Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Green Thumb (or lack thereof)

I’m BACK. Sorry for the sporatic bloggage lately. It’s been a little crazy up in here! My cousin got married (tons of wedding week festivities), my other cousin had a going away party (she just moved to the Czech Republic),  my sister-in-law had her baby shower… and the list goes on! Anyhow, I am BACK and ready to blog.

This past week I decided to start a little garden on my balcony.  We own a 3 story town home so we don’t have a yard (at least one that isn’t communal). So I’m going to ol’ potted garden route! Cross your fingers everyone, I don’t have the best reputation when it comes to keeping plants alive! haha Here’s what I’ve got going on so far:

Basil and Flat-Leaf Parsley – I’ve already used some of the basil on homemade Pizza (delicious!)

Mint – Can we say MOJITO?! Just in time for the heat that has arrived here in FL. It already feels like summer!

Eggplant – I adore eggplant. Eggplant Parmesan, Baba Ganoush, and even plain ol’ roasted eggplant with a little salt in pita bread. YUM.

Roma Tomatoes – Oh how I can’t wait to make Pasta, Bruschetta, and Pico de Gallo!!

And last, but not least… Strawberries – My FAVORITE fruit. Ever.

So that is the start of my potted garden! I’m super pumped! While on the topic of being pumped, I have to give a quick shout out to my Uncle Bruce and Aunt Amy who sent me this gem of a treat:

Homemade Maple Syrup! HOLLA! I was ecstatic to receive a bottle of this liquid gold in the mail! Uncle Bruce literally puts taps in his maple trees and makes these bottles of goodness with the sap! Thanks guys – you rock!

Oh, and speaking of homemade… here’s a quick photo update on my homemade vanilla extract:

A little Squirrel found her way into the picture (aka: Maddie)

They’ve been ‘marinating’ for about 5 1/2 weeks now… only 3 1/2 more weeks left! Remember when they looked like this? I am super duper excited to use this stuff in a few weeks!!

Alright ya’ll… I’m off to B-Study with some fantastic ladies! I’m bringing dessert… Key Lime Trifle! mmm… I’ll leave you with a photo of one sweet and handsome Boxer dog:


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6 Responses to “Green Thumb (or lack thereof)”

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    mom — April 5, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    makes me want a garden 🙂

    • Kristina replied: — April 6th, 2011 @ 10:22 am

      You have a nice little patio! You should start one!!

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    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour — April 5, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    Good luck with your garden!! Try rosemary too…. I planted a small plant years back and now it is a giant fragrant bush! (I live in Florida too) Your pups are precious!

    • Kristina replied: — April 6th, 2011 @ 10:19 am

      Rosemary is a great idea! It’s hard to know what herb can handle the heat here in FL (i tried Cilantro last year… and that was an epic fail! haha)

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    Rochelle — April 6, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    I’m sooooo envious of your plants! I wish I had room outside to put them, or a cat who wouldn’t eat them if I grew them inside.

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    Debbie — April 6, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    Can’t wait to see you this weekend!

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