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Friday, August 31, 2012

 my secret weapon for adding flavor to a dish!

Ok, this post is inspired by my amazingly plentiful garden all thanks to Harbor Greens! (No, they did not pay me to this these things and no, I am certainly not a master gardner. Actually I usually kill everything so these must be hardy herbs if I can make them grow) At the beginning of the spring season I stocked up on some veggie and herb starts at the market and have been watching them grow grow grow ever since!!!!

 This is my new ALL TIME new favorite side dish! Seriously, go and make this right now!!! I boiled the green beans until just done but still crisp and then I tossed them in olive oil, fresh peppermint, garlic and a splash of lemon juice at the end!! I ate the whole bowl! All items can be found at the market! And the green beans are even local!!!

 Brett's "lunch" for work! He will probably be eating this at 2 am which always seems strange but at least it's fresh and yummy! Whole Wheat pasta with sauteed veggies (corn, carrot, kale, tomatoes, garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes, onion, parsley, basil, chicken and Parmesan on top!!)

 Check out my plants!

Nothing better then cherry tomatoes right off the vine! 
These happen to be the orange globe variety!

 my trio of hers and my inspiration for my green beans! 
Chocolate mint, regular mint and peppermint! I also have rosemary, thyme, parsley, and basil (see below) which make for such flavorful dishes! And yes, my chocolate mint is laying on the ground and yes, I need a cage or something to stake it up....  see I am no master gardener.

 my third love in life, besides Brett, Trevi and well maybe garlic too.... BASIL! The king of all herbs!

And what is this scary/monster of a plant you ask..... a tomatillo plant.  I have no idea if we will even get any fruit from it but there are plenty of flowers and little paper looking shells that could be the beginning of many pounds of green salsa!  However, I am not sure if it is warm enough here. 

Ok, so all this being said, you really should plant a garden, even if it's a small one or just in pots! The herbs alone are awesome to add flavor to dishes and the money you will save will be worth the few minutes of watering them each day!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Silliest Girl I Know!

 baby prison
 (don't worry, she doesn't spend much time behind that gate alone)

 her new toy-- drift wood from Chelan!

 Her new face... 

 this is girl is crazy! Check out those teeth! We're up to 4 with 2 pushing through!


 about a girly as she gets!

 there is that face again!

 she actually kept a head band on for a few minutes!

 she is obsessed with the fan!

 playing outdoors!

 playing with her trains!

 doing some watering!

 making a mess!

 very intently figuring out the hose!

 she is obsessed with feeding herself!

So happy!

Friday, August 24, 2012

 Holy Steak Sandwich Batman!

If you do nothing else this weekend go to Harbor Greens and get the fajita/Mexican/ranchero marinated sirloin steaks and put them on your BBQ ASAP!! I made steak sandwiches and they were delicious! I dressed it with a homemade spicy yogurt sauce (YUMMY) as well as caramelized onions, avocado, arugula and fresh corn!!! Whowzers! 

  Birthday Buddies
 OK and now a glimpse at the birthday buddies!!!!!! Pretty cute little cousins!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

 New Discoveries!

 She can reach the spoons and lick them off though :)

 She is seriously in love with the dish washer!

 This is as far as she can get... I am sure it wont be long before she is inside!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

 Trevi's Life!!!!

 so fresh and clean after playing all day!

 this girl is a serious climber!

 cereal attack!!!

 she loved dad's cereal!!

 she loves to play on the fan!

 nap time in the hot weather!

 climbing stairs!

4th tooth!!!! An upper!!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

 The Latest Happenings at Trevi's House!

 Nicole and Jake came for a play date! These two were too fast meaning I could never get a picture of them together!

I painted the pocket door in our kitchen with white board paint! As you can see cousin Olivia came to play along with cousin Mia but of course I didn't get a picture here either because the girls are too fast and busy! Next time I guess!

 Trevi is trying to climb on everything!

 notice her foot trying to get just a little higher by using the base boards! 
PS. check out the cute jammies from GG!

 The second phase of the tree removal project is well under way! Brett plans to chop all the wood himself!

 Sounds a little crazy, I know!

 Trevi loves to play in the fridge!

 helping herself to a nectarine!

 Apparently she approves of Harbor Greens produce!

 Ahh, smart guy! He talked my grandpa into bring over his wood splitter! The pile is get a little smaller.... slowly!

We have a 3rd tooth!!!! No top ones yet but Trevi is figuring out what they are for because she keeps breaking food with them or scrapping food along the bottom ones!