Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

Being summer and the fact that we are traveling a bit... and are WAY less scheduled, my meal plans are going to be sporadic at best. BUT here's this week! We are going to be working through our freezer as best we can.

SUNDAY was...
Low Country Boil and pool party with some college friends

Corned Beef, potatoes, and carrots (from the garden!)

Shrimp & grits (with the leftover shrimp and sausage from our Low Country Boil)

Grilled Steaks, courtesy of my mother-in-law... and probably some corn and green beans from the garden

Homemade spaghetti sauce (from our garden grown tomatoes) with grilled Italian sausage (from the freezer)


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Our Garden ::. The Fourth Month

Ok, technically this will be the 3rd AND 4th months post... because time got away from me with the end of school and vacation and I never got around to writing it.

Last month we tore out the depleted green bean plants and quite woodsy lettuce plants and planted black beans, more green beans, a few sun flowers (the girls begged us!), cucumber that we started from seed in those little starter cups and zucchini that we started from seed directly into the garden bed... and some flower seeds that Charlotte got from her teacher in school.

After a short time, everything seemed to be sprouting and growing well...

We pulled ALL the onions...

Picked most of the carrots -- but they were hidden by our extremely overgrown tomato plants so they didn't fare overly well... but still... kind of fun! Our tomatoes have been hit with a few rounds of bug issues and fungus... but after some seven dust and some other organic spray for the fungus... they continue to produce. We've gotten at least 2 red, yellow, and orange... and lots of green bell peppers.

AND THEN the girls and I went on a 2 week road trip and between heat (gotta love Florida summer... and the direct sun), lack of attention by someone who shall not be named (ahem, ahem), or something... we lost our cucumbers AND zucchini, our tomato plants exploded and were bug filled, and we lost several belle peppers to the bugs.

Lost cucumbers and zucchini
On the bright side, we still have some peppers growing...

  The green beans are producing ...

The tomatoes are still coming in...

And Charlotte's flowers from school are doing great.

Oh... and our sunflowers are ginormous!!!

Here is the current garden.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan ::. Last week of school!

It is the last week of school! Woo hoo! AND the last week of our weekly activities; soccer came to an end this past Saturday and gymnastics is stopping this Tuesday (for a summer/travel hiatus) - bring on the lazy summer days.

SUNDAY was ...
Takeout chinese food after a day on the boat

Taco Night
Ground beef in the freezer, an abundance of tomatoes from the garden, shredded cheese leftover from my mother in laws BBQ, avocados in a bag ripening, and lettuce in the fridge... we are good to go!

Caprese Chicken Dinner
Did I mention an abundance of tomatoes?!

Last day of school = waterslide potluck dinner at a friends house!
Maybe I'll bring this: Caprese Garlic Bread
or maybe this... Loaded Baked Potato salad

Homemade pizza night
Spicy Chicken and Pepper jack pizza
Chicken from the freezer, bell peppers from the garden!

Planned boat day -- so crockpot something or other, or mother-in-law is prepping something

Gnocchi Skillet with Sausage and Cherry Tomatoes

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