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  1. Sunday, July 7, 2013

    Week 337 Menu

    We are getting unpacked¬†very slowly. I always forget how long unpacking takes when you move! But I am not complaining because I can’t even begin to say how much I love the fact that we can finally unpack and settle into the place where we are living. For example, I have a Simon Pierce punchbowl that we received as a wedding gift that has always been buried in a closet. It finally has a permanent home and will get used this week at our housewarming party. Woohoo!

    hydrangeas web

    I am also loving our yard. It is highly landscaped and may end up being a lot of upkeep, but it is beautiful. I spent most of yesterday cutting things back, including our hydrangea bushes. I have hydrangea bushes!!! (Can you tell I’m kind of excited about our house?)

    I am realllllly hoping I stick to the menu this week. We need some home cooking! And I still have a bunch of avocados I need to use up, so we have lots of avocado-friendly dinners planned.

    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

    – Nachos

    – Hamburgers

    – Housewarming/Birthday Party for Nate – will be serving various appetizers and making a cake!

    – Leftovers or takeout

    Green Noodles (aka No. 3)

    Your turn! Please share your weekly menus, big or small, short or tall!

  2. Friday, July 5, 2013

    Another Earth Box Update

    I have another Earth Box update for you! We harvested our lettuce and carrots yesterday and I wanted to let you know how things came out.

    lettuce success with the earth box |

    Lettuce is PERFECT for growing in the Earth Box. The heads of romaine lettuce grew beautifully, were very healthy and easy to take care of as they grew. I would recommend planting 8 lettuces in each Earth Box, but staggering the plantings a week or two apart (maybe 2 planted each week for a month). By staggering the planting, you will be able to harvest the lettuce over time instead of all at once. That’s what we’re going to do next year!

    stunted carrots with the earth box |

    Carrots are NOT perfect for growing in the Earth Box. Despite having at least a foot of depth for the carrots to grow, the carrots only grew a few inches long, if that! We think the roots must have sensors that report back to the carrot telling it to find somewhere else to grow. If this is the case, those sensors did a fantastic job. One of the carrots just kept twisting in on itself. You also can’t grow that many carrots in the Earth Box, so there isn’t much of a yield (16 total IF they all survive, and that’s if you just plant carrots in the box). All in all carrots were not worth the effort, at least when grown in the Earth Box.

    The tomato plants are still going strong. They are fruiting and we are just waiting for the first ripe ones to appear!

  3. Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Call for Recipes: Avocados!

    I love the folks at the California Avocado Commission. And not just because they sent me a case of avocados today! They really are a great group of people representing a great product: California-grown avocados. In fact, a lot of those avocados are grown right here in San Diego!

    collection of great avocado recipes |

    The commission shared a fun fact with me last week: the Fourth of July is the highest consumption day for avocados in the US. I guess we all love guacamole on the Fourth! The great thing is avocados are actually in season right now, so our demand matches the time when they taste best!

    collection of great avocado recipes |

    To get us ready to eat our 96.4 million avocados this Thursday, I think an avocado Call for Recipes is in order!

    hummus guacamole bean dip |

    I’ll kick us off with one of my most favorite dip recipes: Hummus Guacamole Dip with Black Beans. If you haven’t tried it yet, I’m sure you’re thinking it sounds weird. It is actually really delicious. Like, I can eat the whole bowl myself. It’s also very healthy!

    Your turn! What are your favorite recipes using avocados? Please type up the recipe or share links to recipes in the comments. Anything goes as long as there are avocados involved!