acreage renovation: a garden for brother + sister bear

This spring we decided to make a garden for our children. We were wholly inspired by “The Berenstain Bears Patience, Please” after reading it to them. They begged us to have their own garden just like Brother and Sister Bear. One that they could till, plant, weed, and water and grow whatever they wanted. Of course we had to agree to such eagerness.

We used my small corn garden for their new garden. It was south facing and the best location in our yard for one. Geoff ripped out the old and temporary fence we had around it to keep the animals out. Then the kids and I each took a shovel and spread our composted food into it. We also moved all of the rocks and heavy stones from behind the garage. This was all hard work but they did very well. Next, Geoff rototilled and worked the compost into the garden, expanding it by a lot. Finally, he built a new fence to go around it.

I spent an entire spring morning planting seeds with them. I planned it out and made all of the little holes in the dirt. They wanted corn, carrots, cucumber, sunflowers, tomatoes, snap peas, watermelon, and flowers.

The kids meticulously filled each hole with seeds. Then we watered it all. They continued to water on the days where it didn’t rain. Within a few weeks we had sprouts. From there, and with occasional weeding, we had a full (albeit somewhat messy) garden!


They are so proud of their work. I am, too! Mostly everything came up, and we snack on their snap peas daily. I hope to do this with them every year until they are no longer interested. It’s such a special and rewarding thing.

Emory

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carrot cake

1.jpgWell, my friends, the Hutterites did it again! Today I am presenting to you another fantastic recipe that I found within the same book as my previously posted dessert. This time, however, I’ll try to lay off the cursing.

I’ve tried a lot of Carrot Cakes in my day. Growing up, my mum often made it and so I came to really like only hers. Every other recipe that I had tried paled in comparison. The cake that my Baba would make was filled with nuts and was made without the icing on top. In my eyes, Carrot Cake just isn’t complete without that added sweetness. I also don’t care for nutty desserts. I’m not a chipmunk, people. Although, my cheeks are quite chubby.

4.jpgThat being said, I obviously made this Carrot Cake WITH icing and WITHOUT nuts. However, you can do the opposite, or just do one and not the other! Either way, these ingredients are going to be an utterly delicious, super duper scrumptious success! 

2.jpgCarrot Cake:

Cake:

1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups finely grated carrots

Icing:

3 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup butter
splash of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

3.jpgSteps:

1. Sift dry ingredients together.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

3. Pour mixture into a greased 13x9x2 inch cake pan.

4. Place into oven. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. Let cool.

5. Combine icing in medium bowl. Spread evenly over cake. 

6. Dive into your mouth-watering treat, and enjoy!

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Sorry mum, but I think that I might have just retired your recipe. This one is too amazing for words (or swears)!

<3

Emory

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