Archive | June, 2013

Planning, dreaming, changing… cognizant evolution

23 Jun

I can’t say much, really. But it all starts small. Making the decision to clean up, to minimize, live more simply, connect and disconnect… following our dreams, passions and ambitions, and maybe just starting over. Big things are coming…I think. You never really know what’s going to happen of course, but I have big hopes. 

Flowers and The Master Chef Effect

15 Jun

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We have been busy busy in the gardens… it doesn’t look like much (and it’s not nearly finished) but it’s a huge improvement. I really wish I had taken before photos, but I probably would have been too embarrassed to post them!!! I’m pretty excited about how it’s all turning out. There is another garden too that I haven’t snapped photos of yet because two little people distracted me… but it’s essentially a butterfly garden. The space with the bird bath has really been attracting the birds. 🙂 The boys LOVE this. We bought a bird book and they just love looking at that and the birds outside the window. “cheep cheep” they say. It’s the cutest thing EVER. And they are enjoying the cut flowers too, albiet to pick the petals of the roses and squish them in their little fists and make themselves smell pretty. Ah, boys….

Now…. about the food….

Last night we caught up on Master Chef via Hulu. If you haven’t watched it… it’s a show about home cooks battling it out for the title of- wait for it- MASTER CHEF- which comes with awesome prizes like money and a cookbook etc. It’s hosted/ judged by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot. Yum.

Anyway. It always makes me hungry… two things that stood out from the episodes we watched- Chimichurri sauce on steak, and burgers….

Today, we made burgers with Chimichurri sauce and essentially the ingredients stuffed into a burger, but with a twist. It’s garlic scape season… YUM.

The burger:

1 lb local, pasture raised beef
a handful of scapes from the market (chopped fine)
a handful of cilantro from the market
a bunch of parsley from the garden
dessert sea salt, fresh pepper

portion into 4 burgers

GRILL

top with cheese, then tomato,Chimichurri sauce and mayo (also inspired by Master Chef. LOL!). 🙂

Butter the buns and pop them on the grill too…

We also put a bunch of scapes in foil with butter on the grill… I say again. YUM.

They aren’t super pretty… but tasty!

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Now… to find something for dessert…. 🙂