Easy Lemon Blueberry Muffins = A Day of Conversations in the Garden – Poetry

Easy Lemon Blueberry Muffins 9-20-2020 from: InspiredTaste.net

I found a recipe for Lemon and Blueberry Muffins. It appealed to me because it was made with oil and less sugar than other recipes that I have made.


1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for muffin tops
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
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1 organic* lemon – for juice and zest
1/3 cup (80 ml) neutral-flavored oil; canola, vegetable and grape seed are great
1 large egg
1/3 cup to 1/2 cup (80 ml – 120 ml) milk; use dairy or non-dairy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 to 8 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries (about 1 cup); see note below about frozen berries
Extra thin lemon slices, optional

See the link to the recipe above please.

Notes: Maybe you are thinking Oh, another blueberry muffin recipe. This one is different. The soft flavor of lemon sharpens the blueberries. Plus it’s made with oil instead of butter for those of you, like me, who are avoiding butter.

These are slightly lemon flavored and light muffins with fresh blueberries. Easy to make. I did not rub the lemon zest into the sugar, as per the recipe, because I had a time constraint. It may give a more lemony taste?

They can be frozen and stored for 2-3 months.
The muffins can be made with frozen blueberries, but do not thaw the berries.
I used canola oil and a smidgeon of olive oil. (Ran out of canola oil.)

A Conversation in the Gardens

The flowers speak a language all their own

People stop to admire and extol the ineffable

A woman bows slightly toward a beauty to gently inhale

a roses wafting gift

The bees skip from petal to pollen

dancing to a flower song

The flowers and bees speak

verses and phrases in my mind

They float in air and disappear

like the milkweed that I release on a breeze.

When will I remember

What will I remember, of conversations in the garden,

when there is no more September?


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Stay well.


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A Bit of A Pickle = Stress Relief Cooking and Making Food to Give Away

Another pie, another pickle of cucumber, beets and hot pickled green beans; a filled puff pastry with kale, ricotta, smoked turkey; apple pie with apples from the farmers market; date cake; turkey chili.

My senses are overwhelmed. I’ve worked through my anxiety with cooking. Trying some new recipes. And even making some up.

Apple Pie with Farmer’s Market Apples CKatt 2020

I bought a turkey leg at the co-op to bake with a marinade. I made a vegetarian chili with the zucchini and green beans from Alicia’s garden, onion, corn, and added in shredded turkey; plus black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, a smidgen of cumin, and turmeric and oregano.

The kale and ricotta with smoked turkey was made with store bought crescent roll dough. French pastry is beyond my experience. It was really a treat of flavors. The kale was cut up in to small pieces and sauteed with onion in olive oil.

The pies and cake I share with friends. The rest are my pandemonium foods to sustain and keep me sane in the time of Covid, wildfires, hurricanes and…cooking becomes meditation for me.

I have friends who live from Southern Cal to Oregon. They keep me up on their situations with the fires. It’s brutal to see. I was planning to see the redwoods again. I read that the redwood trees will recover, but it will take years. Climate change is here.

Great Oak Washburn Fair Oaks Park 8-2020 © CKatt

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Be safe.


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August Review = Food from my friends garden – Plus Peach Pie, Banana Bread Cookies and Dave’s Dahlias

We were social distancing outside, when I met up with Alicia, Louis and their son, Jasper and their Jack Russell Terrier, Otto, who is a major character. Jasper was very grateful for the sketchbook I brought him. He loves to draw. We had a very nice visit talking about their new house. They have just started painting inside. “We have a lot to do.” Said Louis.

I met Rocky the American Bull Dog and we really clicked. Rocky jumped in my lap. He’s a large, magnificent dog. The breed is an American dog that was bred in the 1860s. It would be fun to do a portrait of him. I don’t have a photo of him yet to share. He’s a long legged, muscular dog who is mostly white in color with brown markings on his head. His head is much larger than a boxer. Rocky is so friendly. He hangs out with Maggie, an aging Mastiff.

As I prepared to leave, Alicia asked me would I like some cucumbers and I said yes. They have bees and have given honey for presents. They have their own chickens. I asked if they were planning on having chickens at the new house. They didn’t know if they were allowed to yet.

Alicia surprised me, when she gave me six fresh eggs, two giant cucumbers, a massive zucchini and some incredible green beans to take with me. All of which I have enjoyed and cooked with. Just look at the color of the scrambled eggs! Can’t find better eggs than from the home grown and fed chickens.

And the hits keep rolling on…

Here’s a link to a previous post of mine for Alan’s recipe for Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are really delicious.

Here’s a the Peach Pie Recipe that was new to me from Taste of Home. The only addition I made was adding cardamon to the spices and doing an egg wash on the crust. This was a Trader Joe’s crust, which I had never used before. It took a while to thaw in the air conditioned room. Impatience did not pay off, when I tried to roll it out too soon. Word to the wise

In these times of Covid we had another round of protest followed by looting and burning in Minneapolis. It is more than anyone will tolerate here. African American Civic leaders took a stand against the destruction of property, as well as standing in front to stores, whose windows had been broken, and stopped people from looting in the heart of downtown.

In the face of chaos, I keep busy. My focus has been to paint working in acrylic. Acrylic paint is a challenge, but I persevere to learn this medium. Here’s the latest phase. It is unfinished but parts of the vision are beginning to work. It’s from an old photo I made in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California at the Golden hour of sunset.

Golden Hour Painting Phase 3 CKatt 8-2020

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Dave’s Dahlia’s are a tradition for me to view and photograph in August. Dave always comes out of his house to visit with me. This time I lowered my mask so he would recognize me. This year he has many new Dahlias, which he pointed out to me and named them off. Dave has such a talent and knowledge of Dahlias. When I asked him names he began to reel them off to me along with which ones are new and which ones were not the color he ordered. To me they are all exquisite.

Bees and Dahlia © CKatt 8-2020
A New Addition to Dave’s Dahlia’s © CKatt 8-2020
Dave and Skylar © CKatt 8-2020

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Keep on Keepin’ on!

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Favorite quote: Dog Days #26 = From Across the Pond – William Golding’s Thoughts on Women

Thinking of you all, dear readers, hoping that you are all well. The weather is perfect today. I thought this was an appropriate reblog as we are honoring women this month in history.

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Enjoy the day
Keep the Peace


The favourite quote that comes to mind is this one

In response to today’s FDDA

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A Contemplative Life – August Roses = Lyndale Garden – A Place of Peace in 2020

People wander and stop to enjoy the flowers and peace of the gardens. A magic garden of busy work where gardeners with volunteers were prepping the flower beds.

A group of people standing in a circle with a teacher in the center were doing some Tai Chi exercises, when I arrived. I stopped to watch them for a time. It was a nice place to be doing Tai Chi.

Many photographers with large, long camera lenses are to be seen looking for shots of the blooms day.

Tai Chi is called the “Supreme Ultimate”. It is a moving meditation and martial art that I practiced for many years. I miss the connection to movement. Recently, I am working on renewing my Tai Chi practice. It has many health benefits.

August has brought some storms our way, but there are still some roses blooming. There was a blight on the roses. Some are past blooming. Here’s what I saw.

In the Magic Garden

There is comfort in the roses’ beauty, which heals sadness

Clouds scudding overhead block the sun in peek-a-boo game

For a time I forget my cares and my ‘self ‘

There are the roses, only the roses

Bathing in the sun and blooming for the bees

Ckatt 8-14-2020


Bee in Alum Flower CKatt 3-15-2020
Red Rose Lyndale Gardens Minneapolis, MN © Ckatt
Paper Wasp and Rose @ CKatt

The Paper Wasp “Description: 5/8 – 3/4 inch long (queens, sometimes from late summer to spring, are a little larger). Slender wasps; generally black with yellow stripes; smooth body with few hairs.

Where/When: Paper wasps can nest on or around homes. They are active from spring until fall. They may enter homes in search of overwintering sites.” ~ From the University of Minnesota Extension ~ John Hahn

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Wishing everyone a calm day.


Butterflies Lyndale Garden 8-13-2020 CKatt.
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