Friday, September 29, 2017

Magic Roundabout Sunflower - Part 2

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Magic Roundabout Sunflower - Part 2

 I took so many photos of this sunflower variety that I split them into 3 different posts.  This post is part#2.  What I especially enjoy about this variety are the tiny yellow stars that appear around the edge of the middle (see the second picture below to see what I'm talking about) - because of these stars, the middle part resembles a galaxy.

I had a tough sunflower growing season this year.  The problems first started with an early rabbit attack - the rabbits treated themselves to a delicate treat when the seeds had just germinated and the plants just started to emerge from the ground.  I was able to save a few sunflower seedlings and put a fence around the surviving plants.  Then, in late July and early August the leaves of my sunflower plants were devoured by Japanese beetles.  I am thankful for the few that survived.

ENJOY the following pictures!

All photos were taken by me (Angie Ouellette-Tower) and the sunflowers were all grown in my garden.
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Sunflowers from 2016:

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #84

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#84 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge 2 years ago, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful that a medical disaster was avoided.  I am so thankful for my clever and funny husband.  I am most thankful that my Lord and Savior guides and protects me everyday.

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“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults:  whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.  Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;  rebuke the wise and they will love you.  Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;  teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.  If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;  if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer." 
Proverbs 9: 7 - 12
We have to be careful that when we are trying to be light hearted and funny that that does not turn into something that is mocking and insulting.

Read: Wisdom is Rewarding & Mocking is Destructive

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We are at the end of the 90 degree string of weather so hopefully my garden will get back to Autumn normal for this area.  I plan on digging the potatoes soon.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mixed Nutty Mocha Ice Cream RECIPE


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Mixed Nutty Mocha Ice Cream RECIPE

Usually by this time of the year I am talking about "soup season", however this year is totally different.  We have had a long string of 90 degree weather (this is very unusual for Michigan).  So, instead I am sharing with you another one of my ice cream creations.

I had a few mixed nuts left and decided to incorporate them into my mocha ice cream and the result is scrumptious!

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2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa)
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
3 egg yolks
dash of sea salt
1/2 cup salted mixed nuts

Begin by chopping the nuts and then set aside until later.  In a large mixing bowl combine the egg yolks & half of the sugar (1/2 cup sugar) - whisk together until the sugar is combined & the yolks are a little frothy - set aside until later. 

In a saucepan combine the other half of the sugar (1/2 cup sugar), the cocoa powder, coffee granules and the corn starch.  Stir until mixed.  Now add the milk, whipping cream & dash of salt.  Stir gently with a whisk making sure that there are no sugar/starch clumps.   Place this full saucepan on medium heat and stir gently all the time while cooking.  Continue cooking until this mixture starts to thicken.  Once it starts to thicken - remove from heat.
It is time to temper the egg yolk mixture.  Pour about 1/3 of the hot milk/cream mixture into the egg yolk/sugar mixture and whisk when adding the hot mixture. 
Your eggs have now been tempered.  Now add the tempered egg mixture into the remaining hot milk/cream mixture (stirring all the time).  Place back on medium/low heat and cook (stirring all the time) for about 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat.
Allow the hot custard to rest for about 5 minutes.  Then strain the custard (this will get rid of any clumps that might not have been whisked smooth) (see pictures above).
Chill the mocha custard in the fridge for about 2 to 3 hours.  Remove from the fridge & add to your ice cream maker (see picture below) (follow the manufacturers instructions).

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Add the chopped mixed nuts during the last 5 minutes of processing (or follow your ice cream manufacturer's instructions).

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Serve, ENJOY & freeze the remaining ice cream for later!
(I like to have an upside down ice cream cone - I break up the cone and eat it like a cookie with the ice cream)


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Other Ice Cream RECIPES on this blog (click on each title to view entire post with recipe):

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