My little herb garden

Life is so simple when I can spend the morning in the garden. This morning I spent a little bit of time weeding around my herbs and just loved it. I also planted two habanero plants and a cayenne pepper plant. Our plan is to make hot sauce with the peppers we get. My herbs are just exploding right now. I planted six little cilantro plants back in the middle of May and the cilantro is EXPLODING. I have already cut it back twice and froze the harvest. It’s just so much fun.

My garden consists of Italian Basil, Lemon basil, Thai basil, flat leaf parsley, curly parsley, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, and lavender. So far I have made a yummy garlic bread with and herb butter on it that had parsley, oregano, basil, and a touch of rosemary and of course garlic. It was so delicious with the fresh herbs! The pictures below are what I have planted and some of the other plants/herbs around the yard. I thought they were beautiful so I wanted to take some pictures.

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Lemon Basil. It has a very nice lemony fragrance to it. It would be great in a salad dressing or pasta salad.

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The curly parsley is on the left and the cilantro is on the right. You can tell the cilantro is growing like wildfire!

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My Italian basil.

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The rosemary is in the top left corner, oregano is the top right and the thyme is the bottom middle.

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My lavender plant ๐Ÿ™‚

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My flat leaf parsley that needs a little bit of picking.

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Some nice mint on the other side of the house that is back again without fail. Mint is extremely difficult to mess up and kill if you don’t have a green thumb. I do want to say it can be invasive so plant it somewhere you don’t mind it taking over.

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A pretty morning glory. I love how the one in the background is poking through the fence.

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Some more mint and a chive blossom. Chives also like to pop up all over the yard if you’re not careful.

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Some green blueberries just waiting to ripen.

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I forget what these are called but I love the unique look of them.

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A beautiful peony that was almost touching the ground but still attached to the plant.

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I loveee these heart shaped flowers. They are just so dainty.

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Buttercups just make me smile. It reminds me of when I was younger and my mom said that if it shined under your chin it means you liked butter. ๐Ÿ™‚

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These are another flower that just make me smile.

I hope you all enjoyed my little garden feature today ๐Ÿ™‚

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Monday and Tuesday!

Hi!
Yesterday was a great day for harvesting from the gardens! I think I picked 11 peppers, 8 eggplant, almost a pint of tomatoes, and a zucchini. It was so amazing and so much fun picking everything. I look at it as a treasure hunt because you never know what’s waiting out there to be picked! Here’s a picture of the harvest:

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Then I’m posting the salad bar pictures from Monday and today!
Monday’s Salad Bar
We had roasted eggplant, sliced purple, green, and red peppers, clementines, bananas, sautรฉed broccoli stems, romaine lettuce, green beans and roasted beets, and cucumbers.

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Tuesday’s Salad Bar!
Today we had fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil salad drizzled with a balsamic vinegarette, sliced yellow cucumbers (aka salt & pepper cucumbers), sliced multicolored peppers, pears with a homemade fruit dip (pomegranate yogurt, cream cheese, & strawberry preserves), roasted carrots, hard boiled eggs, romaine lettuce, and a beet & broccoli salad.

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Then after lunch today I was told that one of the local farms donated 400 lbs of fresh produce so I was able to grab half a dozen local cantaloupe, 20 ears of corn and many beautiful various types of tomatoes! It was like there was a farm fairy that delivered today ๐Ÿ™‚ I was so happy when I was able to take my pick of everything! Here are my picks:

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“Quote of the Day”
Me: hey did you try the yellow cucumbers?
Child: Oh those are cucumbers? I gave them to my brother because I thought it was squash.
Me: You should try them, they’re really tasty even better than green in my opinion.
Child: (tries the cucumber) Hey you’re right they really are good!

And this is why I love my job, I’m able to introduce kids to vegetables they didn’t even think they liked but ends up they do!

Just Another Manic Monday :)

Hi!

Wow I can’t believe another Monday has come and is almost done. Today was a crazy day it felt like. Have you ever had one of those days where it feels like you wonder what could happen next? Well, today was one of them. It all started with not realizing milk had to be brought to a site, then another site got food delivered even though it wasn’t operating today, I ran out of time to do what I wanted with two different salad bar options, and lastly the avocado fries ended up getting something on them and were inedible. BUT in the end, the day ended up working out completely A-OK. And in life you have your easy days and your days that give you a run for your money. That is what makes life interesting! Ont that note…

I peeked in the garden this morning and everything is growing so lovely. I love walking out to the ten or twelve raised beds and seeing whats sprouting up. There’s something so satisfying about picking a vegetable right off the plant. Today I picked the first two zucchini. Oh my goodness were they ever delicious and almost sweet tasting! The best I have tasted. So, I have included some pictures of what’s popping up right now under the salad bar pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

The Salad Bar

We had whole red apples, cucumber boats(I wanted to fill those with something! Tomorrow for sure those will have a filling!), sliced mango, & baked sweet potatoes.

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We also had green leaf lettuce, sliced fresh pineapple, grape tomatoes, honeyed beets, and some purple beans that turn green when you cook them!

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ย The Garden Update

A Summer Squash arriving.

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A summer squash blossom

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A funky looking tomato

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An eggplant coming in! Yumm!

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The cutest peppers ever!

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The two Zucchini I picked for lunch today!

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Quote for the Day

“Learn to love the unexpected”

Today was a rea…

Today was a really good day! We had 5 kids come in for lunch which is a pretty good number of kids. They all loved the main sandwich. It was a chicken and chickpea patty! The salad bar had a lot of roasted items. It’s amazing what roasting can do to a vegetable or a fruit. The special option that if the kids tried they would get a prize was baked peaches. The peaches were simply wedged and baked at 375 until they turned a darker golden brown. They were so tasty and sweet. The kids were all excited to try them, so they could get the prize. Of course :). I’m not really sure what they thought of them though, they weren’t very expressive.

There was also homemade apple sauce and sour plum popsicles! The kids really liked the applesauce. The popsicles went over well but the first words after trying were “Wow these are sour” but then they kept on enjoying them. Now onto the fun stuff…the pictures!

Fresh from the Garden Lettuce

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Cherry Tomatoes

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Baked Peaches

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Sliced Onions

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Roasted Eggplant

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Roasted Zucchini Coins

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Sweet Potato Chips

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Homemade Salsa

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Cabbage Slaw with Sliced Apples in a Balsamic and Oil Vinaigrette

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Some Whole Fruit

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Plum Popsicles and Homemade Applesauce

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And finally the Chicken and Chickpea Patties that were a big hit with the kids!

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Quote of the Day

Me-“So what was your favorite today?”

Kids- “It had to be the chicken patty!”

Michael one of the kids- “My favorite so far has to be the roasted cauliflower though!”