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 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 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 24, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I just recently set up another new blog for “Munchie Monday” and I created it in a matter of minutes. I must be getting good at it, eh? Actually the more you work with something, the better and quicker you get at achieving your final results. I do have a few blogs … this one, The Running Garlic, the one I just created for Munchie Monday and Garden Dish. These three will be the blog triangle I work within. There are a few others I have created in the past…all a learning experience and although they still remain intact, my interests have evolved. I remember being quite intimidated by this whole blog concept and publishing my first post was such a scary experience. The hesitation before clicking that “Publish” button was REAL and finally telling myself to “Just do it” was such a dramatic achievement. Now I rarely hesitate once I am ready to Publish. That speaks volumes to me about getting out there and doing something we are unfamiliar with. I must admit I do try to learn all I can about subjects that interest me, but I think the tricky part with blogging is – You have no clue who is reading your words and you most definitely do not want to make a fool of yourself (even though you don’t know who you would be making a fool of yourself in front of). It’s that fear and that funny voice in our heads creating doubt. Needless to say, I won out over that voice and since participating in the Post a Day Challenge I really enjoy my blogging. I am excited to add content to the other blogs because I know it will be fun!
There are plenty of neat features between all the themes and layouts and different settings with the WordPress blog to keep you busy and your mind active. Learn WordPress is a great start to learn many of the basics and as I said before the more you work with something, the easier it gets. There are different ways to set up features on the blog and even one to set yourself private from the world, so if that aspect frightens you, as it did me…set it to private. With my gardening interests I have found that documenting daily or weekly activity, weather and problems in the garden with a blog is an excellent tool. It allows you to quickly look back at the year before and see what was happening and what you were planting, your harvest and your pictures! Priceless
I have also found that I go out of my way to experience different things or take photos that I never would have if I didn’t have a blog to talk about the experience.
So if you are thinking of setting up a blog, I encourage you to do so. No one needs to read it. I am betting though by the time you experience the ease and the fun that blogging adds to your life, you will be anxious to share it with ….. whoever is reading it out 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.
Here is where you Click and add your link or check out others.
—- 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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Posted on February 14, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Munchie Monday is the Winner!
Thank you Thank you!
What a Wonderful response to the recent poll I created to help choose the name for the Recipe Sharing feature I am starting every Monday. Thirty-one readers voted and the results were pretty close so although “Munchie Monday” is the official winner, I will be using the Menu idea on my website. I still have some fine-tuning to do over there, but this will also be for sharing recipes which are more specific. Fun in both places and Thank you for voting!
Staying in line with the theme of the day which is Valentine’s Day, I extend a Happy Valentine’s Day to you all and posted a repeat recipe for the cookies I recently made. You can see how clicking on the link brings you to my blog again to view the recipe post. When you enter your information, the reader will be directed to your own blog and able to see your recipe and your blog. Munchies is the generic name for this Monday Feature and really any recipe you wish to share will work. So have fun and everyone is welcome to use this idea on their own blog. If you do … make sure to include the words *linkup* after your name so others will click on over and add their recipe to your blog.
Looking forward to some tasty, yummy ideas! I will also be sending out a tweet each time someone adds a recipe so watch for the hashtag #Munchie Monday and by all means feel free to share the tweet! I am getting hungry just typing this post
There was a request from a reader for a good Marinara Sauce … so if anyone has one, please post. Any other requests out there?
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