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the first day of spring

We celebrated the chilly temperatures with a little fire! Jon made the fire while I pushed the stroller around and around. Once the fire was going, and a nap was achieved, we enjoyed some toasty s’mores together. An excellent afternoon date in the backyard.

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And those jumbo marshmallows- so big! Delicious, but comically large.

last week

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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.

we grew a carrot

Finally! After several seasons of trying, we’ve successfully grown an edible carrot! And just in time for the Easter bunny.

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I’m planning on picking them all within the next week or two, to make way for pepper plants. What should we make with them?? I’m gonna try baby food, maybe roasting a handful, or just eat them plain. They smell so super carroty!

last week

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In the kitchen: Fermenting a cabbage leek sauerkraut. Our bathroom tiles stay fairly cool, even when it’s warm out, so this is our fermenting spot.

On TV: We just watched The Martian. We both enjoyed it. Jon read the book too, so he had to point out all the differences.

Making: Some more dishcloths because they are an easy project to stop and start. I just got some fabric to finish a quilt, so that’s my next goal after teething season.

On the lookout: Baby B is definitely a mover. He doesn’t formally crawl, but he can get where he wants to go, and pretty quickly.

Outside: We adopted a few more varieties of tomatoes from the neighborhood community garden sale. That brings our total to 14…

Wanting: To find some patio furniture for the deck. So we can sit and eat our tomatoes.

our best chard recipe

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.

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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.

tomato time

We aren’t joking around with our tomatoes. Last year was a bit disappointing with all that rain, so we have to make up for it this year. We are doing container tomatoes, with some diy ollas (which fingers crossed hopefully work), and tucking them under a sheet at bedtime until it gets warmer. They seem like they have already grown a foot.

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