Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sweet Things

{Honey Cake, Little Gifts & Garden Pretties}

I know it has been a long while since I have done a post of much substance, I will eventually when I have more time to sit in front of the puter. I do hope that some eye candy and a yummy recipe will make up for it in the meantime! :)

{various wildflowers from around the property}

{mini roses}

{flowering giant red mustard}

{flowering peas for peace}

{flowering older-timer tomato}

{hobo turnip trying to live up to its nomadic reputation ;)}

Last week I noticed that we had tomatoes growing in the container on our doorstep. I am not sure how they got there {my better half and my roomie both swear that they didn't put them there}, they just kinda appeared out of no where. My guess is we had a visit by some nice folks with guerrilla gardening tendencies.

I have been putting off moving them as I am sure whoever planted them sneaks by to see how they are doing. The container is getting a little crowded though.

Someone else left a nice little gift a little while back. I was out having a morning coffee when I noticed a female robin {she is a local nester known around here as Mrs. Eyebrows} with a blue thing in her beak. It was an egg shell that she put on one of the garden beds and flew off.

I thought that it was a nice little gift that she left for all the worms and nesting materials, but it turns out that female robins often carry egg shells after they have been hatched. They drop them off somewhere away from the nest or eat them.

{egg shell upper right}

Since she didn't eat it, the egg shell is now with other wild pretties on Flidais' part of my deity altar. :)

Elder Flower Honey Cake

I had a huge craving for honey cake and used this recipe as a source of inspiration. My egg lady hadn't made her weekly round yet, so I had to wing it without any. This is the concoction that I came up with:

4 tbsp milk
6 tbsp honey
2/3 cup soft butter
2 2/3 cup unbleached flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 pinches of sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp dried elder flowers

I put the mixture in a 9-inch pie dish and baked it at 350 for about 35 minutes.



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Elizabeth S said...

Thank you for the wonderful recipe and your garden is looking wonderful too.

Seren said...

That cake sounds amazing. I look at all the pictures of other people's garden and feel guilty whenever I look at my own! But it's all looking wonderful. So many colours.

bek said...

So many lovely things growing and looking great. I am especially glad to see the viper's bugloss as we sowed some mixed wildflower seed that had some of that in it and as the plants are still ickle we can't tell which is which.

Love your wild pretties too, especially those huge Canadian acorns!

nefaeria said...

A little update on the mystery tomato plants: other folks in our neighbourhood have had edible plants mysteriously show up in their yards, so it looks like the work of guerrilla gardeners. :)

Elizabeth: Thanks and you are most welcome! :)

Seren: Thanks! I have seen pictures of your garden and I think it is lovely. I am especially smitten by your happy little rowan. :)

Beks: Thanks! I can't wait to see those wildflowers of yours! :)