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Got Tomatoes?

Posted Feb 22 2013 7:35pm

Holla and Happy Friday! I can’t honestly believe the weekend is here already.  The kids have been home all week and the time has flown by!  My ‘baby’ also turned 13 this week.  He is officially a teenager now. {scary}.

Happy 13th Birthday!

Happy 13th Birthday!

He is the tall kid…he’s almost as tall as me!

There was some kitchen catastrophes with the sugar cookies I mentioned I was baking on my Facebook page. The first batch fell apart, the second batch burned,

Too burned to eat!

Too burned to eat!

The broken cookies are underneath, looking broken.

The third batch, actually got frosted! And by batch, I mean the 3rd bunch of pans…this was all the same batch of dough.

Heart cookies for Valentines Day

Heart cookies for Valentines Day

These were actually clean cookies all the way around.  I used beet juice to make the frosting pink…but the problem was, they kind of tasted like beets.  With that being said, I added more pure vanilla to cover up the flavor but to my they still tasted funky…and they were on the hard side anyway so they headed into the trash after about 3 days.  Oh, well. You win some, you lose some!  Cookie fail.

There was more homemade bread, and this time I was careful not to burn the loaf of french bread.  The kids think the rolls are too big (they are 3oz a piece) so next time I think I will make them 2 1/4 oz and see how that works.  I think I’ve finally mastered rolls, which is exciting given the kitchen catastrophes involved with my dough baking.

Perfect rolls

Perfect rolls

Loving the French Bread.  It’s a huge loaf for our family though, so I might make the dough and then freeze it to have it on hand in the future.

French bread. Un-burned.

French bread. Un-burned.

I went into the pantry the other day for my sweet potatoes and found that they had sprouted!  This is actually a good thing, because now I can plant the eyes and grow sweet potatoes at home! I am very excited about this development.  I have yet to put them in the ground and this is the first year that I’ll be planting sweet potatoes so it should be interesting.

Blooming sweet potatoes

Blooming sweet potatoes

There was more homemade pizza (this always disappears within a day or so.  I’ve learned to make 2 dough balls at the same time so one can be frozen.

Mmmmm. Homemade Pizza

Mmmmm. Homemade Pizza

I’ve gotten into wanting alfalfa sprouts recently as I read how great they are for you, but then I found out that almost 100% of the alfalfa crops here in the US are GMO.  How disappointing.  I’ve decided to grow my own organic, because I do love sprouts.  Here is one way that I was eating them and it most certainly delicious!

Homemade sandwich...with yummy sprouts

Homemade sandwich…with yummy sprouts

So I may or may not have mentioned in the past that my wonderful husband bought me a hydroponics set up for the house.  My tomatoes are growing like crazy.  We plan to eat them, can them, dehydrate them…the possibilities are endless.  So excited to have organic tomatoes.  They have flavor and taste the way that a tomato should versus the non-organic tomatoes at the store which are tasteless and gross…and the reason is because they are GMO so that they don’t spoil. It’s a totally aesthetic thing.  Would you like a tomato that looks pretty or one that tastes like a tomato?

The hydroponics setup

The hydroponics setup

I  just love that these plants get noticeably larger every single day.

Tomato plants

Tomato plants

We are also growing various pepper plants, basil, parsley, lettuce…My basil has also started growing!

Hydroponic basil

Hydroponic basil

I am also spouting chia seeds…so exciting!

Chia Sprouts

Chia Sprouts

Can you see the little sprouts on the left?  Love it! Alfalfa is definitely next.

Have you had any luck in the kitchen this week? I can’t wait until my first tomato shows up on my plants.  I love that I have outside gardens and one inside as well.  Outside will be kale, spinach, brussel spouts, asparagus, strawberries, beans, melon and watermelon.  Happy gardening! :)

 

 

 

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