coffee cake recipe
  1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Beat until it begins to come together. It is okay if it looks curdled, it comes together. Add the dry ingredients. Mix until just moist. Add sour cream. Mix until smooth. In a bowl, mix together walnuts, both sugars, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  3. Spray the 10 inch tube pan with baking spray. Spoon half of the batter into the bottom of the pan,then half the streusel, then the rest of the batter, and top with the balance of the streusel. Bake at 325 for 45-50 minutes.
               Cool and remove from the pan.