Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Images from the Garden

Well, it might be summer here in the PNW...but I'm not certain. The garden is progressing slowly but consistently. We've been eating lettuce from the garden for about a month now and I still have lots of romaine left. The spinach finished several weeks ago and I pulled all of the turnips last week. I'm not really sure how to cook turnips, but I made a turnip gratin that was pretty tasty. I'll have to hunt down more recipes to use the abundance of turnips that came out of the garden.

The strawberries did pretty well this year. I got 3 or 4 pints over the course of the harvest and I still find a few stragglers out there now and then. Rhubarb is still going strong. I picked my first zucchini yesterday along with a hand full of green beans. So far my bush beans are way outproducing the pole beans, but that will probably flip in a few weeks.

I planted my cukes and watermelon in pots next to the greenhouse to give them some extra heat. So far that seems to be working pretty well. They are climbing up the fencing surrounding them, too.

I had critters eating all of my broccoli and cauliflower this spring, so I planted some of my other starts in pots with fencing around them for protection. That seems to be working so far. Hopefully whatever was eating them before hasn't found them in the pots.

Flowers are blooming all over my yard. My daisies and callendula are beautiful!

Paleo Treat Review: Hail Merry's Miracle Tart @ PCC

A few weekends ago after a hard day of playing outside we decided to go to PCC Market for dinner, which turned into eating dessert instead of dinner. But that happens sometimes. Lucky for me PCC has a great selection of Paleo foods in general, but their pre-made dessert section had several paleo baked goods to choose from. The ones that caught my eye were the Hail Merry Miracle Tarts. These came in several flavors: Key Lime, Meyer Lemon, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate and Raw Almond Chocolate. The packaging says they are all Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan!

I chose the Hail Merry Chocolate to go along with my chai latte made with coconut milk. (I ate it all before I thought to take a picture!)

Although the ingredient list consists of only Organic Maple Syrup, Dark Cocoa, raw almond flour, organic virgin coconut oil and sea salt, they have a very rich, creamy, decadent flavor. They were a bit pricy at nearly $5 for a small tart, but it was quite filling and yummy. I'll definitely have one the next time we decide to stop at PCC!


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