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I’m craving dirt!

No, I don’t want to eat it, silly. :roll:

I want to dig in it!

Spring just didn’t feel like spring without our garden this year, and I’m thinking summer is going feel a little empty, too. With my husband in overtime, my work picking up, and our family getting ready to move in a few weeks, we decided not to put the usual focus on our garden.

It’s tough. When you love to garden, it can become much more than just a hobby. It’s a way of life. A way to feed your family, alleviate stress, feel productive, save the world. OK, so maybe I’m exaggerating. But only a little.

But as much as we both identify as gardening folk, we just didn’t see the point of planting what we usually plant this year. I wouldn’t mind so much if we had to leave some veggies for whoever may end up buying our house, but that’s a lot of time to devote to something that doesn’t bear real fruit for us. Time is a hot commodity these days, and we have to use it efficiently.

So in a few weeks we’ll be packing up and moving onto our new 6-acre lot, and there will be lots of gardening to go around. The herb garden taking shape in my head is just stellar. But until then, it just feels a sad to be missing our buds and shoots and blooms and baby veggies.

What’s our solution?

Well, we have two.

The first thing we’re doing is caring for a few choice plants that will help us feel “gardeny” while allowing our son some of the learning experiences we’re just not willing to let him miss. At 19 months, this is the perfect time to get him interested, so we did plant one little tomato plant for him, along with the dill volunteers from last year. (I even got a dilly bouquet today!) and a little spinach.

But the real star of the show is Little Man’s strawberry plant.

One potted plant, kept by the front walk. Every day when he gets home, he inspects it for new berries, which we allow him to pick (only if they’re red!) and pop into his mouth. He then fills up his tot-sized watering can and gives the plant a drink so it can grow more berries for tomorrow. Watching my son tend to his plant and snack on fresh berries, warm from the sun, is quite possibly on of the most gratifying experiences of my entire life. And nope, I’m not even exaggerating this time. :)

The other thing we’re doing to get us through this sparse year is exploring more local markets. We tend to miss them because we are too busy, or because we don’t need to buy more than we grow. But this year, we’re taking time when we can, as a family, to find out where the good local stuff is, and we plan to call and schedule tours at a few local farms in the next few months, too. I’m betting we find some real gems that we never would have found in a normal year, and we get to do our part to support our community farmers. It’s good karma, after all…you never know when we might be among them. ;)

This week, our local farmstand finds included blueberries, strawberries, cucumbers and green tomatoes. Can you tell they were a hit?

 

 

 

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Baja Fish Tacos

We had a few dreary days in a row, so it was so nice to stick my face out into the bright sunshine yesterday! 

Until the inside of my house reached 81 degrees, that is! I’m SO glad we got our run in before 8am. Otherwise, I think it would have been too hot to have little bugger out in the stroller.

Once the husbo got home, I didn’t even have to ask twice before he broke out the AC for the year. If not for the little one, we may have held off a while, but that cold air was SWEET!

The heatwave was the perfect time to try out the Baja Fish Taco recipe I’d been anxious to whip up. I first saw fish tacos on a trip to Los Angeles in the early 90s, and everyone back in PA thought they were so weird. I thought they were light and fresh with lots of flavor possibilities…I was hooked!

I’m usually not a recipe follower (I like to play with pinches and dashes too much), but this one just looked too tempting to pass up. Perfect for a hot day…and I managed to get through it without making too many substitutions!

I found it here:

You can find it HERE.

Don’t you think every recipe should start out with this kind of COLOR!?

A drizzle of honey, a spritz of lime, and some S&P…

I was wishing I had a substitute, but I didn’t, so I went FULL-ON MAYO for the slaw…

I was crushed to find that my just-purchased avocado was all funky inside. But then I remembered I had this newbie in my fridge. I grabbed it out of curiosity–little did I know how handy (and tasty!) it would be!

Sizzlin’ tilapia (I substituted just for the halibut :P )

The finished product: Slaw, salsa, avo-hummus, and tilapia tucked into a whole wheat tortilla (my only real change to this recipe: the whole wheat.) This was fresh, flavorful and just plain yummy! AND easy enough to make with a baby on your hip. (Snap.)

Leave it to the Food Network. 

The husbo gave dinner the seal of approval, and provided dessert! It seems that someone he works with has an abundance of sweet, local berries….see how they’re not all big and white! LOVE local, natural berries.

I rummaged around looking for a suitable accompaniment, then realized that these berries were nice enough to shine on their own. Sometimes, the simplest approach is definitely the best. 

 Just rinsed and sliced…oh, where did that dark chocolate come from? ;)

Ahhh, It’s starting to feel like summer!

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What’s your favorite warm weather meal? 

What do you do with a strawberry surplus?

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