We Love Eating Farm Fresh Food!

July 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM | Posted in CSA | 5 Comments
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This week marks week 5 of our first year using a CSA. I was worried at first because the first box was somewhat small. I loved it then though and am an even bigger fan now.

The way our CSA works is we have a box delivered to our door and each week we have bonuses we can go out to pick at the farm. Now that I am home, this is such a neat activity for me and the little guy to share.

I have a few friends who are also CSA members at our farm as well. It is nice to be able to join them for a day at the farm to pick and play.

Yesterday we went out with my bestie, Millie. This week we got to pick peas, black raspberries (I have never seen those in store!) and blueberries. We also had cucumbers, summer squash, garlic scrapes, peas, blueberries and beets delivered. We have SO MUCH fresh food in our house now!

I find that the food delivered each week shapes our menu. It actually makes meal planning easier for me. We are also discovering new staple recipes for our home…like Swiss Chard Lasagna.

Here are some photos for you.  Breakfast, ingredients for our pot luck pasta salad and despite the fact that I’m not feeling well and look less than my best, photos of our farm day!

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Check out breakfast from this morning. Blueberry pancakes with blackberries on the side. All of the berries were freshly picked yesterday and pesticide free.

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We are headed to a neighborhood cookout today with pasta salad in tow. Everything you see here, with the exception of the tomatoes, came from the farm. Of course, I still need to add pasta, a few fresh herbs and dressing for it to be complete.

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Family photo on the tractor to pick peas. Cool dude wouldn’t smile in his orange sunglasses.

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Me and Millie. I love that she always comes to hang out with our family.

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Kam pretty much insists on being worn at the fam. Blueberry picking in the Tula.

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Love these two! He adores “Aunt Meee.”

 

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Strawberry Picking – Local CSA | Eating Seasonally

May 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM | Posted in CSA | Leave a comment
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We recently joined a local farm CSA and I’m so excited the growing season is finally here! Our farm provides us with a weekly box of fresh, local fruits and vegetables. I think part of my excitement is the challenge of being creative with what we get. It’s a cooking challenge. A big one because while I like making toddler meals for our son, I wouldn’t label my cooking repertoire as broad.

Now that strawberries are in season our farm offers a “U Pick” bonus to CSA members. This week we got to pick a quart of strawberries as part of our share. Of course, we can also buy more! (I so did.) All weekend I had strawberry dreams rattling around in my head as I brainstormed what to make.

My Strawberry To-do list:
Strawberry Yogurt
Freeze for Later (smoothies!)
Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam
Strawberry Tartlet
Strawberry Mojitos
Strawberry Pie (Kayvan’s request)
Strawberry Lemonade–I’ll make something up
Strawberry Sorbet

These aren’t exactly out of the box, unique recipes. Some of these may never happen but I’m at least going to try. The yogurt is cooking as I type! Tomorrow I’ll conquer the tart.

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Yoga Pant Mondays

May 6, 2013 at 8:29 AM | Posted in Our Home | Leave a comment
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When I worked on the office setting, Fridays were casual Fridays. You could wear jeans provided you still appeared to have still made an effort to dress professionally. Dress flats were encouraged instead of sneakers and no old T-shirts. You get the drill.

Now that I’m a work at home mom and my own boss, I think I may just institutionalize yoga pant Monday. I make every effort to get dressed in decent clothes now that I’m home. Mondays still are no fun though. We usually have no plans on Monday as well. So it’s fitting I think.

I wonder if it matters that Tuesday’s are swim lessons at the gym and Wednesday I occasionally catch a class at the gym. So I’m in yoga pants then too…

I never really understood the stay at home mom yoga pant stereotype when I worked in the office. Now that I work at home…I’m beginning to understand!

Kitchen Upgrades

April 28, 2012 at 1:58 AM | Posted in Our Home | 8 Comments
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Kayvan and I really enjoy working on our home.  We intentionally bought a house that was very plain and without upgrades so that we wouldn’t feel bad when we wanted to make changes–and so we could make improvements in an effort to gain equity.  Our remodel projects have been really small thus far.  The first project we tackled was our half bath in the basement, Kayvan built our fence when we got Sookie 2 years ago and this year we put on a deck.  We’ve been in our home almost 3 years and we are pretty happy with the slow progress we have made.  I have to share our newest home update.  Our Kitchen.

When we bought the house, we had nice hardwood floors, but crappy, laminate counter tops and standard white appliances.  Our dishwasher stunk and the refrigerator died the week I was admitted to the hospital so those were easy upgrade decisions.  We also installed a microwave above our stove which was a humongous counter space saver!  My favorite updates have come this year.  New counters and finally, a back splash.  The kitchen is ALMOST done.  Here is the progress thus far.  We will grout the tile tomorrow and eventually install pulls on the drawers and doors.  I LOVE it.  what do you think?

You will notice that we installed the back splash all the way down to the counters and opted for no granite on the back splash at all.  We really weren’t sure we were making the right decision regarding how the back splash would look at first.  Now that I can see it, I am happy we made the decision that we did.

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