8.30.2012

Eat Make Grow Thursday Blog Hop #5


Welcome to this week's Eat Make Grow Blog Hop where you share what you have been eating with your family, growing in your garden or making with all your creative impulses. Eat Make Grow is a collective link party that is shared across three blogs and runs every Thursday-Tuesday. Whichever blog that you choose to link up your post on, it will show up on all three sites! Eat Make Grow is a way to share with many people posts about your domestic doings, whether that’s growing veggies, hosting parties, sewing, mixing up cleaning supplies, or trying out a new recipe. We want to learn about it! Every week, we will feature the most popular link, and one chosen by the the host. This week, your host is Marigold.

Your Hosts 
Miranda from Pocket Pause

8.28.2012

Canning Pizza Sauce and Tomato Sauce - Recipe

We make pizza about once a week.  Normally I make my pizza sauce each time by sauteing onions and garlic, adding diced tomatoes and then sprinkling in the spices and cooking for 30 minutes.  All the while getting splatters of red sauce all over my stove and counters.  No more!  My goal was to can a pizza sauce that I could use straight out of the jar.

Behold my canned pizza sauce:

8.26.2012

Planning to Preserve Check In


This January I wrote a three part series of what I wanted to put up this growing season.  Let's see how I am doing.

I am absolutely certain that I am way behind.  I knew having a baby would complicate things but I didn't understand just how run down my body was going to feel.  Up until this my body could do everything I asked of it.  Even the couple really crappy long hikes in the rain while sick to get to out of a community to find transportation during Peace Corps were nothing compared with trying to weed in the garden while 38 weeks pregnant! My least favorite part of having a baby was the last month of pregnancy and the first six weeks postpartum. My physical abilities were so limited.  I completely missed strawberries and blueberry season.  The peach blossoms got zapped in a late frost so I'm not sure I'll find peaches this fall either.  I guess the only fruit I'm getting are apples! I'll have to see if I can find some pears too.

8.23.2012

Eat Make Grow Thursday Blog Hop #4


Welcome to the fourth Eat Make Grow Blog Hop. We've officially been doing this a month! I've learned so much from you guys and discovered some great new blogs! Thanks for reading and sharing.

Your Hosts:
Marigold from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!
Foy (That's me!) from Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat. (That's here.)
and Miranda from Pocket Pause

8.19.2012

Pickled Red Onions - Easy Quick Recipe


If you've ever had pickled red onions than you understand.  There is something about the crisp, sweet and sulfery taste that perfectly compliments a sandwich. If you love caramelized onions than these are their uncooked, summer time, brethren.

8.16.2012

Eat Make Grow Thursday Blog Hop #3



Yipee, it's Thursday again! Now that we've gotten all our introductions out of the way, it's my (Miranda's) turn to host the hop. I had such fun reading all of your posts: from food preservation to adorable toddler-suspenders, it was tough to choose my favorites! This week has been a busy week in my kitchen, as well. I foraged and put up over 15 pounds of mini plums! That was a heck of a lot of cutting out seeds, but i'll be happily munching on jam this Winter. Foy, Marigold and myself can't wait to see what ideas you have for us this week, for the kitchen, craft room or garden.

Your Hosts:
Marigold from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!
Foy (That's me!) from Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat. (That's here.)
and Miranda from Pocket Pause

8.12.2012

Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad - Summer Recipe


It's that time in the garden when there are tons of cucumbers and tomatoes.  I personally like the combination of tomato and cucumber hunks tossed with a spoonful of mayo.  However, Jeff isn't so fond of it.  I save that for my lunch.

Last week I made a simple salad of alternating slices of cucumber and tomato drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar - easy and elegant.  Paired with a cheese and potato frittata.  The acidic salad was a nice balance to the egg and cheese.

This meal was inspired by Lightly Crunchy's submission to the first Eat Make Grow Blog Hop!  Heidi's cucumber, tomato and basil salad has a couple more ingredients.  It sounds like she's harvesting the same things we are!

This is a wonderful seasonal salad. Give it a try if you have an abundance in your garden!


Cucumber Tomato Salad

1 cucumber
2 tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Wash your produce and if the cucumber has tough skin peel about 1/3 of it off.  Then slice the cucumber and tomato into 1/2 inch thick slices.  
  2. Arrange the slices neatly on a plate.  I had a few 'Sun Cherry' tomatoes as well that I threw in the middle.  (You could skip this step if you aren't worried about pretty.)
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Drizzle over the tomatoes and cucumbers.  Add a little salt and pepper to your taste and your done!
You can make this recipe a couple hours ahead of you want.  The balsamic will be a little more pronounced.  

8.09.2012

Eat Make Grow Thursday Blog Hop #2


It is Thursday (again! so soon!) and time for another Eat Make Grow Blog Hop! Marigold and I had a great inaugural hop last week, and this week we are welcoming a new host, Miranda from Pocket Pause. Whichever blog you choose to link your post up to, it will show up on all three sites! Share all of your DIY projects and the yummy food you've been growing and eating.

Your Hosts 

Foy from Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat.
Miranda from Pocket Pause
Marigold from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!

We’re not big fans of rules so there are just two of them:

No big corporation or business advertising or promotional posts. Let’s not dilute Eat Make Grow with junky posts. We don’t mind helping out the little home grown businesses of independent bloggers or handmade merchants (Etsy, etc.).

Please link your posts back to one of the hosting blogs. This is a common blog hop courtesy. This link helps build the Eat Make Grow community by sending your readers to all of the other participant’s posts. We will feature two posts each week and we will only consider posts that have a link back. A text link is fine, or you can grab this button and put it anywhere on your blog:




Before we get to last week's links, I want to introduce you all to Miranda of Pocket Pause who will make our third hostess with the most-ess.


Miranda is another gal from Savannah.  Marigold and I along with the rest of our SCAD group used to hang out at her house which she rented with a rotating cast of other masters students.  Miranda's a talented illustrator and makes lovely felted fiber friends for sale on etsy.  She also makes soap and other skin soothers which she sells here.  And she's looking for a small farm to call her own where her Corgi dog, Pocket, can herd goats and terrorize chickens.  I'm not sure how she has time for all that and being one of the wine tasting  ladies at an Oregon vineyard.

Let's get back to the hop and take a look at last week's links. First of all, I want to say that we were so excited by the turn out for our first hop. We didn't do very much promotion for this, and were hoping to avoid embarrassment and get up to 20 links. Well, you came out in force and we were so excited to get over 75 posts linked up to the inaugural Eat Make Grow hop!

Each week we will go through every single link that you guys are so kind to share with us, and we feature two. The first is the link that received the most clicks, and the second is a curated choice by this week's host. This was not an easy task!

The most clicked on link was:

"At first, I thought that they were some kind of insect droppings, but that would be a pretty large insect! They look a little like green hand grenades!"

Brenda found a critter in her garden and asks her readers to help her solve the mystery. Jump on over to A Separate Path to find out what was hanging out on Brenda's tomatoes!

And my favorite project from last week's list was this:

 DIY Zigzag Quilt by Jacquie of the blog At Home in Hope
"I kept the quilting minimal in hopes that the quilt would remain wrappable and snuggle-up-able. Mission accomplished."

It was so hard for me to choose a favorite, but in the end, I kept coming back to this project. Jacquie made this sweet baby blanket for her best friend's new little one. It's quiet colors and modern design are just perfect for a baby boy. Visit At Home in Hope to see more of the quilt.

Featured Blogger Pinterest Page
Thanks for linking up Brenda and Jacquie! We hope you'll proudly display the Eat Make Grow Featured Blogger button on your blog:

And thanks so much to everyone who linked up and shared our hop with your readers. We are excited about watching this community grow and hope you'll continue to post your projects this week and every Thursday!




8.07.2012

Herb Roasted Potatoes - Recipe


Harvesting Potatoes
I harvested potatoes for the first time last fall. I imagined digging potatoes to be back breaking work with a pitch fork. It wasn't like that at all. I used my hands and a soil knife to loosen the soil and pulled up Russet potatoes. It was so easy in the lovely soil which the Hawkin's family has been working to improve for years. All the straw heaped on top meant the potatoes were practically at soil level.

Apparently I'm not very good at harvesting potatoes yet because this spring Zack harvested some new potatoes when he went to put this years squash in the same bed. Well, you live you learn.

To harvest potatoes all you do is push the straw away from the base of the potato plant.  Then gently yank the plant out of the soil.  If you do it right you will see the seed potato the plant grew from.  It looks like and old chunk of potato.  You'll probably be able to see a couple potatoes too.  Grab those up and then dig around a bit to find any remaining.  The vast majority will be within the diameter of a basket ball at the base of the plant, but check in a three foot diameter just to be safe.

Brush the dirt off your potatoes, but don't wash them until they are ready to use.  They will keep longer that way.

I made herb roasted potatoes with my share from the CSA this week.  It's a filling side dish with tons of flavor. Talk about comfort food. I love sautéed onions and garlic then add some rosemary with a base of roasted potatoes and I don’t even need a protein. I suspect this potato recipe would go well with just about anything any time of the year.

Right now we are harvesting potatoes, onion and garlic at Hawkin’s Farm and there was enough rosemary to share. If you don’t have fresh rosemary, I could see thyme or sage also being delicious.

I served the herb roasted potatoes up with honey caramelized baby carrots and grilled salmon.  It was a filling and delicious meal after a long day working in the garden in the morning and processing produce in the afternoon.


Herb Roasted Potatoes

2 generous servings

2 pounds potatoes
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons butter
1 sprig fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Clean and cut the potatoes into one inch cubes. Slice the onion into half inch thick strips. Take the rosemary leaves off the branch. You should have about 2-4 tablespoons worth. Cut the garlic cloves in half or quarters depending on size.
     
  2. In a large heavy bottomed skillet, cast iron would be ideal, add the butter over medium heat. Add in the potatoes, garlic and onion and toss to coat. Then arrange the potatoes in a single level. The onion and garlic can be on top or to the side or where ever in the skillet. Let the potatoes cook until brown. Add the rosemary. Then turn the potatoes and continue until brown on all sides. The onion and garlic should brown and caramelize at the same time.
     
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.
     

8.02.2012

Inaugural Eat Make Grow Blog Hop


Welcome to Eat Make Grow Thursday! My favorite day of the week where you share what you have been eating with your family, growing in your garden or making with all your creative impulses.Whichever blog that you choose to link up your post, it will show up on both sites! This blog hop is a way to share with many people posts about your domestic doings, whether that’s growing veggies, hosting parties, sewing, mixing up cleaning supplies, or trying out a new recipe.  We want to learn about it.

This is our first hop!  We are pretty excited.

Your Hosts



Meet Marigold! She's a mother, but not a mother to this child, that one's mine.  She's got two bouncing boys of her own.  She writes, crafts and photographs over at her blog Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!.


Marigold throws her boys awesome birthday parties like this ping pong party and this Harry Potter party. Plus you'll find lots of tutorials and crafty ideas on her blog.  She's the one who inspired me to do the "Summer of No Pants".  I only wore skirts for a full summer and now they are a regular part of my wardrobe.  In fact, I am wearing one right now.

Marigold and I go way back.  Back to when our husbands were getting their masters in Savannah in 2005. We both had blogs. Not these blogs, we weren't as focused yet.  I admired Marigold's excellent turkey stuffing and her quirky sense of style.  She wears bright bold colors of lipstick effortlessly.  Then came graduation and I helped her pack their apartment up and move. Then we moved.  Seven years later we are in different states but our blogs have kept us connected.

Marigold and her family live in California.  Recently they visited us in Indiana. Marigold and I got to plotting about some sort of joint blog venture.  The fruit of the conversation is this spankin' new blog hop.  It's a combination of Marigold's love of sewing, hosting and crafting with my passion for food and garden.  We hope to discover lots of other bloggers with similar interest and learn about what you all are up to.  We want to invite you into our blogging neighborhood.  Come share with us!

We’re not big fans of rules so there are just two of them for this blog hop:

Please link your posts back to one of the hosting blogs. This is a common blog hop courtesy. This link helps build the Eat Make Grow community by sending your readers to all of the other participant’s posts.  We will feature two posts each week from the following week. We will only consider posts that have a link back.




No big corporation or business advertising or promotional posts.  Let’s not dilute Eat Make Grow with junky posts. We don’t mind helping out the little home grown businesses of independent bloggers or handmade merchants (Etsy, etc.).