Things We’ve Been Enjoying Lately

I wasn’t ecstatic when the boys picked out this movie at the library, but it turned out to be great!  Enjoyed by all! - Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole.

Tasty homemade spaetzle and lettuce from the garden (what’s left of it after the local bunny population devoured most of it).

Monster Mini Golf - one of these just opened in our town.  Man - where were places like this when I was a kid???  CheezWaster I’m sure will want to have a future birthday party there (and the party room is killer - seriously - it looks like a haunted mansion - how cool!)

1001 Bugs to Spot - My mom spotted this in a store while they were on vacation and had to bring it home to The Destroyer.  He just LOVES looking at bugs (and unfortunately for them crushing them when he is done….hey…we don’t call him The Destroyer for nothing!)  Not only is this a great look and find book, it also lists all of the names of the bugs on the pages making it a great learning book as well.  If your kids aren’t into bugs, these books come in all different genres - 1001 Pirate Things to Spot, 1001 Animals to Spot, 1001 Things to Spot in the Sea, 1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland, etc.  There is something for everyone!  These would also be great for plane trips or long car rides!

Jem and the Holograms - THANK YOU The Hub!  My favorite childhood show makes it’s triumphant return! After telling the basic gist of this as a bedtime story, my boys think it is Totally Outrageous!  ;)

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Earth Day - Garden Planning

Happy Earth Day everyone!  Since planting season is just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to plant in my garden this year.   At the end of the season, I always leave my plants to die and to allow the local critters some additional food supply.  Less work in winter means an early work start to the gardening season.  Right now, I keep looking at my garden dreading the pre-planting season clean-up, but already dreaming of the summer’s bounty.  Next week, I plan to start ripping out all of the old plants and the weed paper and also begin weeding the nasty purple flower weed that is starting to take over my whimsical garden.  My mom informed me that if it gets into the grass, it will NEVER leave.  This year, we’ll plant the old standbys: tomatoes and cucumbers, and the new favorites: corn, italian frying peppers and leek.  I’m tossing around the idea of pole beans and I’m going to attempt to grow lettuce again this year in planter pots on shepherd’s hooks so the bunnies can’t eat them down to the root.  I also like to peruse the nursery to find something interesting each year (last year it was leek).  My whimsical garden is another story.  The winter wind and snow demolished my cute little animal spinners and The Destroyer has managed to break 2 out of 4 of my turtle stepping stones.  I’ve thought about planting lavender in its place.  The flower is beautiful and purple (my favorite color) and can withstand the full sun that patch receives, but given my already horrible allergies this season, I’m leery.  I’ve also been looking at a plant called dragon’s blood (it just sounds cool, right?!).  I’m not sure this will be available at my nursery, so I might have to catalog order it.  All in all, I’m planning and gearing up for the season.  A little bit of elbow grease and sweat will give us a plethora of tasty (and organic!) vegetables this summer, all while contributing to the environment.

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Preparing for Spring

Melissa & Doug Rake

Despite the falling snow here in NJ,  I’m gearing up for Spring!  (it has to be coming soon, right?)  I’ve been perusing my seed and plant catalogs and have begun thinking about what I’d like to plant in my garden this year.   Our garden not only provides us with vegetables all summer long, it is a haven for fun, peace & relaxation.  The kids love to help in the garden and I’m always eager to find kids’ gardening tools that aren’t plastic (our recycle bin is tired of broken plastic shovels).  Yesterday, I popped over to Toys R Us and found the most adorable AND functional metal gardening tools for kids.  They are made by Melissa and Doug and are sturdy and safe.  There are no jagged corners and no sharp ends.  The set offers a rake, a hoe, a shovel, a trowel, a cultivator, watering cans, as well as some other odds and ends like sprinklers, lawn games, gardening gloves, sunglasses, a gardening tote, umbrellas, and a bug magnifying glass.  I know a few items that are going to make their way into my kids’ Easter baskets.  Check out the entire Sunny Patch line here and THINK SPRING!

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Continued Summer Harvest

This week’s harvest is in…………

This Week's Garden Harvest

Beefsteak Mutant Tomatoes and All!

Mutant Tomatoes


Backside of a Beefsteak

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Farmer's First Bounty

First Pick of the Summer

The garden is up and running and open for business.  Here’s our first pick of the summer - cucumbers and banana peppers!  Next week, I think we’ll have some paprika peppers ready, too.

Nothing says summer like eating the first pick right after it is plucked from the vine.

Best Damn cucumbers E-V-E-R!

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