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Watermelon Soup
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Small Kitchen Inspiration on a Budget
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Homemade Plain Scones Recipe
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Brooklyn Farm Baby, Being Picked Summer 2017
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A Purrfect Valentine For Your Cats
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Welcome to our greenhouse!
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Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts

Watermelon Soup

EASY Watermelon Soup recipe that only has 4 ingredients!  In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

Yes, it’s the last day of February and I’m giving you a watermelon recipe because I like to go against the blog rules of only putting recipes on your site that are “in season”.  To be honest, watermelon can always be in season if you freeze your Summer watermelons.

If you ever have a watermelon that you think you can’t eat completely, don’t let it go to waste! Just chop it up, or turn it into watermelon juice, throw in the freezer and you’ll have it for months to enjoy!    That way it can be Winter and you can enjoy this Hot Watermelon Soup!

(This is watermelon juice that I freeze. I just throw chunks of watermelon in the blender and then measure 2 cups into a freezer bag).
This Hot Watermelon Soup is very simple to make witWatermelon soup is a delicious warm soup. In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

This Watermelon Soup makes me happy because I just want to grab my sunhat and a shovel and run to the garden.  I have been getting the garden shivers lately.  You know the garden shivers, right?  It’s when you’re so excited for the garden season that every time you think about what you’re going to grow you just start to shake with excitement.  I’m not a doctor but I will confirm that garden shivers are not dangerous at all, instead they cause happiness.  

Watermelon Soup Recipe

When I eat this Watermelon Soup, either in the Summer or the Winter, it makes me think of the garden and all the great memories that come along with it (not to mention the power of saying “I grew this!”).   So I like to consider it a happy soup!

Watermelon soup is a delicious warm soup. In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

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Small Kitchen Inspiration on a Budget

Tracking PixelEasy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s.

Based on the many recipes I post here on the blog, and the endless baked goods on Instagram, I spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen. Actually, at a recent therapist visit the Doctor asked me what I do to relax.  I responded “Yoga…and I hang out in the kitchen”.   I love spending time in the kitchen baking afternoon sweets, making dinner, recipe creation and getting my full garden harvest preserving on once Summer rolls around.  During garden season it’s not rare that I have to put one day aside a week to preserve our vegetables, so I consider myself kitchen devoted.

Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

Unfortunately my kitchen is not a dream.   When I moved into my apartment, close to 12 years ago, it was a nightmare.  There was hardly any space to not only cook, but at the bare minimum cabinet space.  I think when we first moved in there was 3 cabinets, a (ugly) sink, a (ugly) stove and a (ugly) refrigerator.  My kitchen loving heart ached.    Thankfully the kitchen and I have grown together and it’s turned into something more pleasing and usable.  Now I have lots more cabinets! I have a island! I have shelves! I have storage! I have a beautiful refrigerator and too many kitchen gadgets and appliances to the point whenever I get a new one my husband asks “Another one?”.  Yes, another one!   So although my kitchen still isn’t the dream, I feel like we’re finally in a ok place with each other. 

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Homemade Plain Scones Recipe

EASY delicious Homemade Scones that are perfect to serve with clotted cream, jam and tea!  This is a one bowl recipe that creates crumbly English soft scones – just like at a tea house.  The secret to this recipe is sour cream! Add blueberry or raspberry to them to make them berry flavored! 

Scones have been on my “must conquer” recipe list for quite some time.  Making the perfect scone is hard and I usually was left with something that was dense and cake-like and not crumbly and light, how scones should be.  But no more – scones, I’ve come and conquered you.

  I’m in love with this recipe so much that I worry I’m going to be making these at least twice a week because they’ve become our new favorite afternoon snack (I always have one with my daily tea!).   Make sure to serve them warm with clotted cream and jam.  If you want to add fruit to them, you can totally can, just read my FAQ below for help.  Enjoy!

EASY delicious Homemade Scones that are perfect to serve with clotted cream, jam and tea! This is a one bowl recipe that creates crumbly English soft scones – just like at a tea house. The secret to this recipe is sour cream! Add blueberry or raspberry to them to make them berry flavored!

 

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Brooklyn Farm Baby, Being Picked Summer 2017

A seed was planted, the plant is getting bigger, and in July we’ll be able to harvest.  What type of plant are we growing?  A baby!  Instead of our garden, it’s growing in my belly!  Brooklyn Farm Baby is coming in July!

I’ve already shared a few revealing videos and pictures on social media but I’ve kept it completely hush hush on the blog until now.  Being half way through, now at 20 weeks, I wanted to make a post to let you know that we’ll be adding a human baby girl to our family in the Summer.   Are we excited? Yes! Are we terrified? Yes! Are we dreaming of what we’ll be able to teach her and show her? Yes!  Are we in disbelief that a hospital is actually going to let us leave with a baby in our car to take care of for the rest of our lives?  Yes!

Matthew and I have been talking seriously about adding to our family for the past 5 years.  It was always about waiting for the perfect time, but the more I sat with this and grew older the more I came to realization that no time will ever be perfect.  I’m always going to be worried.  I was worried before.  I’m worried during.  I’m going to be worried after.    So last year we started the plan into action with preparation doctor appointments and other things that you do when this is a definite planned pregnancy.    Then the fun part started, you know the part that everyone tells you is going to be romantic and great because you’re going to physically do the sexy dance that leads to a baby.  Then months pass and it’s no longer that fun.  It’s now a schedule.  It’s me texting Matthew with directions like “Ovulation is max peak, be home by 7:30 tonight because I want to go to bed early”.    Oh the romance of having a baby!

18 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

She’s gorgeous already!

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A Purrfect Valentine For Your Cats

Show your cat you love them on Valentine’s Day with a tasty meal!

I love our cats so much that I like to make holidays extra special for them, especially Valentine’s  Day.   No, I won’t be sending them flowers or chocolate, but instead I’m going to give them what they really want – a tasty meal!   Toes loves food.  Her favorite hobby is licking gravy out of bowls, while batting her Maine Coon eyelashes at me. One loud purr (she’s really loud) from Toes on my lap, and it melts my heart and makes me spoil her with whatever she wants.  In the morning when my alarm clock goes off, she bursts through the bedroom door,  jumps onto the bed and hops on to my chest purring with morning excitement.  Is she excited to see her Mom? Or is she excited for breakfast?  Well, probably both, so I decided to combine them and give her a great Valentine’s Day breakfast made by her Mom this year.

Show your cat you love them on Valentine's Day with a tasty meal!

First, start out by giving your cat a Valentine.   Hand it to them and watch them either rub their cheeks on it or completely ignore it.  Toes ignored mine, no hard feelings taken.

Show your cat you love them on Valentine's Day with a tasty meal!

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Welcome to our greenhouse!

This post is sponsored by Hayneedle who helped us build a greenhouse so we can grow vegetables in the Winter! All opinions are my own. 

Make gardening season last year round with a greenhouse!  Go green and grow your own! 

I have been so excited to show you what we’ve been doing on the land!  Garden season ended a few months ago so that’s why there there hasn’t  been as many beautiful vegetables to show, but not to worry – we’re still growing! In February! In 10 degree temperature! In the snow!  Thanks to a greenhouse we’re all set up to grow our hearts out 365 days a year now!

Make gardening season last year round with a greenhouse! Go green and grow your own!

When we had our rooftop garden going we had a small greenhouse that left us able to grow broccoli, bok choy and kale during the Winter months. Once we moved the garden Upstate I was already thinking about Winter growing during the first year.   Because we’re Upstate in the Catskill Mountains we had some things to seriously consider about the greenhouse.  1) It gets really cold.  2)  It gets really snowy.  3)  It gets really windy.    So I investigated greenhouses and figured the Palram HG56 Glory Greenhouse would be best for our situation.  We got it in the 12L x 8W ft size which is more than enough for what we need.     Due to the strong wind on our property, we installed the anchor kit to ensure the greenhouse wasn’t going anywhere. Inside the greenhouse we put down a ground cover and a few bags of drainage rocks on top.

Make gardening season last year round with a greenhouse! Go green and grow your own!

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Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts

HOMEMADE BAKED Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes.  These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery! 

We live in a world filled with exciting donut flavors and combinations. Remember the half donut/half croissant craze?  Have you checked out the exotic flavors that bakeries are offering for donuts?  There’s  Blood Orange, Cafe Au Lait,  Hibiscus, Passion Fruit, Horchata, Matcha and more.  

Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!

Yes to homemade donuts!

Maybe I’m not foodie adventurous but I love simple donuts.  Sugar, Glazed, Chocolate  donuts – now you’re talking my language.  Because I was craving donuts I came up with this simple Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that I think you’ll love!  Who else loves homemade donuts?  Me, me, me!

Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!

These homemade donuts are delicious and extra soft! They are made with buttermilk so you know they are going to be moist and soft!  These donuts are not heavy at all but instead have a light texture to them. 

Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!

Throw your donut pan in the oven for 15 minutes, let cool for a few minutes and then shake the donuts in a bag of sugar and your Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts are ready to be eaten and enjoyed!

Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!

They are great for breakfast, a snack and dessert! So many of my readers have told me they had fun baking them (and eating them!) with their kids too!   Hope you like them as I do (and I really really like them!)!

Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!

 

Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!

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Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!
 

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Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts

HOMEMADE BAKED Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes.  These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the sugar coating

  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray donut pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Mix together oil, buttermilk, eggs, sugar, salt, baking powder and vanilla until combined.
  4. Stir in flour and continue to mix until smooth.
  5. Fill the donut pans up about 3/4 of the way.
  6. Bake donuts for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes, then remove donuts from pan.
  8. Put sugar in a sandwich bag.
  9. One at a time, drop your donuts in bag and shake lightly to cover.
  10. Eat right away or store in container.

Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 1 dozen 3 inch donuts.

 

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