Friday, July 30, 2010

Five things I am loving right now...

1. These drinks....I cannot believe I only tried these just a few short weeks ago.
2. These prints that are now hanging on our living room wall.
3. This band...thanks to my dear friend for introducing me.
4. This ice cream shop...the most amazing flavors.
5. Getting eggs from our chickens every day.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Our Trip To Washington

We love going up to the Washington State. It is so beautiful and enchanting. We packed up the family and drove there (yes, it is possible with three little ones). We stopped a few times along the way and spent some time in Yellowstone. We stopped in Missoula, MT and the girls played at a spray ground. In Washington we went to the beach, the zoo, Seattle, parks, and fairs...Blake went fishing for the first time and we all went wild blackberry picking. We did a ton and we had such a great trip. It was so good to see family and friends that we have not seen in a very long time. We miss you all and wish we could see you more often!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy Wednesday!

My boy cooling off on a hand sewing quilt that I picked up from a garage sale in Tacoma.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CSA::Week 6

This is the 6th week of our CSA and I can honestly say that I look forward to picking up our share all week long. I look for the email that tells me what may possibly be in our box and then I start the search for new recipes to try with our amazing organic veggies and fruit. I really do not think I will be able to get through another summer without being part of the CSA. I love it because it stretches me in my culinary skills. We have to be willing to try new things for us to be able to consume the majority of our veggies. My family became vegetarians earlier this year and that in itself has been something that has made me really start trying to cook new things. I have been a vegetarian for the last 3 years and I am completely ok with eating roughly the same thing over and over again, but my family needs a plethora of options if they are going to enjoy being vegetarians. The CSA is so great because it gives us a chance to really try veggies that I wouldn't normally purchase on my own in the store...and each week gets better and better.

Tonight I tried a great recipe for a Summer Squash Tart. It uses puff pastry dough (I used some frozen from the store and now I am looking for a made from scratch recipe for puff pastry...anyone have a good recipe to pass on?). The puff pastry is topped with ricotta mixed with parsley, green onion, and one egg, then some caramelized onions (we use the red ones because Andy adores them), and then I sauteed some zucchini and summer squash and lined them up all pretty like. Andy made a salad using some of the greens from our share and dinner was set.

CSA week #6's box included:
Swiss Chard
Baby Greens
Cherries - so tart that I have no idea what to do with them.
English peas
Green Onions

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

We are back home and trying to get back into the rhythm of being home and enjoying the last few weeks of summer. We had a fantastic time in Washington...we loved seeing our family and friends and wish so badly that we could see you more often...but it is nice to be home too.

We came home to chickens who are now laying eggs and lots of CSA veggies. We have a goal to use all the veggies we get before the following CSA I made baked kale chips and a CSA quiche with swiss chard, garlic scapes, zucchini and onions...not to mention that the eggs for the quiche came from our very own chickens...a quiche is really an awesome way to use our veggies up. Now we just have bunches of pesky beets that we need to use...I have never had a beet before in my life and I am completely lost about them. I love pretty much all veggies, I willingly tried brussel sprouts a few weeks ago and liked them, but I really have no desire to try beets...and I know we have more beets coming to us this week.

Yesterday while I was putting in a load of laundry in our basement I spotted something on the a closer glance the thing jumped and I realized that somehow a toad had found its way in to my basement. We caught it and Blake is now trying her darndest for us to allow her to keep it as a pet. Its cute...but I don't know if it is quite that cute. All I really care about is how on earth did it get into my basement?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dear Blog,

I was serious when I started posting again...but, we've been away on vacation and have been thoroughly enjoying ourselves. I have lots of pictures to share but those will come later once we have gotten back home and settled in.

Just wanted to let you know that you have not been forgotten...just taking some time to enjoy family, friends and the beautiful Northwest.