Sunny Day

We ventured outside today for some puppy playtime, and a little tour of some yumminess. So far, there are little bitty flowers starting to bloom, and defianily the garden is on it’s way!

Somebody definitely had a good time:

We are on the hunt now to track down a weed. Yes, a weed. We are furiously googling and trying to match up what is popping all over our yard. It might be a little easier if SOMEONE (a puppy) hadn’t eaten half of the weed sample we took in the house to compare.


buzzzz… and My Girl

About a year and a half ago, R asked me if we could get some chickens for the backyard. I laughed, and assumed that he was joking. He was not. However, I’m pretty sure he knew there was no way I would agree to clean up chicken poop. GROSS! (although given that my main source of protein is eggs every morning, it wouldn’t be the most inconvient). Still, it was no to the chickens.

Last year, he suggested we keep bees. Was he kidding? I asked. HAD HE NEVER SEEN MY GIRL? Growing up, I saw this movie about 600x, and there was no way in heck I was going to relive the untimely death of Thomas J. in my own backyard!!

After taking some time to get over Thomas J. for the 600th time, I found a solution:

I’m always on the lookout for useful gardening gifts, and this little bee house was perfect! It attracts mason bees, and they basically house themselves in there and lay their little bee eggs. Then, baby bees are born and these bees help our garden! (And yes, this is the scientific explanation for it, thankyouverymuch).

We just put it out there on an apple tree, so I will let you know how it goes!

xoxo,
M


well now, I’m craving some salsa

any guesses as to what this will grow into? hint: it is most definitely a fruit tree 🙂

Yesterday, we started planting! Any by “we”, clearly I mean I went and got the supplies and R dug holes and by all definitions did all of the “planting”. Bahhaha. I picked up 3 kinds of lettuce, and radishes in plants, and also grabbed some peas and beans seeds. I can’t wait to taste all of this!

Let’s chat today about one of my most used veggies from the garden:

That right there is indeed a tomato bigger than my hand! And we grew it! Last year and the year before, we had an abundance of tomatoes that we seriously did not know what to do with them. Every year, we make a can a whole bunch of tomato sauce, but it takes time, and we just couldn’t keep up with it! I have two things I could basically eat everyday, summer or winter, that involve tomatoes: brushetta, and homemade salsa. This past summer, I was on a homemade salsa kick! I even made a HUGE batch for my family picnic and everyone loved it! So I share here my favorite ingredients and tricks for fresh salsa you won’t be able to put down.

Ingredients for the perfect salsa:
fresh tomatoes, chopped
red onion, chopped
garlic, chopped
fresh OR dried cilantro. either will be YUM
lime juice
jalapeno or other spicy (or not if you are a wimp like I sometimes am) pepper
avocado if you’re feeling frisky

THAT IS IT! I wish I could tell you how much of each, but that is the beauty of homemade salsa. Each time I make it, it’s a tuny bit different, and that’s the beauty of it. Add and taste, taste, taste! Here are a few things to remember:

I really prefer to chop my veggies by hand, but I know some people do it electrically. If you do, do it a tiny bit at a time and DO NOT OVERCHOP. The acidity of the tomatoes takes over when they get mixed too much, and you will loose all the fresh flavor of the salsa.
Fresh salsa definitely tastes better the more it sits. If I am making it for dinner, I try to let it sit at least an hour in the fridge, juice together, and mush. I have also made it the night before for picnics. I do not know how long it lasts, because I eat it all in 2 days (true story).
Don’t worry about messing up, because it’s always fixable. Always start with a little of each and add add add. Last year, when I was brining my HUGE batch to a picnic, I accidentally added WAYYYY too much habanero pepper and nearly burnt my mouth off. After crying about it for a few minutes, R instructed me to go get some more tomatoes and just add more of everything. It worked! He’s such a genius!

Have fun on your salsa making quest, and don’t say I didn’t warn you, this stuff is addictive!

xoxo,
M