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Edible Organic Flowers Cake

I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to work with The Home Depot and receive product to enhance our backyard. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Would you like to take a stroll through my garden? Go ahead, I’ll wait.

I love my garden. I’ve worked hard on it and I hope shows.
I love how healthy my garden is and how healthy the critters in my garden are. 
My Organic Gardening is honestly out of laziness and fear. Laziness because I don’t want to track when I can and can’t eat something. Fear because of the kids and animals that play in my yard. I want a healthy and happy garden for family to enjoy.
Call me masochistic, but I enjoy pulling weeds by hand. I enjoy digging in the dirt and watering the plants. I love to do my “Yard Yoga” and work up a sweat while cleaning out garden beds. I do wish we had more room for more veggie beds, but I’ve got every inch possible used.
My family loves to eat the wonderful bounty from garden. So far, I’ve made Strawberry and Basil Pastry Tart, some Mint Juleps for Derby Day, and a baked Pineapple with Ginger and Thyme Granita with the herbs from my garden. Fresh herbs will always be better than dried.
This is my last post for The Home Depot and I wanted to share all the Edible Flowers in my garden. You can get all of these plants at The Home Depot. Just ask the friendly staff  for help.

These are the flowers that I picked on the morning of June 26th. I went out before it got too warm and looked for flowers that were edible.
*NOTE*- If you don’t know if they are edible, don’t eat it! 
There are so many resources online to research edible flowers. Check them FIRST! All the flowers listed here are edible, but a lot of times, the stems are not or the pistil and stamen are not. So double and triple check!
I brought in my flowers and gave them a good wash in the sink. I don’t use any soaps or chemicals on the flowers. I just soak them for 10 minutes to get any bugs that may have been living in them. Then I dry them off on paper towels and let them sit for an hour.
I did sugar coat a few rose petals and some pansies, but honestly, they didn’t turn out too well, so I’m not sharing a tutorial on that. If you want to research it, I did a post about it a few years ago here. (Seriously, don’t laugh. I had just started this blogging thing and didn’t have a clue!)
I baked a box cake and frosted it with a homemade 7-minute frosting. 
When all of the flowers were dry, I just started placing them on top of the cake. 
Nothing planned. Nothing thought out. 
Just thrown together like Mother Nature would do.
If the flowers kinda make you hesitant, you can always put down some wax paper over the top and place the flowers on top of that. I did. You can see it peeking out the top in the photo.

 I really didn’t expect my in-laws to eat the flowers, but there were adventurous enough to try the sugared roses and pansies that I had set aside. My Little Cup licked the sugar off the rose petal. 
The wax paper also made it very easy to quickly remove all of the flowers before cutting the cake.

It sure was a beautiful cake! 
I hope that you are adventurous to look into edible flowers. There are so many more that will be blooming as  the summer progresses. 

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Ginger Thyme Dessert

I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to work with The Home Depot and receive product to enhance our organic garden. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

How do you define an Organic Garden? I’ve researched online and asked neighbors and friends and everyone seems to have slightly different thoughts on what Organic Gardening is.
To me, the photo above speaks volumes about my yard and garden. If my garden is healthy and safe to grow new plants and healthy animals, then I think I’m doing a pretty good job. 
We have baby robins in a nest. There are plants that have self sewed for another season. And there are some naughty bunnies that dug a burrow under my tarragon. 
I also am very proud of my earthworms! They are necessary for good soil and their castings are great for organic composting. (I thought about adding a photo of some, but didn’t think most people would want to see that on a food blog.)
I see a very healthy garden that is able to nurture and provide life. 

Below is a photo of a Praying Mantis egg sack in my Lavender bush. I get about 2 to 3 egg sacks each year in the garden. One year, I came out and found my back porch covered in teeny tiny Praying Mantis babies. It was weird, but really fascinating at the same time.

Do you know much about beneficial predatory bugs? They are the “good” bugs that eat the bugs that eat your plants. Last year we released Ladybugs to eat the aphids that eat the rose buds. This year, I’m thinking of getting some Nematodes to get the grubs in the ground before they turn into Japanese Beetles. They are the worst critter in my garden in the summer!
You can buy some Praying Mantis eggs for your yard from The Home Depot. And last week they had Ladybugs on the website, so keep checking back and search for them HERE.
So far this Spring, I haven’t had to water too much. But in the summer… it’s another story. Our water bill can get crazy because of the extra watering that I need to do in the yard. That’s why we have 6 water barrels to collect rainwater. 
The Home Depot has a few in stock in most stores, but there are a lot on their website to order.
We have 3 green barrels at the back of the house. Along with this large one and two of these smaller rain barrels at the front of the house. 
Photo from HOME DEPOT
Photo from HOME DEPOT
They look great. Blend in with the yard. And it’s Free Water! For a more information, watch this video.
While the watering can is fine now, it’s not fine when I really, really need to water. That’s why we have a water pump. I use the pump to get all 50 gallons of water out. Sometime I hook it up to the sprinkler and go through an entire 50 gallons in 15 minutes!
Wanna know how my plants are doing in the past few weeks?? 
I planted some Burpee’s Organic Watermelon, Cucumber, and Cantaloupe seeds on April 26th. My cucumber are doing great and coming up, but my cantaloupe are not doing too well. I think someone has been nibbling at them… 

And, my new Strawberry plants have already provided me with my first strawberry of the season. I’m waiting on my established strawberries to ripen, but they are full of flowers and green berries. I can’t wait! 

Today, I’ve whipped up something cool and refreshing with Thyme.
Thyme is also in the Mint family and likes to roam. Don’t be afraid to chop off a huge bunch and give it a drastic haircut if it travels too far. I don’t think it’s quite as invasive as mint, but it will get large if left alone. 
Thyme can be used for more than just main courses. 
It’s also used as a holistic agent for a lot of ailments. 

Pineapple with Thyme-Ginger Ice

by Karyn Granrud
Prep Time: 24 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: gluten-free pineapple ice-cream summer
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Ingredients (8 desserts)
  • 1 tsp fresh, organic Thyme leaves
  • 2 (12 oz) cans Ginger Beer or Ginger Soda
  • 1 whole Pineapple
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sugar
  • Kosher Salt
Instructions
Remove the Thyme leaves from the springs and sprinkle into an ice cube tray. Fill up the ice cube tray with the Ginger Beer and freeze overnight.
Preheat oven to 400 deg F.
Remove the exterior of the pineapple, including the eyes, and slice into 8 equal parts. Lay the pineapple slices on a cookie sheet lined with a silicon mat. Brush both sides of the pineapple with the oil and sprinkle with sugar. Add salt if desired. Bake for 20 minutes then flip over and continue baking for 10 more minutes. You should see some browning of the tips.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet.
Remove Ice Cubes and place into a food processor. Pulse until the ice is light and fluffy. If you are not serving right away, place into a shallow bowl or cake pan and return to the freezer. Scrape with a fork to loosen prior to serving.
To serve, place a warm slice pineapple on a plate and top with a tablespoon of the Thyme Ginger Ice.
Enjoy on a warm evening.
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Organic Basil Cream and Fresh Strawberry Tarts

I am so excited to be working with The Home Depot to get my Organic Garden planted. I can’t wait to cook and bake with fresh herbs and flowers from my garden!

Gardening is a passion of mine. When we bought our house almost nine years ago all we had was grass and a few azaleas in the front. I was determined to have a garden with trees, flowers, evergreens, fruits, vegetables and herbs. It’s a lot of work, so I try to make things easier by buying good plants and amending my clay soil with lots and lots of organic material.

If you’re following me on Instagram, you know that I’m getting ready to plant my Organic Garden in my backyard for the season. There are many reasons why I choose Organic Gardening, but mainly it’s because I’m lazy. I have a million other things going on and I don’t have the time to spray and track when it’s safe to eat what I soe. Besides, my Little Cup and her friends are in and out of the yard and garden so much, that I don’t want to worry about them and chemicals. Well, that and all the wild animals that like to visit and take a nibble of the yummy plants – I wouldn’t want to poison them.

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A few days ago, I headed off to The Home Depot, to get some organic gardening supplies. My local Home  Depot did not have any organic vegetables in stock, however, they did have some seed packs. I admit, I’m not very good at growing plants from seeds, but I always give it a try. I do plan on buying a Bonnie Plant Organic Plant Pack from The Home Depot.

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While there, I picked up some Organic Garden Soil and Potting Soil, some small basil plants, spearmint, rosemary, strawberries, and a pansy. I plan on making recipes with all of these plants.

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When I got home, I got to work turning the soil, working in the organic material and adding the fresh soil to the beds. Use a large Gardening Fork like THIS ONE to dig down and turn the dirt over. This adds oxygen to the soil and loosens any roots from last years plants and rocks.  It’s a lot of work, but so necessary to your new plants. The soil needs to have all the nutrients that the plants will need over the growing season, that’s why I spend a few extra bucks on the good stuff. 

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I plan on filling this bed with Basil. Lots and Lots of Basil!
When my Basil starts to come in, I plan on making Pesto for pasta, pizza, and chicken! I love fresh Basil. We’ll make about 20 batches of Pesto over the summer and freeze it to enjoy over the rest of the year. 
For the Summer, you can enjoy Basil in your desserts as well. Like this Basil Sweet Cream and Strawberry Tart.
Organic Basil and Strawberry Tart from @pintsizedbaker #SpingFlavors
The Basil and the Whipped Cream blend smoothly together and the the strawberry lends some sweet without overpowering the dessert.
Enjoy this easy tart after a day of gardening while you barbeque and enjoy the Fruits of your Labor!

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Basil Cream and Strawberry Tart

Organic Basil and Strawberry Tart from @pintsizedbaker

by Karyn Granrud
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: strawberry basil heavy cream July 4th tart pie spring
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Ingredients (1 tart)
  • 1 sheet Pillsbury Puff Pastry
  • 1 C Heavy Cream
  • 3 Tbls Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 C Organic Basil
  • 10 – 12 Organic Strawberries
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 Deg F.
Thaw the Puff Pastry. Sprinkle the counter with flour and roll into a 10 – 16 rectangle. Trim the uneven edges off, then cut a 1 inch strip from the sides of the rectangle. Dip your finger in some water and run along the length of the puff pastry. Attache the 1 inch strips to the edges, prick the center with a fork and bake for 20 minutes.
Allow Tart shell to cool.
Using a whisk attachment, whisk your cream until thick. Add in sugar and whip until soft peaks form. Chop Organic Basil into small slices and fold into whipped cream. Add to tart shell.
Slice Organic Strawberries and lay on top of whipped cream.
Top with Fresh Organic Basil or Organic Mint to garnish.
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    It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need to #DigIn for Spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, they have great values on all you need. They’re ready to help you with renovation ideas and expert advice, too.

    Get over $300 in email exclusive savings each year, sneak peeks on new products, monthly lawn & garden ideas for your region and access to The Home Depot’s gardening experts. Click here to join the world’s largest garden community today! Or go to http://homedepot.com/gardenclub to see some of the many benefits of membership.

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