Friday, May 27, 2016

Fresh Spinach Salad

So you know from previous posts that I am growing a wealth of spinach. The kids won't eat it outright but I am finding creative ways to incorporate it into their diets. I've added it to spaghetti and smoothies with much success. Recently, I came across this recipe for Spinach Chocolate Chip Muffins that I'm eager to try.

As for me, I like it fresh in a salad. I made this last night:

Here's the recipe:

3 handfuls of freshly chopped spinach
1 large tomato, diced
1/4 onion, dices
1 small jalapeno, cut as finely as possible
salt and pepper to taste
juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
chill and serve

I love the acidity of the lemon juice with the earthiness of the spinach.

Let me know what you think.

Friday, May 20, 2016


It's been a good month for gardening. We've had healthy amounts of rain and its not prohibitively hot which means I've been able to weed everything.

My veggie garden is coming along nicely. To my pleasant surprise, I have a peach tree, two Idaho potato plants and several watermelon vines (the latter will be transplanted or given away) growing in my compost. Other than Blinky uprooting and subsequently killing one of my marigold plants; my main preventative measure in my tomato and pepper bed; I could not be more pleased with this section.

Occasionally I have to run the sprinkler for the veggie garden and found it amusing that the water created a line of demarcation in the grass. Can you see it?

While letting the dog out at lunch, I noticed my hydrangeas are starting to bloom. Aren't they beautiful? They are a pink hybrid, but one is starting to adopt a purple tinge. While also beautiful, I prefer pink. Will have to get a soil test and amend according.

Finally, a butterfly bush bloom to kick start your weekend:

How does your garden grow?