MIXED BERRY COMPOTE

Here’s a simple recipe that can be made with fresh or frozen berries. I like to use it over crepes, cheesecake, sweet breads etc πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

INGREDIENTS

3 cups berries ( I like raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)

2 tbsps lemon juice

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tbsps butter

DIRECTIONS

1. Put skillet over medium/low heat and melt butter.

2. Add sugar and lemon juice and stir until dissolved.

3. Add berries and stir gently until the juices spring.

4. If you like a thicker sauce you can mix some cornstarch with cold water and add to the compote and cook for a couple more minutes until thickened. 

Serve warm over crepes, or on cheesecake, sweetbreads, muffins, a hamburger πŸ˜‚ ok maybe not a hamburger. 

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BAKED PEACH AND BLUEBERRY PANCAKE

Hey guys! So I’m all about quick and easy breakfasts and I’ve added a new recipe to the collection. I found this recipe on BuzzFeed and it is yummy and super easy for a busy morning. As they said “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Here’s the recipe:

Servings 4-6

INGREDIENTS

4 cups pancake mix

4 eggs

2 cups milk

1 peach, sliced

1 cup blueberries

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 425˚F (220˚C).

2. Pour pancake mix, milk, and eggs into a bowl and mix just until combined.

3. Pour batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread to the edges.

4. Place peach slices on top of the batter, followed by the blueberries.

5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

6. Cut into squares and serve immediately, or freeze up to 1 month. To reheat, place on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 20 seconds per pancake on the plate

MY GARDEN – MAY

I love seeing the seedlings emerge and get secondary leaves! But what I don’t love is weeds! Bleckkk! I spent a good part of this morning weeding my little garden and trying not to pull any seedlings out. After cleaning up a bit I got my camera out and thought it would be fun to play a little game! Can you guess the plants from the pics?

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Alright I can’t wait to see who can guess them all!! Β I know number 17 will confuse alot of people πŸ˜€

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FRUIT ASSASSIN FOR SALE!!

SO… I am putting my 3 year old daughter up for sale…no seriously.. my little ‘angel’ picked all of the young peaches off of my peach tree except one and then stood there smiling at me! She thought it was hilarious! I guess the culling lesson went a bit over her head, I mean she is 3 after all πŸ˜‚… I’m still furious πŸ˜²πŸ˜’πŸ˜’ but she’s lucky that she’s cute, maybe I’ll consider keeping her.

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The criminal escapes!

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So anywayyyy in other gardening news, I have an apple on my tree! Only one apple you say? Well somehow I felt my little ‘angel’ also had something to do with this! Grrrrr!! πŸ˜’πŸ˜’

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The blueberries are ripening. She helped herself to the ripe berries yesterday. Thanks kid, such a great sharer!

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The hubs and my 4 year oldΒ sonΒ tilled the soil in my raised bed and added supplements and eggshells. Β I am so grateful for that because I still feel pretty blehhh. They did a great job with my micromanaging of course hehehehe!

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They found a rogue tomato plant that must have sprouted from last years seeds, so they moved it to a safe place in the corner and it even has a cute little tomato on it already!

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I’ve moved my seedlings outside to get used to the weather. At this time last year it was still freezing and as I write this its 90F!!😰

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Once again I am trying my hand at herbs. I think they dislike me and things go awry and they always end up dead. Am I an herb murderer?!? *gasp* I just don’t understand it! I can keep difficult orchid species alive and prospering but IΒ can’t keep basil alive!? BASIL!!! Come on Natasha! Get yourself together for heaven’s sakes!

I hope that the weather is lovely where you are and that you’ll be able to get out and garden soon! What are you planting this year?

Happy Gardening! πŸ™‚ πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„

LEMON EVERYTHING!

My lemon tree is totally covered with lemons and no matter how many neighbors I share with or random people I meet on the street *don’t you judge me!*… I just can’t seem to use these bright yellow babies up fast enough!

Soooo I’ve decided to make every lemon recipe I have plus a few new ones! So be on the lookout for lemon bars, lemon meringue, lemon brownies, lemon chicken, lemonade *spiked of course* and many more!

Also if you have any lemon recipes please send them my way!

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BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

Today I made my favorite breakfast! I deserved it after a super trying week! My lovely girl, Hailey, fell and hit her mouth pretty hard and now her front tooth is a little wiggly! * I’m so not ready for the missing tooth pictures yet*. So instead of making my usual waffle breakfast on a Sunday morning, I decided to make blueberry pancakes because they would be easier on her sore mouth * poor thing* 😦

Luckily I still had some blueberries left from our last adventure to the Santa Barbara Blueberry Fields. We go every year and fill a couple buckets and I freeze a some baggies so I can have them throughoutΒ the year! It’s so beautiful there and they don’t use pesticides! They even encourage you to eat your fill while you’re filling your bucket! πŸ™‚

We always try to see who can find the biggest berries and as usual, I won!! yessss!

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