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Jun 6, 2013

Finished The Veggie Garden/Chicken Proofing, Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea, Flourless Chocolate Cake, 22 Easy & Cheap Mason Jar Projects

Double dust bath time

Finished The Veggie Garden/Chicken Proofing-
We bought, then last night planted the last of the veggie garden. Planted 2 kinds of yellow squash, lemon cukes, and 4 kinds of hot peppers- mild banana, jalapeno and 2 other new, hot varieties. I knew with the 90 degree weather coming we need to get thew planted so Dave and I planted after dinner, when it was mostly shady there. I knew we had to protect the veggies for a while or the hens would dig around them and disturb the roots. I bought "rabbit fencing" at a local feed store, cheap and perfect to keep their little heads out! $14.00 for 25', 28 " high. It has smaller holes at the bottom and bigger at the top. I used the rest of last year's left over garden fencing, cut in 1/2 height-wise, then the rabbit fencing. It's easy to use wire cutters for this. Unrolling is easier with 2 people! I bought landscape fabric staples, 10 cents each to hold them in place. Worked great! Last year I had to work them into the soil and hope they held, not so stable. All of these things can be saved again for next year.

rabbit fencing

garden fencing split in half. Molly digging outside the wire, good girl                             

Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea-
I was getting tired of my regular orange pekoe iced tea (Luziannes), which is great! I got burned out on Lipton's years ago as it was a bit bitter. I saw the hibiscus bulk tea we already had, and mint out in the yard. Presto! I looked up a recipe and found this Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea. Quick, easy and great! I added just a bit of sugar, but it was fine straight. You could adjust this and add lemon, or whatever. Nice and tangy, fruity, healthy, with loads of vitamin C. Enjoy!

Scandinavian Flourless Chocolate Cake-
I was ready up on the Primal Diet the other day. I had tried it last year and I really felt great! I just had mixed feelings about eating that much meat. It's not for everyone, but I agree with his views that most people eat WAY too many carbs. Then I remembered then that I had this Scandinavian Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe. It uses ground almonds instead of flour. The recipe says finely chopped, but grind it in a blender or food processor, you want it fine. It's pretty easy, and I used our wonderful eggs. I always use Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate for this kind of thing. I makes for a much more adult flavor, although my kids always liked it. It's easy to find in the baking section.  I melted the chocolate mixture in the microwave for 1 minute, stirred well, then another 30 seconds. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool, then a little whipped cream. Sorry for the blurred pics, my camera wouldn't cooperate!

going into the oven using a glass pie pan

out of the oven

it cracks and splits a bit as it cool, but man it's tastes great!

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22 Easy & Cheap Mason Jar Projects-
I saw this article again a few days ago, and thought I'd post it again since there was so much there!
22 Best, Easy and Cheap Mason Jar Projects


Tiny Gardener said...

I am SOOOO making that chocolate thing... Looks delish!!!

nancy said...

Yes, it is! Only took about 10 minutes to prep, and I melted the chocolate mixture in the microwave.

Kristina said...

I love making iced tea with my spearmint. My Grandma used to make it that way, and now I do. Delicious!

nancy said...

Yes, it's a nice change. I added lemon last night, that's good too...

Candy C. said...

I really like the lemon-y flavor of hibiscus tea and, of course, the color! That fencing looks perfect to protect the plants from the chickens. Love, love the mason jar projects, especially the 'chandeliers' :)

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