Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hi from my Backyard to my Kitchen

Our hydrangeas that I planted three years ago are in full bloom this time of the year, but the one I planted on the opposite side of our backyard is, sadly, lush in only leaves.

In previous years, this bush bore light purple flowers, this year are mostly pink. I wanted to change  the color from pink to maybe purple again, so I added coffee granules to the soil. Lately, some of the blooms turned light purple and even to a deep shade of lavender again, yet some remained pink. I was hoping there'd turn blue also. Our neighbor from across the street has a lot of bold blue hydrangea blooms in their front yard. It's so tempting to ask for a few blooms for an arrangement that I usually put in our dining room. You can manipulate the color of the flowers of this plant depending on the acidity of your soil, and that's one of the things I like about this plant.

Anyway, those green textured tail are from the weeds that uncontrolably grew on that side of the yard where these hydrangeas grew. They're like the tail of an anthurium, except that they are really long.
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I was really curious what those plant with the tail-like flowers are called. Then I found this-->photo. It exactly looked like the one from our backyard. Am I right?

Look!
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Is it? According to Google, this plant is called Plantago major.
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...and they're not weeds, but actually they're one of the most abundant and widely medicinal crops in the world. Those tail-like flowers aren't actually flowers, but are seeds. This plant can treat diarrhea, wounds, fever, respiratory infection and more. WOW! I want more of this in my yard. I have been pulling this kind of plant because I only know them as weeds.

Now, to my kitchen. Last night, I made bread from a new dough recipe. I don't know what this is actually called but the taste and the texture of the bread reminds me of Pan de Monay in the Philippines. I sprinkled them with sugar before I baked them at 400F for 15 minutes. When eaten hot fresh from the oven, the crust was kind of crispy, while the inside was soft. It's not bland, or has a salty taste in it, but of a mild sweetness to it. It was quicker and easier to make than the break I usually bake. It was perfect with our coffee in the morning. The mister loved it with butter. I made eight rolls last night, and I think I need to make more since they're all gone.
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Until next updates from my home. I thank you for stopping by.


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All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy. -  Dr. Wayne Dyer

Friday, June 26, 2015

I Thought We Were Going Hiking

One Saturday in May, the mister and I took our kids hiking. The mister decided on where we were going, because honestly I have no idea on the places to hike in our town except on the sidewalks of our neighborhood or at Baker Park. So, where ever the mister was taking us, we would go. Packed our snacks of freshly baked banana bread, chocolate cake, some energy bars, bottles of water, tea bags & coffee beans, a handy coffee grinder, and handy stove for our hot water just in case we'd have hot beverage in one of our stops. But when we got there, we weren't actually hiking.

((( WE WENT CLIMBING! )))

It really felt like a 90 degree climb. You don't want to know all the expletives I shouted at the mister while I tried not to fall or possibly die! But I shouted at him in my thoughts, while I was panting so hard and my nostrils were so wide--so wide that a child can crawl into it.

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When we reached the top, the mister told our son to come to a clearing under the shades of the tree.

"You know where the best shades are? INSIDE OUR HOUSE!"

Hahahaha. Apparently, it was not only me who wasn't so happy about the climb. There were a  lot of bugs too.

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What's great after the short hike and the long uphill climb (not really long, but it felt like it), we went to this small bike-stop shop called Deli on the Rocks in  Point of Rocks for frozen delights.
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But the ice cream weren't enough, so we drove a little over 10 miles to Beans in the Belfry in Brunswick. This time around, we brought the kids with us. (The first time.)

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Actually, we ordered a different crab dish, but the clerk said they didn't have it, and suggested a different dish instead. I am not sure if this was in their menu. And it was to die for. I mean, it was really really really good!
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I never had pear in my sandwich. Not any other fruit but always avocado or tomato. The pear in the sandwich was really good. I wouldn't mind the mister tricking me again so he can take me here. The kids also ordered a tall glass of fresh lemonade. They find it too sweet.

Love to hike, but I'd always have second thoughts with climbing. My precious lungs are kind of fragile for it. But, the eating after the vigorous activity is something I always look forward to. Love the two dishes at the Beans in the Belfry. Those two are worth coming back for.

Until next Lili adventures. I heart you for stopping by.

Beans in the Belfry 
122 W. Potomac St.
Brunswick, MD 21716

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hello from my Kitchen

It has been two weeks since I last baked bread. Well, I made banana-carrot bread the other weekend, but it is not really made with dough. It's considered a cake, in my opinion.

So, yesterday, I decided to make bread again. I baked a batch of cream cheese-filled bread. The mister wanted me to bake loaf bread, but since he and the young lady are leaving very early the following day, I opted for a bread that doesn't need palaman (sandwich spread or something to stuff it with). It'll be easy, and not as messy when the bread is baked filled  with something delicious in it already.

BIG MISTAKE: I didn't have enough time to chill the cream cheese filling that it was too runny to handle it when I filled each dough. Instead of baking it facing the seams down, I baked them facing up so that the filling wouldn't leak. Sounds like sewing. Hehehe. I do not know what the exact term for it.

Here's what it looked like. The reject! It opened.
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This was what I wanted it to look like, or at least prettier than this.
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Verdict: The mister said that the filling is okay. I never like an "okay" rating! So, I'll scrap this filling recipe.  And honestly, I did not like it too. I'll find a scrumptious one next time.

...and oh! Dear Anonymous who left a comment on my super moist chocolate cake post (this one), please email me at ldivinagracia(at)gmail(dot)com for the recipe!

Lastly, I'm sharing you a beautiful reminder from Dr. Wayne Dyer! Until next time.
"Most people are searching for happiness outside of  themselves. That’s a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something that you are, and it comes from the way that you think." - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer