Posted on March 14, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Although Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas can be a challenge to grow in the garden, they are readily available in the grocery store either canned or dried. I think the main problem I had with my success in growing the beans last summer was the location I picked to grow them. It wasn’t a good choice – very heat intensive and it was a HOT one down south! I did manage to produce about a handful for harvest so at this point I won’t be growing them again any time soon. They sent up a long stem and only one or two pods (with one bean each) grew on each stem. Regardless of my not so successful harvest … I absolutely love Garbanzo Beans!
I could eat them right out of the can in a salad or toasted in the oven nice and crispy crunchy! I thought for a nice snack I would add a little sweetness and they came out pretty good!
Sweet Garbanzo Beans
- 1 can 15.5 oz. Garbanzo Beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered chai mix
Rinse and drain the beans – toss them with the olive oil and sugar and then spread out on a cookie sheet. Toast them in the oven at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes stirring a few times so they will not burn.
Once roasted, remove from the oven and toss with the other dry ingredients. If you don’t have chai mixture or there is some other combination you would like to try … nutmeg, allspice – give it a try!
Enjoy a Healthy Snack!!
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Posted on March 10, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I still consider myself to be in the learning stages with my Apple Mac and I am making it a habit to use it even for the simple searches or mail checks. If I don’t use it I will never learn all the fantastic features it contains. I did purchase the iWork when I first purchased the computer, so I have been dabbling around with iPhoto. I reasoned to myself though if I am in this learning mode at present, I may as well throw more into the equation, so I now also have Adobe Photoshop. I received the software yesterday along with the Missing Manual for it and am excited to dive in!
If you have been following along with the Post A Day challenge and my blog, you may have noticed my list of topics for each day is gone. What I found happening was that I was trying to follow the outline of topics exactly and I was feeling pressed to come up with a new craft or tech idea to write about and, quite honestly, it wasn’t fun. My topics were great and definitely part of what I do, but if you notice my posts have become more centered on photos, recipes and now with the gardening season upon us…much more gardening!
I still haven’t missed a day although there are gaps. These are filled by my other blog GardenDish with gardening recipes which will become more frequent. …and gosh, who knows where this new Photoshop will send me. So like an evolving diary … my blog keeps learning and moving on to new facets in life. The one underlying lesson I am taking away with this challenge is not to limit myself and to write about what I am passionate about – it is much more interesting. Since that changes (almost weekly) you will never know what to expect next. For now it’s ……. Gardening, Photos and some good ole’ healthy eating.
Thank you for your patience as I shift gears a bit. One more note – it seems using the air card brings me back to prehistoric time and my computing is slow and although I can check in … there is not a whole lot of browsing and commenting I am able to do. My trips and air card use will be on the increase and I can read most …. very slowly and very patiently.
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Posted on March 7, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Happy Munchie Monday! Make sure to head on over and share your recipe here!
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg or 1 tablespoon flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all ingredients and carefully stir in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into a greased muffin tin or cupcake baking cups. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
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Posted on March 5, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I planted my pepper plants back in the beginning of December – the 6th to be exact. So it’s been a bit over 3 months and flowers are starting to develop. Since I still have another 3 months before the frost will be gone for good here I may have to take on the task of some pollinating with these peppers. Normally, outdoors the peppers will pollinate on their own between the bugs, bees and wind helping the situation – indoors, is another story. I have helped along my gourds the past 2 years since I wanted to guarantee a good harvest.
Once the flowers fully develop and open all that is needed is either a small paintbrush or a q-tip. Simply swipe the pollen from one flower to the next and keep doing this randomly – you can pretend to be a bee buzzing from flower to flower.
A while back I wrote and published this great post titled Peppers Planted and I am looking forward to making the Red Pepper Soup once again. It is simply delicious with the Alma Paprika Peppers adding just the right kick of heat and flavor. A recent arrival in the mail made my day this past week – a new magazine …..
…..looks like some good gardening information for me to read
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Posted on March 1, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Green beans are good for you, easy to grow in the garden and the bunnies will devour them before you have a chance to wink your eye. They don’t seem to care that you spent hours planting, weeding and watering your beans anticipating the day of harvest. They will even stare you in the eye as they munch away oblivious to the fact that this is YOUR garden and not theirs! There are quite a few greens bunnies love and green beans are on the top of their list!
I established a new garden out in the far part of the yard several years ago and although I had it fenced in …Mr. or Mrs. Bunny found a way in and enjoyed every single bean growing. I would see movement and run out waving and yelling only to arrive and see the bunny still munching and going no where quick – just looking at me like I was some half crazed human.
You would think scary Gargoyle would have the situation under control. Needless to say, that year I had no beans and actually removed the whole garden out that way, since it was too far to keep an eye on. The year before a squirrel climbed in and had a daily party with the Blue Corn growing.
Last year I planted TriColor Bush Beans from Renee’s Garden close by and had a nice assortment for freezing. I will be adding a post to GardenDish this week with some of the frozen beans I have packaged up. Beans are easy to grow – just keep the area fenced in if you happen to have a bunny or two around. Plant the seeds directly outdoors when the soil has warmed and the danger of frost has passed. Plant 1″ deep and 3-4″ apart in rows 1 1/2 – 2 ft. distance. Planting seeds several weeks apart until the end of June will assure a continuous harvest throughout the season. There are many different varieties and types of beans from bush to pole to snap beans and dried beans. Try some different types and you will discover some new and exciting dishes to serve.
TriColor Bush Beans with fresh Dill (watch for recipe later this week)
Grow some Beans … just watch for those Bunnies!
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Posted on February 28, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I have always wondered how to make Graham Crackers and finally came across a recipe and guess what……they taste just like store-bought graham crackers! Once again I left the topping off, but if you want the total graham cracker experience, sprinkle on the topping!
2 1/2 cups plus 2 TB all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat as a substitute for 1 cup all-purpose)
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tspn baking soda
3/4 tspn coarse sea salt or kosher
7 TB unsalted butter, cut into 1″ cubes and frozen
1/3 cup clover honey
5 TB milk
2 TB vanilla extract
Topping – 3 TB granulated sugar and 1 tspn ground cinnamon
Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in bowl of mixer. Mix to incorporate. Add butter and mix on low until consistency of coarse meal.
In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk and vanilla extract. Add to the flour mixture until dough barely comes together. It will be quite sticky. Lay on large piece of plastic wrap, dust with flour, form into rectangle 1″ thick. Wrap and chill for 2 hours or overnight.
When ready to make crackers – roll out half the dough; returning other half to chill. Layer down the flour (very sticky to work with until you get the flour integrated in). Roll dough 1/8″ thick. Cut the dough into squares and place on baking sheets. Chill again for 30-45 minutes. You can use the knife and make line indents to resemble the graham cracker look (see pictures).
Bake 20-25 minutes on 350 degrees depending on thickness. Watch carefully so they don’t burn! I created some shapes with cookie cutters.
Head on over to Munchie Monday to see more recipes or add one of your own! Enjoy!!
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Posted on February 27, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I mentioned this female cardinal a while back and she is at it again. She will fly into the window for some unknown reason and I actually caught it on video this morning. At first I thought she saw something in the house and moved things out of the way so she would stop. I was concerned she was going to hurt herself. After watching the video, I can see her reflection in the window and I got to thinking maybe she is flying at her own image for some reason. The male cardinal is not far away when she does this so it’s possible she is guarding her space from another female cardinal. Watch the video – she doesn’t hurt herself and the dogs usually start barking at her insane behavior and she leaves after a few minutes.
The video of the crazy cardinal fits the theme of today’s cookie craft! Perfect for the upcoming Spring season and Easter celebrations. These simple to make bird nests will add a special touch to your parties and celebrations.
Bird’s Nest Cookies
1 lb. chocolate or vanilla candy coating
2 cups chow mein noodles
2 cups corn flakes, chopped
Mix the noodles and corn flakes gently with a rubber spatula. Melt the candy coating in the microwave and pour over the dry mixture. Blend until all is coated evenly. Drop onto wax paper and shape into a nest. You may have to work to create the shape you are trying to achieve. Place the nest shapes in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden. Add M&M candies to the center as your eggs.
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Posted on February 25, 2011 by therunninggarlic
How’s this for a switcharoo … instead of FoodPress doing the featuring – my Friday Feature is …
Serving up the hottest dishes on WordPress just about sums up the mission of the FoodPress blog. A relatively new blog featuring some fantastic food bloggers from WordPress updated regularly and well worth a visit. I have been checking in on a steady basis and have found some talented cooks and food photographers on the site. Here are a few from the last few days …
Janae Monir = pizza dough - everyone needs to know this!
Party Pretties from Erin - perk up that party…neat website!
Tomatoes in Love <—love the name of the blog
Beautiful Chocolate and we know how I love this!
Seasonal Kitchen - an organic and natural food blog .. right up my alley ..
First Look, Then Cook - another cool name and great recipes!
Treshop’s recipe for Scarlet Barley …can we say – healthy!
A groovy granola recipe from Somethin Yummy … snack on this!
If you are looking for some good food recipes, stop by the blog and have a look around. If you write a good food blog, here are a few tips if you would like to be featured on FoodPress Five ways to get featured on FoodPress.
Happy Feature Friday …. if you have a good idea for a Friday feature, let me know! Do make sure to round up a good recipe to share this coming Monday on the newest blog I have created Munchie Monday! Who knows maybe one day FoodPress will feature all the recipes shared there!
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Posted on February 22, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Have you ever grown herbs in your garden? How about a pot or two on a windowsill in your home? Many people have and are Happy Herb Growers … best part is … it’s relatively easy. Growing herbs indoors in the winter takes a bit more of your attention, but if you watch the progress on a daily basis, you will be successful. A warm sunny windowsill is required or grow lights working 10-12 hrs. a day. The air in the home is very dry so the soil will need watering almost on a daily basis if under grow lights. At first the seedlings will grow slowly, but once established they will take off. What better thrill when you are cooking dinner and you can turn to your herbs, snip off some basil, parsley or oregano to add to your meal and impress your guests with your cooking skills and also your gardening expertise!
I always include herbs in my gardening plans and this year is no exception. I started several herbs back in November and they are at the “taking off” stage in their growth. Here is my Dill …..
I love the taste and smell of Dill and I have found planting the seeds all together so the herb grows in a cluster works well since it can grow up to 4-5′ in height and this method supports each individual plant. Dill requires full sun once planted out and once the days become extremely hot, it will bolt and go to seed. The neat feature with Dill is that you can use the leaves, the flower head and the seeds in your food preparations. Using the flower head along with other herbs and spices is recommended when canning up pickles. Dill works great on seafood, in cheeses, breads and salads.
Drying dill for later use is an easy process. Snip the amount of dill or other herb (basil, oregano, sage) gather in a bunch and tie the stems. Hang upside down in a cool, dark location and in a couple of weeks you have dried herbs. Find a glass or plastic container for storage and use generously in your cooking adventures. Experiment with different combinations in your garden and in your kitchen. The fresh flavors that herbs offer can turn an ordinary meal into a work of art!
I am thinking of adding that bunch of dill to some grated ginger and lemon along with white wine vinegar and oil for a nice salad dressing….oh, and I can’t forget the garlic! What do you think … time to grow some herbs in your garden or on that lonely windowsill??
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Posted on February 21, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Thank you for stopping by today on this Munchie Monday! If you have a recipe to share, please add your link to the linkup and Thanks! You may prefer to just browse … whichever you do, I hope you enjoy your time here!
I am sharing the recipe for Apple Rolls which I made for the first time yesterday. I will include the drizzle or topping but I have excluded it from my own rolls simply because of all the added calories.
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—- Apple Rolls —-
Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar & cream of tartar; cut in shortening/margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk, stir until dough forms ball. Set aside while you grate apples.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on floured surface to 1/4″ thick rectangle. Spread apples over dough; sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Roll up and slice into 1″ slices.
Place slices cut side down on cookie sheet. Pour syrup over at this point if you are using. Bake 55 minutes.
Syrup – Combine 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 3/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp ground cloves. Boil 5 minutes; remove from heat and add 2 TB butter.
I spent a good part of the day working on my Chocolate creations. Do you like Chocolate? Which type do your prefer? Vote for your favorite here!
Update – Working on a separate blog to host Munchie Monday … should be easier to participate. Any comments, please let me know! Thanks!!
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