April 14, 2014

My first Pea Pod

I couldn't wait to share my good garden news until this weekend, so I am sharing right now.

I have my very first pea pod!!!!  I noticed some petals on the window sill so I carefully moved the blind up to discover the petals that fell revealed the pod.  :)

The pea plant seems to have grown taller overnight.  You can see the picture I took yesterday here.

Here's another flower.  :)

I'm so excited!!  I can't wait to harvest this beautiful pea pod.

Oh....tonight and tomorrow we're supposed to get some heavy rains, winds and thunderstorms.  And then it's going to get freezing cold early Wednesday morning.  I brought in my babies so they won't freeze or get damaged by the winds.  (strawberries, squash, cucumbers, and marigolds)  :)

Scrambled Eggs with Bacon Asparagus

I had eggs to use up tonight so I made scrambled eggs for dinner for our protein.  For our veggie I made asparagus and cooked up some bacon to go with it.  :)

Eggs (made into scrambled eggs)
reduced fat mozz cheese
black pepper
red pepper flakes
parsley flakes
olive oil
pinch of salt
minced garlic

First I put bacon on a foil lined cookie sheet and baked in the oven for 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.  While bacon was cooking I prepped the asparagus.  I washed it and broke off the ends and then cut up the asparagus into pieces.  I added the pieces to a bowl with a tiny bit of olive oil, minced garlic, pepper, red pepper flakes and a little salt.  Mix it till it's coated.  Once the bacon is close to being done heat your skillet with olive oil and minced garlic.  Add the asparagus pieces and cook it up.  When the bacon is done, take it out and drain the strips onto a paper towel.  Once it's cool crumble the bacon up and add to your asparagus that's cooking in the skillet.  Let it cook up for about 10 to 15 minutes.  
Once the asparagus is done go ahead and make your scrambled eggs.  Eggs cook up in no time.  Plate your eggs when they are done.  I like to add black pepper, red pepper flakes and parsley flakes on top.  Plate your bacon asparagus and top with a little bit of mozz cheese.  The flavors together were delicious!!  :)

April 13, 2014

Medifast Chocolate Chip and Brownie Muffins

I came across 'Sandy's Kitchen Adventures' from Pinterest that has all sorts of Medifast recipes with Medifast foods.  Some great finds for sure to make your Medifast foods a little different.  

I found these chocolate chip cakes and knew I wanted to make them.  They were originally adapted from this blog.

How cute are they?

The lighting was really cool on my kitchen counter for this shot.  :)

These are really easy to make so get to it.  This makes 4 Medifast meals if you make them like like I did.

For the Brownie Muffins:  (2)

1 packet of Medifast Brownie Mix 
1 packed of Medifast Pancakes (I used original)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup water

For the Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins:  (2)
1 packet of Medifast Chocolate Chip Soft Bake
1 packed of Medifast Pancakes (I used original)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup water

Mix the ingredients and add to the muffin pan.  You will get 2 muffins from each batter.  I sprayed the pan with some non-stick spray so I didn't have to use a liner.  Bake on 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

NOTE:  I might have added a few chocolate chips (probably 6) to the batter.  :)

Oven dried Banana Chips

I had 6 bananas that were spoiling.  I didn't want them going to waste so I wondered about making my own banana chips.  I came across this blog for an easy banana chip recipe in the oven from pinterest.

It seemed easy enough so I went ahead and cut up 3 bananas and made them.

Here's the slices after they are done.

3 bananas
fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
cinnamon (optional)

Preheat your own to 175 or 200 degrees.  Peel and slice your bananas.  (1/4" or thinner).  Lay the banana slices on parchment paper.  Don't let them touch one another.  Juice your lemon into a small bowl.  Dip your fingers in lemon juice and brush each banana slice.  Sprinkle some cinnamon on top.  
Bake them for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until dried.

After 3 hours my banana chips weren't even crisp.  :(  I made the mistake of dipping the banana slices into the lemon juice.  I think it gave them too much liquid.  The lemon juice keeps the bananas from turning brown so it only needs a little bit.  I will try making these again and not dipping the slices in the lemon juice.  They are still good, they are just softer than I wanted them to be.  I am storing them in a tupperware container and have them in the fridge.

With the other 3 bananas I had I cut off the ends, and cut them in half lengthwise.  Then I put some reduced fat peanut butter on one side.  I sandwiched them back together and wrapped them up in some foil.  Nate can grab one in the morning on his way out the door for a quick breakfast or snack at work.  :)  He got all excited when I told him I was gonna put those together for him.  He loves peanut butter and bananas.   Who doesn't right? :)

Garden Update: Week 8

Today, is week 8 of my garden.  There's some exciting news to share with my garden.  There's some changes and additions.  Let's get to it, shall we?  ;)

Here's what everything looks like inside.  (Tho I did take the marigolds and strawberries outside after this picture was taken).

Happy plants basking in the sunshine.

Sprouts that need to be re-potted soon.

Now, I'll start with some exciting news to share about my peas.  I carefully pulled the blind up to see how tall these crazy pea plants were getting and I discovered.....

FLOWERS!  :)  YAY!!  Peas will pollinate themselves according to the internet so fingers crossed that I'll get pods soon.  :)

So awesome....

Intertwining themselves....

There's about 4 flowers right now....

Here's my red potatoes.  There are 3 separate plants here.  These will be re-potted this week.  I need to get some more soil.  Still haven't done that.  OOPS!  Once I re-pot these I will most likely put them outside.

Onto the strawberries.....some of the petals have fallen off and a few of the leaves on the bottom are turning yellow.  Not sure why.  I read that it could be from the dirt or maybe being over-watered.  I think once I'm done blogging this I'm going to put them outside.  Maybe they just need some bee lovin' and more sunshine?

Pretty flowers.  I read that it takes 35 days from flower to berry.

I really hope I can get the berries to ripen.  :)

I have new sprouts this morning......Cherry tomatoes!   Yes more of them. :)

Mixed sweet bell pepper spouts getting bigger.


I moved my squash and cucumbers outside.  Here's the zucchini which need re-potting soon and then they will go outside and join the others.

No spouts yet on the spaghetti squash.  I'm hoping to see some this week.

Here's a close-up of my green bell pepper.  (I bought this as a starter plant last weekend)

Today, I planted some more seeds.....

Carnival Squash


And sunflowers.  I already have sunflowers outside but they aren't looking too happy so I'm starting over.  I planted the last 3 seeds I had in the seed packet.  I'm determined to get some sunflowers.  :)

Here's the back deck with what is there right now.  Sunflowers, rose bush, squash and cucumber.  (updated picture at end of post)

Here's the cucumber.

Here's the squash.

They are both getting their flowers so I figured it was time to get them outdoors so the bees could help pollinate the plant.

My sad sunflowers.

Rose bush...it has some new stems and leaf growth.  I did add a little soil on top after I took this photo.

Here's the sunny window where my inside plants soak up the sun.

I checked on my apple tree.  I am going to try to make something with these apples this year.  There's lots of buds on the tree.

Pretty and pink

I also noticed an area where I've dumped old dead plants has some spouts.  Not sure what it is yet it could just be a weed but it made me smile.  :)  I'll keep an eye on it and see what grows.

Alright sooooooo I decided to go ahead and put the marigolds and the strawberries outside before I finished this post.  Here's the outside container garden.

And here's a random picture of my little terra cotta pots that I just think look adorable in the shed window sill.  :)

April 12, 2014

Produce Stand- Visit 2

After my work event today I stopped over at the C& T produce stand that I went to last weekend.  I was happy to see they didn't close until 6pm.  It was around 3:30 when I stopped in.  YAY!!

There was only a few other people shopping at the stand for local produce.  They had some beautiful farm fresh eggs for $4 per dozen.  I'm good on eggs so I didn't get any.

I bought some green beans, a nice size sweet onion and a carnival squash.

I spent $2.75!  Woo-hoo!  That's cheap!   :)

Afterwards, I stopped off at the grocery store (Food Lion) and picked up stuff I needed for dinners this week.  I got a good deal on a package of boneless pork chop loins for $2.45.  There was 6 chops in the package and they don't expire until 4/19.  It was a managers special!  SCORE!  :)  Love finding good deals on proteins.  :)

Spotsylvania Farmers Market: 2014 Visit 1 (Gordon Road)

Today, the Farmers Market off Gordon Road opened for the season.  I had some time before I had to be at work for a live broadcast so I figured I'd stop off at the market to see what they had.

I walked around at all the booths and I snapped some pictures.  :)

Lots of veggie plants for sale.  These are soooo much bigger than my little sprouts.  LOL

Love me some asparagus.  This asparagus was huge too.

These plants on the ground were tempting.

This squash plant is LOADED!  It was $10.  I thought about getting it but I didn't.

There was a good crowd.......I still love this market the best because you can relax and take your time walking around and not be shoved or feel like you're in the way.  Some other markets are so jammed packed and the lines are so long trying to pay for stuff that it's ridiculous.

Some more pics....

I didn't buy anything but that's okay because it's always fun walking around.  I can't wait until all the veggies and fruits start coming in so I can buy some fresh and local produce.