Outside: Our bluebonnets are overtaking the driveway. Growing between rocks and such, and looking all springy.
In the kitchen: We made this pasta with all our extra chard, and it’s delicious. We added a bit of extra cheese, and some breadcrumbs to the topping.
Making: An Easter surprise for the little guy. Although if we stuck the TV buttons in a basket, he’d probably love that all the same.
On blast: Cabbage worms. They went after our kale plants like the very hungry caterpillar. I picked off 10 one evening, but only 2 the next, so fingers crossed they hit the road.
On the lookout: For more chard recipes, a little bench for our front porch, those chocolate mini eggs, and more hanging flowers.
For the record, I hate the word chard. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the veggie until recently. It grows so easily and fast in our garden, so we keep trying to eat it in different ways. If you don’t think you can grow anything, try growing chard. We stumbled upon this healthy recipe, and we eat it at least once a week.
Chard that is healthy and not awful
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 big bunch chard, stems removed and chopped
1 can white beans
Heat a little olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion and pepper, cook about 5 minutes. Add garlic, then the chard, and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Then add the beans and cook until they are warm. Season with salt and pepper.
The weather this weekend was top notch. The first couple days of nice weather after the cold and dreary should be a holiday. We spent much time running around doing errands and visiting, but we also spent quite a bit of time outside doing some sprucing up. All the 75 and sunny had me thinking it was time to go get some more flowers, but alas, who knows what the sky will do next week.
Don’t forget to eat your greens this week!
I spent most of my time this week finishing up my last orders, and organizing all the Christmas presents. Not much time on the internet this week (although this video is amazing). But do you know where I do spend my free daytime? Our garden.
We had a little caterpillar issue. I think we caught it early enough, and now all the plants seem to be really growing. Those little buggers though. They wake up, and just go to town chomping on plants.
We made our garden beds straight into the ground this season, so its been a constant fight to keep the weeds and fallen leaves from interfering with our growing salads.
But our hard work is definitely paying off! We had some fresh rainbow chard this week, chives on our baked potatoes, and arugula with our scrambled eggs.