Posted on April 1, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I am happy to participate in the Ultimate Blogging Party 2011 this year. I follow @5minutesformom on Twitter and luckily spotted their tweet this morning and hopped on the party bandwagon! Looks like a fantastic way to meet some fellow bloggers and there are even some prizes offered.
For those stopping by from the party and this being your first visit here … I am Debbie also known as The Running Garlic. I blog about Gardening, Cooking, Crafts and every day life. I am participating in the WordPress Challenge and have started a Facebook group to help support all the bloggers who are creating daily or weekly blog posts. The Challenge has been very rewarding and a wonderful way to connect with others; being Freshly Pressed and receiving 4,500 hits to my blog in 2 days was beyond exciting!
Along with this blog, I also created Garden Dish to share some recipes and Munchie Monday where you can link up and add your own. Ok….enough about me, I am headed back to the Ultimate Blogging Party to make some new friends!
Facebook page = The Running Garlic Twitter handle = @RunningGarlic
Happy April 1st …. Nice to meet you!
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Posted on March 11, 2011 by therunninggarlic
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 9, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Share your Wordless Wednesday photos today!
Have a Super Day!
Make sure to have your recipes ready for Munchie Monday … I have set up a separate blog for this feature! Fun and Yum!
Check out more taking part in Wordless Wednesday !
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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 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 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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