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Ladybugs

The garden had an aphid problem this year.  Instead of spraying pesticides on the plants, Jon had the great idea of releasing ladybugs.  Did you know that you can buy them and have them shipped in the mail?!  Ava was a huge fan of releasing the ladybugs.  She loved it when they crawled up her […]

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Tomatoes are the best vegetable to have in surplus. (1) Stuffed Tomatoes There are so many variations of this.  You can stuff tomatoes with rice or cheese.  Rice was easier to work with.  When I cooked the tomatoes with cheese, several of the tomatoes disintegrated and leaked cheese on the pan.  The top can be […]

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This is pepper season!  Peppers taste best in my opinion when they’re stuffed with cheese, but they’re also pretty good stuffed with rice or vegan sausage. (1) Chiles Rellenos I’ve had chiles rellenos in restaurants before and I wasn’t impressed.  But making this at home was life changing.  The anaheim peppers are stuffed with cheddar cheese […]

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In addition to kale, we have a ton of zucchini from a single plant in our garden and squash from the CSA.  Zucchini has been heavily featured in dinners for the past month.  I have a top five list of favorite zucchini dishes too.  And!  I took a couple of pictures.  I actually had to […]

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Between our garden and our CSA, we have so much kale that I serve it at least once a day.  Saturday was a record because I had a kale smoothie for breakfast and a kale salad for lunch.  I think kale is a magical substance because I don’t get hungry after I eat it.  During […]

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Summer in the City

Salt Lake City has been hot for the past few weeks!  The temperature has exceeded 100 degrees for several days in a row.  We have a window air conditioner unit for the bedroom but the rest of the house relies on a swamp cooler for relief.  Have you heard of this?  It’s so weird and […]

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Common Kingfisher

We saw a lot of sections of China that were filled with trash.  It was especially sad to see trash piling up on these little land masses in the river.  There’s an egret in the middle of this mess consuming plastic-infested water. People might drink from this river!     I wish I could have […]

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Health Progress

I was doing really well with my health goals until I hit January.  In January I went to China and I started school.  In China I never knew when I was going to get a meal I could eat so I overindulged at the Western buffet in the hotel too much.  With school, I used […]

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Garden Update

The garden is awesome!  Zucchini, tomatoes, kale, everywhere!   Next year I absolutely need to keep the kale, tomatoes, zucchini, and basil.  I should also plant parsley again because that’s really great for the bean recipes.  I was much better this year about making dishes using ingredients from the garden.  On the left I made […]

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Garden 2013

I’ve been fretting all summer that my garden wasn’t growing.  Thank goodness for archives, though, because my garden is right along pace with last year’s garden.  For posterity, I took these pictures on July 28, 2013.   I’ve harvested about a pint of tomatoes, three zucchinis, one pattypan squash, lettuce and kale.  The squash are […]

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