I am constantly trying to get my kids to eat their vegetables! While I can occasionally get the kids to eat broccoli and carrots, they won’t touch any green veggies with a 10′ pole. What’s a mom to do? Hide ’em! I’ve tried “hiding” the veggies many times unsuccessfully, until now!
The kids slurped up ever last drop of this blended drink!
3-4 ice cubes
Handful of spinach (stems and all)
1 cut up apple or pear
1 cut up banana
Splash of water
Blend until smooth… (Add a little more water if it’s too thick)
Even though this drink is an ugly green color, the kids didn’t hesitate to try it. I couldn’t believe they drank all of it! I’ll tell you that you mostly taste banana, for those of you grossed out by spinach. I actually like this and drink one each morning. I’m not brave enough to try kale yet..that is for another post.
My garden update!! Remember when we started composting? Remember when we got this garden going? If not, it’s okay! You can see the progress we’ve made here.
We have Mr Stripey heirloom tomatoes and raspberries in our barrels. The raspberries have been growing for a year. Next year we should finally have fruit! It’s a long process, but worth the wait!
So far, our garden is looking pretty good. We have baby carrots, sweet Italian squash, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, jalapenos, peppers, cantaloupe and more. Most have started flowering and we have been eating our squash. I’m most excited for the Brussels sprouts, they look so cool growing on the stalk!
Two Weeks Ago…
So two weeks ago we decided to plant our own vegetables. Last Spring/Summer we dabbled a little with tomatoes and we planted a raspberry bush. Growing your own tomatoes is so rewarding! you can’t get tomatoes that great at the local grocer and you pay a small fortune at the farmers markets. There was no question that we would be planting more tomatoes when it warmed up! As for the raspberry bush’s progress…they are a labor of love since it takes like two years before it actually gives fruit. It better be worth it!
Two Weeks Ago…
This past winter we grew beets. It was more “just for fun” than serious because we grew them from seeds. We planted these thinking they wouldn’t actually grow, but they did! They didn’t grow as large as we would have liked, we may have pulled them too early. Our small, home-grown beets made a great borscht! We still have a few more that we are just about to pull…I’ll be sure to post an update. We let this round “bake” in the ground for a lot longer, fingers crossed!
Two Days Ago…
Our newest crop will hopefully include, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelons, baby carrots, squash, Mr. Stripey heirloom tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. We bought the sprouts and tomatoes as a small started plant, the others are from seeds. So far, we have cucumber sprouts, carrot sprouts, cantaloupe sprouts and squash sprouts. Those little sprouts are just peeking though and I’m looking forward to seeing the progress.
Two Days Ago…
Our tomato plant and Brussels sprouts have doubled in size already! I’m so happy!
I spy a tomato flower hiding behind the beet greens
Since we are getting so serious about our home garden, we had no choice but to compost. Our other gardening friends say it’s the best way to get awesome fruits and veggies. We have been going back and forth on the composting for the past two years. Since we have dogs, we knew whatever we did, it needed to be closed. We set out to get this little jem from the local garden center, it’s big enough to compost in and small enough to hide near our garden shed.
At composting tips? Who else home grows veggies?
I recently purchased the cookbook by Julia Child, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” I can’t believe how much information is in this one cookbook! I think of it more as an encyclopedia of French cooking.
I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to try first so I decided to go blind-folded. Okay, I wasn’t really blind folded! I took the book in hand and randomly opened it up. I decided that I would make whatever was on that page, thankfully I did not land on aspics!
There are 6 pages dedicated to peas in “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” I was lucky enough to have turned to the canned peas page. I was surprised to see that Julia approved of canned peas at all! I’d like to think that she put this in here as a last resort recipe. A recipe that you could use that will make canned peas taste pretty darn good!
The recipe was simple and fast which I love! I sautéed a minced shallot in butter and then added the peas. Next, I seasoned them with salt and pepper. After adding a small amount of mushroom broth, I cover the peas to heat them up. To reduce the liquid more, I uncovered the peas and turned the heat up high so that the liquid boils and evaporates. That was it! I never had can peas that tasted so good!