Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
This page appeared in my local neighborhood app today. There are a lot of helpful people who will point us to a wildlife rehabilitator if we should need one. I have not so far but keep a list on such things just in case, especially with all the squirrels that are around, and other wildlife.
Monday, August 29, 2022
Oatmeal Banana Pancakes
These freeze well.
Servings: 20 pancakes
1/4 cup butter melted
1 1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons aluminium-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup rolled oats or quick oats
2 cups milk, any kind
2 bananas mashed
Melt butter and set aside to cool
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and oatmeal in a large mixing bowl and stir well
Combine cooled butter, milk, eggs and mashed banana in another bowl
Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. There should be some lumps
Cook pancakes in a medium-high skillet until golden brown. Flip and cook until golden brown on other side.
If you plan to freeze leftovers, cool pancakes completely on a cooling rack and place layers of wax paper in between pancakes so they don’t stick together.
These were very good. I added a tablespoon of vanilla and half a cup of chopped walnuts stirred into the batter. One of the commenters suggested honey and apples also.
I used a tablespoon of maple syrup on top of mine, but was thinking, maybe next time I will use a little sugar and lemon juice sprinkled over. I do that whenever I make crepes. The way my dear mother used to make them, traditionally once a year on Shrove Tuesday, were only a little thicker than a crepe (always think of them as English pancakes), and again traditionally, always sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar. They were divine.
A little powdered sugar might be nice, or a berry syrup? And of course, you can use your own favorite.
Served mine with strawberries and blueberries, they were delicious.
I had lots of leftovers and put batter in 1-cup freezer-proof containers. The rest I cooked and sealed in freezer bags, with a piece of parchment paper between them. It will be very nice to take them out and pop one in the microwave for a no-fuss breakfast.
A few days later in the evening I felt like a snack and got one pancake out of the freezer. My pancakes, as I mentioned earlier, had walnuts added. I put it in the microwave until it was heated through, rolled it up and ate it with a napkin wrapped around one end. With none of the usual additions like syrup or extra fruit, it tasted more savory and was very yummy. I will definitely eat it that way again. I didn't need supper after eating it. It carried me through until the next morning.
One note about the ingredient Aluminum-free baking powder. I checked mine and it didn't say aluminum-free. I have never even noticed the type before. I found a website at this link that says in part:
"What's the difference between aluminum-free baking powder and regular baking powder?
The main difference between aluminum-free baking powder and regular baking powder is that aluminum-free baking powder contains no aluminum and reacts with liquid instead of heat.
The reality is that regular baking powder (with aluminum) leaves a bitter, metallic taste. (A taste that is obviously off-putting.)"
I can't say I have ever noticed a metallic taste in any of the baking powders I have ever used. The article continues giving more information if you would like to check the link out above. (There are lots of advertisements on this page.)
Thanks for visiting and I hope your week is a great one.
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Friday, August 26, 2022
I am sharing a few photos that I have had in my folder and hopefully there are no repeats. I haven't been to any gardens lately, so I am glad I can share these. Hopefully there are no repeats.The bridge, the Canada Goose and the reflection of people, was taken at Meadowlark Gardens on our last trip. I love watching the few geese that take up residence. I don't think too many are encouraged but it's very nice to see the few.The Golden Ragwort is always very pretty. I am not sure what the white blooms in the middle are.
I am thankful that we still have a few trees at home. We hope to replace the ones we had to take down last year. I saw a hawk sitting on a branch a couple of weeks ago in our neighbor's yard, but nothing since. I always keep my camera with the zoom lens on the table next to where I am sitting, just in case. This was the only photo I could get before it flew away seconds later. Unfortunately, its face was obscured. You may remember I stopped filling the bird feeders and the smaller birds have been scarce. The photos of our feathered friends are before I stopped feeding them during the summer months. I find myself eager for the autumn as I miss them.
The Catbird is always a welcome visitor. I cropped the one above and here is a closer look.The Mourning Doves were enjoying the rain. At least I think they were, they didn't seem to want to seek shelter.Enjoying a good preening session too, still raining.This is a female Rose-breasted Grossbeak. I never did see her mate. The first time I have ever seen one in our garden was this year.
Family stayed overnight recently. We enjoyed catching up as it had been a while and it was a fun visit.
I got these last two from Pinterest.
That's about it. Thank you for your visit. I hope you are staying happy, healthy and I wish you all a great weekend.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
These were taken quite a while ago, at Meadowlark Gardens. I was captivated by this gorgeous flower. It is the Blackerry Lily (also called the Leopard Lily) - Belamcanda chinensis - and derives its name from the shiny black seeds that you can see when the seed pod is split open. Even though it is called a lily it is actually in the Iris family.Blackberry Lilies are native to China and Japan, and fan-shaped leaves will grow two to three feet.When the flowers dry, they twist into corkscrew like spirals that fall as the seed pod develops.
They need a soil mixture consisting of two parts peat moss to two parts loam to one part sand or perlite.