Container Gardening into August

It’s hard to believe it, because it seems like just yesterday, that school was getting out for the summer. Yet, school is back in session, or just about, in this part of the country. Back in May I was just transplanting seedlings to pots and trying them out on the deck. Temperatures overnight were still dipping down into the upper 50s. But not anymore, because tonight they are still in the low 80s and it’s nearly midnight.  Tonight I thinned out the last of the cucumbers and I ‘ll see if that helps them. I have two containers of cucumbers looking good- though one better than the other and one container of pumpkins (still waiting for these guys to appear) and lo and behold the tomatoes that wouldn’t ripen all summer are now ripening. And my beautiful plant from Bauer’s Markets in La Crescent, Minnesota has four more tomatoes on it.

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A follower asked me a question this past weekend, that I thought was a good question, (aren’t all questions?) and I thought I would fit the answer into this post.

The ?– how I am doing on my gluten free diet?

Well folks, as strange as it may seem I don’t have as big of a problem as I did last year at this time.  For several years I was unable to eat foods with gluten in them. That’s a lot of food when you think about it. Especially since at one time, all foods had gluten (or so it seemed) and there was no such thing as gluten free. After having gone away from as much as I could and starting to feel better, I was convinced I had an allergy or intolerance to gluten. I went to the doctor, and without expensive tests, he thought it sounded like Celiac disease and wanted to do tests. As bad as my symptoms were I resigned myself to thinking I had Celiac disease and over time just stopped eating everything with any trace of gluten in it.  Slowly gluten-free food came onto the market, and even though prices were high, I purchased everything out there. Though my symptoms weren’t as bad I still had issues with gluten free foods. Finally, after reading everything I could find online about it, I tried taking a daily probiotic to help strengthen and repair my gut. After about a year of taking the probiotic and slowly putting foods with gluten back into my diet I am doing a lot better. I eventually did take the tests necessary to rule out Celiac disease and they were negative. So that was a relief. So to answer your question, I’m doing great! Thanks for asking.



Fall baking

banana bread

cranberry muffin

Source -cranberry muffins

Happy 1st day of October friends.  Cooler temperatures call for fall baking. The first thing I want to bake is usually pumpkin something, anything. This past Saturday between hiking and golfing I baked both a pumpkin pie and an apple pie. I used homemade apple pie filling for the apple pie and then baked a cooking pumpkin up for the pumpkin pie. I found the recipe for the homemade pumpkin pie here. Around this time I do begin thinking about the holidays and the baking I will do for my volunteer work. I bake to give away a lot of banana and pumpkin bread. I use King Arthur Gluten-Free flour for baking my bread so that I can enjoy a piece or two.  The pumpkin bread recipe I use and have found great success with is here.  We stopped at an apple stand this past weekend and bought more apples and some cranberries. This weekend I plan on making some orange cranberry muffins. The cranberries keep the muffins so moist and are a perfect marriage to the orange. I plan on whipping up some orange glaze with orange peel and then drizzling it over them once they’ve cooled down.

I love the smell of oranges and I am giving serious consideration to having something made with oranges for my birthday dessert instead of pumpkin. But what? maybe some of these – Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze

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Until next time, happy first week of October and happy fall baking!