Monday, April 29, 2013

Garden 2013

I have been so excited about starting my garden this year. Last year was kind of a bust since Liam was born at prime planting time. I managed to still get some seeds in the ground, but I had a fairly small harvest. Add to that juggling a newborn and going back to work, I was pretty neglectful.
But this year is going to be different. We have lots of big plans for the garden. I want to do some major expansions, including adding a fence!! We also want to add more beds and mulch all the grass area (so there won’t be a need to mow). Stan also really really wants to grow corn, and I think we might finally have the space.
Earlier in the year I started my tomatoes and pepper seeds in one of those plastic green house trays. We are lucky to have a “sunroom” on the back of our house, so they get plenty of light and heat (even on a really cold day).
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Here they are a month later.  Some of them really need to be transplanted!
Tomatoe Starts
I transplanted these start into clean pots (recycled from past purchases) along with new soil. They will have to stay inside for a few more weeks until we have our last frost. I will put them outside during the day to start hardening off. By the end of May I should be able to plant them outside in the garden.
This is the current state of my garden. I have turned the soil and pulled all the pesky weeds that invaded. The onions you can see to the left were never harvested last year. I am hoping I can just leave them in the ground and harvest them this year. We will see how that works out.
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Here is what I will be planting outside. They are all ‘OK’ to plant before the last frost.
All organic seeds from Botanical Interests.
  • Multi-colored Beets
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • 2 types of lettuce
  • Multi-colored carrots
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I learned this new trick when it comes to sowing your seeds. I always just used my finger to dig a trench, but then a friend mentioned using a bamboo stick. I have tons of these in my garden shed, why hadn't I ever thought to do that!
Using the bamboo stick, make an impression into the soil. Sow the seeds in the trench, based on the instructions on the seed packet.  Cover with soil. Water. Wait for seeds to germinate and emerge. Thanks to the bamboo stick, I will have super straight rows of produce!
How to plant seeds w text
Next week I will show you the fence and gate we are building. I am very excited to see how this turns out.
Do you plant a garden? What is your favorite vegetable to grow?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Weekend

We celebrated Liam’s first Easter this last weekend.

Happy Easter 2013

We enjoyed the beautiful spring weather. It was the warmest day so far this year!

While we had planned on attending an Easter Egg hunt at one of our favorite local parks on Saturday afternoon, we were a bit overwhelmed at the enormous crowd of people we discovered upon arrival. We knew that Liam wouldn’t know the difference, so we decided to head up to the swings instead.

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Liam loves to swing. I think we might need to invest in one for our yard this summer.

We then took a walk through the neighborhood. If I could choose anywhere to live in Spokane, I think it would be in this area. The houses are beautiful and have so much character. And to have such a wonderful park to frequent when ever we wanted would make up for the lack of yard space.

These bright flowers were just blooming. I thought Liam might find them interesting…but I think was more into the old crusty leaves. Note to self, this will be the year you plant bulbs!

spring blubs

We finished the loop through the park and packed up the car. Liam was passed out before we even pulled out of the parking lot. I can’t wait to spend many more days at the park with him. He loves to be outside exploring.

The next morning Liam opened his Easter Basket.

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Instead of sugary candy, it was filled with a new pair of Keen shoes, a summer hat, sunglasses, a knitted bunny hat, bubbles and a froggy filled with “cheerios'”.

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Easter Basket Cherios

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After tearing the basket apart, we got dressed and headed to Mass at St. Joseph's in Otis Orchard’s. We have been talking about going to Church for years. I was raised Catholic, but unfortunately have never been very good about attending mass, except for Christmas and Easter. I always used silly excuses about not knowing which church to go to or not knowing anyone  in Spokane who was Catholic to tag along with.  Well it just so happens that Liam’s child care provider is Catholic and invited us to Easter Mass at her church. Stan and I both felt instantly welcomed and were excited to see so many the other young families! We have decided to start going to mass regularly and becoming part of the St. Joseph's parish.

After Mass they had an Easter egg hunt for the kids. See we didn’t miss out after all!!

The littles were inside, so no worries about crawling through the damp grass. Way better than the park for sure!

Liam collected 3 eggs, but it took some encouragement to get him to go after them.

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Liam’s “big sister” Annabelle. She is the daughter of Liam’s child care provider. Liam adorers her!

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My two handsome dudes!! Matching in their blue :)

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After the egg hunt we headed home for a proper Easter dinner that my Grandma would be proud of.

Easter Dinner

I have to admit this was thrown together at the last minute…as in Saturday afternoon I decided what I was making. However, I was super impressed with how well it all turned out.

We had this ham in the freezer from our CSA last year. I defrosted it over night and then put it in the crock pot in the morning, sprinkled with a half a cup of brown sugar. I roasted some asparagus in olive oil and salt. Made these amazing scalloped potatoes. And to top if off I whipped up some of my Grandma’s famous honey mustard sauce. It all turned out great!

Liam seemed to really enjoy it too!

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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Weekend!!

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