Thursday, August 20, 2015

Easy Summer Dinner

Summer dinner doesn't get any better than this! Oven free, quick, colorful, and healthy, what more can one ask for? 

Tuna pasta salad atop romaine lettuce, fruit and sliced peppers from the garden, easy peasy! Served with a glass of ice water with a spritz of lemon (not pictured:) I'm in heaven.

What's your  favorite quick summer dinner?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Gardening Perspective

I like to garden. I wouldn't say I'm terribly good at it, but it brings me joy just the same. It made me realize that I don't have to be good at something to enjoy it.

I like experimenting and watching things grow - slowly, quickly, or sometimes not at all. Perhaps, in time, as I gain more experience, the results will be more predictable; however,  for right now it's a learning experience filled with magnificence and uncertainty . Even a struggling plant is a reminder of patience, nurturing and contemplation.

Sadly, the Sugar Daddy Peas didn't make it.

My gardening space is rather limited as most of my yard is concrete. I use pots to give myself a little more room.

garden space

I am in love with my herb pot. I planted spearmint, basil, rosemary and thyme all in the same pot!

herb pot

Almost daily, I snip a piece off for mint tea or to add a pop of fresh flavor to dinner. It's my new favorite thing that makes me pause, appreciate and bask in thankfulness. It's the littlest things that get me everytime.

Although things may not turn out as intended and things get a little unruly,

tomato plants

I can still make the best of the outcome, appreciating whatever harvest shows up.

tomatoes close up

After all,  it's a huge journey from seedling

to mature plant.  No matter the outcome or whatever happens along the way, it's all good and rather magnificent.

peppers close up

How is your garden growing?