Believe it or not, even though it is still hot, humid, and rainy here in Florida there is a slight feeling of a change in the air. Here in the south we can’t wait for the summer to be over! The farm is ever changing with progress, with the seasons. Over the summer we have been working very hard, planting, and clearing, working on equipment, repairing and building. The farm is becoming easier and more efficient to take care of, it almost seems organized! It is beautiful and peaceful here. The plants and animals are happy and healthy. The chickens are laying eggs and wandering all over the farm. As the days are getting shorter I can see and feel a change in the horses hair. The dogs are shedding, getting ready for their winter coats. The Raintree is starting to bloom and a few of the trees have leaves that are changing.
You know I am always trying to incorporate healthy, vibrant, seasonal vegetables into my meals. Monday I picked up some really beautiful red and golden beets and I tried a new recipe, Chocolate Beet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from the September issue of Eating Well magazine. I am not a huge fan of beets, I am always trying to cover up their “earthy” taste. These cupcakes were actually quite delicious! I would add a little more sugar in the batter but other than that, I thought they were moist and tasty, similar to a Devils food cake! I tried them out on a few different discerning taste buds and the general opinion was everybody liked them especially if they tried them before they knew there were beets involved! Isn’t it funny how our minds work? You think “Oh no, beets don’t belong in cupcakes, YUCK!” but the vegetable helped to keep the batter moist and tender. I like to be adventurous in the kitchen cause you just never know! Change is inevitable and sometimes change is good!