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How To Make a Sub Irrigated Planter
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The Best Ways To Store Bananas
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Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
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Peach Cake With Vanilla Frosting
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Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller Review
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20 Sweet and Summery Watermelon Crafts & DIY Projects
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The Best Pregnancy-Safe Teas and Morning Sickness Tea Recipe
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June Community Garden Update!
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How to Store Cilantro To Make It Last For Weeks
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Easy Ciabatta Bread
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Grandmas Tuna and Chips Dip
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White Chocolate Toffee Recipe
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100 Cherry Tomato Recipes
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Cast Iron Chicken With Mint Chutney
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Scrambled Egg Ground Beef Casserole
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10 EASIEST Vegetables To Grow In The Garden
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Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole
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4×4 Garden Plan: Let’s Grow 100 Pounds of Food!
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Chocolate Avocado Baby Muffins
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Garden Cupcakes

How To Make a Sub Irrigated Planter

How To Make a Sub Irrigated Planter! We grow HUNDREDS of pounds of vegetables in our planters! Follow these easy DIY step by step instructions on how to make your own container garden. These planters are perfect for gardens of any size, and they’re cheap to make!

What is a Sub Irrigated Planter?

Sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) have been a game changer for us since we started using them almost 10 years ago.  The main difference between them and traditional container gardening planters is that with SIPs water is introduced from the bottom and is absorbed up through the growing media via capillary action.  This method conserves water and makes sure that moisture stays where your plants need it most – their roots.  

Sub Irrigated Planter Garden

Hundreds of pounds of vegetables grown in a couple sub irrigated planters!

We originally learned about building SIPs when we used to garden on our NYC rooftop (and grew hundreds of pounds of vegetables!).  Watering had become a daily multi-hour chore and we were looking for solutions to combat the hot and windy conditions that quickly evaporated water from the garden and always left our plants looking thirsty. 

There are numerous premade SIP solutions to buy but they can get expensive and didn’t really fit the level of production we wanted so we decided to build our own.  Our two favorite resources are Earthtainers and Global Buckets. The first summer we used SIPs we were in love.  Our evaporation woes were over, watering wasn’t a constantly required chore and best of all the plants looked great – especially our 8ft tall tomato plants that were giving us pounds (and pounds!) of vegetables a day!

(btw need tomato recipes? You NEED to try my stewed tomatoes and cherry tomato sauce!). 

Growing Tomatoes In Sub Irrigated Planters

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The Best Ways To Store Bananas

How to Store Bananas!  These easy tips will prevent your bananas from turning brown!  Food storage tricks includes storing with other fruit, plastic wrap, banana trees, in fridge and how to freeze bananas!  Learn the best ways to store bananas and keep them green for longer!

If you guys know me, then you know I love bananas!   In fact, there’s a ongoing joke with my Instagram Stories because I’m often carrying a banana!  Bananas are my go to breakfast, and my favorite snack. I can’t get enough of them!

I’m picky about bananas though – they can’t be too green and they can’t be too brown.  Actually, they can’t be brown.  As soon as I see a brown spot on the banana peel (or worse the banana itself!) then I know it’s time to freeze these bananas (hello Banana Smoothie!) and buy new ones.

Using my tips below, learn the best ways to store bananas to keep them PERFECT longer!

The Best Ways to Store Bananas

Bananas. You can use potassium-rich fruit in so many ways and even enjoy it on its own. Bananas are, however, quite fickle. Doesn’t it seem like they’re green one moment and a brown mushy mess the next? Try these methods to store bananas and keep them fresh for when you want them.

How to Store Bananas!  These easy tips will prevent your bananas from turning brown!  Tricks includes storing with other fruit, plastic wrap, banana trees and how to freeze bananas!  Learn the best ways to store bananas and keep them green for longer!

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Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

HEALTHY, Dairy Free Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It’s dairy free and vegan.

Well, it’s been a hot week in New York City.  I’ve been pushing my daughter in the stroller, sweat rolling down my face, while mumbling how much I miss Winter.   Why is it that when it’s Winter, you can’t wait for Summer, but when it’s Summer, you’re like… nope, I want Winter again!  Too cold, too hot, it never ends!

What’s the perfect drink for a hot day? You want something refreshing, cold, and great tasting. Right? Well, this Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie really hits the spot!

Full of summer-ripe fruits at their peak, it is sweet, nutritious, and hydrating. It’s great for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack when you need a boost of energy!

You can make a full batch and save some in the fridge for a snack later. You can take it with you for a quick and easy chilled meal on the go in a shaker bottle or wide-mouthed water bottle.   Skip dessert and have a smoothie instead! There’s really no wrong time to have a smoothie.

HEALTHY, Dairy Free Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It's dairy free and vegan.

Smoothie Nutrition

The great thing about smoothies, especially this one, is that they are hydrating and nutritious on those hot summer days. You get plenty of water from the fruit and added ice, plus all the naturally occurring nutrients.

This one 24oz. smoothie contains only 140 calories and has 150% of your daily requirement for vitamin C. It also has 34% of your daily potassium. And that’s just in one smoothie!

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Peach Cake With Vanilla Frosting

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It’s the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

It’s the middle of the Summer which means it’s peach season at the farmers market. I love juicy peaches!   I love them for breakfast. I love them for afternoon snacks.  I love making easy peach jam with them!  But I especially love them in this Peach Cake!

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It's the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

Do you have a favorite Summer cake that your entire family looks forward to?  Or do you have fond memories of your Grandmother making the best peach cake?  This is one of those seasonal recipes that bring back instant memories for me.

This is a old fashioned, homemade peach cake recipe.   Imagine if you opened up your Grandma’s recipe box.  This cake recipe would be in there! 

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It's the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

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Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller Review

Tracking PixelErgobaby 180 Reversible Stroller Review!  This is a great stroller for city parents, with a giant sun canopy and easy to fold with 1 hand!  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ergobaby but all opinions are 100% my own.

You know who are super warriors? City Moms!  Being a city mom is tough, especially with lugging your baby and life around with you, from subway to sidewalk to home and everything in between.  

That’s why I was so excited to host the Ergobaby Strollin In The Park Event in June to get to know other city moms and to support one of my favorite baby brands – Ergobaby! (You can watch the video here!)
New York City Social Influencer Moms(Don’t you love Enceladus giving the camera a point?)

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20 Sweet and Summery Watermelon Crafts & DIY Projects

20 Sweet and Summery Watermelon Crafts & DIY Projects for kids of all ages! You’re going to love making these creative projects with preschoolers, toddlers and teens! Ideas include everything from magnets, pillows, pinatas, painted bowls, planters, easy paper plate crafts and more!

Summer is all about watermelon season!   Who doesn’t like a big piece of sweet watermelon to eat on a warm day?  Watermelon just doesn’t have to live in your garden or kitchen!  Why not make it a fun weekend activity to do with your kids?

The list below features 20 Sweet and Summery Watermelon Crafts & DIY Projects that you can all do with your kids!   All of them are relatively quick to do and results in a keepsake craft that everyone will love!

How cute is this DIY Hand Painted Watermelon Flower Pot from mommymoment.ca?  Grab a cheap pot from your local nursery (or Amazon!) and paint it to house a plant or some herbs in!
20 Sweet and Summery Watermelon Crafts & DIY Projects for kids of all ages! You're going to love making these creative projects with preschoolers, toddlers and teens! Ideas include everything from magnets, pillows, pinatas, painted bowls, planters, easy paper plate crafts and more!

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The Best Pregnancy-Safe Teas and Morning Sickness Tea Recipe

The BEST pregnancy safe teas for Mothers, including a morning sickness tea recipe! This list includes nausea and stress relieving teas, from first trimester to labor! It also includes a list of teas to avoid! Pregnancy-safe teas can be a great option to increase your intake of fluids and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Pregnancy is a time when you want your health to be at it’s best. It’s important to get all the right nutrients and stay hydrated. However, our bodies don’t always make this an easy task during pregnancy. Pregnancy-safe tea can be a great option, no matter the stage of your pregnancy, to increase your intake of fluids and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

The best pregnancy safe teas for Mothers, including a morning sickness tea recipe! This list includes nausea and stress relieving teas, from first trimester to labor! It also includes a list of teas to avoid! Pregnancy-safe teas can be a great option to increase your intake of fluids and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Types of Tea

Tea, officially, comes from the leaves of an evergreen shrub or tree called Camellia sinensis. Depending on how the leaves are processed after they are picked determines if they are Oolong, black, green, or white tea.

There are also red “teas” or Rooibos tea. Since this does not come from the Camellia sinensis plant, it is not a true tea, but rather an herbal infusion from the Aspalathus linearis plant. It’s also known as Red Bush tea since Rooibos means Red Bush.

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June Community Garden Update!

Find out what’s growing in our Brooklyn Community Garden space in June! We have a update on peas, tomatoes, onions, kale and peppers!

Hey everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend!  Ours was a hot one, with temperatures on the rise!  We stopped by our Community garden space to check on our vegetables and I decided to take some photos to show you a update!

If you missed it, we decided to go back to our roots (no pun intended!) and grow in Brooklyn again this year.  The last 2 years we grew Upstate, but the heart was heavy for urban city farming again!

This is our 4×4 garden space, with a little expansion with our sub irrigated containers!  Like everything in the city, we use every inch of space we can get! 

Find out what's growing in our Brooklyn Community Garden space in June! We have a update on peas, tomatoes, onions, kale and peppers!

Happy Baby!

And here’s one happy baby who’s already trying to nibble on my kale and drag the hose around! A big reason why we decided to garden again in Brooklyn was to show her how fun it is to grow your own vegetables in the city!
Find out what's growing in our Brooklyn Community Garden space in June! We have a update on peas, tomatoes, onions, kale and peppers!
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How to Store Cilantro To Make It Last For Weeks

HOW TO STORE CILANTRO to make it last for weeks! This easy trick shows how to keep cilantro fresh in water in your refrigerator to last for 3 weeks! It’s the perfect way to store cilantro for a long time!

I’m back with another tip to help your vegetables last longer! Remember how I shared my tip to keep your lettuce fresh for a month? Well this trick will keep your cilantro fresh for weeks!

HOW TO STORE CILANTRO to make it last for weeks! This easy trick shows how to keep cilantro fresh in water in your refrigerator to last for 3 weeks! It's the perfect way to store cilantro for a long time!

Cilantro – are you one of those people that love it or hate it?  I love it! But my issue with cilantro is that it never seems to last long enough to use it all.  Often recipes only call for a small amount of cilantro, and it’s hard to find things to do with a whole bunch of it!  With this tip you’ll no longer have to let your cilantro go to waste!

You guys know I don’t like to waste anything we grow.  I’ve showed you how to make tomato powder out of tomato skins, and how to make mint tea, but now I wanted to show you my trick on how to how to store cilantro to make it last longer!

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Easy Ciabatta Bread

Ciabatta bread recipe! This homemade bread is crusty and filled with holes! It’s easy to make in the bread machine. Serve it for sandwich, soup or a dinner side dish!

Do you love bread?  Of course you do! Who doesn’t love bread?  In this bread machine recipe I’m going to show you how to make a delicious loaf of Ciabatta bread!

What is Ciabatta bread?

Ciabatta bread is a Italian white bread, kinda like a French baguette, but more elongated and broad. It’s usually chewy in texture and filled with crumbly air holes. It’s perfect for dipping in soup, eating for a sandwich or just eating sliced with a little bit of butter!

Ciabatta bread recipe! This homemade bread is crusty and filled with holes! It's easy to make in the bread machine. Serve it for sandwich, soup or a dinner side dish!

Ciabatta bread machine recipe

This bread recipe is really easy to make because it’s made with a bread machine!  Load the ingredients into the pan of your bread machine, in whatever order your machine recommends.  Select the dough cycle and start it!

Ciabatta bread recipe! This homemade bread is crusty and filled with holes! It's easy to make in the bread machine. Serve it for sandwich, soup or a dinner side dish!

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Grandmas Tuna and Chips Dip

Grandmas Tuna and Chips Dip recipe, just like Grandma used to make it! This creamy tuna dip is made with Cream of Mushroom Soup and American cheese slices with crushed up potato chips on top! This is a classic Midwestern family recipe! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Harbor Fish Co.
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I call this Grandma’s Tuna and Chips Dip because I know your Grandma made this recipe. This is a classic Midwestern-style family dip recipe that everyone is absolutely going to love!  I can guarantee this bowl will be empty in no time at all!

Grandmas Tuna and Chips Dip recipe, just like Grandma used to make it! This creamy tuna dip is made with Cream of Mushroom Soup and American cheese slices with crushed up potato chips on top! This is a classic Midwestern family recipe!

What is it about Grandmas?  How do they make the best recipes?   Is it the love and care that goes into a dish?  Or is it that they’re all amazing cooks?  I think it’s a mixture of both.  This dip recipe is no nonsense, it’s meant to be enjoyed over laughter and conversation.  And it’s delicious.  You guys, it’s really delicious!

Tuna Dip with Potato Chips

Let’s talk ingredients because well… this is a recipe!  This classic dip only calls for 7 ingredients and they’re basic.  In fact you probably already have everything.  That’s what makes Grandma recipes so special – their kitchen always has the right ingredients!

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White Chocolate Toffee Recipe

EASY White Chocolate Toffee Recipe with rainbow sprinkles! You’re going to love this sticky homemade candy that has a base of crushed up pecans. Cut into squares or break up into bark!  

Have you ever made a recipe that gets eaten so quickly you wonder “How did that happen”?  Yup, that’s what happened with me and this White Chocolate Toffee.  I had no idea it was going to be such a hit!    When I first made them I had no idea Matthew and I were going to be fighting each other for the last one – they’re that good! 

This easy to make toffee is made with 5 simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen! The ingredients are pecans, brown sugar, butter, white chocolate chips and sprinkles.   I love it because it’s a no bake dessert that also includes rainbow sprinkles – which is my favorite type of treat! 

EASY White Chocolate Toffee Recipe with rainbow sprinkles! You're going to love this sticky homemade candy that has a base of crushed up pecans. Cut into squares or break up into bark!

What is Toffee?

Toffee is a type of hard candy, made by boiling sugar and butter together.  If often has a nut based bottom and chocolate top.  For this recipe, we’re going to use pecans for the base and white chocolate for the top!  Lots of people confuse toffee and caramel, but toffee is more crunchy while caramel is more sticky!

EASY White Chocolate Toffee Recipe with rainbow sprinkles! You're going to love this sticky homemade candy that has a base of crushed up pecans. Cut into squares or break up into bark!

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100 Cherry Tomato Recipes

The BEST 100 Cherry Tomato Recipes!  This includes EASY to make appetizers, salads, pasta sauces, meat dishes and casseroles! Make sure to save this post for garden season!

It’s almost the start of tomato season – are you as excited as I am?  As you start picking cherry tomatoes by the basket, I wanted to share  my favorite cherry tomato recipes so you’re prepared!

Cherry Tomato Sauce

First, let’s start with my readers favorite recipes: cherry tomato sauce and slow cooker cherry tomatoes.  People can’t get enough of these 2!  Try these first… especially the sauce, it’s delicious! 

The Best Cherry Tomato Recipes

I broke then down into a few categories below: appetizers, basic dinner recipes, dinners with meat, salad and pasta recipes.  

Cherry Tomato Appetizers

Healthy Cherry Tomato Recipes

Caprese Salad Skewers

Cherry Tomato Relish

Vegetable Bowl Cheese Dip

Caprese Bites With Balsamic Drizzle

Greek Opa Dip

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

Greek Pita Nachos

Mini Caprese Bites

Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Salad With Toasted Pine Nuts

Goat Cheese Brushetta

Bacon and Boursin Stuffed Tomatoes

Antipasto Skewers

Guacamole Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Chip and Guacamole Bites

Tomato Tulips

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Cast Iron Chicken With Mint Chutney

Cast Iron Chicken With Mint Chutney – this is a full meal recipe with vegetables!  This dinner dish uses fresh mint on baked chicken breasts, along with carrots, potatoes and onions!  Your entire family will love this healthy one skillet pan meal!

Being a part of a Community Garden is lots of fun, especially when you get to share a overabundance of a vegetable that’s growing well.  A perk of being a Community Garden member is when you get gifted beautiful, fresh mint from a fellow gardener.   Is there anything better smelling than mint that’s just been picked? Yum!
fresh mint

So with a large pile of mint sitting in my kitchen, I wanted to come up with a recipe that would showcase it.  Of course you can dry mint for tea, but for this I wanted to make a dinner dish!   That’s how I came up with this Cast Iron Chicken With Mint Chutney recipe!
Cast Iron Chicken With Mint Chutney

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Scrambled Egg Ground Beef Casserole

KETO Scrambled Egg Ground Beef Casserole recipe that’s easy to make! This baked casserole is low carb and you can make ahead overnight if you’d like! It’s packed with vegetables and sprinkled with cheddar cheese!

Do you guys know about Joe’s Special?  It’s a dish that started in San Francisco in the 1920s that consisted of eggs, ground beef, spinach and garlic.   A few places make their own version, including a Brooklyn based restaurant that my husband fell in love with.  I wanted to try a modern spin on it, removing the spinach and replacing it with green beans and peppers. The result is a delicious Scrambled Egg and Ground Beef Casserole!

Scrambled Egg and Ground Beef Casserole

Keto Casserole Recipe

This casserole is keto friendly and low carb, something I’ve been requested to make more of from my readers since I posted my Cauliflower Casserole recipe!  It’s made with eggs and ground beef to be high in protein, and a homemade cream of mushroom soup that’s made with almond milk.  Did I mention there’s shredded cheese on top to make it extra delicious?  

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10 EASIEST Vegetables To Grow In The Garden

Top 10 Easiest Vegetables To Grow in the garden! All these vegetables are easy to grow from seed and in containers!  This is the perfect list for a first time gardener! 

I get asked a lot “I want to start a garden, what vegetables are best for beginners?”.   The short answer is ALL OF THEM! The long answer is “Well, they all have their pros and cons and there are so many variables that go into a specific vegetable, but here’s the ones I think that would work best for you depending on your space and climate”.  

10 Easiest Vegetables To Grow

I thought about this recently as this question usually starts to pop up frequently in the Spring.  So I decided to make a list of the easiest vegetables to grow in your garden!  All of these vegetables are grown from seed and specifically grow good in containers (even sub irrigated planters)!  I picked vegetables that can grow successfully across different climates, including heat tolerant vegetables!

So now…. the list…!

Easiest Vegetables To Grow In Containers

 

 #10 TOMATOES
10 EASIEST Vegetables To Grow In The Garden
Did you know that one tomato plant can yield 50-80 pounds of tomatoes?  Yup, that’s a lot of tomatoes!  Make sure to give your tomatoes enough water in the Summer as they continue to grow.  Use cages to support the plants as they grow high!

Need tomato recipes? Try my reader favorites: Stewed Tomatoes and Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce.

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Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole

BAKED Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole recipe! It’s vegetarian and loaded with cauliflower and corn! This easy to make low carb, keto casserole can be either a side dish or a main dish!  

I love Spring because it’s the start of cauliflower season in the garden.  Do you love cauliflower?  What’s your favorite way to eat it?  I love it raw as a snack, roasted as a side dish, and covered in cheese like it is in this Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole!

BAKED Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole recipe! It's vegetarian and loaded with cauliflower and corn! This easy to make low carb, keto casserole can be either a side dish or a main dish!  

Let’s talk Cauliflower Nutrition

Cauliflower is a great vegetable to add to your menu.  Not only is it only 29 calories per 1 cup, but it’s packed with vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin E and B complex vitamins!

It’s low in carbs, is a great source of protein and provides calcium, potassium and iron to your daily diet!

What’s not to love about cauliflower?

Now ok, I get it, we’re taking healthy cauliflower and we’re adding cheese on top.   And you’re absolutely right we are because it’s delicious!  This casserole makes both a great side dish, as well as a main course. 

We often have this for dinner with nothing else because it’s so filling (did I mention that it’s really good too?)!

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4×4 Garden Plan: Let’s Grow 100 Pounds of Food!

This year we’re going back to garden basics.  And we’re back in Brooklyn y’all!  After spending 2 Summers gardening Upstate we’re going back to our garden roots – growing in a small space in the city!  Let me introduce you to this Summer’s experiment – how much can we grow in a 4×4 garden?

The 4×4 garden begins!

4x4 garden plot

This year we joined our Brooklyn neighborhood community garden and got a 4×4 garden plot.  We’re going to be using every inch of that 4×4 space, including the outside of the box with sub-irrigated containers!  Seriously, we’re going to use all the space that comes with our little growing area!  

So here’s my goal. I want to show you that you don’t need a lot of space to grow your own food!

I want to grow 100 pounds of vegetables in a 4×4 garden plot!

We’re not growing any heavy vegetables this year, such as pumpkins or watermelons, so the majority of the pounds would come from tomatoes.  Instead of growing 3 types of tomatoes like we did every year, we’re only growing roma tomatoes this year because that’s what we use and can the most.  

pink haired mom with baby in garden

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Chocolate Avocado Baby Muffins

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO Muffins – baby led weaning recipe! These muffins are so moist and creamy because we use avocado and yogurt in them!

Do you know what I love currently about motherhood? We’re starting to snack together!  Looking for a treat that we could both share together I made these Chocolate Avocado Baby Muffins which are a complete hit!

They’re perfect for breakfast and perfect for a snack!  After she finishes her dinner at night, sometimes we both sit down and eat a muffin together!  So these are great for parents, babies, toddlers or just anyone who is seeking a healthy muffin!

chocolate avocado muffins recipe

Baby Led Weaning Muffin Recipe

These are healthier than usual muffins because we aren’t using any oil or butter.  Instead we’re making them moist and creamy with avocado and yogurt.  Remember my avocado brownies? Yup, super creamy!  So are these muffins!  
avocado and cocoa powder

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Garden Cupcakes

The best flower and vegetable garden cupcakes! You will love these easy ideas for fun cupcakes! Perfect for a birthday or enchanted tea party!

Gardeners love their vegetables – but we also love our sweets! Enjoy this collection of pretty garden cupcakes!

Flower and Vegetable Garden Cupcakes!

Aren’t these succulent garden cupcakes beautiful?  Wouldn’t they look extra great with cupcake liners that look like fences?  Check out Jin Cho’s Instagram page for more beautiful creations!
Succulent Garden Cupcakes

Sometimes I wish my house plants looked this good! They use icing tip 352, 21 and 102 to get the leaves! Get the DIY step by step instructions here!
Cactus Cupcakes

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