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A little more than a year ago I made half of my “100 Things to Do Before I Die” list inspired by Mighty Girl. A lot of exciting things have been happening to her lately because of her list (and she’s actually trying to DO the things on her list!).  I dropped the ball on my list right after I wrote it.  I didn’t even get past writing number 50. Maybe my list is something I’ll have to make as I realize things that I even want to accomplish.

For now I’ll content myself with doing small updates here and there on the things I have managed to get done despite myself.

#28 Cook a meal with the veggies from my own garden.

Maybe I should be nice to myself and give credit for #11. Have a successful veggie garden as well, but I’m not quite ready yet.  I expect more.  🙂

Here is B right after hP2200012-1elping me pick some carrots from our garden.  He got enthusiastic about them, and actually tried eating them even though I can rarely get him too.  I was a little excited myself.  Too bad I could only get him to give me a fake smile. P2210017

I threw in yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, green pepper, basil, and onion (not from the garden) in with the carrots.  Eventually came up with:

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A vegetable penne alfredo dish.  With homemade baguette on the side of course.  Delicious.

Things are actually going fairly well in my garden today.  If only my tomatoes would turn red!  Today I harvested a ton of carrots (though only a quarter of what I had out there),  a few jalapeno, and my first zucchini (FINALLY!)  Starting to feel better about this out there.  OH YEAH!  Yesterday I even made some delicious pesto, since my basil if finally producing enough leaves!

My poor tomato plant is totally bowing over under the weight of a lot of green tomatoes!

BTW the carrots are two special breeds that are supposed to stay short– perfect for square foot gardening when they have (at most) 6 inches.

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Outside: P6210003A little bit of harvesting has been going on.  I’ve been getting this many berries and sugar snap peas every other day for a couple weeks now.  Nice.  The lettuces have been slow to get big this year, but I’ve still been harvesting lots of little leaves.  Want to have a pic of the garden too, but haven’t gotten around to it.

In My Kitchen:  I have cakes and cupcakes up next for the family luau on Saturday evening.  Probably make one tomorrow and one Saturday, but we’ll see.  I’ll be sure to post pics.  I have done well at not baking extra stuff for C’s sake (I even made the sacrifice of eating up the leftovers from his parties).  Of course I still have two of his cupcake brownies in the freezer…

I am wearing: PJ’s.  It’s almost midnight.

Latest Creative Endeavor: Lots going on in this department lately.  That’s all I’m going to say for now…

I am going:  to run errands tomorrow and go to yoga.  I’m running around a lot more lately, because B has swim lessons 2x a week.  I’ve been TRYING to get in more exercise while I’m at the Y too.   Then Tuesday I had to hang out all afternoon at G’s house after we took refuge from the torrential rainfal after leaving swimlessons.

Can’t Wait For:  our girls trip to the Lake of the Ozarks next weekend!  Just Mom, Gma, Ginny, and I.  Lots of relaxation!  And probably some knitting too.

Family News:  my mother and father in law will be visiting before I leave for my mini vaca.  B is very excited, since I let it slip that they are coming today.  I usually wait as long as I can since he has no sense of weeks yet.

Current Read:  I’m in between books right now.  Well, at least fiction books, which is what I like to talk about. 🙂  I’ve really got the itch to re-read old favorites right now though (Pride and Prejudice and the Song of Ice and Fire Series).

I am hoping:  To have some exciting news in the next week or so.  Probably not what you are thinking. 😉

I am hearing:  C’s snores.

Around the house:  Trying to keep my head above water while my head is somewhere else.

Simple Pleasures:  Uninterrupted time on the computer.  I should be in bed though.

Plans for the Weekend:   Luau and working on the house (hopefully).

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Outside: Everything is coming up beautifully in the garden (I just noticed my zucchini and summer squash are up!), and my lovely peonies are blooming!  They might be my favorite flower now… so delicate and frilly!  And they smell awesome too!

In My Kitchen:  I made muffins and biscuits this week, but I’m trying to be good and not bake otherwise.  Chad’s b-day is coming up though… I have some big plans for his cake (though not on the scale of B’s of course).  For other cooking I’ve been relying on these lists. This week was week 9.  Both the pork and the orzo pasta were delicious!  That’s all I’ve done so far this week.  Tonight I’m making pizza… I guess that’s baking.

I am wearing: ratty shorts and my favorite paint stained t-shirt.  I don’t really have any other shorts I like right now, so that’s the only reason I’m all ratty.  Still not turning on the ac!

Latest Creative Endeavor: Despite my intentions… I’m starting another diaper bag.  I’m not sure which yet.  I have to have it done by TUESDAY.  Yikes.  I also started knitting the hat to go to those booties from earlier in the week.

I am going:  To have a fun Saturday!  Gma is watching the kids, and Chad and I are having a date day for my B-day.  I decided I wanted to just go to the farmer’s market and brunch instead of dinner and a movie.  There aren’t any movies out yet that I want to see.  THEN my parents are making me Garbage Burritos for supper. YAY!

Can’t Wait For:  the Waterdeep concert at the end of the month.  Sad that they are moving though.

Family News:  Our family in Southern Illinois got hit pretty hard by the “inland hurricane” they had last week.  There are supposedly 2000 trees down in C’dale and 1,000 at SIU.  About 20 of those were in my in-laws yard (and just got taken off their house).  Thankfully no one we know was hurt though.

Current Read:  I just finally read Ender’s Game.  I’ve been wanting to read it for forever.  It was great.  Can’t wait to start #2 in the series.   Right now I’m reading a Western book a friend Lori lent me… MorningStar.  I doubt I would pick it out myself, but she’s pretty much in charge of picking out my books for me lately. hehe.  I need a baby to nurse so I can keep up with her!

I am hoping:  To lose the weight I KNEW I would gain when my toe was broken. 🙂

I am hearing:  I guess I have to admit that I’m listening to MxPx.  lol

Around the house: Just been doing a little spring cleaning lately.  You know– vacuuming the mattresses for the dustmites.  That kind of thing.

Simple Pleasures:  L and B quietly playing together in her room.

Plans for the Weekend:   I guess I spoiled most of that earlier.  But I actually have a concert I’m looking fwd to on Sunday night too!  I haven’t gotten to see NCG play in ages.  Then we get to to go to a BBQ for him and his family after.

And below is L rocking and singing to herself in her bedroom.  Adorable!

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Outside

Posted on: May 8, 2009

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My poor honeysuckle that was destroyed (or so I thought) last summer has come back with gusto.  I’m going to have blooms soon!  So excited!  My iris bulbs that I planted in the spring have rewarded me with my first bloom! Too bad none of the other bulbs made it through the squirrels.  I guess I just have to always plant big ones.

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And my garden is doing so well!  Thanks to all the rain we’ve been getting.  I guess I’m thankful for the rain for more than just a chance to sleep in a little.

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I’m so excited about my garden right now!  Everything is coming up!  Above are my sweet peas, and a couple different kinds of lettuces.  Today I planted Parsley, Chives, Cilantro, Buttercrunch Lettuce, and some flowers (pansies and marigolds).  It was a little later than I’d planned for the  herbs, but hopefully they’ll still make it.  It’s hard working around all this rain!  The plants like it though…

Gardening

Posted on: March 19, 2009

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I’ve gotten more than half of my garden planted already!  Now I just have to wait until April for the warmer weather crops.  I did have a lot of plants coming back from last year too (strawberries now take up practically an entire box!)  I’m trying a lot of new stuff this year, thanks to my uncle Brad, who gave me lots of free seeds.  I used some seeds I had from last year too, so I haven’t had to buy anything yet.  However, I didn’t raise any plants inside from seeds.  So, I am going to have to buy tomatoes and peppers at a garden center.

Hasn’t the weather been wonderful?  I would like some rain for the garden sake, but I’m a little worried that once it starts it won’t stop.  C’s sister Gretchen and her boyfriend Jeff are coming into town, so it would be nice to show them the plaza in nice weather.   He’s never been to KC.  Anything else cool going on this weekend?


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