strawberry rhubarb scones.

scones

I bought a rhubarb plant at the end of last season for a few dollars and now I currently have way more rhubarb that I know what to do with. I gave alot of it away, but have about 8 more stalks left or so. I took a stab at making these scones, which used only about half a stalk of rhubarb, so Ill probably make some more scones and freeze the rest.

But these scones. Whoah. These scones are delicious. Finally the texture is right on, without having to have a million tablespoons of earth balance.  These only use a 1/4 cup of coconut oil – I do want to play around with them a bit, trying to use a healthier flour, or possibly oat flour – but all I had on hand was white flour, and that seemed to do the trick.

Recipe is adapted from here. 

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
3/4 cup finely diced strawberries
1/4 cup thinly sliced rhubarb, finely chopped
1/2 cup almond milk

Topping
2 tsp almond milk
1 tsp sugar

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Grease a large pan with oil or line with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, salt and baking powder. Pour in the liquified coconut oil and use a pastry cutter to work the oil into the flour. Add the strawberries and rhubarb and toss to combine. Create a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the almond milk. Scoop the dry ingredients from the bottom of the bowl and fold over the wet ingredients. Repeat this just until the mixture is combined. Do not over mix the dough. Firmly pat the crumbly dough into a large circle on the prepared surface, making it about 2″ thick. Brush the dough with milk and sprinkle with vanilla sugar. Cut the dough into eight triangular segments and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375˚F for 18-20 minutes, or until golden on the edges.

223. handprint garden stone.

Another take on the garden stone. After seeing my other one, my mother in law requested one with milo’s handprint. I’m not totally sure I have the right cement for this, but I gave it a go. I used two plates and an ash tray from the thrift store. This time around I filled the cake pan with the cement and as it started to dry I started to shove the pieces in the cement. It was fast drying cement, so this wasn’t the easiest thing to accomplish, but I kind of like the way it ended up…

188. garden stone.

I saw this post on making your own garden stones using a cake pan. We had some leftover cement from a fence project Dj is working on – and I got some mugs and a cake pan I could junk up from the thrift store. This was pretty easy! Our cement was the fast setting kind, so this was ready in no time. I want to make a whole bunch! I have lots of other ideas – I definitely think we need one with milo’s hand print!

164. garden snake.

I love the birds in my yard. I bought them a bird bath, make sure they have a constant supply of bird seed, make them special treats, and leave them stale bread. What do they do in return? They are jerks who eat my garden!  Everytime I go back there to water, birds go flying out of there. They completely ate my watermelon plant. So I planted two more. One is almost already gone, and they are now eating my okra and some of my green beans. One of my okra plants is almost all eaten up before it had the chance to even do anything.

So I googled how to keep them out of your garden. One of the things it said to do was to cut up a house and they might think its a garden snake. Well, I don’t have a hose to cut up, but I did find a deflated bicycle inner tube, so I spraypainted it blue, hoping to draw attention to it, and hoping it keeps them away.

I guess windchimes, a large owl, or pie pans are all supposed to help. I saw you can make a windchime out of cd’s, but for lack of time and wanting to try to nip this in the bud ASAP, I just stuck some cd’s into the ground as well hoping the reflection scares them away.  Not sure how well any of this is working. When I went to water this morning there was a robin near my tomatoes pecking at something!! (hopefully weeds) At least she wasn’t near my okra or watermelon!

C’mon guys. Stick to the bird seed!  Can’t we just all get along??

163. dinosaur planter

Go get yourself a plastic dinosaur from the dollar store, use an exacto knife to cut the top out, spraypaint it and put succulents inside. Viola! Instant dino planter.

146. flowers planted.

We have a yard! Which means time for gardening and planting!!
First there was some weeding that needed to happen…

Then getting the are ready to plant…Found those old bricks in the yard and built a little path around the soil. That little statue was left from the previous owner.

Flowers planted! I planted all perrenials with the hope they will come back and give me some love every year! I planted some cone flowers, painted daisies, brown eyed susans, two plants that the previous owner left, and four of my neighbor’s purple flowers. We live next door to a 90 year old, lovely lady who has beautiful flowers in her yard. She insisted I come by and look at everything she has planted. She had these beautiful tall purple flowers that she took from HER neighbor forty years ago when she lived in skokie. She wanted me to take a few and plant them as well. Hopefully I can make them thrive like she has!

145. hippo planter

I forgot to take a “before” picture! doh!

A few weeks ago, my co-workers and I set out to the North Shore Rummage sale. I was hoping to get more practical stuff for the house, but instead ended up with a bunch of random things, one of which was this hippo planter for $1. It was shiny and white, and had a wierd mark/stain on it.

So the other night when we were actually getting practical things for our house at Menards, I realized since I don’t live in the city anymore, I can actually buy spraypaint! And for $3.44 I was able to transform this hippo planter!