What’s for Supper

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I could have titled this post ‘Busy, Busy’! I am always blown away at how busy Spring is. Always anxious for it to come and so glad when it does but oh boy oh boy I always forget about the busyness. I actually thought this year would be manageable because both girls are on the same softball team. I am not sure that has ever happened in the history of all things sports in this family. Five kids and always separate teams! Things would have been easier had I left it like that. Just softball. But what happened is I agreed to help a client who just got discharged from a nursing home. I am busy just about every night of the week. It is really cutting into my knitting and sewing time! I am thinking it is temporary. At least I hope so. My days have been filled with gardening. My flower garden needed weeding and mulching. The vegetable garden needed planting. I am pretty much done with all of the gardens for now. There will be some additions and some weeding and some successive plantings but for now I can take a breather.

The top picture is the chef’s salad I made a week or so ago. Really anything goes when you make a chef salad. I like mostly veggies and cheese but my family loves to throw meat in. Do what you want. The second picture is the asparagus and cherry tomatoes cooking up before I throw the shrimp in. I love seafood. Shrimp is one of my favorites and it is so versatile. I love pasta too. I probably could eat it every day of the week but that wouldn’t be very healthy, would it? Or maybe …. no, it wouldn’t. The third picture is the softball uniforms drying in the sunshine. Another reminder that they are on the same team. So nice!

So now for the weekly menu:

Monday: Spaghetti and clam sauce with a salad

Tuesday: Whole chicken with potatoes and carrots

Wednesday: Open faced chicken sandwiches with a side veggie

Thursday: Foccaccia bread and salad

Friday: Shish kabobs on grill

Saturday: Pizza!

Sunday: Trout on the grill

Enjoy your week! Happy cooking.

 

Pushing Up

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It is so green outside! In just a week or two the leaves on the trees have just exploded. I love it. We live off the road quite a bit, and there are lots of trees in between the house and the road. In the winter we can see every car that goes by and they can probably see us but in the summer and fall the leaves are a lovely green curtain that tucks us in tight in our own little cocoon. I swear it even blocks noise but I could be imagining it. I can now say it is hard to see the road again and I am very happy about that.

I have  so many things out in the garden that have pushed up through the earth in the last few days. It is so exciting.

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The raspberries and blueberries are on their way. I have already harvested lettuce. I even got a few little tiny broccoli heads from the fall planting. If I plant them just a bit earlier this summer maybe I will get a fall crop. (They overwintered in hoop houses that we have.)

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For the first time ever I planted an asparagus bed. I planted 25 of these ugly roots and in just nine days…..

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this beautiful stalk came pushing up out of the ground. It is so pretty. Excuse the blurry picture. It was very sunny and windy outside. Hard to take a picture.

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About two weeks ago I planted some peas, radishes and rainbow chard. Now they are up!

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It is so exciting. Every time I go check eggs I stop in to look at the garden. I can’t help it.

I also planted some broccoli seedlings that I picked up at our local farmers market. They are doing fine.

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How are things going in your garden? Isn’t this just a wonderful time of year?

Happy gardening!

 

 

This is for Me

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I am back here after a week long break. One that I needed. In fact I took a break from the computer over all. There were a variety of reasons. A few reasons are that our schedule  changed a little because of softball, end of year concerts, spring gardening chores and a client of mine that needs a little more care. I work in private elder care.  I love the work. Very challenging but very rewarding. I have learned so much from all of my clients over the years. Another reason I took a break is that honestly I was getting a little discouraged with my blog. I have taken some time to think about my feelings and my expectations and goals. I was being a little unrealistic. As a novice at writing and blogging I was starting to get a little ahead of myself.

I am happy with my blog. I love the way it looks and I love coming to it to write and place pictures. My daughters have started their own blogs as well and I love that they are excited about it. It feels like we are doing it together, even though it wasn’t a plan. I started to get discouraged with my blog when I thought I should have more followers. I was in a hurry. I was pandering to other people’s blogs. Joining other link ups and ‘blog alongs’ just to get people to look at my blog. That is exactly what happened and it was really cool, but it didn’t feel real to me.  I like all the linky parties and the blog hops and I will probably join in again occasionally. I love looking at what everyone is doing and discovering new blogs, but I found myself creating my daily posts around their blogs. I don’t want to do that. It was kind of stressful. I want to post when I want, and write about what inspires me and what I have been up to.

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I am not a quitter. In fact I am quite stubborn when I want something to work or when I want to accomplish something. It took three tries of knitting a whole sweater before I finally got it right. Every year I plant broccoli in the late summer, hoping for a fall crop and have failed so many times, yet I keep trying. One of these years I will get it right. Not being a quitter is not the same as never knowing when to stop doing something.  I am not stubborn to the point of ridiculousness. I have ended friendships. I have given up on sewing projects. I have pulled up plants that are never going to make it. I listen to myself and decide from there. I don’t want to give up this blog adventure. I am going to keep it because it is fun and I think it will be nice to look back on it in months or years to come. Like a diary.

The blogs I really enjoy are the ones that are honest, beautiful, and seem to be written from the heart. I do not enjoy blogs that are advertisement boards or that make me feel like I should be living their life. It may not be their intention but I still don’t go back. When I go to a blog I like to feel, laugh, cry, or be in awe of something that they did or saw. Like two friends sharing something.  I like blogs that are helpful, inspiring and at times teach me something. So I am going to try again.  This time for me.

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And, since it is Monday, I have this weeks menu. I hope it gives you some ideas for meals. I always need more ideas so if you have one for me let me know!

Monday: Chef salad

Tuesday: Fish tacos

Wednesday: out (music concert and softball)

Thursday: Shrimp, tomatoes and asparagus over angel hair

Friday: Sausage and rice casserole

Saturday: Steak and potatoes on grill with broccoli and cauliflower 

Sunday: Teriyaki chicken on grill with rice and corn

 

Garden Party Link Up

Welcome to my Garden Party! Gardening season is upon us. I am going to post my garden updates here on Tuesday’s. I would love for you to join me and link up and share your gardening joys, challenges, and other progress through the season.

Yesterday brought some much needed rain to us. I know in a few days time the rain will have done it’s duty and lots of green will be pushing up and out. My flower garden is pretty green right now. Not many flowers but lots of little shoots popping up.

Last week I bought a 6 pack of cherry tomatoes. It is way too early to plant tomatoes here in Maine. I really probably shouldn’t have bought them but I figured I could put them under cover in one of the hoops. So Sunday afternoon I did just that. I tucked them in deep in the soil and watered them and then covered them with plastic. I talked to them and wished them the best. I think they will be alright.

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They look a little pitiful in there right now but I am sure they will perk up once the sun comes out and heats things up under there. I just love cherry tomatoes. They are one of the first tomatoes to ripen in my garden. I snack on them when I go out to the garden. I can just taste them right now. Crisp, warm, and juicy. Have you ever plucked a cherry tomato on a hot summer day and popped it in your mouth? Nothing like it. I can’t wait!

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What’s for Supper

A new week is here. I got a bit more organized this weekend. Doesn’t that feel good when you have a free couple of hours and you can sit and really think? That is just what I did on Saturday morning. Felt great to look at my goals again, look at the next month or two on the calendar, and start to think about the summer ahead.

There were two meals that were favored above the rest this week. Pizza, of course, and stir fry with Thai noodles. Neither that need a recipe. Just sort of throw it all together. Funny how the simplest of meals end up being the favorites.

For Stir fry the only thing you need to really be mindful of is putting foods that take the longest to cook in first. Like carrots and cabbage.

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There is garlic in there too.

Then I add the ‘soft’ foods. Like broccoli and mushrooms. Sometimes I add bean sprouts but didn’t this time. Really anything that you like will work. Add in a simple soy sauce and stir! My sauce is just a mixture of tamari sauce, oil, honey, and corn starch.

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Doesn’t that look good? We serve stir fry with pasta, rice or rice noodles. Last week it was rice noodles.

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Rice noodles are easy because you just soak them in hot water and when they are soft you quickly stir fry them and serve.

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We cooked pizza on the grill using the pizza stone, thanks to http://threadlover.com/.

Now, for this week’s menu:

Monday: Confetti Speghetti

Tuesday: Whole chicken, red potatoes, and asparagus

Wednesday: Bean and Rice burritos or something frozen (My husband and I are going out)

Thursday: Chicken Soup

Friday: Stew beef Shepards pie

Saturday: Speghetti and clam sauce. My son’s 21st birthday. He requested the meal.

Sunday: Salmon packets on the grill with rice and squash

Have a great week!