March 6, 2017

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Torte

 I made this Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Torte for myself this Valentine's Day because I love myself and I love Anna Olson's delicious baking creations. Ok really I need a fab dessert to present to my neighbour for allowing her husband to come over with his snow blower and clear the white stuff. He won't let me pay him and when asked what I can do to thank him, he said, "My wife loved that cake you made her last summer. You could make her a dessert." So, I am. I just wanted to try a new recipe of Anna Olson's and this recipe looked interesting and tasty. My guinea pigs (my good-humoured friends) loved this torte!

It was my first stab at this recipe and I made a couple of minor mistakes but it turned out pretty good. I kept a quarter of it for me and gave the rest to friends who LOVED it.

I feel like an adult when I eat this dessert. This torte is rich with a only a hint of sweetness. You'll want to devour the slab but don't be fooled. This combo of chocolate and raspberry is so rich and full that only a sliver of it will satisfy even the biggest dessert lover.

You can find the recipe Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Torte on the Food Network. I hope you enjoy this dessert! It's well worth the effort!

March 2, 2017

Oriental Lilies

In May of  2016, I picked up a pack of three Oriental Lilies while at the local Co-Op buying groceries. I thought for $3.99 even if they didn't produce any blooms, I was only losing four bucks.

I planted the bulbs out in the main garden beside the Malva
flowers. I was pleasantly surprised that through all our spring rains (tons!) the lilies not only sprouted, I got three lovely blooms!

I had originally picked up the lilies because of the box photo of the white lily with pink speckles. The lilies don't look exactly like the photo on the box once they flowered but I think they were still spectacular. I thoroughly enjoyed the two white and one magenta-coloured oriental lily blooms, as the only lilies I have ever had in my yard are the orange Asiatic Lilies.

In October of 2016 I decided to move the Oriental Lily bulbs from the main garden to the front flower bed. It's not that the lilies didn't do well in their first dirt home, it's that I want to see the blooms every time I look out my front picture window.

For 4 bucks I got three bulbs that produced three gorgeous lily flowers. Even if they don't ever bloom again, that wasn't the worst four dollars I've ever spent.

So now I wait to see if the bulbs produce again after their move. Spring is an exciting time around here! The wait is half the fun...and it also helps me work on my patience.

I Beg Your Pardon. I Didn't Promise Deer A Buffet Garden

2016 was my first year planting Malva.

I started a few seeds indoors in early spring.
They quickly germinated.
The tiny seedlings gave me zero issues.

The seedlings were transplanted out in the garden after last frost. 
There were a few consecutive nights when the deer thought the
Malva was part of their nightly buffet.
They did a fairly damaging job but the Malva plant was only briefly stunted.

While the look of the entire Malva plant didn't thrill me
it appears somewhat unruly. I'm blaming the trespassing, noshing wildlife), I found the flowers themselves delightfuland enjoyed the ongoing abundance of blooms! (The photo below was taken in September so the plant really is looking a little worse for wear)

This flowering plant is a fighter. It wants to flower and it does!

I'm starting malva seedlings indoors this spring (from seed saved from 2016)
because what do you need more than more seedlings? More Malva!

...along with the sunshine 🌞 , there's gotta be a little rain ☔ sometimes.

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