Monday, March 30, 2015

Where is spring

This is what I woke up to this morning. Ugh! 

Where is spring?!?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Shout Out to

I have been buying a lot of seeds for my veggie and herb garden in the last few months. I came acrossed this site by chance one night while searching the internet.  I had not ordered from them before, but decided to have a look around. I was looking for herb seeds to get started on my herb garden (something on my to do list for this year).

As I was perusing this site I found a few things that should be noted,
All of their seeds are 
100% organic
 100% non-GMO
100% non-hybridized
100% heirloom/open pollinated 

They offer herb and veggie seeds in a variety of sized packets ranging from a sample size to 1lb size. 

I fell in love with the 99 cent sample sizes!

I filled my cart with several herb packets, mint, cilantro, thyme, marjoram, too many to list. The sample packs have about the same amount of seeds as the packs you can buy in the store that are not heirloom or organic (some have more).
Shipping was reasonable and they came in the mail quickly.

I got so excited when the package came in the mail. When I opened it I was pleasantly surprised at how it was nicely packaged with a packing slip and a hand written note. I started sorting through the packets to make sure everything was ok (it was) and there mixed in with the packets was a free gift, a packet with a seed starting puck and some tomato seeds. 

How nice!

I can't say enough about this site! 
They even have a weekly contest and giveaway.

I can't wait to get some of these planted.


 Beyond the Fruit Trees is not affiliated with and has not received any benefits from this review.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Missing Spring

As winter comes to a close and the weather is starting to warm up my little area of the world has been hit with another round of winter storms. I have been patiently waiting for spring to arrive. Being a good gardener, planning my beds for this coming year, ordering new trees and seeds for the veggie beds, so patiently waiting. 

Waiting, waiting and waiting. 

Daydreaming of flowers and the warm sweet air of the fruit trees in bloom. The dirt under my nails, the mud on my boots, grass stains on my jeans, oh the days I so patiently wait for. Ladybugs and butterflies should be coming home soon to fill me in on all of their winter adventures. We will sip tea and lemonade on the patio while burgers are cooking on the grill. Oh the days of warm weather will soon be here. I just know they are just around the corner. 

But for now as I sit here looking at the wintery mix coming down outside my window I shall dream of warmer days.

Oh how I am missing SPRING!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dehydrating Apples (Apple Chips)

I have been having some fun trying out my new dehydrator and wanted to share some of it with you. i got my hands on some bulk apples this week and decided to make some apple chips.

I did some experimenting with the thickness and came up with two that I like. For crunchy ones I cut them an 1/8 inch thick and for chewy ones 1/4 inch thick. they will not be as chewy as store bought one because the store bought ones have preservatives that keep them chewy but they are still very yummy.
Apples do not need any sweetener because the natural sweetener in them will intensify during drying. I do like to soak them in a bowl of lemon water to prevent browning, this is a step you can skip if you like, it is not necessary for preservation. 
Ok here is what you do.

Wash and core apples
Slice apples thinly and evenly (1/8 inch or 1/4 inch)
Soak in lemon water

Lightly dust with cinnamon or leave plain.
Arrange apple slices on dehydrator sheets.
Dehydrate at 135°F (57°C) for 6 to 8 hours.

Check apples for any moisture on outside and inside. 
The slices should feel dry and leathery without any tackiness. tear slice in half to see if there is any moisture on the inside.
Allow to cool several hours before storing in an airtight bag or container.
Store in a dry, cool, dark place for several months

Thats all you have to do!

They are so much better than the ones you buy in the store!



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Homemade bagel chips

My local store had bagels buy 6 get 6 free last week and since I had to work mid shift I didn't want to come home and figure out what to make for breakfast so I stopped by and picked up a dozen. we had a few left over so I decided to make bagel chips.

I didn't get a picture but I sliced them in my food processor

here they are all sliced

and layered them on cookie sheets.

I made 2 batches, 1 with olive oil and garlic and 1 with butter, cinnamon and sugar.

to make the cinnamon sugar ones all you have to do is spread each one with butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on them to taste.
to make the garlic ones you spread them with olive oil and sprinkle them with garlic powder and salt to taste. 
and put them in a preheated (325 degrees F) oven for 10 minutes.

here are the cinnamon ones

here are the garlic ones

and here are the ones I forgot about.

not bad for my first try, what do you think?