Fruit Smoothies

I am currently obsessed with making any kind of fruit I can find into a smoothie.  This is great because 1. it’s delicious, 2. it’s healthy, 3. you never have a excuse to throw away fruit anymore. 

All I do is cut up fruit into little chunks – any fruit you want, mix and match.  I love to then blend it up and watch it change colors.

Then after you blend the fruit, throw in a few ice cubes and blend again.

Put some mint on top if you’d like and a cute little straw too.

 

For this one, it’s orange, cantaloupe and pineapple:

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For this one, it’s pineapple and cherries.  It starts like this:

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Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a summer treasure.  Easy and delicious! I made this for our 4th of July cookout.

Get some pasta (I prefer tri color pasta – makes it more prettier), get whatever vegetables you like,  sprinkle in some herbs, add dressing.  Put in the refrigerator for a few hours, serve!  What’s better then pasta salad? Left over pasta salad.. gets better the day after. Nom Nom Nom.

What I use:  Tri Color Rotini, Celery, Green Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Black Olives, Fresh Basil, Fresh Oregano, Small amount of Mozzarella Cheese, Italian Dressing

I have no idea why I capitalized some of those words.

 

Boil some water, add some sea salt and cook your pasta. Rinse and drain.

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Cut up vegetables and herbs,  toss in bowl.

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Mix in cheese and Italian Dressing (I used about a whole bottle but this was alot of pasta – put in enough until you like how it tastes).  Also when I take it out of the fridge before serving, I like to add a little bit more dressing so it’s not super dry.  Per dressing, I get the “light” version and usually Wishbone or Kraft.

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Serve (in a bowl with bats on it on for the 4th of July? sure why not!), enjoy. :)

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Herbs

Some selective herb shots here… Plants have really blown up the last few weeks…

Parsley – usually pick this to mix with potatoes and on the side.

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Oregano – usually pick this to use with pasta dishes.

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Cilantro/Coriander – so I’m leaving one cilantro plant go as it turns into another herb, coriander (2 herbs in 1!).  The dried seeds are commonly used in cooking, this is new for me so I’m a little iffy on when to pick but I think they need a bit longer.  I will update when the time is right..

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Lasagna

It’s been storming all day today but we had a craving for lasagna so off to the store we went for supplies with our umbrellas…

Lasagna noodles, sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, mushrooms, fresh basil (from the garden!) – so easy, so delicious.

Also, we tried a new marinara sauce for the lasagna – Don Bruno Marinara Sauce – I would highly suggest this.  It’s “sugar free” and you think “Aren’t they all?”, well apparently most aren’t and you can definitely taste it! It tastes like a rich sauce, something you’d get on a pasta in a fancy restaurant.  Get it and enjoy!

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Garden Update

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Everything is in full bloom and green/bushy.  I love walking by the corn and getting hit by it and having to sort through the tomato plants to pick them.

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What scarlet runner bean is going to make it to the top first?

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Speaking of scarlet runner beans, it’s first flower was just spotted.. what a beautiful color!

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The potato plant is just crazy, there’s really no other word, he just went wild.

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Been spotting lady bugs, bees and other good garden friends checking out the flowers.

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We’ve been having afternoon storms lately so this is what the garden looks like when we’re preparing to protect it.  Everyone gets a wind blocker!

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And here comes the rain…

Random Bits

Random vegetables and growth..

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Strawberry harvest today, we’re seeing about 20-30 strawberries a week.

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The pumpkin is starting to turn it’s beautiful orange! I’m super psyched for this..

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There’s a ton of green peppers growing, the plants are small/compact but full of new flowers and peppers!

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We built this gazebo like contraption for the scarlet beans that are about to get tall. This way they can grow and figure out their way..

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As you can see they started to wrap around…

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We officially have a watermelon that started as well. :)