Category Archives: Recipes

How to Grow ~ PEACHES

Peach trees are not hard to grow but it does seem like it takes forever before they produce fruit.

If you are reading this, it’s probably because you were looking for information on growing peaches.  You have probably read several articles ( I usually read at least ten) on how to successfully grow them, planting techniques, and basically how to keep them from dying.

We have apples, plums, and peach trees.  The small tree in the foreground is a red delicious apple tree that I purchased from Lowe’s last year and I have managed to keep it alive for the past year.  There are also two small peach trees and two apple trees in the photo above.  The peaches on these trees are tiny and I have no idea if they will mature into an edible fruit.

On the other hand, below is a huge peach tree was full of peaches this year.  The most amazing thing about this peach tree is that it was not a purchased tree but grown from a peach from the grocery store.

My mother can grow almost anything and when she bit into one of the best peaches she had ever eaten, she saved the seed and planted it.  Just goes to show you that it doesn’t take a lot of money to have a fruit orchard, just a lot of patience.

SUPER EASY DILL PICKLES

 

It’s not even May and I’m already canning pickles and putting peaches in the freezer.  I have never had cucumbers ready this early in the year but this mild winter has been great for the plants.

The first plants I put in the garden was cucumbers and I have been harvesting them for a couple of weeks.  I only have four plants producing  but they are producing more than we can eat so I decided it was time to pull out the canning supplies.

Alicia, from Simple words by A, gave me a jar of pickles last year and they were amazing.  When I asked about her recipe, she told me she used Mrs Wages’ Kosher Dill Pickle Mix.  

I have been making dill pickles for years and had never used a mix but her pickles were so good that I made a trip to Walmart yesterday to get a bag of Mrs Wages’ Pickle mix.  I love that you can make small batches at a time and store the leftover liquid in the refrigerator.

If you are interested, here is what you will need with this mix:  Mrs. Wages Kosher Dill Pickles Quick Process Pickle Mix, 6.5 OZ

  • 9-11 lbs pickling cucumbers (I do small batches so you don’t worry if you don’t have enough – You can make your pickles as you harvest your cucumbers)
  • 3 1/3 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 7 1/3 cups water
  • 1 pouch Mrs. Wages’ Kosher Dill Pickles Mix

Instant Peach Cobbler (Dump Cobbler)

Thanks to all of the rain and the warm weather, we finally have peaches.  Every year the deer beat us to them, or the birds, or the raccoons, but not this year!

EASTER ~ MALTED EGG CUPCAKES

 

I look forward to Easter each year because I know the stores will be stocking Malted Eggs.  I just love them!

If you follow my blog, you may have seen my recipe for Malted Egg Rice Krispies Treats.  These little treats disappear so fast. This is probably because I grab a spoon and eat most of it before it even makes it to  square dish I used to make the bars!

With my love of these malted eggs in mind, I tried to create a cupcake that has the same malt goodness.  As I have stated before, I am not a huge chocolate fan.  If you are, you may want to substitute the malted vanilla cupcake or frosting with malted chocolate.  The chocolate malt powder can be found next to the regular malt powder in you local store.  In my local Walmart, it is located next to the hot chocolate.

ST PATRICK’S DAY MINT MILKSHAKE

I have been seeing all of these amazing Freakshakes on Pinterest and decided I wanted to try making these amazing looking milkshakes.  For my first attempt, I decided to make this chocolate-mint shake since Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner.

I topped it with green & white candies,  Andes mint chocolates,  and these lovely powdered donuts.  I also sprinkled everything generously with green sugar and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.  Of course, I had to add a considerate amount of whipped cream.

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