I don’t know about you, but I have a never-ending list of chores and errands that seems to multiply by the minute. Every time I check something off, 5 more things appear. But I guess, that’s just life. However, today, I think I was finally able to get my head above water. I went to the bank, dropped off a package at the post office and picked up a few things at the store all in less than an hour while carting around an adorable little toddler on my hip. Might not sound like much, but if you have kids, you know what a feat this is. Kind of made me feel like super mom.
And that’s the beauty of motherhood. Finding victory in the small things and being grateful for life’s simple pleasures. Like organic fruit and veggies delivered to your door. Talk about winning. One less thing to add to my list of things to do all while reaping the benefits of fresh and local produce. Now that’s something to party about!
Last week we had a total of 24 link ups! And honestly, I am drooling over each and every one. I know I say this all the time, but the creativity that is showcased at our weekly gatherings is insane! Who knew fruits and veggies could be this versatile? I mean, ice cream, pancakes, pizza, burgers, cocktails, all inspired by CSA boxes. Makes you want one…right? Check out this site for more information and to help you find a CSA farm in your area. Trust me, you won’t regret it :)
Now if you will excuse me for a second, it’s time for me to drool over my goodies…
Guess who’s doing a happy dance over those raspberries? (*points to self and then proceeds to give self high-five*) Can you believe it? Are they not the most beautiful things you have ever seen? Talk about spoiled! I’m pretty much speechless. Can’t decide whether to make my mom’s famous Raspberry Chicken, create an incredible salad using my head of lettuce, or pop them in my mouth one by one. Doing my best to practice self-control until I can come up with a game plan.
Another item I am stoked about…apples! You would think I would be sick of apples by now, especially with the bagillion apples I took home from our apple picking a few weeks ago. But after making Freddie an awesome apple crisp, I was hoping for a few more so that I can whip up another batch. I mean, it’s only fair that I share the recipe with you too….right? Stay tuned!
I am also loving the pears right now. There is no better mid day snack. And believe it or not, I ate the skin off these ones and it wasn’t bad. Either that or I am growing up and no longer need my mom to skin my fruits and veggies anymore. I mean, I am 30 :)
And since I am 30, I do my best to incorporate veggies at every meal. Especially breakfast! And this chard is my new favorite addition to a fruit smoothie. Green has never tasted so good. Although, this green stuff is pretty yummy too. And a bunch of fresh Italian parsley is always a good excuse to get the food processor out and to get busy on some spinach dip. Plus, I am fully equipped with dipping devices thanks to my carrots and cucumbers. Snacking for the week has just been elevated to a whole new level.
Finally, the butternut squash, cauliflower and garlic are perfect for roasting! In my opinion, there is no better way to enjoy these veggies. So crunchy and sweet, I almost want to throw them in now for a late night snack. But again, I am doing my best to practice self-control ;)
Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown? Any special recipe, tips or tricks you’d like to share? Looking forward to reading your responses :)
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