Tea Swap is back! I’m so excited. I hope you are too!
Brooklyn Farm Girl has hosted a few tea swaps in the past, from tea + chocolate, to tea + Halloween, to tea + snowmen to lots of other fun themes. The last swap was in December and I totally apologize for not setting up a new one since then. The swaps are something I have lots of fun with and I believe you guys do too so I’m going to really try hard to get these back on a monthly schedule.
Nothing can keep me away from a hot cup of tea, not even the middle of Summer. Sure, it’s 90 degrees out but I’m still going to start and end my day with a cup of tea! There’s something calming about a cup of tea. Maybe it’s the process of making it and waiting for the leaves to steep, maybe it’s that it is always part of get togethers with friends, maybe it’s just the comfort of a favorite flavor. I’m not sure what it is but tea is something special to me.
When you think cherry tomatoes you probably imagine them as bite size snacks, or tomatoes that can be thrown in a salad. What I see them as (besides throwing in the air and catching them in my mouth and by catching them I mean not catching them and then running after them as they roll on the roof) is a delicious creamy tomato sauce.
My Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce is one of my favorite tomato sauce recipes ever. I love that cherry tomatoes can turn that creamy with some oven heat. So with a bunch of cherry tomatoes and jalapenos being picked in the garden I decided to mix them together and make some tomato sauce with a kick!
Ok, so maybe it’s not actually raining tomatoes. That would hurt. But don’t you think this song (how great is this video?) would be perfect with the lyrics changed to “It’s raining tomatoes!”? Yes? Me too! The video would consist of people outside with their mouths opened while cherry tomatoes fall into them!
The month of July is usually the start of tomato season and this month they didn’t disappoint. They started to grow then they slowly started to turn red. Then they all hit. There are cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes and the biggest beef tomatoes I ever saw in my life! I’ve mentioned this before but tomato season both excites me and scares me.
It’s exciting because the garden is not complete without the tomatoes and I absolutely love them! It’s frightening because the tomatoes grow quick and they grow many at once. One day it’s a regular day then the next day you’re staring at 100 tomatoes sitting on your counter top waiting for you to make the first move. Are you going to make salsa? Tomato sauce? Stewed tomatoes? Do you wonder how to make diced tomatoes? Are you going to try something new?
Then you have to time it right too. Then you have to start making room in your freezer or pantry for the tomatoes. Then you gotta get your apron on, put a day aside and get your tomato groove on.
Do you ever feel like you are playing catch up and even though you check a few things off on your list, somehow a few more things get added so you feel like you’re at the same spot? Me too.
This week is busy. Real busy. We got home from a trip on Sunday afternoon so the week prior and this week has just been go, go, go!
Right now we’re working on lots of new projects, lots of new blog posts and there’s the garden which is full growing mode right now! Yesterday our day was so packed we got home and had to pick onions and tomatoes as it started to get dark. I used my phone as a flashlight to pick tomatoes… is that a first?
With busy schedules sometimes you need a quick meal to grab for breakfast and lunch. You just want to roll out of bed, open the freezer and have it ready in 4 minutes. That way you can run out the door into the humidity to get to work as soon as possible (hello air conditioning!).
Annedroids is a Amazon Studios original kids series. The show is aimed at children ages 4-7 but it gets into lots of Science and technology that kids older than that would be into. The show follows 11 year old kid scientist Anne who is a maker. She has invented and built her own androids which her friends Nick and Shania who are amazed and decide to help out. Together they decide to keep making new discoveries with Science while growing up at the same time. The show is aimed to inspire kids to make and become part of that next Makers generation. The show is designed to develop creative thinking and problem solving in children.
Easy, healthy Bok Choy and Garlic Over Pasta recipe that you can throw together in minutes! The bok choy tastes great in this olive oil and garlic sauce!
Bok choy was another one of those plants that we really discovered this Spring on a new plant getting to know you level. Over the past few Winters we experimented with a few bok choy plants under a greenhouse and it worked pretty good, so we thought to start making it a permanent garden fixture.
This Spring we planted a few more bok choy plants and they grew massive. Want some size comparison?
So after we had such great luck with that we wanted to try to see if it would grow in the heat in the Summer too. So now there are about 10 bok choy plants growing happily alongside the kale. Right now they’re about 8 inches in diameter so hopefully in about a month we’ll see some more bok choy ready to harvest! Bok choy freezes great so it’s nice to be able to put some aside to enjoy on Snowy January days too!
This Jalapeno Peppered Chicken Marsala makes me dream of Fall weather. Big chunky sweaters, slippers on my feet, the smell of arriving cool air. Unfortunately I’m wearing as little as possible, nothing on my feet and the smell is of humidity. Summer is here in full force, but let’s turn on the air conditioner and pretend it’s Fall. Let’s dream…
We had this Jalapeno Peppered Chicken Marsala for dinner and it was a big hit. The Chicken is slathered in a savory gravy and then diced jalapeno peppers and onions are spread on top. This gives it a nice crunch and a very nice taste of freshness. It’s the perfect match to a Summer meets Fall meal.
You agree that everything should be extra cheesy, right? I mean with a dish full of cauliflower it’s basically minus calories. So we need to put cheese on this.. we need calories… our bodies need this cheese to function. You agree with this too, right? Ok, great!
Now here’s the Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole! Enjoy!
Looking for more cheesy recipes? Try these green beans with cheese!
CHESSY JALAPENO WONTON POPPERS are so easy to make with wonton wrappers! This simple recipe uses cream cheese and jalapenos to wrap up in wonton wrappers! Bake them in the oven and serve them as a healthy appetizer! Everyone always LOVES these baked snacks!
These Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers will have you popping them in your mouth in record speeds!
That sentence you just read is totally correct. I’ve witnessed it. I’ve witnessed myself not being able to stop popping these little delicious cheesy Jalapeno wontons in my mouth. 1, 2, 3, 4… who continues to count after 4?
Don’t you love that song? It will be stuck in your head the rest of the day I’m sure.
What’s your Summer look like? Do you go on vacation? Do you work all Summer? Do you swim in a pool? Do you do special family activities? Do you eat more popsicles? Do you barbecue more? Sorry for all the questions! My Summer pretty much looks like any other season, except that I complain about the heat more. We continue to work our usual hours and do the same job. Next week we’re headed to Seattle for a good friend’s wedding so that will be the closest thing to a vacation.
Are you a Summer loving person, or do you prefer Winter? In the Winter I always state I wish it was Summer and then when it’s Summer I cry about it. I think I can firmly say that I’m not a Summertime girl. Besides the lush garden, I think I would be ok with removing the Summer season. But then I do like popsicles and ice cream cones.. so it gets complicated. 😉
Oh guys. It seems like just yesterday the broccoli were itty bitty babies, small enough to fit into my hands. They weren’t bushy. Their leaves weren’t over a foot long. They didn’t have a head on them over a pound in weight. They were just little small broccoli babies, hanging out. But as life happens, broccoli grows up. It gets big. It needs more water. It needs less support because wind isn’t any match for a adult broccoli plant. One thing stays the same though, it always lets me hug it. Hugs make plants grow strong. Always remember that! 😉
The first half of broccoli season is over or us. In a few days we’ll plant broccoli seeds for the Fall batch, but for now this post is dedicated to the Spring 2014 broccoli group. Broccoli is one of our favorite plants to grow so it’s always exciting to watch these small seedlings grow into massive sized plants.
Happy mid Week everyone, how are you doing?
How’s the weather where you are? Is it blistering hot where you are to the point of you’re melting? That’s me. Melting away. Exclaiming every 5 minutes “This is it” and falling on our cement floors. Have you rode the subway in NYC during the Summer? It’s probably one of the worst experiences. Everyone is sweaty. And smelly. And angry. And I’m exclaiming “This is it” to the person next to me as I wipe the sweat off my lip for the 8th time in 15 minutes while the stranger nods at me. Yesterday I walked to the dentist office in the heat, 2 big exciting events to really get your day off to a great start, right? But then I came home, put the air conditioner on and ate half a cheesecake. Because that’s exactly what you should do after going to the dentist, drink sweet tea and eat cheesecake. 🙂
This week we went to Citi Field to a Mets vs Braves game. The Mets won 4-3 in 11 innings. I have never been to a Mets game that didn’t go extra innings. Once we were there until 2AM. Citi Field is a great ballpark with yummy food, but more about that in a minute.
CHEESY STOVETOP Meatball Lasagna Skillet! This quick and easy stovetop lasagna recipe includes ricotta and mozzarella cheese to make it extra cheesy! Ready in 25 minutes!
This Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet rules! If you make it I hope it becomes one of your favorite go to easy dinner recipes!
Stovetop Meatball Lasagna
I love myself some lasagna. There’s something about pasta noodles slathered in various types of cheese with tomato sauce that does the trick to me. How about you? Do you start to see hearts when you hear the word lasagna too? I was in the mood for lasagna but I wasn’t in the mood to do the stacking that lasagna usually involves. I also wasn’t in the mood to turn my oven on because Summer is here and who wants to heat up their home? So I used my original Lasagna Skillet recipe to come up with a Meatball twist.
The recipe calls for 15 cooked meatballs. It’s really up to you what kind you want to include. Store bought is quick, but homemade is also awesome.
The time has come, my friends have started to have babies. It’s kinda wild. One day they’re just them. Then suddenly they have a baby. Again, it’s wild.
Multiple friends right now have either just become a mom (a human mom, not to be confused with a cat mom) or are about to become a mom. They are excited and scared. I am excited and scared for them. I’m also extremely happy and proud and know how much of a awesome mom they are going to be. I also know this baby is going to be amazingly dressed because all the Moms have amazing style.
This is also very exciting to me because now I have real reasons to buy dinosaur printed onesies that I see. Before I just held those little pieces of clothing in my hands and swooned, but now I can actually buy them! I once bought a baby pumpkin costume because it was the cutest thing I ever saw. I don’t have a kid so I dressed up a stuffed animal. The stuffed frog is still dressed up as a pumpkin. The cutest pumpkin ever.
Collection of 4 Mason Jar Salad Recipes. These salads are healthy and easy to pack for lunch. Recipes include Watermelon and Feta Salad, Caprese Salad, Green Bean and Feta Salad and Southwestern Salad.
Mason Jar Salad Recipes
I’m obessed with Mason Jar Lunches! They are just the perfect lunch time choice because you get to pack lunch. Also, since you’re packing lunch it’s a economical choice. Plus.. they look pretty cute!
Mason jars work great because it’s a vertical layered lunch. Instead of mixing it together like a salad, you stack it together. This allows you to keep some vegetables inside more crunchier instead of wilting at the touch of a salad dressing. I also love how quick it is to make a Mason Jar lunch. I can make the entire weeks worth in 30 minutes. Because you are packing all the ingredients together in the jar you are keeping the vegetables fresher longer.
Easy to make Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad. Ingredients include watermelon, feta, tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette and parsley!
Mason Jar Salad Recipes, Watermelon Salad
2 to 3tablespoonsSherry Vinaigrette
1cuphalved cherry tomatoes
⅓cuproughly chopped fresh parsley
2cupscubed seedless watermelon
2ouncescrumbled feta cheese
1pint-size Mason jar
Layer the salad ingredients in the Mason jar, starting with the vinaigrette dressing and continuing with the tomatoes, parsley, watermelon, and feta cheese, in that order. Seal the jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
Easy to make Mason Jar Carpese Salad Recipe. Ingredients for this healthy salad include tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and basil.
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8ouncesfresh mozzarella cheese
6 to 8fresh basil leaves
2pint-size Mason jars
Slice the tomatoes and the mozzarella cheese horizontally into ¼-inch rounds. Place 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette in the bottom of each Mason jar. Starting with the tomatoes, layer the salad — tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves — repeating the layers until the jar is full. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
Easy to make Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad. Ingredients for this healthy salad include green beans, tomatoes, shallots, balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese and basil.
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¾cuphalved cherry tomatoes
¼cupthinly sliced shallots
6or 7 basil leaves
2ouncescrumbled feta cheese
1quart-size Mason jar
Trim the ends from the green beans; cut the beans in half crosswise. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat (don’t salt the water), add the beans, and boil for 5 minutes. Transfer the beans to an ice-water bath for a minute to stop the cooking process and preserve their color. Drain. When the green beans have cooled, layer the salad ingredients in the Mason jar, beginning with the vinaigrette and continuing with the tomatoes, shallots, cooked beans, basil leaves, and feta cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
Easy to make Mason Jar Southwestern Salad. This healthy salad includes lime, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, corn, salad green and cheddar cheese.
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½cupblack beansrinsed and drained
½red vine-ripened tomatodiced
¼red bell pepperdiced
¼yellow bell pepperdiced
½cupcorn kernelsfresh or frozen
2cupsmixed salad greens
1quart-size Mason jar
Start by pouring the vinaigrette dressing into the Mason jar. Then layer in the black beans, tomato, bell peppers, avocado, and corn. Finish with the salad greens and, finally, the Cheddar cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
This week has been hot here in NYC. It has me muttering “Have mercy!” just like Uncle Jesse whenever I’m outside. Since our rooftop is silver and reflective, it makes things a little uncomfortable up there on the roof. That’s why we have to take extra precaution with the plants in making sure their leaves don’t get burned. We also have to make sure the plants stay watered as being so hot up there they can dry out rather quickly. Sub irrigated planters really help that situation and since we always put plastic on top of the containers it locks in the moisture. That’s just one of the many reasons why container gardening rules. This post is going to be all about a garden update, but first a few other notes.
Brooklyn Farm Girl got a redesign over the weekend! Do you see it? I hope so! There was lots of things that my last layout just couldn’t provide me and after many months of being fed up I finally switched to a new design. There are still some bugs that are being taken care of but for the most part they are just bugs that super picky me can notice. If something breaks on the site or you see something weird, just let me know. I’m already noticing the speed time has greatly improved and traffic has picked up so I’m hoping that’s a sign of good things to come! You can read more about my blogging theme and other helpful tips here.
These Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs are quickly becoming a Summertime favorite here! We had them a few nights ago and we’re still discussing how good they were. In fact, I’m planning to grill up a few more for dinner tonight!
Who doesn’t love a grilled sausage, covered in cheese? Throw on some Mexican taste of salsa verde, jalapenos and onions and you got a Sausage Dog bursting full of flavor!