So, my mom has this theory. She believes that people tend to be most active during the time of day that they were born. For example, if you were born in the morning, than you are a “morning person”. If you were born in the evening, then you are most likely a night owl. Since having my own daughter, I would have to agree with this. Harper’s best time of day is in the morning (she was born at 10:54 am). I was born at 10:45 pm and have always been most productive during the late hours of the night. That is, until recently. You see, I am totally losing my mojo! When I first started this blog, I would write until 2 or 3 am in the morning. Never once seemed to bother me. Now, I can’t get past 10:30! What kind of wimp am I turning into?
But what does this have to do with farm, fresh produce? Well, last night, as I was uploading the pictures of my box onto the computer, I went into our room to put Harper to sleep. Before I knew it, it was daylight and I was still in my jeans and no blog post was written. But I must say, going to sleep at 8:30 made me feel like a total rock star when it was time to wake up this morning. I was so refreshed and rested. So, that’s what a proper night of sleep feels like :) But, again, my apologies for my tardiness. Might have to rethink my late night posts if my early bed time continues…
Moving on to bigger and better things…last week we had 8 link ups. And I know I might be biased, but this link party has the best participants out there. Loyal, sweet and darn good cooks! This week they cooked up Butternut Squash Waffles, Broccoli and Caramelized Onion Pizza, Greens with Bacon and Onions, Blueberry and Banana Smoothie, Radish Chips and Grilled Swiss Cheese and Sweet Pepper Relish on Beet Bread. Talk about good eats. So much delicious goodness, I don’t even know where to start! Thanks ladies for keeping this party going. I appreciate you sharing your yummy treats week after week.
Now let’s take a look at what arrived on my doorstep yesterday…
Loving me some acorn squash! It has been a while since this gorgeous and colorful ovoid shaped veggie graced my box and I can’t wait to get busy with it. There are so many delicious recipes that have been shared at our weekly parties, but I think I am going to go with a simple roast and sprinkle it with some cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and butter. Sounds sinful :)
I am also excited about those beets. I recently got a mandolin slicer and am dying to make some beet chips. If all goes well, beets will no longer be safe in my household. Ever.
Thank God for sweet and juicy mandarins. They are my favorite snack. I keep them in the fruit bowl in the kitchen and am known to grab a few while I am racing around the house, chasing after Harper. Apparently, I munched on too many last week, because when Freddie went to the fruit bowl to grab a few for himself they were all gone. Ooops! Freddie made sure to grab a nice size stash to bring to the office this morning. Wanted to make sure he had his fair share :)
Apples are another delicious treat! I was happy to replenish my stock as last week’s apples went pretty quickly. We sliced up some today with some of the carrots and enjoyed dipping them in almond butter. Yummers!
After the success of our last round of homemade OJ, these oranges will definitely be thrown into the juicer. It’s the perfect activity for a weekend morning while you have bacon in the oven and pancakes on the stove.
Finally, I have a new lease on life when it comes to salads. This past weekend my mom and I celebrated a close friend’s 40th birthday. And not only did they have yummy tacos and killer margaritas, but the salad was out of this world. The secret ingredient? Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette. It will change your life. Promise.
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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PS: Don’t forget to tell your readers about the party by linking back to this post and grabbing the official “What’s in the Box?” button at the bottom of my blog. Thanks!