March 26, 2006
Breakfast Today - Yogurt Bread
Usually on Sundays I make cinnamon rolls from a can, an age-honored family tradition. But I realized yesterday that I hadn't bought any, so I made this recipe, instead. The only thing I forgot was the ground flax seed, which isn't necessary but was my claim to health, LOL. Oh well, it's still not toooo unhealthy, and the kids really like it. And it comes together fast, so it makes a reasonably quick*-to-make breakfast (other than baking time.)
Yogurt-Wheat Quick Bread (with chocolate chips!)
modified from this recipe at allrecipes.com
Original recipe yield: 1 - 9x5 inch loaf - multiplied by 1.5 to make 1 - 11x5" loaf
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup honey
1-1/2 cups plain non-fat yogurt
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup flax seed, ground
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 11x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine melted butter and honey. Whisk in yogurt, egg and lemon juice.
In a separate bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, ground flax, and chocolate chips. Fold this mixture into the yogurt mixture, stirring just enough to blend. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven until top of loaf springs back when touched and a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
* unless you stop to blog about it, in which case you will probably end up late for church.
March 21, 2006
Looking For My Garden
On the heels of my last post, I wanted to try to document my "garden"* better this year, to know when to expect things to bloom. My sister has done a nice job of this in the past, and so was able to tell me which are her earliest bloomers.
So today, March 21, 2006, I begin:
It is too early for any blooms in my yard, but there are, already, signs of life:
Daffodils and tulips have pushed their way up through the dirt, mulch, leaves, and weeds, to show the tips of their leaves. One set of tulips peeks through with red-tipped shoots, causing me to second-guess what they are each year. I'm on to them, finally:
An early surprise was the garlic I planted two or three years ago and apparently didn't dig all up:
My new bird feeder is up, and although I've yet to get a GREAT picture, I've taken one reasonable one of Mama Cardinal. Dad is here right now, but he's not on the feeder or in the sun, so I'll wait for another photo op for him:
And although it hardly counts as the exciting spring blooms I long for, I find that some of the plants that manage to winter over with some green are starting to perk that green back up. The evil Garlic Mustard, for one, already is perking up it's never quite dead leaves:
Along with it, our wild phlox, which similarly dies back but never really quite dies, is starting to lift it's green from wilted heaps. (While not technically an invasive plant (that I know of) it certainly spreads vigorously and it's post-blooming dead spires are not the prettiest things or easy to clear out each fall):
Last but not least, my vinca, which is an evergreen vine, is as green as ever, but showing no signs of squill peeking through YET. But one of these days I'll look and see green shoots popping up all around and will be thrilled After the vinca picture is a picture of last year's squill, which is my favorite of all the spring blooms and was, apparently, in full bloom by April 17 of last year. I'll try to get the first shoots and blooms this year.
* I put garden in quotes because garden seems to imply something kept and cared for, and mine is hardly that. My yard is more the remnants of other gardeners, long ago -- their work overgrown here, butchered there, and still managing a few spots of beauty despite my noteworthy lack of effort or assistance.
Totally copying my sister
Well, I won't TOTALLY copy Kelly's note-to-self, I won't write this as a note to myself, conversationally. But that's what this is ... Wait, no, I will just copy the whole idea:
Dear Kim, order these flowers in the summer/fall and plant them, so that next spring you aren't again kicking yourself for not having ordered any super early bloomers. You need the color right now. While you wait for your beloved squill (which I can't believe I don't have a blog entry about?!?!) And don't skimp. Don't order one or two of each, because you know you really love seeing "small oceans" of flowers, and you want enough to really get a feel for them.
- Iris reticulata Harmony
- Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)
- Giant Snowdrops (these are listed as blooming even earlier than "garden snowdrops"!!)
-- adding to my list, later --
- Iris - Dwarf Rock Garden Cantab -- up to full shade? Would these do well in my "woodsy" area that gets sun in the winter & spring but shady in the summer?
- Pulmonaria longifolia Bertram Anderson - these look pretty ... and, again, up to full shade? These say available in the spring!!
- Crocus chrysanthus 'Blue Pearl'
- Chionodoxa Forbesii (Glory of the Snow) -- these are the squill copy-cats LOL
Keep looking, I'm sure there's more you'd like. Look over Kelly's list closely, to see which ones she's enjoyed early. And this year write down when yours bloom! But anyway, now you've at least got a starter list, so that you don't forget. Someone remind me this fall to do it. I'll put it on my calendar for ... July, did you say, Kelly?