We headed out to Tanglewood the other day with a group of friends and a potluck meal. The concert was fantastic and I walked away with this tasty new recipe.
2 ears of fresh corn, cooked and shaved off of the cob
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
2 scallions, chopped
1 pint of baby mozzarella balls (yes, I know they have a name, but you know what I mean)
A handful of basil leaves, cut into pieces if they’re large
white wine vinegar
Cut the tomatoes and mozzarella balls in half
Mix the corn, tomatoes, mozzarella, scallions, and basil together in a bowl
Dress with EVOO and white wine vinegar
It was a beautiful Fourth of July! And now we have a beautiful farm share to feed us for the week. This week’s share included:
- curly cress
- garlic scapes (yum!!)
- snow and snap pea mix
- Swiss chard
- bouquet (I passed)
We’ll be eating the usual salads this week. The carrots and peas will go well with the hummus that we made. Super snacking on veggies and hummus this week! The spearmint will pinch hit in the Cucumber and Celery Salad with Feta and Mint.
The Swiss Chard will likely end up as a side dish somewhere (haven’t figured out where yet) and the Kohlrabi is still a mystery in our house. This is why we love having a farm share! We keep learning new vegetables and new ways of preparing them.
No picture this week. Sorry. We were crazy busy flying out the door for a wedding and then an ordination the following day (which involved a bit of travel). No time to do much of anything with the farm share. We just quick packed it up and shoved it in the fridge.
What we got this week:
- mustard greens
- head lettuce
- mesclun mix
- curly cress
- turnips and turnip greens
- sugar and snap pea mix
Since my friend Beth asked — here’s what I’m planning to do with all this bounty. All of the lettuces and cress will end up in salads during the week. The darker and more bitter greens will end up in a Chinese Stir-fry of some kind. The radishes and peas will be snacky foods. I might make some hummus this week, we’ll see how the week goes. The dill will probably end up in a tuna pasta salad (that’s about the only thing I use dill in). The sorrel will be my project this week. I have no idea what to do with it. I didn’t notice any turnips on the ends of the turnip greens when we were frantically shoving this stuff in the fridge. That’s a good thing: we’re not overly fond of turnips in this family, so I always end up “getting creative” when we get them (or giving them away).
Here’s what this week yielded:
· Head lettuce
· Mizuna (mustard greens)
· Curly Cress
· Parsley plant
And the usual bouquet
Here’s what we got:
· Head lettuce
· Mesclun mix greens
· Turnips greens/baby turnips
· Bouquet with a peony and some greens
We picked up our first farm share of the season (half a share to be precise, we are only two people and a full share gets a bit overwhelming).
Here’s the haul:
Potted alyssum plant
We also got a small bouquet of daisies, but I gave them away before I even arrived home.
Now to figure out what I’ll be making with all of this (besides a lot of salads).
I don’t know why, but all winter long, my shower stall seems to stay clean and fresh smelling. But when the warm weather arrives — yuck and yuck again. We seem to get a slight sour smell in the shower and if I don’t stay on top of it — moldy, mildewy mess begins to invade. So, this summer I’m tackling my shower with a vengeance. I’ve scoured Pinterest and my blog list to find the tips that everyone seems to agree will work to make this better — and still be easy to do.
Here’s the plan:
I’m hanging a fresh shower curtain liner. We always buy the crystal clear liner (mostly to get more light in the shower stall), so it makes it easy to see when something is starting to be amiss. But before I hang the new liner, I’m cutting along the edge with my trusty pinking shears. The Wild, Wacky, World of the internet seems to think that water will run off of the curtain faster and better with the pinked edges instead of the hemmed edge it came with. Makes some sense to me — and since we generally replace our liner when it starts to get funky, there’s no risk involved. This quick experiment on my part might save me a whole lot of headache as the summer moves on.
I’m hanging a squeege in the shower to scrape down the walls so the moisture won’t linger. Alongside it, I’m hanging a dish washing wand filled with vinegar and Dawn (the blue stuff). That combo seems to cut through just about everything — I’ve used it in a spray bottle to clean the chrome fixtures in the bathtub and been amazed at the results. I’m thinking that if its in that dish washing wand thingee, everyone in the household can just “paint” a little bit while they’re in the shower and we’ll keep ahead of the scum and other stuff that harbors the funky odor and the spores that yield the mildew. It should also make the weekly cleaning routine a breeze!
I’ve set an alarm in my calendar to de-gunk and freshen up the shower head once a month. We have a double showerhead (LOVE!!) so I’m filling two baggies with straight white vinegar and twist tying the vinegar baggie over each of the shower heads. They can soak from just after our morning showers, through the night and then I’ll remove them the following morning just before we start the next round of showers.
Hopefully, this little attack plan will keep our shower smelling fresh and clean all summer long.
Each morning I take a walk. Its not a huge, big deal. Its enough to get the blood flowing and get a little fresh air into my lungs. And its enough for the dog to do her business (she goes for her long walk with her dad — the power walker). Since I’m obviously not walking as some great aerobic activity, why DO I walk?
So, seriously… it makes my marriage better. It is time away from television, computers, email, phones and the rest of the busyness of modern life. It slows me down. It gives me time to think for a few minutes WITHOUT interruption. That’s good for my marriage. It gives me a chance to think through things in my life before I fly off the handle at my husband (he appreciates that greatly).
It also makes our love life better. We both walk, so we’re both in better health than we would otherwise be. Walking keeps our weight in check and reduces any back pain that we might otherwise develop. That makes our love life easier and better. We’re not arranging ourselves around tricky back problems or extra body mass. Its good for our hearts and keeps our blood pumping — need I say anything about good blood flow and love life?? (wink)