Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What's in the Bag?

I picked up this week's CSA bag today, and am now starting to think of what will be on the menu this week.

This week we got lettuce, kale, celery, green onions, carrots, avocados, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, beets (the guy called them "watermelon beets" but I couldn't find anything about those, so I'm guessing they are just baby gold beets?),

and cherimoya:

This is a fruit I've never had before, so I'm excited for it to ripen up a bit before doing a taste test. Time to get busy in the kitchen.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Start of my CSA Adventure

My new year’s resolution for 2011 is to join a CSA and eat more veggies! I joined the California CSA, and am one week in. They have the option to pick up weekly or bi-weekly. I picked the bi-weekly option for now, as I get my bearings on how to handle all the new fresh produce in our fridge.

My first pick up included: broccoli, a yellow squash, avocados, carrots, celery, lettuce, spinach, parsley, tangerines, a lemon, and itty bitty beets.

This is what I did this week with my pile of fruits and veggies:

Chicken Pot Pie

Curried Lentil Soup

Roasted Beets

Roasted Broccoli

Avocado Dressing blended with vinegar, mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper

Grilled Yellow Squash

And of courselots of salads and tangerines :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Have you signed up on Pinterest yet? I just got my invite yesterday, and am loving it. Pinterest is a website that allows you to build up boards of all your favorite pics and links from any internet source. I've been having tons of fun today adding inspiration and organizing into groups for knitting, food, craft projects, and just favorite things. You can find my boards here.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Christmas Crafting

Wow, it's about time we dust off the cobwebs around here and get back to it. Let's start off with a little holiday craft project I made while back in Wisconsin.

I saw these little crystal snowflakes on Martha Stewart and wanted to give it a try. They're so easy! My mom had sparkly pipe cleaners and borax stored away, so away we went.

First you make your shape out of the pipe cleaner, and hang it on a wire. Meanwhile, add your borax solution to hot hot hot water, and stir to dissolve in a jar.

Place the pipe cleaner shape into the jar and wait...

and wait...

and ta-da!

Crystal snowflake! You can make whatever you want of course, and use different color pipe cleaners, change the amount of time you leave the ornament in the solution for, or add food coloring. Mom was working on hearts for Valentine's day before I left. How cool!

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