• May 18, 2016

    Top 5 Things to Love About Spring

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    Spring is such a wonderful time of year, don’t you think?  There is always so much to do, but there is also so much to love!   I’ve managed to narrowe it down to my 5 favorite things about springtime!  I hope you enjoy my photos and feel inspired to get out and see some of your favorite spring things.  *grin*

    1. Everything is new!

    Duckies

     

    Lavender

     

    2. It’s nice enough to go outside!

    Geese

     

    Walking-Ollie

     

    3. Iced coffee!

    Iced-Chai

     

    4. Garden planning!

    Pots

     

    Herbs

     

    5. Breaking out the spring and summer wardrobe!

    Dresses

     

    Scarves

  • October 8, 2014

    Spaghetti Squash

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    Autumn is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world.  I love the cooler weather, the leaves changing colors, and the harvest.  I also love getting back in the kitchen and cooking more often.  Squash of all different varieties speaks most clearly of fall to me, and one of my favorite squashes is the spaghetti squash.  There are so many different ways to make it and all of them are pretty easy!

    So, today, I want to share with you my favorite way to prepare a spaghetti squash.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

    Spaghetti Squash

    By Erin Published: October 8, 2014

      Autumn is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world.  I love the cooler weather, the leaves changing colors, and the …

      Ingredients

      Instructions

      1. IngredientsGather ingredients.
      2. Spaghetti-SquashHeat oven to 375 Degrees. Poke holes in all side of squash with a fork and place on baking sheet. Cook for 1 hour 20 minutes, turning over half way through.
      3. In the mean time, gather other ingredients. If desired, chop veggies into bite sized pieces; sauté for 2-3 minutes.
      4. Scrape-Out-the-SquashWhen squash is done, remove from oven and chop in half lengthwise. Let cool for a few minutes, and then scrape insides out with a fork. It should look like long strings of translucent, yellow spaghetti. Transfer the squash strings to a large mixing bowl.
      5. Almost-DoneDrizzle olive oil and herbs/spices on squash and mix well. Add veggies and cheese. Serve hot.

       

      Pro tips:

      A lot of recipes for spaghetti squash want you to cut it in half before cooking it.  You can totally do that if you want.  I just prefer to cut it after because it’s so much softer and easier for me.  The squash will, however, be hot… so be careful!  I like to use my handy welding gloves to prevent burns while also allowing for a good grip.

      If you want some protein with your squash, cook up some ground sausage and add at the same time as the veggies.  You can also just make a spaghetti sauce and use the noodles in place of pasta.  Spaghetti squash is very forgiving… be bold and try new combinations!

    • August 6, 2014

      Pico de Gallo

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      It’s recipe time again!  Woohoo!

      *grin*

      Today’s recipe is brought to you fresh from my little backyard garden!  I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything much more satisfying than being able to grow your own food and then turn it in to something delicious!

      Pico de Gallo

      By Erin Published: August 6, 2014

        It’s recipe time again!  Woohoo! *grin* Today’s recipe is brought to you fresh from my little backyard garden!  I’m …

        Ingredients

        Instructions

        1. IMG_6590Gather ingredients.
        2. IMG_6595Chop up all ingredients and mix together in a large bowl.
        3. IMG_6601Add seasonings and lime juice. Combine.
        4. IMG_6608Refrigerate until you are ready to enjoy!

        ProTips:

        Let it sit overnight and you’ll find your pico de gallo is more flavorful (although also more juicy) then when first made.

        Add more jalapeno’s to suit your level of spicy hotness.

      • May 10, 2014

        Planting Day

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        Oh man, I am running a little late this week.  What day is it?  Saturday?

        *sigh*

        What can I say, I’ve been busy this week crying my eyes out over The Fault in Our Stars.

        So there.

        Seriously, though, if you haven’t read it yet, stop everything you’re doing and read it.  Maybe buy a new box of tissues first.

        But, real quick before you do that, let me tell you about the other thing I am SO excited about this week!  Today was planting day!  Last weekend, my hubby and I went out to the local gardens to buy some veggie plants so we can get our garden going.

        Usually, we try to get things planted as soon as we get them, but the weather has not been ideal for planting.  So, today when we woke up to sunshine and blue skies, we jumped at the opportunity to get some tomatoes in the ground!

        We’ve been planting tomatoes in our raised garden bed for 3 summers now and have always had pretty good success.  Last year, we tried a black heirloom tomato in a planter, but failed miserably.  So, this year, we decided to forget the fancy tomatoes and branch out and try for some eggplant.  I am so excited!!!  We are also trying out jalapenos this year, so watch for some salsa recipes this summer!

        Pepper

        I’m also happy to report that our strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are coming back stronger than last summer.  And, the plum and pear trees are starting to look promising too.  Hopefully we’ll get some good fruit this time around!

        Strawberries

        Blueberries  Raspberries

        I find so much joy each spring when we start everything new and fresh.  We got rained out towards the end, but our garden is planted and it’s going to be amazing!  It’s a great feeling to bring something to life and make your own food.  I know it probably sounds a little hokey, but gardening is something my husband and I really love, and take pride in.  Also, I just really love to eat.

        Now, if I can just find a tree that will make chocolate bars and ice cream….