Sunday, May 16, 2010

CSA score!

Spring is prime time for salad greens, so that is what we got a lot of in our box this week. Fine with me!

We also got one kohlrabi, which I was absolutly at a loss for what to do with. I mean, look at this thing! What is it?? It smelled horrible when I cut into it, and I chose not to vom everywhere by trying it raw.  But what do I hear in a tiny little toddler voice? "Bite, bite!" And she ate it. Kid is friggin weird. Whatev.

Used this recipe, and cut up our one bulb to force upon poor pregnant Devon for dinner.  It was awesome. Tasted like broccoli stem a bit. Needless to say, I will make this again, and I hope we get a bunch more! Oh, and we had ribeye. Yummo. And so awesome to know that it came from right here in the area, and no weird and wonky stuff added. Feeling healthier already!

I will admit, I was scared that I wouldn't eat all this stuff. Basically, the idea that we paid for it, and it's sitting in there, and an adorable local farm person picked it with their own two hands, MAKES me want to eat it. And so, all we have left is a few strawberries, and one ribeye. And the next pickup isn't til Wednesday!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

First CSA box!

We joined a CSA this year (Community supported agriculture). We are sharing with my mom and Terry, and have a share of veggies and meat. Olivia and I get to pick it up every Wednesday at a park, so she is pretty excited about that!

Besides the "fun" of having different stuff every week, to me it is about knowing where our food is coming from. Everything is local and comes from a handful of different farms. All of the meat is grass fed and humanely treated. This is one of the most important things to me! After watching Food, Inc. I am a little disgusted with the state of the food industry. I would rather keep my money local, and know what I am feeding my family.

Not to mention eating better, and learning about new and different things!

This week, we got: TONS of amazing strawberries, lots of salad greens, chives, kohlrabi, bok choy, eggs, steak, ham, and wheat bread. Pretty awesome! This is the first week of the season, and it's pretty cool eating things that are REALLY in season.

Today we tried bok choy for dinner:

 The bok choy is the whitish part. It sort of reminds me of cabbage. I did NOT like the piece I ate raw. That will not be happening again!
 Matt is not the most adventerous eater, so this CSA was a gamble on my part. I made him promise to TRY everything, and I would try to prepare things in ways he would like. He liked it!

However, I got one "head" of it, like above, and after this meal I have at least half of it left and no idea what to do with it.
Um, and Olivia loved the strawberries! She woke up asking for them this 5:15 am....

Chicago! Day four

Time to go home :( We were tired and ready to go though.

Thanks Mimi, for another awesome trip filled with memories!

Chicago! Day three

Aquariums are hard to photograph! But Olivia loved the "Bugas"

Just waiting for our pizza
Rough day :(

Chicago! Day two

The awesome FREE Lincoln Park Zoo. This will be an annual event!
Mengos!!! That's what Olivia says anyways :)
A little treat
FREE night at the Children's Museum. Also a new must have for our trip. This place was amazing!
And a little downtime in the hotel

Chicago! Day one

Finally posting this, a month later!

Mom, Olivia and I had another awesome annual trip to Chicago! The first time, she was in my belly, then she was a little baby, and of course this year she was almost 2!

How to keep a toddler happy on an airplane!
My new baby!! First American Girl doll :)