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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

(My apologies if you’re humming now.) 😉

It’s June, which means that some of my favorite things on the horizon:

  1. Another season of farm-fresh goodness from the good people at Olden Produce / Olden Organics. We pick up our first share in about 10 days, and I cannot wait. I’m hoping for asparagus, lettuce and strawberries.
  2. Our garden is growing! Well, hopefully, anyway. Andy put seeds in the dirt on Memorial day, and we are both anxiously waiting for the peas and beans to poke their heads through the dirt. Our rhubarb is doing well, and we’re both impressed with the way our garlic looks this year, which brings me to point number three:
  3. SCAPES!! Several of our garlic plants have scapes, and I am really excited about another batch of garlic scape pesto. I also saw a recipe for a garlic scape soup that sounds intriguing. Grow baby, grow!
  4. Strawberry season is coming soon! Last year we picked more than 80 pounds. We ate every bit of it too, so I am a little afraid of how many we should pick this year…
  5. Next week, Andy and I get to celebrate nine years of putting up with each other. 😉 It’s not every day you find someone who will watch PBS cooking shows, plant a garden for you and get up at the crack of dawn because you want to go strawberry picking. It’s been a great adventure, and I am excited to see what God has in store for us next.  I did see that our anniversary happens to fall on strawberry rhubarb pie day, so we may have to have some pie to celebrate. I don’t think he’ll mind.

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Happy June! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. 🙂


Posted by on June 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Hello Again! CSA Weeks 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14!

Whew. I blinked, and we’re already more than halfway through September. Where did the time go? I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been neglecting the blog lately, but I have a good reason excuse. 😀 I spent the last week of August standing over large kettles of boiling water, trying to process the produce from our garden and CSA before leaving town for two weeks. I canned two batches of green beans and one batch of tomatoes, and then made a batch of refrigerator pickles. Seriously, why does everything ripen at once??!

Then, I spent two weeks out of cell phone range. I can’t say I missed it too much. (Except for those days when we wondered what the forecast would be. And where the closest shower was. And if my football teams were winning.) Unplugging is great though. Especially when it means you can spend some quality time with the people you care about. Not only did I have two weeks with Andy, but we were able to see some good friends who in Iowa and spend several days with Andy’s brother, his wife and their three kids. Quality aunt/uncle/niece/nephew time! We loved it. 😀

Our morning view, if we walked a minute or two down the campground road.

I am very glad to be back though. I missed my kitchen very much. You know it’s bad when you start dreaming about food on vacation. (If you must know, it was a dream about pavlova. Chocolate pavlova. With whipped cream and berries.) The alarm clock… now, that I didn’t miss. Not at all.

While we were frolicking with the pikas and bighorn sheep, my friend Karen picked up our CSA box. She was blessed with tons of tomatoes and peppers, along with some sweet corn, cantaloupe and a few other things.

I don’t have many pictures of the weeks we were gone, but I do have pictures from weeks 10, 11 and 14. (Like I said, I’ve been neglecting this poor blog.) Who’s ready for a produce overload?

Week 10: POTATOES, green beans, broccoli, pickles, green peppers, sweet corn, summer squash, zucchini and a poblano pepper, which turned out to be the hottest poblano I’ve ever tasted. (Andy was not pleased by the amount of heat it added to his dinner.) Whoops… 😀 I’m pretty sure the patty pan squash took a road trip to Iowa, and I ended up making refrigerator pickles with the pickles/cucumbers.

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Week 11: Tomatoes, grape tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, sweet corn, a Japanese eggplant, green peppers, cucumbers and pickles. We ate as much as we could before we left, and I packed what I thought would hold up well in the cooler for our trip. That left us with some tomatoes, a cucumber or two and the eggplant. Rather than leave them to rot in our fridge, I packed them (and a few dozen tomatoes from our garden) into the car and shared them with our friends Andy and Jackie in Iowa! Unfortunately, the trip in the cooler wasn’t kind to the green beans, and we had to pitch them in Colorado. 😦 We did eat the rest of the cucumbers/pickles, grape tomatoes, zucchini and green peppers on our trip.

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Week 12 or 13… photo courtesy of my friend Karen!

Week 14: Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, mixed greens, green beans, sweet corn, potatoes, green peppers and a cantaloupe. Yum! I am most excited about the greens, beans and potatoes. OK, and the sweet corn. 🙂 These tiny cantaloupes have got to be the sweetest melons we’ve ever tasted. Andy makes fast work of those guys.

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A garden update: Things looked a little sad when we returned from vacation. (Apparently the rain that chased us out of Colorado didn’t make it to Wisconsin.) Our carrots look OK, and our beans are hanging in there. The beets, well… they’re pretty sad-looking. We’re considering skipping the beets next year and using the space for something that won’t have failure to thrive. Hmm. The tomatoes look OK as well. We have some green ones, so I’m hoping they ripen before we get a killer frost.

Whew! I think that brings us all up to speed, at least as far as produce is concerned. I’m going to go share this post with everyone over at In Her Chucks’ “What’s in the Box?” link party. Hopefully they don’t mind that I’m way behind! You should go check it out as well… these’s always good stuff there. 🙂



Posted by on September 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


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CSA Week #9 & What We’re Eating 8/19-8/23

What a week! I suppose I should say what a month – I’m still not sure where the time is going. How on earth is it the third week of August already? The summer is almost over, and we didn’t get to do enough of the “fun” things on our summer to-do list.

Thankfully, there’s still several weeks of our CSA left, so not ALL good things are coming to an end right now. (And if I’m being honest, fall really is my favorite season, so I won’t be too sad to see it arrive. Especially because fall brings football. And crisp air. And – most importantly – VACATION. Two weeks off with my favorite person. Yay.) Until then, though… let’s talk about summer produce.

This was another good week for our CSA. More sweet corn (which we demolished almost immediately – shocker). Cherry tomatoes. A green pepper. BEETS! (YAY! I love beets.) And, of course, more summer squash and cucumbers. (How I wish Andy liked tzatziki.)

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I sauteed the beet greens with some Swiss chard from our garden and used the greens as a side for our zucchini fritters last week. Everything else is destined for a dinner sometime this week.

Garden update: Our green beans are going like gangbusters now! We picked 3 1/4 lbs. of beans the other night, and it looks like we’ll get about that many again today. Also – THE TOMATOES ARE STARING TO RIPEN. Hallelujah.

I *thought* our blackberries were ripe too, though. Turns out that looks can be deceiving, as I picked eight beautiful berries that appeared to be PERFECT. Let’s just say that they were tarter than the strongest Warheads. Andy then informed me that you have to wait until the berries just about fall off the bush before they’re ripe AND sweet. Bummer.

The beets are looking a little sketchy, which makes me consider giving up on them next year. Andy’s carrots look fantastic though – hopefully the carrots look as good as the tops. (Side note: are carrot tops edible like beet tops?!) Our Swiss chard came in kind of spotty; I’m not sure if the shade from the pole beans stunted them, or if this variety just doesn’t have the germination rate that last year’s version did. I’m a little bummed about that, since Swiss chard is my favorite green.

Even though it’s not our garden, I’ll share anyway: Our wonderful neighbors gave us two more cucumbers (THESE THINGS ARE TAKING OVER MY FRIDGE!) and a zucchini. Gotta love summer. 🙂

And, just to prove that I’m still cooking, here’s what we’re planning on eating this week:

Monday 8/19 – Unstuffed shell bake, green beans, with peach blueberry pie. Oh, and maybe some cucumbers. I seem to have a few lying around. It’s going to be a good Monday. 😀
Tuesday 8/20 – Thai chicken tacos (This is an attempt to use our cucumbers, and I’m going to make the slaw out of kohlrabi instead of cabbage, since that’s what I have in the fridge.) 
Wednesday 8/21 – Gnocchi with summer squash/zucchini and feta (I made Deb’s gnocchi a couple weeks ago and froze half of it for a quick dinner.) 
Thursday 8/22 – Steak and peach kabobs, cucumbers and lemon-tomato-basil orzo
Friday 8/23 – Dinner with our friends Kevin and Lacey! Yay for Friday nights with friends. 🙂

Want to see more veggies and recipes using them? You know you do! 😀 Head on over to the “What’s in the Box?” link party at In Her Chucks!


Posted by on August 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


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What We’re Eating: 5/27/13 – 5/31/13

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! And a big thank you to everyone who has served and sacrificed for our freedoms.

I hadn’t planned on doing a menu post for this week, but I realized that all of the pictures I’ve taken recently have been desserts, and in the interest of presenting a well-balanced diet, I figured I’d throw a menu post in between the cakes, cookies and ice cream that I’ve been sharing. You know, so you can see that we aren’t just eating sweets.

Monday 5/27 – Grilled shrimp with cilantro sauce, cumin rice and beans and broccoli (New recipes!) 
Tuesday 5/28 – Strawberry bacon pizza (I had this on the menu a couple of weeks ago, and I never got around to it. Making it happen this week for sure!)
Wednesday 5/29 – Pot roast in the crockpot (I always add potatoes.) 
Thursday 5/30 – Apricot chicken pasta and roasted broccoli
Friday 5/31 – Sloppy Joes and salad (If I get around to it this week, I’m making my own buns!) 

I also have a garden update to share! I finally put plants in the dirt over this past weekend. Thankfully we finished planting things by Sunday, as Memorial Day is turning out to be cool and rainy. Andy did point out that the rain is ideal for our little baby plants though. 🙂

We planted green beans, sugar snap peas, carrots, beets, lettuce, swiss chard, broccoli and tomatoes. I filled the flower bed by the house with herbs basil, parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme, and sage. Now, as long as we can keep the rabbits out, we should be OK. I hope. I’ll take garden pictures when there’s a little more to  look at – right now it’s just dirt with some flags marking the ends of the rows. 🙂

Our rhubarb is loving the weather this spring. I’ve made a batch of rhubarb squares and a batch of muffins, and I’ve put 3 lbs. in the freezer so far. I’m hoping the plant keeps producing – my goal is to get more in the freezer AND have a batch of those rhubarb squares last long enough for me to take a picture. You know, so I can share them with everyone. 🙂

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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


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What we’re eating: 4/29/13 – 5/3/13

I have been a slacker blogger lately. I’m still trying to get back in a groove after my five days in New Orleans. (Work trip, not vacation. And while I took advantage of the seafood in NOLA, I managed to leave without trying a crepe or a beignet. Whoops. Food blogger fail. Anyway.) I have a couple of fun desserts lined up to share with everyone, but until I get those typed out, I figured I’d share my menu for this week.

It’s going to be an up and down week, weather-wise, which means we’re grilling fish on Tuesday and having a warm, hearty soup on Friday. Welcome to springtime in Wisconsin. (It’s been a beautiful weekend though, which let us squeeze in a bike ride to the local DQ for blizzards. Gotta love it.) 🙂

Monday 4/29 – Chickpea tomato pasta. Hands down, one of our favorite meatless meals. One of these days, I’ll take a picture of it and share it with you all.
Tuesday 4/30 – Grilled tilapia with fruit salsa and green beans. Still trying to decide between this salsa with strawberries and this one with oranges. Hmm.
Wednesday 5/1 – BBQ chicken pizza. Yum.
Thursday 5/2 – Chicken bruschetta bake.
Friday 5/3 – Sweet potato and sausage soup. New recipe for Friday!

Garden update: I spent some time this afternoon cleaning out flower beds, and it looks like my chives and oregano are coming back strong! The rhubarb and strawberries are both up as well. The rosemary, not so much. I thought that would come back, but maybe I was mistaken. Probably should check with my gardening expert (a.k.a., my mom) about that one. The warm weather has me completely excited for planting our veggies, and I can’t wait for our CSA to start. (We’re still several weeks out from both of those things though…) 


Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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CSA Week #3

Eating your veggies and trying new things – that’s what a CSA is all about, right?

I sure hope so, because this is what we brought home:

Last week, garlic scapes were our new veggie of week. AnnieRie suggested I turn them into hummus, which seemed like a good idea. The hummus turned out great, and I took it to our small group/Bible study, where it was very well received! Several people suggested I make garlic scape pesto, and since we received more scapes this week, I think that’s what I’ll do. (I’ve borrowed a friend’s food processor to make it easier – my immersion blender isn’t cut out for that task!) 

This week, our newcomers are kale and kohlrabi. Any suggestions on what to do with the kohlrabi? (I think kale will be easier to work into our regular meals… I plan to try it in this recipe from Elly Says Opa!)

So, what else was in this week’s share? Two zucchini, a large head of lettuce and some garlic scapes (along with those two kohlrabi and the bunch of kale). And yes, I know you see sugar snap peas there, but those aren’t from the CSA! Those babies are from our garden. And that’s just the start. Tonight I picked these guys:

That’s right, nearly a whole quart container of sugar snaps! Now, the real question is: will I actually get to cook with them, or will we just eat them raw?


Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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