• 2020 spring csa week 4
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    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 4

    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 4 starts today! This week’s box brought us the following produce for an encore: asparagus, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, and strawberries. The new item this week is green cabbage. All of these I am very familiar with and love to eat so none will go to waste. This week’s recipe card was for a bacon quiche…so of course I challenged myself to create a vegan quiche instead. I used extra firm tofu along with sauteed veggies and spices to create the quiche. It ended up being very crumbly, so next time I will skip the tofu (or try silken tofu) and try out a different base.…

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    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 3

    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 3 starts today! This week’s box brought us the following produce for an encore: asparagus, spinach, and strawberries. The new stuff includes broccoli, bok choy, arugula, and red leaf lettuce. All of these I am very familiar with and love to eat so none will go to waste. Also, this week’s recipe card was for a kale salad with warm cranberry almond vinaigrette. Very easy to veganize – swap honey for agave and the cheese for tofu or vegan blue cheese crumbles if you have them. This recipe was not really my favorite…I prefer tangy dressings than sweet ones, so meh. What will I make…

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    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 2

    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 2 starts today! This week’s box brought us the following produce for an encore: asparagus, spinach, and strawberries. The new stuff includes broccoli, bok choy, and red leaf lettuce. All of these I am very familiar with and love to eat so none will go to waste. Also, this week’s recipe card was for a crunchy ramen noodle salad with the bok choy. An interesting recipe that I will not be trying since I’m not a fan of eating raw ramen noodles or raw bok choy. I will probably keep it simple and stir-fry the bok choy with garlic and soy sauce. What will I…

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    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 1

    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 1 starts today! We’re trying out a CSA and we picked up our first box today! What’s a CSA? Well CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which basically means getting your fruits and veggies from local farms in your community instead of from far-off sources. A more detailed description can be found here.CSAs are great because: you get to eat the freshest produce (you get what’s in season at peak freshness) you support real people running local businesses it’s more eco-friendly (less fuel used to transport your food from “farm to table”) you also may get to try new produce you otherwise wouldn’t have bought…

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    Halloween 2019

    Trick or Treat! Smell my feet, give me something good to eat!Happy Halloween 2019! Monster Apples These were really fun to make, and they look pretty cool at the end. I found the recipe here. Witches Fingers Cookies

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    Fall 2019 at the Botanical Gardens

    It’s finally fall! Here are photos of my visit in fall 2019 at the botanical gardens: Ornate stained glass structure in the entrance of the building. Throughout the gardens there were lots of elegant glass orchid sculptures by Jason Gamrath. Four Seasons Garden More orchid sculptures! Lots of native foliage. A hanging basket and more pretty foliage. White Garden Under the arbor The Lost Hollow Cucumber plants outside the witches’ hut. Fireplace Cave Butterfly bushes 🦋 Scarecrow Stone sculptures and hut Dry Piedmont Prairie Perennial Garden Beautiful celosia argentea flowers and a visiting bee 🐝 Butterfly weed, Goldenrod, Black-eyed Susan and a variety of other forbs, grasses and shrubs. Canal…

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    2019 Rose Show

    The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden hosted Charlotte’s 2019 Rose Show. Here are photos of the lovely roses I witnessed at this event. Enjoy!

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    CLT Asian Street Food Festival

    I went to the CLT Asian Street Food Festival hosted by CLTure. I thought it was great that the Ve-Go food truck was listed as a vendor on the online menu. Charlotte is slowly but surely getting on board with providing more vegan options in the city. Unfortunately, Ve-Go was a no-show to the event. Too bad, as I was really looking forward to those Korean short ribs! Even though Ve-Go was a no-go, I still had a nice time. I voiced my concerns to the event planner and he provided me with a few free beers. I stayed in time for the Indian dance event, and managed to get…

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    Goat Island Fairy Houses

    Goat Island fairy houses! Wait…what’s a fairy house? Fairy houses are whimsical structures built in and from the natural landscape that provide the creator and viewer with a sense of wonder and joy. The other day I was walking around Goat Island Park, and I encountered a bunch of cute little fairy houses! I didn’t know what they were when I first encountered them, I have never seen such structures before. Even though I didn’t know what they were at the time, I enjoyed seeing the fairy houses on my walk in the park immensely. They were a cute surprise! Adorable little forest fairies 🙂 I love how creative these…

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    First Day of Fall 2019

    Today is the first day of Fall 2019, I’m so excited! 🍂🍁🍂 This time of year is all about the natural landscape changing colors, pumpkin spice everything, and the start of the holidays! Here are the activities I’d like to do this season: visit the mountains to see the yellow/orange/red/brown foliage go hiking, maybe camping in the mountains grow a pumpkin, or pick one from a local pumpkin patch carve a pumpkin visit the pumpkin wall in Charlotte bake a pumpkin pie out of fresh pumpkins make my own homemade pumpkin spice latte make pumpkin/butternut squash soup bake pumpkin spice cookies, cakes, or muffins stuff and eat an acorn squash…