Banana Bread

I made banana bread from scratch. I have to be honest, it was really good. Like 5AM wake up in the middle of sleep and I’m out scraping banana bread off a fork good. The best part was the moist top. Oh my, now I want to make more! I swear this isn’t that hard, it’s just a lot of ingredients. You can do it though! Just invite me over to share it with you. :-) I used this recipe minus a few tweaks.

Ingredients. Plus milk, I forgot to picture that.

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Also apple sauce. I didn’t really like apple sauce but now I kinda do. If you use it for cooking, a tip is just to get these individual snack packs. They will last longer than the jar that you have to open and store.

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The hardest part? Getting the bananas from looking like this..

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To this…

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To finally like this. We’re talking a major arm work out here.

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Add walnuts! Lots of them. I like the bread nutty.

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Put in dish and bake for 1 hour.

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OOH and AHH when it comes out of the oven.

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Eat!!!!!!

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8 weeks

So it rained, we had a tornado warning but all survived and is well. If you compare this week with last week you’ll see some major green growth going on!

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The corn continues to grow!

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Corn tassels!!!!!!

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The peppers.

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Now the pumpkins! Check out their intense growth rate this week.

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And here’s it on Sunday! Look at how much it grew from Monday to Sunday!

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What a great tomato week too! I need some tomato recipes ASAP – got any?

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Look at this week’s loot!

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Green beans used to be big and bushy, then they got burned by the heat. Shade blocker is up now but the damage was done and they weren’t growing anymore. So we took them out and have replanted beans…. good luck little guys.

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Our compost is equipped with wigglers now! Eat guys eat!

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Glazed Drumsticks

Random Fact: I love to cook. With age, I enjoy it more. I save recipes, gather/hunt the ingredients and then look forward to the night all day long. I love having a bunch of ingredients lined up and dirty dishes everywhere. I do not like cleaning the dishes though. Tonight: Asian Glazed Drumsticks. We only made 4 drumsticks (2 of us), but they were so good wish I would have made 2 more. Recipe here (love this site). For the side, broccoli steamed with garlic, soy sauce, olive oil and parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!!

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Watermelon is not a ingredient, it’s just photo bombing me.

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7 Weeks

Here we are at 7 weeks.

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Let’s just get to the excitement. This is what I saw when I went up today. Let me reenact my reaction: "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

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Peppers looking great:

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Pumpkin is looking so great.

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Corn continues to explode…

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I wonder how the carrots are under the soil…

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New additions: Broccoli! We transplanted them from inside today to the garden. We grew these from seeds.. they grew much faster than we expected. Hoping for the best.

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6 weeks

It’s 6 weeks, already? Crazy. So from last week’s update we were having some troubles with the extreme heat and sun burning our plants. The shade blocker definitely worked and seems like everything got saved (beans still in progress – hoping for the best).

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Pumpkin finally got more leaves…

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Finally knee high corn.

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The peppers! I’ve never grown peppers before. This is very exciting.

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I get a few strawberries a day it seems. They are small, but next year they’ll be bigger….

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A ton of tomatoes, none are ripe yet.

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Broccoli and Cauliflower plants inside that we have to transplant in a few weeks.

5 weeks

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What? Ok let me explain..

Our beans are having issues. Our beautiful bushy beans that were doing so well have suddenly turned crispy and lost it’s leaves. After going insane and trying to figure out what was wrong (too much water? not enough water? not enough nitrogen? not enough love (not possible on the last one)), we think we figured it out – too much sunlight. Last year I think we were in the 90’s one day all summer, this summer – almost everyday. Tomorrow is 100+. WTF. Now add that heat to a silver reflective roof and you’re going to get plants that are burning. Let me show you.

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The beans have made us distraught. Yesterday we had lunch and we might as well have called it Operation Beans because it was the only thing we talked about. Yesterday we were approached by the only other gardener on our roof and same thing for him – burning and not growing tall – too much light/heat. So we’re blocking off the one side to give it some shade and see if that helps them. Let’s hope for the best..

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Now on to better news…

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Our first harvest – 1 strawberry. Kinda amazing to be honest considering that he strawberries were more of a experiment for us and we didn’t have high hopes. I have to tell you too – it was AMAZING, so sweet.

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And now more have shown up too, more color to the garden = yay!

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Tomatoes are doing lovely – probably about 25 tomatoes we see already. Nothing ripe yet, but getting big and strong.

Until next week.