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Slow Cooker Creamy Onion Dip
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Crazy Tomato and Watermelon Harvest – 83 pounds worth!
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Traveling Emergency First Aid Kit – How to Make Your Own!
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Homemade Carrot Bread
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Maple Syrup Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich – Made in seconds!
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What I LOVE: My Awesome Dad and his Garden Peppers
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Easy Buttery Homemade Soft Pretzels
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How to Store Lettuce to Last for a Month
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No Canning, No Vinegar, 24 Hour Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles
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It’s a Furry World I Live In
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Tomato Season.. Picking By the Bucket!
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Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad
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Lobster Roll Picnic In The Park
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Crazy Candy S’mores, Indoors Microwave Recipe
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Cozy in California
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Step Into Crista’s Garden
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Oreo Chocolate Pudding Peanut Butter Popsicles
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Creamy Cauliflower Pasta
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Changing of the Guard, From Peas to Beans
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Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog, Perfect for Summer Grilling

Slow Cooker Creamy Onion Dip

Slow Cooker Creamy Onion Dip:  This onion dip is made in the slow cooker and comes out creamy and cheesy!

We grew many onions this year.  Do you remember when we planted them all? Well it’s time to pick them now!  We have 4 big creates that are full of onions.  We let them dry in the sun for a few days and then ran up to the roof when we heard thunder and thankfully got them inside before it started to rain.  Close one!  Now they’re living inside and we’re storing them in pantyhose (great tip) and baskets.

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Crazy Tomato and Watermelon Harvest – 83 pounds worth!

This week was a big harvest weekend where we spent a whole evening picking vegetables and the entire day of Sunday making stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.  I am pretty sure that I will never need to buy tomato sauce again.  This Summer we bought a mini storage freezer just for our garden and it’s about 75% full and we have a good 2 months left of gardening this year (not counting Fall veggies).  I’m going to have open a produce stand, anyone want to stop by?  I give veggies out for free! :D)

(I apologize for the quality of these pictures, it was already dark out by the time we got the tomatoes inside)

First up tomatoes.  We picked 43 pounds of tomatoes this weekend!  Wild, right?  
This is a really heavy crate, too heavy for my weak arms.  I picked it up, Matthew snapped the picture, I threw the crate down and then fell to the floor in weak power.
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Traveling Emergency First Aid Kit – How to Make Your Own!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HealthySavings #CollectiveBias

How do you feel about traveling?  I love exploring new places, meeting new cultures and enjoying all the new foods.  I also feel that traveling is extremely exhausting.  I think it’s the whole process of getting there and getting home is what wears me out.  Who likes waiting in airport security lines for them to check your hair bun?  And who likes hearing their plane is going to be 4 hours late?   Also, I’m a homebody.  I love my own bed, my own tea cup, my daily routine and especially our cats.  I miss those critters so bad while I’m away, I can’t wait to walk through the door and pick them all up in big hugs. 

 When traveling you need to be prepared.  When we went to the Middle East earlier this year there were certain things that we couldn’t bring into the country and there were some things I forgot to pack that we definitely weren’t able to buy there.  I really don’t like to waste money on a new bottle of aspirin when a sudden travel headache comes up when I know I have a brand new bottle at home waiting for me in the medicine cabinet.  That’s why I always travel with a first aid kit.  It has the basics of what you need when away from home, in case you have a headache, get a cut or need some energy when you get 2 hours sleep.

Ever feel like this? This was in Berlin when we landed and got to the hotel.  Yawns.  Even worse, the bed was super comfy which meant we never wanted to get up.
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Homemade Carrot Bread

 This delicious homemade carrot cake is easy to make and uses 6 carrots. It’s great for leftover carrots and a sneaky way to get vegetables into a dessert!

There’s something magical about a warm piece of homemade carrot bread, isn’t there?  Maybe it’s the love that goes into making it.  Maybe it’s the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove that fills your kitchen.  Maybe it’s the feeling of Fall being around the corner.  Or maybe it’s just the great feeling of knowing there’s a bunch of vegetables in this bread and that makes it healthy, right? 

With a whole bunch of carrots just picked from the garden and a whole bed of seeds just planted I’m stocked with carrots.  We’ve been eating some processed junk for dessert lately so I was on the mission to bake something delicious that could use our batch of just picked vegetables.  My mind immediately went to the carrots, what could I make? There’s carrot cake, carrot cake cupcakes but I wanted something a little more savory without the frosting on top, so carrot bread was what I started daydreaming about.

This bread is delicious and really hits that Autumn dreaming spot.  I can imagine this would be a Fall or Winter favorite on those chilly days where you’ll curl up with a blanket, book and a hot cup of tea.  This can be a delicious breakfast or a dessert and it would be a perfect hit at holiday dinners, potlucks and friendly get togethers.
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Maple Syrup Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich – Made in seconds!

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Join me in making this Maple Syrup Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich, the perfect sandwich made in seconds, sponsored on behalf of Smithfield Anytime Favorites. 

It’s almost September! Yipee!  You see, I’m a Fall girl so I love everything about these next upcoming months.  But with Fall, comes early mornings.  Maybe it’s back to work (or maybe it’s regular go to work), getting your kids on the bus, making your loved one a on the go sandwich, or throwing together a quick dinner sandwich after basketball practice.  This Maple Syrup Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich is crazy good, will fill you up and the best part, it’s made in seconds.  I’m serious.  You can literally have this made in under 90 seconds.  Time yourself, it will be fun! Plus you’ll get your daily exercise in.  See, it’s a win win situation!

The sandwich is based on a popular fastfood sandwich, but homemade so you know what’s going into it and you can use the finest ingredients.  It hits the spot of being savory (ham, egg, cheese) but with a touch of sweetness (maple syrup).   You can serve it up for breakfast, pack it for lunch (just put the syrup on the ide) or make for dinner.  I’m a fan of breakfast for dinner, so make these up and serve with some greens on the side and you’re set.

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What I LOVE: My Awesome Dad and his Garden Peppers

In this new series, I’m sharing current things that I love.  Maybe it’s cats, maybe it’s a new restaurant, maybe it’s a new cookie, maybe it’s… anything!

The title of this should also read: Dad’s Green Peppers, AKA My Dad Is Cool

We grow peppers and they do pretty good.  We grow bell peppers and jalapeno peppers and we pick multiple pounds a week.  But then my dad shows up and shows me how he grows them in Pennsylvania.  Goodness gracious, Pennsylvania grows them good.  

Every year my dad starts a garden in the back yard.  As a kid we had a very small yard but he would still grow tomatoes.  The tomatoes would grow so tall they would block the kitchen window.  It also made it easy because we could use the sink hose to water these tomatoes out the window.   My dad moved into a new house a few years ago and he has a much larger garden area now.  Every Spring he buys his plants from farmers and he always buys alot more than one person usually buys.  And every year halfway during the Summer he tells me he’s never buying them again because he has too many.  And then the next year comes around and he does the same thing.  And this Summer he continued this tradition and bought even more.  My dad has over 20 pepper plants, for one man.  I laugh because it’s funny, cute and amazing all at the same time. 

A few weeks ago when he started planting the peppers he made a joke that he would ship me them as they started to grow. I laughed.

So you can imagine that I burst into laughter when a big box appeared at my door and when opening it up, I saw this:

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 That’s right, my dad shipped me peppers.

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Easy Buttery Homemade Soft Pretzels

As a kid one of my favorite treats were soft pretzels.  But we didn’t make them from scratch in my house; Mom always had a box of frozen pretzels in the freezer.  These were easy to make: take them out and throw them in microwave for one minute and then sprinkle them with the tiny salt packet it came with.  Boom- soft pretzel.

Many years later, I still have cravings for  soft pretzels.  Because I live in New York,  I  often walk by a soft pretzel vendor and am immediately hit with a pretzel craving that lasts the rest of the day.  At a baseball game? Why yes, nice gentleman carrying a tray of soft pretzels on his head, throw me one for a reasonable $8.00. (It’s the price you pay for love.)

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How to Store Lettuce to Last for a Month

Lettuce only lasting a few days? Never again! With this easy method using aluminum foil you can store lettuce to last for a month!

In June we pick lettuce.  We pick lots of lettuce.  I’m talking so much lettuce you begin to get lettuce anxiety.  Have you ever had it?  It’s when you dream of lettuce chasing you with baskets to capture you.   It’s rough.
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No Canning, No Vinegar, 24 Hour Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles

Pickles….they’re baaaaaaack.
It’s the beginning of August which means it’s pickle time.  The cucumber plants are thriving and we’re picking kirby cucumbers by the basket.  Between this and my Half Sour Pickle recipe, I’m all set with my pickles for the next few months.

This pickle recipe is easy and tastes just like the best Dill Hamburger pickles you can buy in the store.  You don’t need canning experience because these are no boil needed.  You throw them in the refrigerator and they’re ready to crunch in 24 hours.   Also this recipe doesn’t use vinegar because you all know my hatred for vinegar, so for all of you who have gotten to this recipe because you typed into Google “I hate vinegar, please give me pickles”, I got you covered.  I love these pickles, they’re win win all around.

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We’ve been picking a bunch of kirby cucumbers in the garden.  We grow our cucumbers in 27 gallon containers and we’re always surprised by how well they grow.  We try to pick them  before they get too big, but sometimes one giant gets through because we miss him (they’re boys).
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It’s a Furry World I Live In

I live in a furry home.  
This is the sign that you see when you walk into our house:
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And this is probably true, so deal with it. My kids have paws, fur, tiny little toes that pitter patter when they chase balls, and they cuddle with purrs.  My kids rule.  Most of you who read this blog or follow me on Instagram know I’m a #catlady.  I love cats, I love them all, the entire cat population is my best friend.  

Did you know we have 5 cats?  You might have thought we had 4, but in July we adopted a new girl who needed a immediate home.  I’ll do a entire post on her because she’s awesome. Her name is Toes and she’s a sweet heart x a million.
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Tomato Season.. Picking By the Bucket!

You guys, it’s raining tomatoes on me!  Send help… bring canning jars and freezer bags, I’ve got tomato sauces lined up and ready for you!

This Summer we planted triple the amount of tomato plants which is resulting in a whole lot of tomatoes.  How many?  We bought a small freezer for our garden goodies that we freeze, mostly tomato sauce.  Already a few racks  in the freezer are full of sauce!  My goal is to go a entire year without having to buy any tomato sauce, so I’ve been stocking up!  Last year I lasted until April and then I had to cave and buy a jar in the store, but I’m hoping to last until next year’s tomato season.  

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(yes, that’s what I do when I’m bored, I surround FiFi Bofinkles with tomatoes and march them up her belly, she loves it, I swear)

 We mainly grow 3 types of tomatoes, cherry, roma and beef.  Here’s my original post on when we planted the seeds and moved them outside.  Besides sauces, I’m slicing and dicing salsa like a crazy woman, throwing cherry tomatoes in my mouth and dabbing a touch of salt on a sliced beef tomato and eating it raw.     By the way, my favorite tomato sauce recipe is this one that I use almost every time.  You can substitute cherry tomatoes for your kind, I use it the same way for beef and roma tomatoes.

Here’s some of our plants, all in 27 or 5 gallon containers.  On a rooftop.  Gosh, I love saying that.  Tomato high 5.  Did I mention (I know I didn’t) that we already picked over 120 pounds of vegetables so far this year? On a rooftop.  Garden love high 5 and back flips (careful). 

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Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad

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This Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DOLE Canned Fruit.

Ok so, Tropical Fruit, you might think of in a salad.  
Whipped cream in a recipe title with that ends with salad?  That might make you click this post.  

This Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad is one of my favorite desserts to make in a rush for those friends that stop over for dinner, to a kids birthday party where you need a treat for adults, or just for you because you’ve had a bad day and you deserve a treat.  If the last choice is your option, I also would recommend eating this on a couch, with cozy socks on, cats on your lap while watching Law & Order.  

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Lobster Roll Picnic In The Park

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seamless for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you live in NYC then you know Seamless simply as your “best friend”.  Need lunch in a hurry? Order from Seamless.  Craving Sushi? How about Thai? Or that great Mexican restaurant that puts your favorite guacamole on your burrito? Order Seamless. Or how about that Grandma pizza that your favorite pizza joint makes but you’re too lazy to walk there? Order Seamless.

Seamless is upping their game up a notch and doing something fun this week with the Seamless Picnic Day.  As part of Seamless Picnic Day, Seamless has teamed up with Luke’s Lobster to offer a fun and break from work picnic experience for pickup or delivery in Manhattan (Midtown East, Midtown West, East Village and the Financial District)  for only $12.    What everyone needs for lunch break is a picnic in the park (hello sunshine, friends and food!) so if you are near Flatiron Plaza or Columbus Circle,  stop by to pickup your Seamless Picnic Day Basket in these parks.  All you have to do is order Seamless from 12PM-2:30PM on July 29, grab a friend and experience the Seamless Picnic Day. 

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Crazy Candy S’mores, Indoors Microwave Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored

Who’s ready to get their S’mores on?  Get your S’mores on.  Get your S’mores on.  Getcha Getcha Getcha your S’mores on.  

In NYC I don’t exactly have the normal campfire setting (woods, campfire, tents…bears?), but you don’t always need a campfire to make S’mores.  That’s right, you can’t keep a city girl away from S’mores.    S’mores makes a quick and delicious dessert for a rooftop party, friends get together, or a delicious dessert after you eat dinner and pause House of Cards half way through.  So let’s make S’mores, day or night!

S’mores is such a fun treat because everyone can customize their own.  You need your basics: graham crackers, chocolate bar and marshmallows but then the creativity comes in.   I love creating a tabletop full of additions, from more chocolate (!), fruits, nuts and spicy jalapeno peppers (my favorite!).     Also you need to make it cute.  Decorate it with napkins (it’s going to get messy in there), plates, and fun signs to get the party started.

My favorite signs:
Get Your S’MORE On!
S’MORE Love!
And Love You S’MORE for your special someone…

Have fun and get creative and then get your hands chocolaty and dive in!

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This is what you’ll need:
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars
Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares
Kraft’s Jet Puffed Marshmallows

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Creative Additions:
Sprinkles
Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups
Hershey’s Chocolate Chips
Chopped Bananas
Nuts – peanuts, walnuts
Fruits – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches
Chopped Jalapeno Peppers

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Directions:
Place graham cracker on microwave safe plate.
Add chocolate and marshmallow on top.
Microwave for 5-8 seconds.
Add creative additions now.  
Put graham cracker on top and smoosh together to make the S’more.
Enjoy!

Let’s get started to build one of my favorites.
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I might or might not have ate a few pieces of that chocolate while making this setup. 
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Now start to build your own.  My favorite is double the chocolate with a bit of spice. I add in a handful of chocolate chips and then chopped jalapenos.  If you’ve ever had a chocolate bar with peppers baked in, then you’re going to love this!

Don’t you just love a cupful of chocolate chips? I need this to sip every morning to wake me up. ;)
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Goodness gracious, I’m in love.
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Want another fun S’more?  Add in a Mini Peanut Butter Cup, chopped banana and some almonds.  It’s the perfect salty and sweet.
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Now go on and have a fun weekend and get your S’more on!

Look for the S’mores display at Walmart where you can pick up all your supplies!  What’s your favorite way to enjoy S’mores?
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Cozy in California

Tracking PixelNeed a vacation? Me too!  Make sure it’s comfy!  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gold Toe.

I’m sorta obsessed with socks.  I have a giant drawer full of them that I can’t really close.  If you open it up, you’ll see a rainbow of patterns and colors, and every holiday possible in sock form.  For Christmas, I’m guaranteed to get at least 3 pair of cat socks, so you can imagine I’m always equipped with cats under my shoes.  I treat socks a a luxury item so I try to buy the best.  From buying handmade wool socks on Etsy to buying the softest socks in the store, I always need comfy and Ultra Soft, Oh. So. Soft.
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Step Into Crista’s Garden

Hey guys,
I’m missing the Blogher conference in NYC because I’m in Los Angeles right now working on a top secret fun job, but while I’m gone, I wanted to share with you Crista’s garden.  This is a ongoing “peeking” feature that I’ve been wanting to grow that showcases people’s growing spaces, from big gardens to plants that live on NYC fire escapes. I hope you enjoy!  And if are interested in getting your garden featured, leave a comment and I’ll contact you!  And to everyone at the Blogher conference, I hope you are taking lots of pictures and having fun!   Brooklyn Farm Girl will be featured doing the Voices of the Year ceremony, so if you can, grab some pics for me!

So now without any more yapping, meet Crista from peace.love.quinoa
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Can you tell me about peace. love. quinoa and how it relates to growing your own?  How did you come up with your blog’s name?
When I first conceptualized my blog, I struggled with a name for it – I honestly thought a name would come to me easier than it did. After listing out the things that are important to me, the things that define me as a person and would eventually define my blog’s brand, I found three words: peace, love, and quinoa. The three words sounded good together and quickly became my blogs name.

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Oreo Chocolate Pudding Peanut Butter Popsicles

These Oreo Chocolate Pudding Peanut Butter Popsicles will bring all the boys to the yard.

Ok, not just boys. Girls, children, cats, dogs, gnomes.  Practically everyone.    Once you make a batch of these, they will be gone right away and then your family will be requesting a new batch.  So you’ll make another  and they’ll be gone right now.  And then you have to have a popsicle intervention because these are that good and addicting.

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What’s not to love about these?
Oreos – check
Chocolate Pudding – check
Creamy Peanut Butter –  check

I mean once you have the 3 most important food groups in a a recipe, you’re pretty much set to be satisfied.

If you really love these popsicles and the ingredients then I hope you’ll pin these in Peanut Butter & Co’s Pin-To-Win Sweepstakes.  It would mean alot to me, plus I want everyone to enjoy these tasty beauties.  

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Creamy Cauliflower Pasta

You’ll love this creamy cauliflower pasta dish because it’s cheesy and full of vegetables.  Plus it’ll be done in 15 minutes.  Isn’t that a win win situation?  

Our cauliflower was picked in the beginning of June so I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you!  We love harvesting cauliflower.  We love that one plant equals one head of cauliflower, so it’s always a little bit more special as you really have to take care of that plant.   Some years we’ve had success with cauliflower and some years it gets hot too quickly and the cauliflower ends up the size of a tennis ball.  It’s one of those plants we always have to decide at the beginning of seed planting calendar if we should grow that year, but somehow it always wins.

Plus, if the cauliflower grows, I’m one happy girl. I even do a little dance for it, but I won’t show you that.
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I just love how it’s a bundle of joy, all wrapped up.   
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Changing of the Guard, From Peas to Beans

 The transition from June to July is always a large change in the plants.  Collard greens gets replaced by pumpkins,  broccoli and cauliflower gets replaced by soybeans and cucumbers.  Lettuce gets replaced by cantaloupe.  Watermelons get added into the raspberry bins.  And our beloved sugar snap peas get replaced with beans.. lots and lots of beans… to replace lots and lots of sugar snap peas.

This year the sugar snap pea plants did great, but they’re always done well with producing a bunch of peas.  They’re one of the most consistent plants with good yields in both Spring and Fall.
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Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog, Perfect for Summer Grilling

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatAGrillWants #CollectiveBias

This post should really be titled:  #WhatABoyWants #WhatAGrillWants because Boys Want Grilled Food.  All The Time.  With Summer in full gear are you having outdoor get-togethers around the BBQ? If you’re on a rooftop in NYC and look around you’re guaranteed to almost always find a rooftop full of friends around a grill, laughing and sharing hot dogs.

I really love Mexican food, I mean look at the recipe index I have for it.  So when it comes to hot dogs it might not surprise you that I wanted to try to give them Mexican flare.  Imagine one delicious Hebrew National beef frank, covered with shredded cheese, salsa, tomatoes and jalapenos on top, inside a taco shell.  My mouth is watering just thinking about this.
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