Flowers and Food ๐Ÿ’

As I mentioned in my last post, I started sowing seeds in mid-late March this year. I have quite a selections going on, so I thought I’d share it with you, but mainly just to keep a record and photo of the seedlings for myself! I have a mixture of fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs. Most of them are only very small, and some have been eaten by those pesky slugs ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ™„.

Flowers

1. Cosmos

(https://diydear.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/plants-for-beginners-they-said-not-killable-they-said/)

2. Lavatera

These little guys are progressing really well. I’ve never bought or planted these before so I’m really excited to see how they turn out.

3. Lobelia

I’ll admit it, from the beginning I didn’t have much hope for the Lobelia. The seeds were so tiny I thought there would be no way they would germinate, but they did! As of now, they are and have been covered in industrial ‘cling film’ ๐Ÿ˜‚. (sorry for the blurriness of the second photo, but i had to zoom in really close  because they are so tiny!)

4. Sweet Pea

Virtually non-existent.

5. Marigolds

Starting to come up! I have been keeping each pot covered until a seedling has appeared, and that method seems to be working well.


6. Lupins

These were also given to me, I didn’t  plant them from seed. They are doing well though. I have these planted in the ground now.


Fruit + Veg.

1. Strawberries

I bought these. I did not sow these. I am keeping them alive though. That has to count.

2. Spring Onions

I had no hope for these. Not even a shred of hope. These seeds were bought for me, and when I was reading the packet for planting instructions, I saw the number 10, so I presumed there were 10 seeds. No. There were not 10 seeds. There were 10 running metres worth of seeds. I’m pretty sure the person who bought these wants me to be an onion farmer, because I don’t know who needs 10 metres of Onions. Anyway, I crammed all the seeds into this little bucket and left them there to germinate or die. Do you see all the tiny little loops? Do you see them?!

3. Cherry Tomatoes

8 seeds. 4 in one tub, 4 in another. All sprouted. Suddenly there are only 7 sprouts and there is no trace of the eighth. It has dissappeared off the face of the planet. Or the face of my garden anyway.

4. Broad Beans

I am super excited about these! These are kept in the same tray as my Garden Cosmos, and although the Cosmos were chewed to death, those pests didn’t dare touch my hardy broad beans ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Herbs

1. Thyme

I keep these covered in a propagator kit and they seem to be doing well. They haven’t gotten bigger in awhile though…


2. Basil

No hope. Never had, never will.

Do you like gardening? What plants or seeds have you planted this year?

Diy Dear xoxo

‘Plants for beginners’ they said… ‘Not killable’ they said.

Okay, so last year was the first year that I got into planting seeds and gardening and all that jazz. I started with Cosmos, I had read that they were ‘unkillable’ ( I guess I’m the exception). I probably started around this time or maybe a little later into April, but I planted hundreds of those banana shaped Cosmos seeds. I mean HUNDREDS. The outcome was so worth it. I had tons and tons of tall, strong, colourful Cosmos, and getting them to that stage took little or no effort. (see picture above)

This year however…

I started planting probably a little earlier than last year, mid-to-end of March. Of the Cosmos seeds I planted, not too many shoots came up. Although, when I had a closer look, I realised something or someone or somewhat, ATE MY COSMOS. I will try to insert a picture somewhere along the way, but for now you’ll have to try to make sense of my terrible description.

When Cosmos shoots come up, they, from the very beginning, have 2 leaves. Then another bit of stem grows from the centre of those two leaves into another two leaves, and so on so forth. Like this…


When you looked at my seed trays, there were just a bunch of little sticks poking up from the ground. These are where Cosmos shoots had previously been, but had been completely destroyed of . 

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When I planted the seeds at first, I didn’t sprinkle any slug repellant pellets on them. I also didn’t see any slug trails, but the work looks like that of a snail or slug. 

I tried to fix it, by covering the surface in more soil and slug repellant, so that way will know if the sticks will continue to grow. I haven’t really established the culprit, but the case is not yet closed. I’ll keep you posted ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bye… for now

     img_1826Investigator Diy Dear xoxo

Nutella Cookies ๐Ÿชย 

I woke up this morning with an urge to make something quick, easy and delicious for breakfast. These cookies are quick, easy and delicious. I varied the recipe a little, just because I didn’t have enough Nutella, but it still worked out perfectly fine ๐Ÿ˜‹ I found this recipe on ‘The Tezzy Files’ (https://thetezzyfiles.com/)

Oh and did I mention they require only 3 ingredients?!

Diy Dear xoxo

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (294g) Nutella
  • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
  • 1 egg, whisked

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 350f/170dc and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Mix all 3 ingredients together until they resemble a dough.
  3. Divide the mixture into 10 even portions and press onto the cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven for around 10 minutes, or until they look done.

Chocolate Rolo Cupcakes ๐Ÿซ

First proper post is a good one ๐Ÿ˜‹These cupcakes are nothing short of AMAZING. 

The chocolate cupcake is light and spongy and tastes similar to a slightly nutty brownie in my opinion. I did put a Rolo in my cupcakes before I baked them, hoping for a chewy caramel centre, but it turned out hard and stuck to the paper cases. If I made this recipe again, I wouldn’t put the Rolo in the centre, and that way you’d get even more of the delicious cupcake.

The buttercream icing is ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ. I used Carnation Caramel which was just the perfect caramel to use. I used a wide star tipped piping bag to pipe it and I think it turned out really well. 

The chocolate and caramel drizzle on top, was the icing on the cake… no pun intended ๐Ÿ˜‰ Whenever I see chocolate cupcakes on Pinterest or Instagram with brown paper cases, I always think they look delicious. Whatever it is about brown cases on chocolate cupcakes always looks good, so I decided so buy some just for this recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰

I would definitely recommend these cupcakes, but as a warning they are filling โš ๏ธ not heavy, just big ๐Ÿ˜‚

Diy Dear xoxo

 

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 175g Butter, room temperature
  •  175g Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 140g Self-Raising Flour
  • 35g Cocoa Powder
  • 1-3tbsp Milk

For the Frosting:

  • 150g Butter, room temperature
  • 375g Icing Sugar, sifted
  • โ€จ75g Caramel

For the Decorations:

  • Rolos
  • 2 tbsp caramel
  • 50g chocolate, melted

 

Method

1. Heat your oven to 180C/160 Fan/350F and line a cupcake/muffin tin with 12 muffin cases.

2. Beat the butter with the light brown sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the eggs, self-raising flour, milk and cocoa powder with the butter/sugar mix until well combined.
3. Spoon the mix into the cupcake cases evenly and place a Rolo at the bottom. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until theyโ€™re baked through and they are springy to touch. Leave them to cool fully on a wire rack.
4. For the buttercream, beat the butter with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes to loosen it. Gradually add the icing sugar on a slow speed until it is combined then speed the mixer up and beat for 3-4 minutes until fluffy and smooth.
5. Add the caramel to the buttercream and continue mixing, keep on beating for 5 minutes until whipped.
6. Pipe on the buttercream. Loosen the caramel slightly with a spoon and drizzle over the cupcakes. Melt the milk chocolate and drizzle over the cupcakes as well, add the Rolos to the top.

Welcome to my Blog!

Dear Readers,

Welcome to my new blog!

 I’ve always loved writing about what I’ve been doing, whether that’s on WordDocuments or Notes, and so I’ve decided to set up a blog. I plan on posting about all the thing I love, such as baking, gardening, crafting and whatever other phase I go through (I tend to go through a lot of phases)! I want my blog to be a place where I can be my true self, that’s why it will be anonymous. I hope you enjoy the content you find on here, and I hope you stick around!

Diy Dear xoxo