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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a blogger’s dozen: daniela’s seed and nut crackers (two sweet bakers)

ImageProxy2.mvcHey guys! This week I was going to do a super long write up about my guest blogger Daniela and her amazing site, but then I realized that everything you need to know about it is in her blog name (and ad). Two Sweet Bakers is a blog that features the most delicious and the most healthiest recipes! Well, maybe not the most in the entire world, but really, who can claim to have that title? So until it is proven to me otherwise, I am giving it to today’s guest blogger. I just know that you will love this treat today. What are you waiting for? Try it out for yourselves!

Emory

ImageProxy.mvcSeed and Nut Crackers:

2 cups (300g) mixed raw nuts – you can use seeds as well (I used cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and sesame seeds)

1 egg

2 tbsp water

1 tsp coarse sea salt

Steps:

1. Preheat the oven at 360°F / 180°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Put the nuts in a blender or food processor and blend till the mixture resembles crumbs. Alternatively you can use a knife and chop the nuts till they resemble crumbs. This will take some time but it is still effective.

3. Add the egg and water. Stir until the mixture comes together in a quite stiff dough.

4. Place the dough directly on the lined baking sheet. Press the mixture with your hands to form a rectangle, about 0.1 inches (2-3 mm) thick. If the dough sticks to your hands, cover the dough with a piece of parchment paper on top. Now press on the parchment instead of directly pressing the dough.

5. Spray some water on top of the dough and sprinkle with sea salt.

6. Bake for about 10 minutes. Always keep an eye on the oven, they burn easily. Leave to cool, slice into rectangles and store in an air tight container. Enjoy!

ImageProxy1.mvcMy food blog is all about simple, healthy, all natural food. Sometimes I get my inspiration from the leftover ingredients I have. When I had two bags of mixed raw nuts in the kitchen, I had to do something with them. The solution? Make seed and nut crackers which have a generous sprinkling of sea salt on top. Yum! These crackers could easily become a pantry staple. They require wholesome ingredients and are super simple to make. These crackers taste amazing and are super filling so hooray!

Daniela

A Blogger’s Dozen is a series that was launched in 2014. If you would like to be featured in a post, as well as have free advertisement for that month, please contact Emory at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com. Be sure to send any food-related ideas that you may have. Hello, awesomeness!

 

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