To Garden / June

 

      Good morning! I just wanted to share what we are gardening this summer! We have a lot of herbs growing, including lavender, thyme, basil, dill, and chives. 

     Brett also potted a few other plants for me! A couple of them look like succulents, but grow in bushes, so we'll just have to see how they turn out. 

      Bailey always jumps at the chance to water the plants. Girl loves her puddle jumping! It doesn't hurt that she has an adorable toddler sized watering can to help her parents. 

     These are our tomato plants. Last year, we had some that produced fruit, but just as they turned red, some sneaky animal stole them away in the middle of the night! This time around, there is one tomato growing, and you can bet I'm protecting that thing. 

     We also have a pepper plant that is budding nicely! Since this photo, the peppers have started to turn red, so I'll do an updated post next month with how everything is growing. We're getting weather that is hotter than usual, but as long as consistent rain and watering keeps up, the plants should do fine! 

    Thanks for reading, and have a fun Thursday!

To Make / Summer Smoothies

 

     Hi there! I wanted to share my current favorite smoothie combo with you all today! It's not the most photogenic (thank you raspberries + spinach), but it sure is delicious and nutritious, and that's what matters most! See the recipe below. 

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of raspberries

- 1 banana

- 1 cup of frozen peaches

- 1 cup of spinach

- 1 cup of almond milk

- 1 tsp. of flax + chia

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in your blender, and blend until smooth. 

2. Serve chilled and enjoy! 

To See What's in Season

 

        Hey there! It's Earth Day today, and I realized it's the perfect opportunity to talk about what's in season so far this spring! We live down the street from our city's farmers market, and I try to take Bailey every weekend. Columbia has a pretty big farmers community, and it makes sense considering most of the land surrounding the city is wide open and fairly flat. It also helps that the closest city is 30 minutes away. I like living in a place that isn't completely taken over by suburbs. That being said, the emptiness makes for beautiful farms, nurseries, and wineries! It's really helped me to eat local and fresh foods. So let's get on with what's in season! 

     Spinach is my number one food to buy at the market. There's always an abundance of the leafy veggie, and I use it in many ways. Smoothies, on a sandwich, in pasta, with eggs. The possibilities are pretty endless, and it's essential for a clean diet. It's so rich in vitamins and nutrients that I try to incorporate it in as many places as possible.

     Asparagus is typically one that I only buy once, and I didn't even buy this bunch, Brett's mom picked some up and had leftovers! I usually only use it as a side for dinners, but the other day I used it in a salad by combining spinach, asparagus, strawberries, and lemon juice. Let's just say it definitely made me like salads a bit more!

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       Strawberries are another one that we buy quite a bit. Bailey loves to snack on them (she calls them "rawberries") and I love them for a dessert, in a smoothie, and just to have as a snack with Bailey! Like I said above, I put them in a salad, and it made the salad 10x better.

     Mint is an awesome seasonal herb I've been trying out lately! I've been putting it in smoothies and cocktails, and it's so refreshing. It's excellent with strawberries, and mango too! Mint is very strong though, so you only need about one sprig of leaves for whatever you are making. So far, no regrets though! Have a great Friday!