What’s in the Box? #78

What's in the Box?

My apologies for the tardiness of this post but Harper and I have been busy this week soaking up all that Santa Barbara has to offer before we head home.  We are blessed to be able to visit such a beautiful place, but the best part of Santa Barbara is our wonderful friends.  Here is a peek at what we have been up to this week:

Play dates at the park…

Play dates at the park

Pool time fun…

Swimming in the pool

Picking produce with friends…


Stopping to smell the flowers…


Boat rides in the harbor…

Lil Toot

and taking in beautiful sunsets…


We are definitely going to miss this place, but are looking forward to being back home with Daddy :)

Now, without further ado, lets get “produce wasted!” (my own little spin on a popular movie line…name it!)

Our party last week was rockin! 19 link ups?!  The most we have had in a while.  Makes a veggie-obsessed, mommy blogger like me very happy :)  And you know what else makes me very happy?  Zucchini.  Especially when it’s hidden inside a chocolate waffle (Thanks Kirsten for taking my love of zucchini to the next level) or shredded into a savory loaf of bread.  It truly is the essence of summer.

And like the groundhog in February, a zucchini in my box this week means that summer will be around for at least a few more weeks (Full Disclosure:  I’m no meteorologist, it’s only a theory.  Just go with it.)

Not only did I get a pair of zucchinis, check out what else came in my box…

What's in the Box? #78

A rainbow of delicious colors.  And I’m loving nature’s candy again.  A bunch of red, crunchy grapes.  They make my world go round.  And no, I didn’t share.

But I was willing to share some of my other goodies.  I sliced up the apples for a picnic at the park.  Steamed the broccoli for my little veggie lover as a side to her lunch (she practically ate the whole head herself).  And the basil along with a few leaves of kale got thrown into the food processor for a batch of pesto.  Delish!

The oranges have inspired me to make a batch of muffins which will help to balance out the bowls of salad I will be eating thanks to the size of that head of lettuce.

I like my spaghetti squash simply roasted and tossed with some butter and parmesan cheese.  Although the fresh tomatoes would be a great addition to the squash in the form of homemade sauce.  In fact, I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Cheers to a fabulous weekend!  I hope it’s filled with as much fun and food as you can handle :)

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!

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8 thoughts on “What’s in the Box? #78

  1. Heather,
    I normally have a routine, on days that I don’t have a new recipe posting, of linking up here and there. But for some reason yesterday I didn’t do my usual routine first thing (ok, probably because I overslept. Third day of school, the excitement has worn off.) It wasn’t until late last night that I could pin down what I’d missed–you!–and I’m glad everything is OK with you and that you are having a fun summer.

    I’ve got an appetizer, a slow cooker meal, and of course a pizza for you–all using veggies from the farm share or seasonal stuff I got for a good deal. Using roasted eggplant I found a new way to feed it to my kids–in the form of an Indian-spiced yogurt dip. Really good with hot naan for starters, but I think it would be a tasty sandwich spread as well.

    For the main dish, I combined patty pan squash, ground beef, home-canned tomatoes, chard stems and Indian spices to make a Slow Cooker Squash and Beef Masala. The kids were eating the leftovers of this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (It makes a lot.)

    For dinner I attempted to be all artistic and use CsaMom’s balsamic syrup, raspberries, and goat cheese on a buttermilk pizza dough.

    Simon photobombed the artistic shots, but the pizza tasted yummy anyway.

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Deanna says:

    Oh, I wish we could get fresh grapes in our boxes! Looks like a great week of eating ahead!

  3. It’s so colorful! What a great week of eats!

  4. Lucy says:

    You’re not kidding about the lettuce head! Salads for days. These are beautiful photos of Harper.

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