Vegetable Gardening - For Beginners

Vegetable Gardening - For Beginners

A garden is a beautiful thing, especially during the pleasant spring months. A garden is a wonderful place to relax and learn; it’s a place where you can immerse yourself in nature. It's rewarding to watch the bees buzz innocently in the long bloomers as they work hard to keep the planet alive.

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Cream Cheese Carrot Muffins

Last week our sweet neighbor sent us home with a bunch of delicious carrots from her garden. This was the perfect opportunity to bake something carroty...which I had never done before. These muffins are delicious, especially if you like carrot cake. 

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Line a 12 muffin tray with parchment muffin cups

2. Mix dry ingredients together

3. Mix wet ingredients together (in a separate bowl)

4. Combine mixtures, but do not over-mix

5. Scoop batter into muffin cups

6. Bake for about 15 minutes (depending on oven)

7. Once cooled, frost

1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg, clove, or pumpkin pie spice (or all of them if like spice)

2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 1/2 c. shredded carrots
3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1 stick butter
1 tsp. vanilla

While the muffins were baking I realized we didn't have powdered sugar to make the frosting. I substituted with brown sugar, which came out delicious.

Cream Cheese Brown Sugar Frosting

Soften butter and cream cheese, combine together until smooth.

  • 1 Package Cream Cheese (8 Ounces)

  • 5 tbsp. butter

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Tropical Minty Coconut Mango Smoothie

To be honest, I don't love smoothies, I never have. But this smoothie I do love. The fresh mint makes it refreshing, the can of coconut makes it thick and filling, it's healthy, and easy! You could also sneak in other ingredients like cod liver oil, bee pollen, camu camu, and all the other stuff that you try to take on the daily. 

Add all of the ingredients to your blender, blend until smooth, and enjoy!

  • 1 Can Coconut Milk (organic)

  • 1/2 Medium Banana (organic)

  • 1 Cup Frozen Mango (organic)

  • 6 Mint Leaves (grown at home and finely cut - I use kitchen scissors)

  • Ice 

Five Minute Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

I thought we were settled with our easy peanut butter cookie recipe, but then I made these. I'm pretty sure it's the brown sugar that changes EVERYTHING, and makes them deliciously chewy (unless you over-bake them which is easy to do, but they're still yummy). You may need five minutes to mix the ingredients and get them settled on the cookie sheet, but probably more like four minutes!

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (or however many you like)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar

WHAT YOU DO

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grab a cookie sheet and line with parchment paper
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together
  4. Scoop and Roll into balls (about 8 cookies) and place on cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 8-12 minutes
  6. Eat

Make a cookie sandwich - vanilla ice cream in the middle...

Eat them right out of the oven or let them cool...

Enjoy with a cup of milk!