Thursday, June 6, 2019

My yard, some baking

Finally, we’re getting some sunny days with warmer temperatures and the perennials are up except for a few hostas in cooler spots. The raised bed is planted with seeds; the radishes and some spinach are up.

The herbs are growing in the garden against the house by my back door. I can’t wait for it to fill out. Some are perennial. I planted a few new ones as well - rosemary, tarragon, lemon oregano, basil and parsley, to name a few.
The two windows on the right are my studio.

After my veggie garden is taken care of, I will finish weeding and mulching  the back perennial garden against the hedge a small section at a time.

The scarlet runner beans, snow peas and sugar snap peas are planted near the trellises against the deck. 
New this year is an awning that Gord put up for me overtop the swing on the deck. It’s south facing and always too hot for me. Now I’ll get more use out of it although mid summer when it’s hot, I retreat indoors.

Would you believe we still have risk of frost so I can’t put out the annuals just yet!  Maybe by the weekend. So, I’m sitting here, on the swing with my homemade herbal ice tea and muffin contemplating the next seeds to plant.

I’ve been experimenting with some low carb and sugar substitute baking. These drop cookies are meant to be a replacement for the frogs my mom used to make. They have coconut oil and almond butter to replace the butter and swerve, natural sugar derived from veggies, to replace the sugar. I find them good while I’m eating them but I don’t like the after taste of the sugar. 

Next, I made muffins with almond flour and coconut palm sugar, a Keto recipe, with some fresh picked rhubarb. They taste good.

I’m sitting with my knitting for a short rest before it’s time to start supper.

When I can’t be outdoors in the garden, I return to my studio. Progress had halted with this piece as I wasn’t happy with it. I pulled it out yesterday and finished some bits of foliage, added the inky looking water as well as adding few small highlights to the rock.  I’m still on the fence about it and pushing myself to at least get all the parts on and move it to the sewing machine to see how it goes. There’s still a little fussing where water meets the rocks and there’s a small bit of rock strip to add in the foreground.

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