spaghetti with kale and garlic.

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We grew some kale in the garden and it did really well. So now i have lots of kale to work with. I whipped up some quick spaghetti one night and it was delicious. The leftovers were even better b/c it was so garlicky!

Dry spaghetti (about half the package)
2 tablespoons good extra virgin olive oil
8 sprigs lacinato kale – very finely chopped
Pinch red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3-4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon wedge
fresh basil
lemon garlic seasoning
2 tablespoons vegan Parmesan

Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions.

When the pasta is almost done, heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the kale, red pepper flakes to taste, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 3 or 4 minutes, until the kale starts to get a bit crisp. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add drained pasta, lemon juice, and vegan parm, and stir to combine.

245. apple cucumber beet juice.

Also known by milo as “purple juice.”

I have a busy day ahead of me – about to get groceries, run to the farmers market and head to the library – all before I’m out of here to shoot a wedding. So I made milo and I some juice to help get us going.

This was a mixture of
2 green apples
1 small beet
3 large pieces of kale
1/2 large cucumber
handful of pea shoots

Milo drank all his, and then came to find me and finished mine! Another juice, toddler approved.

224. tomato sauce.


My garden is producing LOTS of tomatoes! So I needed to do something with them all so I made homeade tomato sauce…in the crockpot!

I basically put about 2 T oil, 4 cloves garlic, fresh basil and oregano, (also from my garden), chopped onion, salt, pepper, tomato paste and lots and lots of tomatoes! I cooked it on high for about 4 1/2 hours. I let it cool and then blended it with an immersion blender. It made about two big batches of tomato sauce. Can’t wait to try it out!

222. chocolate zuchinni muffins.

More zuchinni from my garden leads to more zuchinni baked goods.

I found this recipe, and changed it up a bit. They were pretty good. Great texture, especially for being oil free. Not gummy at all!  They could be a little sweeter….but they are supposed to be healthy, so i guess this is ok…. The chocolate chips are a definite must!

1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water) ( i used egg replacer because i was out of flax)
1 & 1/4 cup lightly packed shredded zucchini, skin left on
1 & 1/4 cup almond milk ( I used soy milk)
2 tsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/3 cup  chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease muffin pan.

2. Mix flax egg in a small bowl and set aside. Grate zucchini. Set aside.

3. Mix almond milk and apple cider vinegar  in a small bowl and set aside.

4. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar).

5. Mix together the wet ingredients (flax egg, almond milk mixture, maple syrup, and vanilla) and then pour over dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and shredded zucchini.

6. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin filling each tin 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 15-17 minutes at 350F, or until muffins slowly spring back when touched. A toothpick should come out mostly clean. Cool in tin for 5 minutes. With a knife, loosen around the muffin edge and transfer to a cooling rack until completely cool.

219. pesto quesedillas.

I saw this idea on pinterest – only it involved cheese and chicken. Tonight I made my own version and it was DELICIOUS.

First, I made some pesto. I just kind of wing my pesto. I took a handful or so of basil leaves, a handful or so of baby spinach, about 3 Tablespoons pistachios (I didn’t have pine nuts), 2 cloves of garlic, 1/3 cup vegetable broth, 1 T olive oil, salt, pepper, 1 T of nutritional yeast and blended it up in the vitamix.

Then, I sauteed some uptons seitan in a pan.
I chopped up some baby tomatoes from my garden.

I took a large tortilla, smeared on the pesto, cooked seitan, tomatoes and added some mozerella daiya cheese. Cooked this in a pan, and ate it right up. Holy cats, was it good!

188. garden stone.

I saw this post on making your own garden stones using a cake pan. We had some leftover cement from a fence project Dj is working on – and I got some mugs and a cake pan I could junk up from the thrift store. This was pretty easy! Our cement was the fast setting kind, so this was ready in no time. I want to make a whole bunch! I have lots of other ideas – I definitely think we need one with milo’s hand print!

183. arugula salad.

Another recipe from shutterbean’s blog (what can I say, she’s my favorite and she seems to have ALOT of arugula recipes in her archive) helped me rid of a little more arugula from my garden and helped create a delicious, quick meal!

Check out the link above for the actual recipe – but its basically a salad with arugula, onion, apple, avocado and sunflower seeds with a quick honey-mustard-lemony dressing.

164. garden snake.

I love the birds in my yard. I bought them a bird bath, make sure they have a constant supply of bird seed, make them special treats, and leave them stale bread. What do they do in return? They are jerks who eat my garden!  Everytime I go back there to water, birds go flying out of there. They completely ate my watermelon plant. So I planted two more. One is almost already gone, and they are now eating my okra and some of my green beans. One of my okra plants is almost all eaten up before it had the chance to even do anything.

So I googled how to keep them out of your garden. One of the things it said to do was to cut up a house and they might think its a garden snake. Well, I don’t have a hose to cut up, but I did find a deflated bicycle inner tube, so I spraypainted it blue, hoping to draw attention to it, and hoping it keeps them away.

I guess windchimes, a large owl, or pie pans are all supposed to help. I saw you can make a windchime out of cd’s, but for lack of time and wanting to try to nip this in the bud ASAP, I just stuck some cd’s into the ground as well hoping the reflection scares them away.  Not sure how well any of this is working. When I went to water this morning there was a robin near my tomatoes pecking at something!! (hopefully weeds) At least she wasn’t near my okra or watermelon!

C’mon guys. Stick to the bird seed!  Can’t we just all get along??

153. bird feeder.

Milo and I made these simple bird feeders to hang in our tree out back.

We took some old toilet paper tubes, smeared peanut butter all over them, rolled them in bird seed and tied ribbon through them to hang from the tree. We have some hungry birds out back, so hopefully they will enjoy this special treat.

147. garden.

Today we worked really hard to get the garden in order!

The house has a nice raised garden bed behind the garage, but it was overgrown with weeds. We did alot of work to get them out, and got everything planted today. This year I’ll have six tomato plants, habenero pepper, red bell pepper, hot chili pepper, artichoke, watermelon, strawberries, basil, cilantro, cucumber, zuchinni and okra. Im hoping to get some parsley and a brussel sprout plant. It was a ton of work to get accomplished in a day, but I’m so happy were done.