Last Harvest of 2015

Is it really New Years Eve already?! This year has flown by and what an exciting year it was! 2015 was the year that I decided to put “Phase 1” of my dream of full self-sustainability into action. I had never successfully grown ANYTHING before and this was the year I decided to jump in head first and start growing my own food. I have had some failures but have had many more successful beautiful harvests! This is just the beginning of my journey and I am so glad all of you have come along for the ride!

Here is my last harvest of 2015 and I have to say that it is one of the most beautiful! I can not wait to make delicious meals with this food!

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God Bless all of you and have a happy and prosperous New Year!

Much Love!

Eva

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Cast Iron Pineapple Upsidedown Cake

Goodness gracious this recipe is delicious and SO EASY to make! This cake never last more than 24 hours in my house! :) I found this recipe online a few years back and made a few tweaks to make it perfect.

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Here is what you will need:

For the Pineapple:

2 tablespoons real salted butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
One 20-ounce can sliced pineapple, drained and juice reserved
One 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained and juice reserved

For the cake:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup whole milk
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup pineapple juice (reserved from the cans used to make Pineapple layer)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil (liquefied)
1 large egg

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the pineapple:
Melt the butter and brown sugar in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar melts.
Remove from the heat and arrange the pineapple slices in the skillet.
Use the crushed pineapple to fill the spaces between the sliced pineapple.
Make sure the bottom of the skillet is completely covered with a layer of pineapple.

For the cake:
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, combine the milk, vanilla extract and 1/4 cup of the reserved pineapple juice.
Use a blender to combine the granulated sugar and coconut oil until it has a thick and creamy consistency.
Beat in the egg.
Add half of the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined.
Add the milk mixture and stir until combined.
Add the rest of the flour and mix until combined well.

Next, pour the batter over the pineapple slices in the skillet and spread evenly.
Bake until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted, 25 to 35 minutes.

Let it cool for about 15 minutes. Use a knife around the edges of the skillet to make sure the sides are not sticking.Then place a cutting board or serving dish over the skillet and flip the cake over.

That’s it! I personally like this cake still a little warm so this is the perfect time to start sampling πŸ˜‰

Let me know how your’s turns out!

Until Next Time!

Eva

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Garden Therapy

With all of the hustle and bustle of the on-coming holiday season, stress is often passed around like a a bad cold during flu season. Well, not only have I caught the stress-bug it has been an all around tough month for me both mentally and spiritually. I tend to be one of those people who bottle up emotions and put them on a shelf to “deal with” later. The problem with this is that I never get around to dealing with those emotions. I just keep piling hurt, annoyances, pain, stress, etc, on that shelf until one day there is no room left. On that day something as small as running out of ketchup for my french fries makes the whole shelf come tumbling down. If there is ever a time when I pity those within my direct line of fire, it is when mamma’s shelf falls. Thank God for my husband who always does a great job helping me work through all of my bottled up junk and my best friend Jenny who doesn’t always tell me what I want to hear but rather what I need to hear. However sometimes we need to seek peace before that shelf gets full. So today I walked outside and worked in my garden as I prayed.

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I was immediately reminded of Job. Job 12:7-10 says “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” As I look out on my garden and the nature all around me I am constantly reminded of how beautiful His works are. All I can think about is that this Earth is a priceless masterpiece from the greatest artist of all time and if I am a living on this Earth than I am a part of that priceless masterpiece. As I sit on the ledge of my raised bed, pruning my tomato plants I am given peace knowing that this too shall pass.

2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 β€œFor our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Much Love!

Eva

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