Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!

How was your week?

It was a hot week here, the hottest of the season.  Monday started out in the high 90’s and the weekly continued in the 90’s.  Today is not supposed to be as bad, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.  

The garden is enjoying the heat, and plants have started to “think summer”.  We started picking many cucumbers this week (pickles recipe coming soon!) and our pepper plants have exploded.  We had to pick these just to make room for the others inside, there’s alot of peppers.  This year the peppers have shown up early, but I’m not complaining.
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We have pumpkins!  Let me remind you of my pumpkin dance that I do
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We have a bunch of watermelons too!
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We picked our first summer carrot.  We have many.. and we just planted a whole other container of them for later in the season too!
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The bean race is going on.  Who will make it to the top first?  No bean flowers yet.. but very soon!
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And a big YAHOO! to spotting the first tomatoes that are turning red.   I don’t want to jinx us but this is looking to be like a crazy tomato year. 
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Every single plant is just covered.    And there are so many flowers.  Tomato recipes?  Send them!  I will be begging for them soon!
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Matthew sometimes runs on the roof. I watch him as I sort through the tomato plants.
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I made some recipes this week that I hope you enjoyed!

First, baked broccoli macaroni and cheese.  Adding broccoli to macaroni and cheese makes it healthy, right? 🙂

Then creamy lettuce soup.  Don’t be scared, give it a try!

Other recipes I have been dying to try, I finally made Marin Mama’s Frozen S’mores.  They were everything you can dream of and more.  They basically get requested every single night for dinner now.  And having a box of graham crackers in my house is very dangerous.  Sometimes I just sit on the kitchen floor and eat them, everyone does that, right?
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I made Miss Messy’s Chocolate Banana Muffins because I had 3 bananas that have been staring at me in the face this last week and I was sick of the mean things they were saying to me.  So I put them in muffins and ate them.  This is great because it’s just a little bit of a chocolate kick, and the middles are so moist.  If you are going to make them and need help with ml/g conversion here is what I did:  1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/3 cup regular sugar, 2 cups flour.  These are perfect for breakfast!
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I made Easy Cheesy Potatoes from My Yellow Farmhouse.  These were a side to Manwich sandwiches,  do people still eat Manwich, or only me? I love it.  Anyways, these potatoes were great, I additionally added broccoli and radishes to mine and put in 2 squirts of Sriracha instead of Tabasco. 
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Recipes I pinned to make soon:
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Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Bars – I mean, just look at them.  Peanut Butter + Chocolate = Yes.
Birthday Cake Cannolis – Cannolis + Birthdays = Perfect.
Homemade Gnocchi with Kale Pesto – We have so much kale in the garden, so I am looking for kale recipes!
Tomato Basil Pasta – If you saw how many tomato flowers are on our plants now, you would be amazed/frightened.  Definitely will be turning to this recipe in July!

Speaking of the garden, sometimes you look over from the plants and this is what I see.  Maybe that’s why our plants grow well, they get this view.  
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Did everyone see Super Moon this week? This is the Moon in Matthew’s eye.
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I have been making some props for a upcoming project.  I had to figure out how to make cotton candy. So I got some water color, mixed it with water and sprayed it on quilting batting. 
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This was the outcome, I’m pretty happy with how it looks.
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This past weekend we took a big walk and met some friends on this way, like this precious baby.  It hurts me when they follow us for blocks, I want to pick up every single one, put them in my bag and take them home.  
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Pratt is a art school here in NYC.  There is alot of cats that live on campus that the students love and play with on the grass.  This feline staff entrance was made for them.  Everytime I walk by it I smile.
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I hung out at Best Buy picking up my Animal Crossing special item, a raccoon wall clock.  It looks pretty good in my home. WP_20130621_00620130621130237.jpg

Xanadu loves the mornings.  On the weekends when we can sleep in she’s on top of us, purring and loving us dearly.  She’s a real sweetheart. WP_20130622_00520130622122239.jpg

I like to take pictures of Bofinkles nose when she’s sleeping. She snores. Very loud.
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This is precious Brother Bear running for hugs.  We love this guy so much.

And this is Brother Bear laying on top of his beloved plastic bags.   Whenever we get a package he waits for the plastic and jumps on top. 
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To end, I need ideas for using up dill. I had to buy a whole bunch just to get a few pieces.  Any help is appreciated!  So far I only have ideas for pickles (why it was bought), mixing it with scrambled eggs and cheddar dill scones (which sounds great).

Also, thank you for all your thoughts on my question last week: washer/dryer vs disney world.  The answer is coming very soon!

Also, Also, for my next garden update, I’m thinking about doing a video walkthrough instead.   Does this sound cool  to anyone?

 Happy Weekend!

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  • Yaayyyyy 🙂 so excited you made the muffins! Glad you liked them!! Thanks for the conversion! I should really start doing conversions on my site. On my to do list ha. The lettuce soup looks souper hehe

  • Your rooftop garden never seems to amaze me with all the gorgeousness sprouting so beautifully 🙂 And that skyline is just AMAZING! Great post and have a great weekend!

  • Ok, so much to say here girlfriend! First off, I would love it if you would do some posts on how to set up container gardens. Did you already do that? Maybe I should have a look through your archives (lazy girl here). We have a great back yard but our soil is a bit on the clay side so I really want to get some containers and garden that way. I’m heading out to get some heirloom plants this weekend and I can’t wait as I LOVE heirloom tomatoes.
    Ok, tomato recipes! I have 3 that I love that are easy. Ina’s summer garden pasta, Heirloom tomato soup and spaghetti with cheesy broiled tomatoes and basil. They’re all on my blog.
    As far as the dill goes, do you eat meat? If so, I have an easy but delish buttermilk chicken recipe that uses dill.
    I’m so happy you love the s’mores. Your photo rocks. Can you email it to me? I can post it at the bottom of my frozen s’more post. I sometimes do that with reader’s and fellow blogger’s photos. I will credit the photo and link it to you. Let me know if you’re up for that! I think it’s always nice for other readers to see other people’s photos of a recipe!
    Both of those pasta recipes are calling my name. Especially the one with the kale pesto. Yum!
    xoxo, Jackie

    • I’ve made some, but not exactly a step by step.. but I have some videos coming out soon to walk you through strawberry buckets and big vegetable containers, hopefully I can share them soon! I hope you give it a try in your backyard, containers are a great way to grow… can’t wait to see your tomatoes! Speaking of tomatoes, I am heading over to your blog now to look for recipes… and that buttermilk chicken one! Have a great one Jackie!

  • What a fun post !! I loved the photos/video of your cats! And I’m so jealous of your wonderful “rooftop” veggie garden. I had a good-size veggie and flower garden when we had our farm in Quebec – but now I have only flowers ’cause the woodchuck eats all the veggies! And I’m so very pleased that you included my recipe for Easy Cheesy New Potatoes – and your version looks scrumptious ! About Manwiches – I LOVE THEM! I’ve got a recipe kicking around somewhere for homemade Manwiches for a crowd. Even my very, very fussy neighbor loved it. (I’ll have to write myself a note to post it!) Oh – one last thing. I’d really enjoy seeing a video of your garden !!!!

    • Those homemade manwiches sound great! I always like adding a little bit extra green pepper to them.. give it a little more of a crunch! Your cheesy potatoes were great, I said it about 12x while eating them – thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend Cecile!

    • Thanks Faith! Yup, June is usually the time where we see a few.. then July it turns into tomato zone. I hope you’re excited for your tomato harvest!

  • You really do have a beautiful garden Pamela. I’m green with envy!!! Those green bells are gorgeous! We had some really weird weather earlier this week. It was cloudy and somewhat cold for a couple of days then it turned cloudy and muggy, then sunny. Ha! Your kitties are so cute! I just want to hug them. 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Yes, a video would be awesome!

    Dill. I planted some a few years ago and became obsessed. I made many pickles and scrambled eggs, but it is great in coleslaw, egg salad (with avocado instead of evil mayo), lemon-dill hummus, and tuna salad. I use this cookbook, The Uncheese Cookbook, quite a bit and there are a couple great recipes in there – zucchini chedda soup: http://cookiesandcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/grab-bag-zucchini-chedda-soup/ and Tomato-herb non-cheese spread (I bet you could use your fresh tomatoes in it): http://mcconnellfamfood.blogspot.com/2012/01/herb-tomato-non-cheese-spread.html

    I am coveting your peppers. Lucky.

  • A lovely produce from your rooftop garden, Pamela! Waw! My tomatoes aren’t doing that well because we have more rain then dunschiller at the moment! Your Cats are looking great too!

  • those are the cutest little watermelons I ever did see! I assume they won’t stay that cute forever though…ah well.
    That skyline pic is insane. I could have used it recently when I was doing a project where I needed a skyline silhouette.
    Hehehehee, i want an entrance for my kitty like that to my house! I have an issue with petting stray cats too. I especially like bodega cats. they’re always so friendly.
    Oh my god, i have the BEST recipe for you to use up your dill. I made it last year and I seriously couldn’t stop eating it: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Eggplant-Salad-with-Dill-and-Garlic-237998 . That reminds me that I really really need to make it again soon. I want to post it on my blog!

    • They’ll be big and cute! Bodega cats are sweethearts I always am kneeling in the aisles playing with them. Sometimes I think the store thinks I’m shoplifting but really I’m just curled up into a ball with the cats.

      Thanks for the recipe!

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