Tomato Season.. Picking By the Bucket!
Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad
Lobster Roll Picnic In The Park
Indoors Microwave S’mores Recipe
Cozy in California
Step Into Crista’s Garden
Chocolate Oreo Peanut Butter Popsicles
Changing of the Guard, From Peas to Beans

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.  

 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

Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad recipe. This delicious fruit salad is a great last minute dessert. 

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

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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Indoors Microwave S’mores Recipe

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


Creative Additions:
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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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.

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!



Cozy in California


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

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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Chocolate Oreo Peanut Butter Popsicles

Easy to make Chocolate Oreo Peanut Butter Popsicles recipe! Your entire family will love these Summer ice cream treats!

These Chocolate Oreo 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.

Easy to make Chocolate Oreo Peanut Butter Popsicles recipe! Your entire family will love these Summer ice cream treats!

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.

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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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