Magic Touch & Her Meatloaf

Roasted Meatloaf w/roasted potatoes, carrots and onion.

Magic Touch & Her Meatloaf, a healthier version for sure. Roasted Meatloaf w/ roasted potatoes, carrots, and onion

Here is a healthier version of one of my favorites. Using multi-colored fingerling potatoes and Rainbow Carrots ramp the nourishment even more…and who wouldn’t enjoy some color on their plate…and it is good for you…You can have it in the oven in about 20 minutes.

Here is the list of ingredients:

2 lbs organic, grass fed beef

2 organic eggs

1/2 c organic rolled oats

2 tbl organic Ketchup

2 tbl dehydrated onion, or 1  diced fresh

2 tbl dried parsley

Salt, I use Pink

Pepper

Garlic Powder

Mix together to form a loaf.

 

If using fingerlings and rainbow carrots, wash potatoes and place in roaster around the loaf. Add one onion quartered.

If using regular potatoes and carrots you will need 6 of each, pealed and cut in quarters.

Add one cup of water to pan.

Seal with lid, or foil.

Bake @ 350º for 1 1/2 hours,

or 325º for 2 hours…

 

*You could also add diced yellow, red ,or orange peppers if you would like. Or green….

Make it your own!

September Surprises

Wow! The Summer is coming to a close…again. My September Surprises are a nice treat for those who love Gardening from all angles

Come walk with me.

September Surprises, Magic Touch & Her Gardens

The Harvest Moon arrived on Sept 8th. It was the last of the three Super Moons of 2014.

September Surprises, Magic Touch & Her Gardens

With the Winter we had our Gardens were a little off. This is the Crape Myrtle in September.

September Surprises, Magic Touch & Her Gardens

A Clematis Bloom? And such a gorgeous color. Purple is still my favorite…

September Surprises, Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Sometimes the “weeds” surprise you. This bucket full of  Nicotiana mutabilis ‘Marshmallow’ self-seeded. in the perfect spot. These plants love wet feet, and this bucket did the job…

SSeptember Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Closeup of the  Nicotiana mutabilis ‘Marshmallow’ flower. A favorite of Hummingbirds.

SSeptember Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

These berries are Honeysuckle. I love the color…

SSeptember Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

There are even Dinner-plate Hibiscus in bloom.

SSeptember Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

This was an amazing find. Blue-eyed Grass. Planted by the birds…Thank you. I found Blue-eyed Grass growing in my Garden right after Frank Sinatra passed. When I discovered what it was named, it brought a smile to my face…I have since bought flat after flat to plant, with no success. Fingers crossed it is here to stay. Blue-eyed Grass is a miniature Iris.

SSeptember Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Lavender in bloom.

September Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Mixed Border Garden. Planted along the edge of the road. This is my first year planting Zinnias…

September Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Planting Zinnias proved to be rewarding. Not only do they add color, they are a Butterfly Magnet.

September Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Indian Summer Rudbeckia did well this Summer. This Border Garden doubles as a Cutting Garden.

September Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

The Petunias spill out towards the road.

September Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

These Zinnias are in the Island Garden.

September Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Turtlehead is a Host plant for the Baltimore Butterflies. Although I have never seen one, I hold out hope…Here is a link to an article about  Turtlehead Chelone glabra.

September Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

This is what became of a Moss Purse I had sitting on the front steps. Japanese Painted Fern self-seeded, as the purse collapsed. It is my Woodland Fairy Garden…

September Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Purple Asters are in bloom…on schedule.

September Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Our Winter took its toll. This planter, which was fully exposed on the picnic table, survived. The Licorice Plant is not even hardy to here. And notice the Tennis Ball…Yup, that would be Chase…No matter what I am doing, the ball ends up in the picture…

September Surprise Magic Touch & Her Gardens

Here’s to the end of another growing season. Big plans for next Spring…Can’t wait…

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style…

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style…with a few extras thrown in…

One of my favorites is White Corn from a Local Produce Stand. This corn used came from Barry Davis Produce Stand

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Clean corn by removing outer husks. Trim top and bottom off. Run water into the top end.

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Roast @ 400º for 30 minutes.

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Cut off end, hold it by the top and see if you can get the ear to fall out. My son can do it, me, not so much. I end up peeling it from the bottom.Roasted corn is much easier to husk than raw, Make sure you protect your hands from the heat.

Roasted Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Looks like I started without you…

While the oven is hot, I like to roast as many thing as I can fit in the oven. Here are Grape Tomatoes fresh from The Barefoot Garden. Place them in an ovenproof glass dish, and drizzle with Organic Olive Oil…

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Roast @ 400º for 30 minutes. If you want to caramelize them more, add 10 extra minutes…

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

 I also found room for 2 Sweet potatoes. Roasted @ 400º for 45 minutes.

I then place the Roasted Sweet Potatoes in the refrigerator and slice them cold…Tastes just like Pumpkin Pie. Try it…You will be pleasantly surprised.

Roasting Corn Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

 I was also able to Roast Fresh from The Barefoot Garden Beets. And I made Pickled Eggs Barefoot Style…Check out my easy to follow directions here…

Roasted Beets, Barefoot Style…

The Barefoot Garden is doing well…

We managed to get 4 Beets this weekend. Here is what I did with them.

Roasting Beets: Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

 Just picked Beets from The Barefoot Garden, cleaned, roasted, and pickled.

Roasting Beets: Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Just picked.

Roasting Beets: Barefoot Style: The Barefoot Garden

Beets from The Barefoot Garden
Cleaned and ready for roasting. Wrap them in Aluminum Foil.

Beets from The Barefoot Garden Cleaned and ready for roasting.

Roasted @400º for 40 minutes.

Roasted Beets: Barefoot style

In the meantime I bring eggs to a boil, put the lid on, turn off heat, and let sit for 25 minutes. Then I drain the water and chill them in an ice bath. I believe it makes them easier to peel. Fresh eggs are tough no matter what you do…

Peeled eggs, 4 small roasted Beets, fresh from the Garden sliced, 1/2 Water and 1/2 White Vinegar. In my Gallon Ball Jar. Perfect jar for Pickled Eggs. Thank you Delphi Supply!

Peeled eggs, 4 small roasted Beets, fresh from the Garden, sliced, 1/2 Water and 1/2 White Vinegar. In my Gallon Ball Jar. Perfect jar for Pickled Eggs. Thank you Delphi Supply!

Local Businesses of the Perkiomen Valley Fundraisers

 

Local Businesses of the Perkiomen Valley

Fundraising at its finest.

Forno Antico Pizza opens its doors on Monday evenings to Welcome our Community.

Local Businesses of the Perkiomen Vally...Fundraising

Ciro and his Staff graciously invite you to come Dine with them, in turn donating 10% to our cause. People come from far & wide to enjoy a wonderful meal at a reasonable price. We set up a Raffle Table and we are good to go. Allow me to share.

Our first Fundraiser was held on June 2nd.

Fundraiser for Matty Local Businesses of The Perkiomen Valley

Our second was held July 22

Local Businesses of the Perkiomen Valley Fundraiser

 Next up is August 25th

Local Businesses of the Perkiomen Valley

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

While waiting on the tomatoes, it was time to clean up the Compost Area.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

My daunting task, make the Compost Area blend in with The Barefoot Garden.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

Remember the pile of sod I had removed from the planting area?

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

This is the Compost Area at its, worst.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

So I planted Watermelon…One way to keep the weeds down…

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

After laying the cardboard covered in straw, I moved the Mushroom Soil to the pile of sod.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

An old Galvanized Can is used for kitchen scraps. With the holes punched in the sides and lid, it allows airflow and moisture to aid in the decomposition of the waste. Turning veggie scraps it into Black Gold.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

At the base of my Kitchen Scrap Bin Creeping Charlie was thriving.

Compost Area @ The Barefoot Garden

The leaf in the center is “normal” compared to the one behind it. The larger leaf was positioned to receive the run off from the kitchen scraps. Nourishment at its finest. Imagine what those fruits and veggies do for you. What I learned from my Creeping Charlie…

Compost Area @ The Barefoot GardenLook how nice.

Baby oh Baby Sugar Watermelon

I almost forgot, Look what we have…A baby Sugar Baby Watermelon…