Our 2016 Minneapolis Urban Farm

Last year was the first time we built, planted our urban garden, have yielded and learned a lot from it. We had an abundance of produce such as zucchini, cucumbers, (millions of) tomatoes, basil, collard greens, kale, green onions, pumpkin, chives and so much more. One of the biggest mistakes we had was overcrowding plus we also left it for 2 weeks almost unattended as we traveled to the Philippines causing most of the plants to be tangled up by the time we got back. And due to those reasons, the string beans, peppers, cauliflowers, spinach, bokchoy didn’t thrive well. This year we decided to give the plants some breathing room but I think our compost is giving so much nutrients to the plants. 😉 Spring was very warm so we did start early however there was one night when frost came. We already lost some of the peas from that. What remains include: broccoli, various peas (those that made it), beans, edamame, collard greens, kale, chives & green onions (just regrow from last year), tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, mojito mint, basil, onions, carrots, cantaloupe and acorn squash. Some people asked us if we start from seeds or we buy seedling. […]

Gluten Free Lemon Lavender Zucchini Muffin

When we left for the Philippines, our vegetable plants were only about less than a foot in height. So coming back to a jungle of tangled tall tomatoes, zucchini, beans, basil, etc after a little over 2 weeks of being gone was kind of quite a surprise. There are times we couldn’t keep up with our produce, with zucchini producing the highest yield of all. We have been harvesting 3-5 zucchinis almost every night — we have already given some away and we can only eat so much “zoodles” so with that, I need to find clever ways to make use of it along with other ingredient(s) found in our garden… So with that, I decided to make gluten free lemon lavender zucchini muffin. Quite a long name but I promise it’s easy to make plus the flavors produced by combining almond, lavender, lemon and zucchini is quite heavenly. 😉   IngredientsMakes 16 muffins   Dry Ingredients 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour  1/2 cups almond flour  2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt   Wet Ingredients 2 eggs 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted) 1/2 cup coconut sugar  (increase if you like things sweeter) - not wet but they belong to […]

Minneapolis Urban Gardening

"Growing your own food is like printing your own money." Spring time is always beautiful here in Minnesota plus the perks of being outside almost all the time is something that we do look forward to every year. We have been gardening for awhile now -- combination of hydroponic and large pots for vegetables and fruits but this year, we wanted to get more serious and see if we can yield more. We have been striving to eat healthy as we know the value of putting nutritious food in our bodies and we are hoping we can instill this in our little ones mind. 🙂 Our handsome little fella What we have to deal with... There are weeds, gophers, chipmunks and pest that we know we have to deal with but for know, the little one enjoys their company. Not only we are excited to see the outcome of this, but we are also thrilled to meet more and more neighbors as they stop by to say hi and admire the raised gardens... We have my husband to thank that for. 🙂 Much love, Joyce * Disclaimer: Please note that our website contains ads and sometimes affiliate links wherein I earn a […]

Best Chicken Satay Ever!

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” One of my best posts ever since I started blogging is my post on my recipe for "the best chicken satay ever" and it's probably due to the fact that it has been pinned a lot from Pinterest.    Anyway, as I am consolidating blog posts, I decided to move it here because I want to believe that this is a true keeper. You don't believe me? Ask this little fella. 😉 Recipe below:    Protein is something that is important in my diet — not only to build and retain muscles but also to repair micro-tears from runs, workouts and bike rides. It was my dear husband JZ who suggested Chicken satay and since he has been suffering from my crazy gluten-free diet, I happily obliged. My grandma used to say that for the food to taste great, you have to use the best ingredients… so that’s why I did… 🙂  I bought organic chicken breast, organic peanut butter and use gluten free soy sauce for this dish hoping that that wisdom from grandma will serve us well. 🙂 I think it did so […]