Sunday Snaps, 05-17-2015

 #bloodorangeeverything

#bloodorangeeverything

So, this month has been a whirlwind. Whirl. Wind.

 Right now, I am actually posting this post from Philadelphia. Philadelphia, you say? Yes. Philly. As in home of the whiz steak. (At least I think that’s what you call it, anyway.)

I’m here this weekend for a wedding, which was last night, and it was magical. Really, truly, it was a great wedding. This weekend is also the weekend after another wedding I was at in Alamo, NV, which was about 2 hours north of Vegas, in the heart of beauty of the desert. (Remember Dani from Care to Pair?? It was her wedding!! Aaahhhhh.)

Sadly, I am not going to go into my travel details right now, but definitely stay tuned. I mean, of course I am going to chronicle these adventures (After all, traveling is probably my favorite thing to do.)….once I get home and maybe relax a little bit. Did I mention that I did all this traveling while in the midst of the end of the semester at work? Just call me cray-cray. I’m exhausted. I need a two week nap. Or tequila. Same thing. Kind of.

In my last Sunday Snaps, I gave a little teaser about the vegetable garden I started when my mom was here. I guess its time to finally indulge- I’ve been keeping you all in suspense, I’m sure. I just knnnnnow you guys want to hear more about my garden. (Sorry, I’m just really excited.)


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My mom and I installed a raised garden bed, in which we planted: 7 (!??) tomato pants, 2 heirloom tomato plants, habanero peppers, jalapenos, yellow and green bell peppers, cucumber, zucchini, butternut squash, basil, dill, broccoli, and tomatillos.



We also started lettuce, swiss chard, arugula, daisies, and zinnias from seeds.

 We found this baby cactus growing in our yard- this picture is super zoomed in. I would estimate its about the size of the nail on my pinky finger. Tiny!

We found this baby cactus growing in our yard- this picture is super zoomed in. I would estimate its about the size of the nail on my pinky finger. Tiny!


Ohhhhh and, we went a little succulent and flowercrazy, and planted all of these gorgeous succulents, lavender, and dahlias in these gorgeous pots we found at bargain prices from this pot warehouse place we found along the side of the highway. My backyard is now my favorite place to hang out, especially because we have a hammock surrounded by twinkle lights. (Soooo I literally love to “hang out”. Eh?? Ehhhhh? I’m so funny.)


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Oh and then, because my mom is an expert gardener, she found clematis, lavender, and jasmine growing in our backyard, and pretty much revived them in a matter of days with lots of water and her magic touch. Then, because my mom is amazing, proceeded to harvest lavender seeds and pods from said revived lavender plant, AND MADE A POTPURRI OUT IF IT. #icant.

The garden is doing really well so far, and I am so pleased. I tend to water the garden first thing in the morning, after I wake up, and it has been the best way to start the day. I’ve never realized how fast plants grow; there is literally something new every day.  I also recently harvested my first springs of chocolate mint, rosemary, and the first of my tomatoes started growing. Eeeek!


 i made these lovely garden markers by dipping some paint stirrer things in paint, then writing on them with permanent chalk marker.

i made these lovely garden markers by dipping some paint stirrer things in paint, then writing on them with permanent chalk marker.


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I used my freshly grown rosemary to create this delicious rosemary pesto that will be coming at you guys on Friday, so definitely stay tuned for that. And the chocolate mint? I threw it in my water bottle to have chocolate mint infused water (deeelicious), and then every kid I saw for therapy those few days asked “why are there leaves in your water??”. Ahh, kids say the most special things.

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I told Christopher that I wanted to be a farmer someday, and he swiftly replied: “one raised garden bed a farmer does not make”. Hmmmph.  Well, I’ll show him. Just like I told him that one day, Full House was going to get back together. And who was right on that one?? That’s right, me. So excited.

So, yes, the bulk of this Sunday Snaps post is garden related, mostly because I haven’t gotten out and done much besides work with all the traveling we have both been doing. I have, however, done some good hiking lately. The desert cacti have also been blooming, which is absolutely gorgeous. Going on hikes in the Land of Enchantment has always been enjoyable, but now the high desert is just especially gorgeous with all the blooms we’ve been getting:


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And all the rain has made for some good waterfalls:

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If you haven’t kept up with South of Vanilla lately, know that Dani from Care to Pair and I did a whole series on Paleo Mexican food and drink pairings. We did this from mid-end of April, the idea being that you can all thrown a fiesta for Cinco de Mayo. But am I right in saying that anytime is a good time for a fiesta? Right?? Right. If you haven’t checked that out, definitely go catch up. We have Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Negro ModelaPaleo Blood Orange Margaritas with Tequila 101, and Salted Tequila Lime Bars with Mezcal. Yuuuuuum. Paleo Mexican food is my fave.

 Paleo Blood Orange Margaritas

Paleo Blood Orange Margaritas


 Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Negro Modela

Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Negro Modela


 Grain-free Salted Tequila Lime Bars

Grain-free Salted Tequila Lime Bars


 Paleo Blood Orange Margaritas

Paleo Blood Orange Margaritas

I also have some pretty great recipes for you all coming up in June, and cannot wait to share. Summer food is the best food!

 This summer recipe coming to you soon!

This summer recipe coming to you soon!



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