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In My Kitchen – March 2017

I know February is a short month but boy did it ever fly by in the blink of an eye!  It’s already a few days into March and I still don’t believe it.

We had another busy month as usual, though I didn’t manage to capture much as far as photos go.  Here’s what I’ve got in my kitchen this month….

My sweetie got me two gorgeous wooden bowls for Valentine’s Day.  He know the way to my heart!  The first is a huge antique bowl which currently holds all our blood oranges and cara cara oranges.  It sits on the kitchen table which is currently covered with plastic and acting as a greenhouse with all our seedlings (hey, just keeping it real this month)!

Wood Bowl

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In My Kitchen – June 2016

With the end of the school year only two half days away time is flying quicker than I’m willing to admit. The boys will be with me ALL THE TIME in a matter of days. How shall I ever survive the summer?! We had a preschool graduation last week and today I had two elementary school awards programs. Then I looked at the calendar and noticed it’s June! Could we please slow down time.

Seeing as how it is a new month it’s time for another In My Kitchen post. Swing on by Orgasmic Chef to find links to everyone else posting for this monthly roundup. It’s always fun to sneak a look into other people’s kitchens!

Last month was a whirlwind of a month.  Of course so much of the mad baking and cooking sessions didn’t even get photographed.  Life gets in the way of keeping up with snapping pictures.  Here are a few things I did manage to capture the past month.

For Mother’s Day I got this wonderful hammered copper tray.  It’s great for carrying cocktails to the porch.  Of course it’s getting too hot for that.  So it’s also ideal for holding candles on the dining room table.  Or vases of flowers.  Or maybe I’ll finally get the boys trained to bring me breakfast in bed!

Copper Platter

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Garden Madness

Here is a glimpse at what is happening in our lives, the garden more specifically. It takes a good chunk of time!

I spend many mornings picking tomatoes. Morning is the only time that is remotely tolerable and even them I’m covered in sweat after a short while. Sometimes the boys will help, other times not so much!

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Spring is in the air…and my garden too!

I am so excited to see our garden growing. My boys are excited too! Over the weekend they helped weed. They actually did a decent job too!

The season always starts with the lettuces. We have been eating quite a few salads lately. Expect another salad recipe later this week! The asparagus also comes early, though we haven’t harvested any. It is all still too thin so we leave it. Each year we get a little more, someday we may actually have enough.

Last week I went out and did a count since I was curious. My guess was very close. I thought we had around four dozen tomato plants, we actually have 51. You read that right, 51 tomato plants! We even had about another two dozen to plant but just have room! I sent several to school with Jack since his class is planting a vegetable garden alongside the flower garden the child development program planted.

As of now we have no bug issues. Fingers crossed this continues. Not even any deer problems either. Each day I watch everything grow bigger, looking forward to everything I will be able to make. Clearly I will have more produce than I can handle. In years past I take LOTS to play dates, needless to say people are thankful for garden fresh goodies.

So here are some pictures of our garden….

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Picture all the salads with yummy fresh greens!

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Boys, big and small, weeding near the asparagus.

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Blossoms on the blackberry bushes.

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These are the rows of tomatoes!

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Squash plants.

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Pepper plants.

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Oh yum, Napa cabbage!

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Kohlrabi….so many possibilities.

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Broccoli, a family favorite!

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Our first blueberries! We just planted four bushes last year. We will need many many more to feed our boys!

Let the 2014 Garden Season Begin!

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This will be the sight of my kitchen table for a while! Sunday we started our 2014 garden season by getting the seeds sowed indoors. We are lucky to live in the South where the garden season starts early. Last year we planted our seeds and seedlings outside St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

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We started 8 varieties of tomatoes. Have I mentioned how much I love tomatoes fresh from the garden?! Sean now enjoys grape and cherry tomatoes too so I can count on him to help me eat them. Needless to say we have a ton (assuming a good year) and share so many. In the Columbia, SC area…stop by this summer!

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Fresh herbs….I can’t wait to walk out my door and cut them for dinner.

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We also started four varieties of peppers. What else, some cabbage, broccoli… The rest will be started directly in the garden come March, weather permitting.

What are your favorite garden goodies? It is hard for me to pick a favorite, but tops are tomatoes and lettuce. Come spring we eat TONS of salads and give away a lot of lettuce and spinach. Unfortunately, the tomatoes don’t come in until after the lettuce is gone. A tomato cucumber salad is common in our house during the summer though.

Here’s hoping to a successful garden this year, last year was horrible. We had asparagus, lettuce and melons but not much of anything else.