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It’s a CSN Giveaway!

I stayed up too late last night, as usual. <<yawn>>

But this time it wasn’t because I was blogging, or tweeting, or nursing…

This time I was doing some dreamy online window shopping at CSN! Not buying, just browsing, and thinking about all the things I’d like to buy once we finally get into a new house!

The thing I’m looking forward to the most is a new kitchen…a real kitchen…with lots of room to work side-by-side with my little man, teaching him how to cook! :D

If I could design my dream kitchen, this gorgeous purple 5-qt Oval French Oven from Le Creuset would be right smack dab in the middle of it!

What would you choose from CSN for your dream kitchen? Or maybe your dream includes something else…

…fluffy baby bedding?

modern office furniture?

…Earth-friendly kids’ toys?

You name it, CSN has it…and now you can win it! Leave me a comment telling me what you would buy from CSN and you could win a $35 gift code!

Other ways to enter:

  • Subscribe to my blog. (one entry)
  • Follow me on Twitter AND tweet about this giveaway.  (One entry for each tweet. Limit two tweets per day and leave me a link to your tweets, please! :) ) Here’s a sample tweet: Did you see? @ABCGP is giving away $35 to spend at CSN! Ends 3/1 – Enter now!  http://wp.me/pTRQh-Cw #giveaway #CSN

  • “Like” ABCs and Garden Peas on Facebook! (One entry. Please leave me your FB name.)
  • Share this giveaway on a forum, linky list or your blog. (Choose ONE and leave me a link. One entry.)
Entries will be open until 8pm on March 1st. I will choose a winner via Random.org on or about  March 1st; winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim prize by responding or another winner will be chosen. Be sure to leave me an email address so I can contact you if you win! ;)

My CSN Winner is comment #18, left by Kristen J! Congrats, Kristen! I’m emailing you now… :)

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Three Squash Pasta, and Eating My Words

Yikes! I was without internet service for days

My wireless modem went positively batty on me. It might have been something to do with the piece that fell out onto the floor… 8O

Since blogging was out of the question, you might think I’d take that extra time to whip up some mindblowing food to share with all of you. Umm, and you might be wrong.

Instead, I focused on some much-needed, deeeeelicious mommy/baby time, and settled on a simple pasta night for dinner. (And I loved every sweet second of it!)

Pasta night used to mean a pile of gluey white rigatoni and a jar of Prego. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course, but my/our tastes have changed with time, and, while pasta night is still just as easy as ever, it is more nutritious than ever, too…

This week’s pasta night was inspired by this guy:

How could you not, right?  It’s a beautiful jar of sauce (and it just begged to be paired with the crazy abundance flowing from our garden right now…)

So, instead of giving you a recipe, because this is not a recipe, I’ll just give you the layer-by-layer lowdown.

First, we started with Eden Organic Kamut & Quinoa Twisted Pair Pasta (Have I mentioned that I totally heart Eden?)

On top of the pasta:

  • Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash Sauce
  • fresh steamed spaghetti squash
  • a little more sauce
  • sauteed yellow summer squash, onion, garlic, and kale (all from the backyard)
  • toasted almonds
  • a sprinkle of sea salt

This was phenomenal. I am totally in love with Dave, whoever he is, and his crazy good sauce. My favorite part of this meal was the sea salted kale set against the sweetness of the butternut. Yommy!

Prego, who?

And I even got to share a little with my boy. At 9 months, he still doesn’t get much beyond pureed organic fruits and veggies, but I did let him taste the sauce. He made a face like I had given him a lemon, which usually means he wants more. Funny kid.

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OK, so here’s the part where I eat my words. I’ve often said that I just don’t like snack bars, energy bars, nutrition bars, whatever you want to call them. I have always felt like grabbing something on the go and eating it without a second thought (especially something as high-calorie as most of these bars) is the opposite of mindful eating, and the opposite of the way I try to experience my food. 

That said, I am having a little trouble figuring out a good eating pattern while working long days and breastfeeding my boy, which really affects my appetite. 3 pm is killing me, and ignoring hunger could jeopardize my supply.

I could use a portable, healthy snack that takes no prep time, and I’m thinking maybe some kind of nutrition bar might be the answer. I know I’m talking to the right crowd. Can y’all recommend your favorites? It has to be natural, nutritious, and if it satisfies my sweet tooth, well, that’s just a bonus. :)

Oh, and don’t forget to enter my CSN Giveaway! Who doesn’t need fifty bucks?

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A poorly placed wrench

Yes, there seems to be a wrench in my works. 

My wireless modem is broken! How that happened, I don’t know. This may explain the problems I’ve had since I got the blasted thing.

So for today, blog time is limited to my lunch hour! :eek:

Quick food fun: some carrot pants I found in my garden…

A new modem is being FedExed to me tomorrow. Woohoo!

Until then, be (and eat) well, my friends!

And, if you haven’t already, be sure to enter my $50 CSN giveaway!

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Everyday Eats

Squash blossoms, stuffed, and baked into the middle of a muffin?

Yup. I’m constantly impressed by the recipes I find while blogreading. There are so many talented, passionate and wildly creative people out there, and the inspiration is enough to make me feel like there aren’t enough days in a lifetime to sample all the wonderful creations that are currently on my to-make list.

I, on the other hand, am not so much of a recipe person. Yes, I spent years in the bakery business, and yes, I used lots of recipes. And occasionally, you’ll even find that I post recipes right here on my blog. After all, really good ones are fun to share. But, in the name of being fully honest and forthcoming with my readers, I rarely cook with a recipe. I’ve said it before, but I often find myself wondering if I should bother posting my simple fare. More often than not, I go to the grocery store with the best of intentions and visions of recipe greatness dancing in my head, only to have my efforts thwarted by such things as new writing projects, diaper laundry and a baby that’s been teething non-stop for almost 5 months. Many of the ingredients that were destined for greatness wind up in the compost bin, or we end up eating a random assembly of “whatever” to avoid such a wasteful situation.

Sometimes I feel like a foodie failure because my everyday meals are not so elaborate, and really don’t require that much skill to prepare. I mean, who would want to read a blog about my food, right? Other times, I feel like pretty much of a foodie rock star because my meals and snacks are fresh, whole, unprocessed and uncluttered, allowing the ingredients to shine without a lot of fuss. Which feeling is more accurate? I think I know the answer, but I’ll let you form your own opinion. ;)

So, I thought I’d share a few recent eats that seem to speak the most about where I am in my culinary life right now. I’m sure that someday, when babies are grown and my work schedule settles down, when my kitchen is more than a few square feet and I actually own a dishwasher, I’ll return to the world of ingredients lists and precise instructions, but for now, here’s me…on a plate:

My favorite breakfast? Oats. I soak them overnight in almond milk, then embellish in the morning with whatever is on hand and ripe. My favorite? Cherries, almonds and Artisana Cacao Bliss (which is aptly named, because it is pure heaven on Earth, and don’t let anybody tell you different.) Lately, I’ve also been a little obsessed with adding precooked brown rice and cardamom to my oats to make it taste like my favorite rice pudding.

A summer classic: the tomato sandwich. Even on the finest menus in the world, it’s hard to beat the taste of a fresh tomato from your backyard garden, 2 slices of grilled bread, a few basil leaves, sea salt and a smear of mayo.

Sometimes, lunch is just a hodge-podge of whatever happens to be really ripe and ready. It’s not the most cohesive thing, but every time I do this is one time I am not driving through ordering my lunch from someone wearing a visor.

See…there’s a shake of oregano on the tomatoes. That shows a little effort, right? :neutral: Oh, and that Greek Gods yogurt is vanilla, cinnamon and orange flavor…good for banana dippin’!

And sometimes, to avoid total meltdown, I do resort to prepackaged foods, but I fully hawk-eye the ingredients list first. This mandarin orange salmon passed the test…

Not perfect, but not a bad lunch for one that was prepared during my boy’s 30-minute nap, during which I also had to shower and clean my entire house! (Guess how much of that actually got accomplished?)

So, there’s a little snapshot of what’s on my plate on any given day. For now, the more elaborate recipes will have to wait until Sunday afternoon, or the occasional day where the planets align and I have time to lose myself in the kitchen. I have a feeling they’ll still be there, waiting patiently for me, when I return.

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What’s on your everyday plate?

If you have a blog, do you blog about everything, including your day-to-day meals, or do you highlight the best of the best?

Don’t forget, there are still a few days left to enter my CSN giveaway! I know there’s a new kitchen appliance or two you’ve been eyeing, so what are you waiting for? ;)

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