My Garden Grows

Do you remember back a few weeks ago when I started my garden?

Look at it now!

Ok, ok, we still need soil in our beds and it’s not really that impressive but what is impressive is watching the peas grow so fast!

Pretty soon they are going to need something to grow up.  I cannot wait to munch these Spring treats straight from the vine.

4 Weeks to 30 update

Argh! This is harder than I thought!  I’ve had to put a lot of attention into both of my commitments; interrupting less and snacking less while cooking.

I’ve found myself making justifications for the snacking, like “it’s only veggies and I’m hungry”.   But the point is that I want to break the hand-to-mouth habit because my food will taste better when I sit down to eat it with an appetite and a fresh mouth.  Tossing food in my mouth, even if the calories are negligible, encourages me to take food for granted which is not a healthy or fun thing in my book.

Tomorrow I will set two more commitments to leave behind some “bad” habits with my 20’s.

Business at the clinic is swimming right along and I am super pleased with where we are at for our 4th month open.  One thing we are still working on is what music is appropriate to play in the reception area.  So far we’ve played a lot of Jack Johnson and Eric Clapton but it’s getting old.  Do you have any suggestions? Basically we want something that we enjoy, is relatively mellow, and free of offensive lyrics.

I made a very healthy and simple “cream” sauce for our dinner last night.

  • white beans
  • cheese
  • dried dill
  • red chili flakes
  • lemon juice
  • salt n pepper
  • water or milk to thin

Add beans, lemon juice, and a little water or milk to the food processor and puree until very smooth.  Add dill, chili flakes, salt, and pepper to taste (yes, sometimes you just HAVE to taste as you cook).  Add grated cheese (we used Monterey Jack) and process until combined.  Heat in a sauce pan or microwave to melt the cheese.

I ate my portion over steamed broccoli and Tate had his over pork chops.  It was creamy and filling!

Have a gorgeous day!


  1. Jackie Smith

    Your garden is great! I wish I could grow something, but I was blessed with the ability to kill plants; not nourish them.

    Have you listened to Adele or Cinematic Orchestra? I play both while my students are writing, as background music. They might work for your office. I’m going to use the new Jamie Woon CD, too, which is another suggestion.

  2. I love your garden!! Lucky lady. 🙂
    Four months! Really? Time flies — that’s amazing.
    A.A.Bondy is mellow & pretty. Norah Jones, always beautiful. Alexi Murdoch. I enjoy classical pieces as well, though I know that “bores” a lot of people.
    I’ll keep music ideas in mind, because we can definitely mix it up for you! 😉

  3. Michelle

    The Invisible Cities, Michael Buble, Colbie Caillat, Jewel, Kate Earl, Michael Tolcher. These are some of my faves when I need a little mellower feel.
    Jealous of your garden starts…we’re still too cold to do much here. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can get my beds started.

  4. My taste in music is pretty eclectic. I can and do listen to a lot of different styles but I’ll always come back to good old country. Unless you’re in the middle of Texas don’t play it in your office. 🙂

  5. Lauren

    I’m not sure if this will be your taste in music but…James Taylor, Coldplay, Keb Mo (he is a blues guy and I love him). I’ll let you know if I think of more.

  6. Elizabeth

    At the farmer’s market last weekend, I bought a bag of pea greens. The farmer had already harvested the peas and didn’t want to waste the leafy parts. They tasted great in a salad.

    • I’ve heard of eating pea shoots but I don’t think I’ve tried them. I am super tempted to start chomping on the greens but I keep telling myself that they peas will be worth the wait!

  7. I like a Scottish indie band called Idlewild; some of their stuff is fast and loud but some is quite mellow. Check out their 2001 album, ‘Remote Part of my Heart’. I also like some solo stuff by Roddy Woomble and Rod Jones, both of whom are also members of Idlewild. Along the same lines you could try another Scottish band, The Twilight Sad. Another good indie band for mellow stuff is The Decemberists.

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