Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Hello Fall

My garden gnomes are going to sleep for the winter.
So not may more blooms will be around soon.
They leave me with a dandelion.
And plenty of weeds.

My hostas show fall is here.
They are sprinkled with leaves that will
comfort and protect them for the winter.
My veggie garden is ready to be put to sleep
only lettuce, peppers, marigolds, basil, Nasturtiums & a few grape tomatoes are left.

Nasturtiums are great garden companions and are edible flowers.
They helped to cut down on bugs that hurt the veggies.

Cinnamon Basil
This was a life saver for my corn.
No bug damage at all.
Soon I will dry the leaves for cooking.
And save the seed for next year.
The leaves have a cinnamon-like taste and odor.
Oh what beautiful white yarrow
This was a gift from my daughters yard.

To save money this year I bought allot of seed rather than plants.
I had no Ideal this plant would be almost as tall as the sun flower. And I do not remember its name.
Good by summer Hello Fall.

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Cinnamon Basil apple Muffins

1/4 cup fresh cinnamon basil leaves
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 of an apple shredded

Puree cinnamon basil leaves with oil in blender. Combine with sugar and egg. Sift together flour and baking powder and add to oil mixture, then fold in remaining ingredients.

Bake at 400°F for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 12 regular sized muffins or six large muffins.


Sweetie said...

All of your blooms are lovely. I especially like the white yarrow and cinnamon basil.

Darla said...

I want to grow basil again, does that smell like cinnamon and can you cook with it?

Anonymous said...

That Cinnmon Basil is lovely with its' deep purple foliage & the blooms are sweet too. Growing from seed is very exciting. You get to watch the plant through all the stages of growth. Thanks for the great recipe!

Teri C said...

What a fun post! I have never seen white yarrow before. It is so pretty.

And thanks for the yummy-sounding recipe.

TJ said...

Beautiful! I love yarrow and had a back garden full of it, til BigDumbDog destroyed quite a bit.

I also love the hostas! I haven't had much luck with them since we have no shade at our place.

Thanks for sharing!

Jean said...

The cinnamon basil has a nice fall color. I don't have much luck with seeds but it sure looks like you do! Jean

Anonymous said...

What a sweet post that was. You said it just as it is...around here too. Everything is getting ready to go to sleep..*s*...then I love when they wake up again in the spring..don't you?

I have been collecting seeds this fall and hope to replant them next year. Some of the them are annuals I've collected from a friend and I've not seen them before. Can't wait to plant them actually...oh well..
Have a lovely fall evening.

Wendy said...

I love this post! Cinnamon basil muffins sound soooo good. I don't think we have any cinnamon basil here. I'll check for it.
Your garden is lovely - I like your trolls, so cute!
How did you get those leaves falling in that square. I clicked on it and it said "photobucket". Will check it out later.

Laurie and Chris said...

I love the look of the cinnamon basil flower. I bet it smells yummy!!

white_lilly said...

I've never heard of cinnamon basil, I'll have to see if I can get it here in Aus and the muffins sound yummy!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Grammy, I love your Cinnamon Basil plant. I have never heard of one! I don't have enough patience to grow from seed.
Love, Ann

Aiyana said...

Very pretty yarrow. I can tell by your photos you are heading for fall, while we are just beginning what we call our second spring. It's kind of a gift for having to bear triple digit temperatures for six months!

Carla said...

I'm putting Cinnamon basil on my list, the muffin recipe sounds great. You veg garden is wonderful! I'm hoping for one soon (gotta get off the rear and get in gear:), and your sweet gnomes! I'm making my mom a little fairy garden for Christmas, and will be on the look out for ones just like yours (be glad your not closer, or yours might just come up missing (just kidding-we are going to a Goodwill that has lots of little figurines)) Take care, and enjoy the break Autumn brings!