Friday, June 26, 2015

What's In Our CSA Box - Weeks 7 and 8

 Week 7 CSA box included red potatoes, zucchini, cucumber, onions, beets, cabbage and swiss chard.



Week 8 brought us salad mix, red potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, onions, and the long awaited tomatoes. . .woohoo!



 Some of the meals using our CSA vegetables included a pizza with tomatoes, squash, mushrooms and onions.



We had sides of new potatoes, beets and salad with our empanadas.




 Spinach quiche with a potato crust




A slice of the spinach quiche and salad




 Our first big, juicy, ripe tomato!




Our first BLT of the summer with cole slaw. . .the best!




Monday, June 22, 2015

Royals vs Red Sox

Last Friday we drove to KC for a Royals' baseball game with the Boston Red Sox. 
It was a beautiful evening for baseball. . .too bad we lost!

Before the Royals' game, we watched the Big Slick Celebrity softball game, benefiting Children's Mercy Hospital. 


Eric Stonestreet did a little catching and visited with umpire George Wendt (#23) aka Norm from Cheers.



 KC Chiefs' Travis Kelce trying to hit the softball



 Paul Rudd on the big screen



 Eric Stonestreet with kids from Children's Mercy throwing out the first pitch.



 Salvy visiting with David Ortiz



Really liked the "red" socks



 It was Buck Night. . .what can we say!



This guy (the enemy) was sitting in front of Chuck



 From Chuck's expression, maybe you can tell how the game was going. . .not good!



 The game was almost sold out and even though they lost, we enjoyed the fireworks after the game.




Going to the game was great but the best part of the weekend was meeting up with an old high school friend Kurt and his wife Colene. Hope to see you again soon!



Monday, June 15, 2015

More Blooms on Quincy Street

 We only had a few poppies this year and plan to save seeds from this double poppy to plant next year.


 Linda's lilies are gorgeous this year!







The wildflower patch is full of blooms







 Love those daisies!



 The butterflies seem to like the blue stokes aster







 We cut the clematis back early in the spring and it has rebounded nicely.
It hasn't bloomed like this in years.


 The catalpa tree in the backyard is also full of fragrant blooms but. . .



. . . all those blooms end up on the patio. . .grrrrrr!



 Beautiful calla lily



 Mom's cactus continues to produce plenty of yellow blooms







One of our favorite daylilies



















 Wish we would have pruned back the oakleaf hydrangea early in the spring.
It's huge.






Loving the spring blooms!


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

What's In Our CSA Box - Week 6

In week 6 we received beets, turnips, onions, kale and two heads of cabbage. We had been anxiously awaiting the beets and they were worth the wait!





 Chuck made a cabbage tart and enjoyed it. 
Rita didn't.







 We also made some radish chips and don't think we'll try this recipe again.
They need to be more crisp and were too spicy.


 Oven roasted beets, turnips, mushrooms, carrots and onions. . .yummy!



 The oven roasted veggies were delicious with barbecued pork loin and garlic bread!



Chuck also made cabbage and potato gratin with mustard bread crumbs.


Looking forward to the new potatoes and zucchini in the next box!










Monday, June 8, 2015

Winged Friends

 On Saturday we were trimming dead wood out of our viburnum and found a robin's nest with four baby robins.



 "Come on, Mom, we're hungry!"







 Several weeks ago we noticed a visiting Baltimore Oriole and immediately set out a few oranges and bought an oriole feeder to try to entice him to stay.










The same day a hummingbird also showed up.



  The oranges not only attracted the oriole but also other winged friends.