Sunday, June 14, 2015

Summer Bliss: Our Garden

Sometimes it's hard to live in an area that gets as hot as the Sacramento Valley. I won't lie. I'm not always the most fun to be around when the temperatures soar over 100 degrees. But, admittedly, there are perks to the heat.

Swimming in the lake, for instance, is not quite as refreshing when the temperatures are cooler.

Another is our garden, which, unlike myself, thrives when the heat is at its peak.



Last year we didn't get our veggies planted until mid-July, and our crop suffered as a result. But this year we planted at the end of April and the fruits of our labors are already starting to show. There's nothing like a juicy, sweet, perfectly ripe strawberry right off your own plant (if you can get to them before the birds or slugs do!) or a plump red tomato with a fresh leaf of basil.



We grew onions for the first time this year, and we're starting to see their bulbous little heads peaking out of the soil. 

We also grew green beans again. We've already harvested these plants three times and started giving them away because we can't eat them all ourselves!


For Christmas, Jim bought be a salad dressing mixer. (Get your own from Amazon here). It is my new favorite kitchen toy.

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I've whipped up so many delicious dressings with herbs from our garden and olive oil and balsamic from our Lucero Olive Oil Club. Here is one of my favorite combinations. The beauty of it is that you don't really need to measure anything. Just taste as you go and you can't really go wrong.

 

Mr and Meatless' Fresh Summer Salad Dressing

1 part Lucero Rosemary Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
1 part Lucero Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar
1 handful of fresh herbs from the garden (we planted rosemary, sage, chives, thyme, basil, parsley and oregano. I usually grab a little snippet of each)
1 squeeze dijon mustard (optional...but SO delicious!)

Throw it all in your handy dandy little whirly device and squeeze that little handle until everything is mixed.

And in case you're wondering, no, I am not being paid to endorse Lucero Olive Oil. We just love it and it's so versatile, and I like to share my wisdom with others.

We get so much joy from our little garden. It's such fun to watch the plants or seeds we've lovingly placed in the soil grow and mature and start to produce food for us to eat.There's a satisfaction in going out and pulling the weeds, picking off the dreaded aphids and waiting impatiently for the fruit to be just the right size and color.

Do you have a garden? What do you like to grow?


1 comment:

  1. Hi Stephani, great post! I don't have a garden (yet) but that's very inspiring. thank you for this post!

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