This is what happens when we have two basil plants that are growing out of control! Trust me, it’s a good problem to have. I used to buy store bought pesto all the time, but it’s just so darn oily and the nutrition facts are a little scary. My mom brought over a vegan cashew pesto from Trader Joe’s one day and it changed my thoughts on store bought pesto. It was lighter, less greasy tasting and still delicious. So of course, I took it as a personal challenge to recreate at home.
I’m about a month and a half into this gardening adventure, and I thought I’d share what’s currently happening in my tiny container garden. The weather is getting pretty warm here and I can tell things are starting to change for the summer. Many things are still growing successfully, however I’m having a few issues as well. Here we go.
Just when I thought my arugula plant was doing awesome, I noticed it tasted extremely bitter and sharp a few days ago. On closer inspection, I noticed a few fuzzy little flowers had formed. My beautiful baby arugula is all grown up and going to seed! Dramatic plant mom alert.
Add this to the list of things I did not think I’d be doing in 2018: canning jam. From blueberries that we PICKED! A few weeks ago, we took a trip to Beck Brothers Blueberries with my sister and brother in law and picked what felt like a million delicious beautiful little blueberries. My toddler loved it so much! It’s so amazing to see firsthand where produce comes from and for kids to have the fun of picking it themselves.
So remember when the one-pot pasta craze hit Pinterest a few years ago? Me too. I made it, was amazed how easy and delicious it was and then proceeded to completely forget about it until about 3 days ago. Maybe you forgot about it too. Or questioned the science behind it. I’m here to tell you IT REALLY WORKS! If you are someone, who, after a long day wants to just various throw things into a big pot and sit down and drink some wine and have something magical come out 15 minutes later without a million dishes to wash, you have come to the right place.
Hi friends! Every day I find myself learning more and more about planting and gardening. There is so.much.to.learn. With that in mind, I’m going to start a series called Gardening Basics, where we can discuss and learn all kinds of basic information for beginning gardeners like myself. First up in our series: hardiness zones. Continue Reading…
Fresh herbs! On your porch! Just begging to be picked and turned into something really delicious. Seriously, it’s awesome. If you are wanting to get started planting something that’s edible, herbs are a great place to start. They are easy to grow, don’t ask for much aside from sun and water and the payoff you will get is amazing. You know those sad little clamshell containers of extremely overpriced fresh herbs that are at the store? Forget those and grow your own! Here’s what you need to know to start.
Let’s talk smoothies. You know those glitzy 8$ smoothies you get at the juice bar at Whole Foods? Yeah, this is basically the opposite of that. This is the kind of smoothie you make when you know you need to get more fruit in your diet and genuinely want to be healthy, but also don’t want to run out of smoothie ingredients every 3 days. Because dragging a toddler and a baby to the grocery store is a little wild. Do you enjoy cold juice like beverages but don’t want to drink straight up juice all the time because you’re not 2 years old? If your answer is yes, we are probably spirit animals.
Is there something below 101? Like 001? If there was (or is?), this post would be it. This is going to be basic. Extremely basic. I googled a lot (ok fine, a little) information online prior to starting this garden and I STILL managed to do things kind of backwards, so if you are starting at square one, hopefully this will be somewhat helpful. If not, it might be an insult to your intelligence. So here we go! Continue Reading…
Are you on the quinoa bandwagon?! Lately I’ve turned into a pretty big time quinoa fangirl. It’s full of good stuff like iron, B vitamins, fiber and protein. One of my favorite things is that it cooks in less than 20 minutes! It’s a little plain and earthy tasting on it’s own, but it’s the perfect base for making a salad that will hold up for several days in the fridge, meaning you’ve got an easy and healthy lunch ready to go. Continue Reading…