We had our former landlords over for lunch yesterday, Gabe made some Asian-inspired grilled chicken and pork wraps that were fantastic as always. I made a quick cranberry-orange scone with a vanilla orange glaze- there are none left, but I do have half a bag of cranberries so I could make one more batch for the week.
I’ve also been making an effort to do more meal planning, 1.) so my grocery shopping isn’t so disjointed, and 2.) it makes dinnertime with Piper so much simpler if we don’t have to play the “What should we eat” game. Gabe bought a copy of America’s Test Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Revolution, and I’ve been using it a lot. There is a great variety of recipes, and most of them are pretty easy to put together in the morning before I leave for work.
Piper… she turned 8 months old 2 weeks ago and it seems like she changes almost daily lately. She feeds herself really well, and when she’s playing its evident that her hand eye coordination is really good. She’s such a busy girl! Her current favorite pastimes are stalking the cats, playing with Gabe’s bongos, and dancing any time she hears music.
We are also in the throes of garden planning, we know where its going and what’s going in it (seeds not ordered yet though) but didn’t do any work on it last fall, so we have a lot of work ahead of us this spring. I’m excited though, because there is an already established strawberry patch!
Made my list of seeds to order, and added some annual flowers for some color! I put giant sunflowers on the list, and I’m excited to see how they turn out.
The Holidays were a blur this year, as always.
As an aside, can I just say that the term “The Holidays” annoys me? Christmas. Christmas was a blur.
Then, when it was over, I took January 1st and 2nd off so that Gabe and I could have some time at home to decompress. It was a lovely 4 days, just the 3 of us. And the kitties of course.
A photographic review.
I’ve been so busy growing a human, I hadn’t given any thought to our garden until a few days ago when my husband mentioned garden tomatoes. I did one of those, “How could I forget” gasps and immediately ordered my Johnny’s and High Mowing Seed catalogues (sadly Baker Creek is OUT of theirs). Since then I’ve been researching the new varieties of disease resistant tomatoes (because, New England) and what other new things we might like to add to our garden this year; and what we won’t be growing again (hello broccoli covered in every insect imaginable).
Since my maternity leave is perfect for Spring planting and gardening I’m looking forward to it more than I have the last few years. I think it will offer me a welcome distraction from the baby routine, which (I hope) will be good for both of us.
We are planning to grow enough tomatoes, peppers, peas, green beans, cucumbers, greens, herbs, and squash to keep us out of the veggie section of the grocery store for a bit. Last year, being our first year at this location, was great for a baseline and we are planning some improvements for this year. We have rethought our planting design, and will forego the tomato bags this year. The plants we put in bags last year never fruited, and the bags fell apart- it was a general disappointment. We also have a full crop of garlic to look forward to, its sitting happily under a heavy blanket of snow right now, but hopefully we will be greeted with greens when things warm up!
Here’s hoping February and March go by quickly!!
Gabe and I picked blueberries on a whim this afternoon. Now I have lots of blueberries, (again) and no plans for them.
Ok I have a plan, but I’m going to wing it, later this week. Gabe said he wants a pie, but not a whole pie. So, I think I’ll make a galette!
I just took this dessert out of the oven, had a small sample- and it is delicious. I also bought Moose Tracks ice cream to eat it with. What makes it even better is that the blueberries came from right around the corner, a U-pick place nearby. I wish the peaches were local as well, but they came from the grocery store; VT is still a week or so away from peach season.
I am enamored with this lily, I waited for what felt like WEEKS for it to open, and it did yesterday!
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