Every week I start off by taking some photos, hoping to get a blog post going and then life gets in the way. It’s not that I don’t see the blog as something important to me, but it’s certainly not my top priority and sometimes I question exactly what I’m getting out of it each day and whether I’m providing anything interesting to those who read it. So, again on this Monday, I make it my goal to post something that readers can take away. Plus, I still need to get those posts up about Italy…it’s WAY overdue!!
What a day! It was productive and enjoyable! It’s 9 pm, I’m sitting here with a cup of tea, catching up on some television. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but since I’ve started blogging, my mom has been teasing me a bit (all in fun of course) about posting my meals. I’ll call it a generational thing for now. I think the reason I post so many meals is because those are the types of blogs I enjoy the most. Though I try to post as many interesting things as I can…that’s what being an Iowa Farm Girl is, right? 🙂
Remember that massive batch of banana bread I made a while back? Well, I still have about 5-6 loaves remaining in the freezer, I the other night I pulled one out to thaw. It’s a great breakfast for mornings when I’m on the run…sort of like today!
With a little bit of butter and a quick 15 seconds in the microwave, I’ve got a tasty, comforting breakfast.
Lunch wasn’t quite as comforting and it was a new idea, but it worked…simple red leaf lettuce, walnuts, dried cranberries, and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar. I think some feta or blue cheese crumbles would have added a bit of what it was missing.
Oh, and don’t forget the apple and chocolate chip brownie Larabar on the side!!
Now dinner was a new, fun recipe for me. From the trusty old “The Best of Cooking Light Everyday Favorites,” we tried the Spicy Chicken Pasta. With no photo, the title made me think of a red sauce with some bold spices, but instead we got a creamy sauce and just enough of a kick to justify the “spicy” part of the title. That being said, it was delicious!
I didn’t follow the recipe to the tee, as it called for more servings than GW and I needed and I had some leftover chicken I was using, and I think there was a bit more than necessary…not that either of us was complaining!
I had planned on doing a step-by-step, but we were starving by the time we got home, so I hoped to it. Plus, the recipe went quickly, so I’m not sure I would have been able to take photos anyway. It all went so fast, here is what I was left with…
Don’t look too close! 🙂
Normally I’m really good about keeping things picked up as I cook, so it’s less work when we’re done eating, but it was clearly not the case tonight!
After dinner I took a quick trip down to my garden plot at the Downtown Community Garden. A year ago I participated in a project for the Junior League of Des Moines where we planted, grew, and then donated the produce of a garden to Children and Families of Iowa and West Des Moines Childcare. I wanted to continue gardening this year, so I got my own plot.
(Not the best photo, but that’s what I get with my phone…I promise it looks better in person)!
I have really enjoyed it, though I don’t get down there nearly as often as I would like. That may be why some of my vegetables look a little weak, such as the cucumbers. 😦 Are you growing a garden this summer? What’s working and what isn’t?
However, my lettuce and zucchini looks great! Now if only the zucchini (that I planted way too much of) would start producing. Here’s one!
In addition to the cucumbers, zucchini, and lettuce, I have some tomato plants, a yellow squash, and beans. It’s a learning experience and other than helping my grandma as a child, my knowledge is limited. Someday I’d love to have my own private, full-scale garden in my backyard where I can spend hours with produce and flowers alike. Oddly, the weeding part is a part a really enjoy; it’s sort of a stress reliever…is that weird?
So after I returned with fresh lettuce, I washed it (used my salad spinner) and stored it in the fridge.
Oh and don’t forget the 4 little green beans I got!
Now it’s on to some dessert…a great recipe from Sheree Clark with Fork in the Road; just a simple raw chocolate dipping sauce, enjoyed with yummy strawberries.
A few weeks ago I finally made it to a great local shop in the East Village to purchase my very own tea steeper. I bought myself a new mug for work (photo to come later) and just a steeper for home, since I have plenty of mugs and this one hooks on the side of anything. Along with my Moroccan Mint tea (maybe not the best if I need to be in bed soon), I’m just thrilled I finally took the time to start enjoying the vast amounts of tea they have at Gong Fu. Goodbye tea bags!
Hmmm…so relaxing. 🙂
Like I said, busy day around here! I’d love to hear your gardening suggestions…I
already have a list of new things for next year. What are your favorite vegetables to plant?
Till next time…
P.S. I still owe you some Italy updates…don’t let me forget!