Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

so good

This is going to be one of those annoying I'm gardening!! posts.  Apologies in advance.

But first: Yes, @Hope's Mama, this is the Pacific Northwest summer.  We wear jackets and sweaters sometimes during the summer because the weather isn't always warm.  And we spent our weekend away on the Washington state coast, which is quite chilly (it didn't get above 70°F (21°C) during the day).  This week our warmest day is predicted at 83°F (28.3°C).  And it nearly always cools down enough at night that a sweater or jacket is required.


We have SO much food in our garden right now.  I love selecting our food for dinner from the backyard. When I did the weekly shop J asked, "is that really all we need?"  And I was able to say, "yep, everything else is outside."  Oh my stars, it's exciting!  I know I'm a little bit (a lot?) lame for finding gardening so exciting, but I've never watched food grow.  I'm learning a lot, some of which I probably should have known before I was 28 (almost 29 - yikes!).

For dinner I've been serving a main dish as well as lettuce, carrots and zucchini from the garden.  Last night we harvested and ate the first potatoes.  I season the carrots, zucchini and potatoes with whatever spices will go with our meal (suggestions: olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary or olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning or olive oil, salt, pepper, smoked paprika) and then bake or grill them (oven at 425°, bake 20 minutes then broil until crispy if you like, for the grill 15 minutes or so does the trick).

I haven't had great luck with the zucchini but the carrots were amazing in the oven and on the grill and the potatoes were perfect after a fifteen minute stint on the grill.  It's simple and easy and good for us.  I love it.

A year ago I said I would never garden, that it just wasn't for me.  Now I'm gardening (with lots of help from J) and making a lot of what we eat from scratch.  Last night I made pulled pork sliders on homemade whole wheat buns.

It was easy and really good.  You should try it!  Here's the recipes:

Pulled Pork - the great thing about pulled pork is that I can make a big batch and freeze portions for later use.  The pork we ate tonight was originally made three months ago.

Homemade Hamburger Buns - also makes great rolls.  I used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose.  And I just used water instead of making an egg wash.

And if you don't have a garden, use veggies from the store.  And if you would rather not make the buns, buy them from the store.  It will still be delicious.

I am starting to believe cooking should be fun.  I am starting to say I hate cooking less.  And I love that B is growing up playing on the floor at my feet while I cook and bake.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

urban farming: our backyard

Here's a quick garden tour to brighten your day!  I am so proud of our little food garden.  I know, it's pathetic that I find excitement in something people did for survival fifty years ago. And I'm being super obnoxious by referring to it as urban farming.  Tell me, when did gardening become urban farming?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

this bittersweet life

We spent yesterday afternoon in the garden.  I tried to weed while Bennett and the dog did their best to hinder progress.  I'm so new at this garden stuff I have to wait for J to come home before I pull the last weeds so I don't accidentally rip out vegetables.

Bennett is edging closer to walking.  He crawls really well now, the army crawl has been abandoned already.  Bennett's development is really taking off, this eighth month he has checked so many milestones off it seems like we don't have many left.

Bennett was bald until six months, but his hair is growing quite long now.  As I weeded and fetched Isabel's Frisbee for the ten millionth time I watched Bennett eat dirt and plant leaves, the sun glinting off his fluffy hair (he ripped his hat off, of course) as he focused on eating the world around him.  I love his little tufts of hair, he has bits of sweet baby chick like fuzz in random spots all over his head.

He is standing and communicating via growling and determined and bold and lovely.

A year ago, I didn't know life could be this good, but now that I grasp the potential I understand exactly what I've been missing.

Bittersweet is this life of parenting after loss.  Bitter. sweet.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

novice in the garden

I'm embarrassingly bad at gardening.  My only excuse, I was raised as a city girl. Yesterday we began planting our food garden.  I had way too much fun digging in the dirt, dropping in seeds and potatoes.


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