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Potato Salad with Dill and Capers

Potato Salad with Dill and Capers

It’s summer time, here in the South that means very high temperatures and humidity levels.  It also means our family is busy with swim team practices and meets.  During the week we pack dinner to eat at swim meets Mondays and Thursdays.  Tuesday and Wednesdays we don’t get home from practice until 6 so dinner has to be quick and easy or made ahead.

That’s where this potato salad comes in handy.  I can make it in the morning, because really that’s the best time of day to boil potatoes, and put it in the fridge for dinner later.  We can pack it for a swim meet or have it at home with an entree.

Potato Salad with Dill and Capers

This isn’t your typical mayonnaise laden potato salad.  It feels lighter with a fresh vinaigrette.  Herbs give it that fresh pop of flavor and color.  Your could switch out with other herbs if your tastes are different.  We happen to have lots of parsley and dill which go well with the capers.

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Herb Marinated Feta

Herb Marinated Feta
Need a way to jazz up your cheese plate? Spice up your life with some marinated feta cheese! It is beyond easy and yet the resulting cheese is so full of flavor.

With our herbs finally growing well it is time to have some fun. All right, the fun may have already started with plenty of minty cocktails. Mint grows and spreads really well so we have LOTS. Add in two boys who just had to get chocolate mint plants and our herb boxes overfloweth with mint! Continue reading

Garden Update

We finally got the garden up and going several weeks ago. It was a multiple weekend project. Josh tilled the entire garden, made the rows, added cow manure, placed the irrigation across the rows and then we put the tarp on top to minimize our weeds. THEN it was time to plant the seedlings or vegetables that go straight from seed.

It was an adventure! The boys helped do some of the planting. In their Easter baskets they received some carrot seeds, flower seeds, a shovel, small rake and a strawberry plant. They were so incredibly excited! Daddy took them out to plant everything while I cleaned up the brunch mess. His idea of adult supervision differs from mine….they did whatever they wanted so we have carrot seeds all over and flower seeds in the vegetable patch as opposed to the flower pots. They had fun though and that is what counts….I will get more flower seeds though!
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Garden Update

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I can almost taste the tomatoes! We tied the plants up a couple weekends ago and it is smelling like tomato plants. They have such a distinct smell, I just love it! There are plenty of blossoms and even some baby tomatoes. The cherry tomatoes seem to be the first to grow. Continue reading

Garden Preparations

I have lost track of time, not sure how many weeks old my baby seedlings are! They are coming along beautifully. I can just taste the tomato cucumber salads. The homemade pesto on pasta and pizza. Mint in my mojitos or on fruit salad. Zucchini bread, grilled zucchini. Pumpkin EVERYTHING! Salsa, hot peppers on pizza… Boy oh boy is my mouth watering. All I have to say is this better be a good year for the garden, I have such big plans!

This has been such a crazy winter. We have had snow here, in South Carolina! It is warm, then cold, then warm, then cold again! Last year we planted the garden St. Patrick’s Day. This year we are still waiting. We are still expecting lows in the 30s next week so we wait. The lettuces are already planted, but they tolerate the cold better.

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This year we put some covering over all the rows. We grow weeds incredibly well and I just couldn’t keep up with them, it is a HUGE garden. Someday the boys will be able to help weed, until then I hope this works!

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The far right here with the hoses running through is where all the lettuces and carrots go. The asparagus in the very last row next to the garage.

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This flat is mostly tomato plants, the smaller ones in front are peppers.

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Hello my dear sweet tomatoes, I can’t wait to eat you up!

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Last week I started more seedlings of everything. We are hoping to pace the harvest out a little.

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My darling basil, I can taste the pesto already!