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CSA Recipe : Watermelon & Cucumber Salad

Savory Watermelon & Cucumber Salad with Lime and Basil
Hello budz! I know I keep saying I am ‘so busy’ all the time, but I promise I will shut up about it soon. Life will be more relaxed after this week is over, and then I promise that I will begin to chat about new Ikea catalogs, my bedroom tanker project and other crap like that. I hope you don’t hate me for dumping a bunch of non-housy posts on you and being very slow to respond to your great comments (I will I swear it) but this last month has just been nuts! July has been full of birthdays, bridal parties, weddings, cabins and CSA boxes. So before you decide to never come back and visit me again, let me share one more CSA recipe (because it’s super good and it’s one of my favs) and then I’ll be back with some new home content.

In case you didn’t know – My name is Alison Allen, and I am a watermelon addict. I have a refrigerator full of sliced watermelon all of the times. I eat it everyday as a snack, every morning with breakfast and late at night, whoops. When this recipe showed up in our veggie box this week I was amped, and it didn’t disappoint this watermelon lova.

Did you dawgs know that watermelon can be served up in a super savory fashion with a little salt, pepper, olive oil and citrus? It’s the best – not kidding. Don’t forget that watermelon isn’t all sugar and water it’s actually made up of lots of good nutrients and provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories, blaow.

This recipe is topped of with some highly fancy and very french chiffonade chopped basil, and I’ve made something very similar to it before with mint – I bet there are even other herbs that it would taste tyte with it too. If you’re looking for even more adventure (and quite a bit of onion breath), check out my old fav over here from Nigella Watson.

Savory Watermelon & Cucumber Salad with Lime and Basil
Thanks to redEnvelope for gifting me this super sweet turquoise dipped Acacia wood bowl with tongs. I totally love it and was in mad need of a new salad bowl.

   
 

Cucumber & Watermelon Salad with Basil
Recipe from Driftless Organics

Ingredients:

▼ 1 cucumber
▼ 3 cups watermelon cut into 1” cubes
▼ juice & zest from 1 small lime
▼ 1 tbsp honey
▼ 3 tbsp olive oil
▼ salt & pepper to taste
▼ ¼ c. fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade

Cut watermelon into 1″ cubes. Peel long stripes into cucumbers, cut lengthwise, & scoop out seeds with a spoon. Cut into chunks the size of the watermelon cubes. In a serving bowl, whisk together lime juice, zest, honey, oil, salt & pepper. Add cucumbers and watermelon and toss gently to coat and serve immediately. Serves 4.
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Crafty as Eff

Woven Beer Box Lingerie
Sometimes one of your best budz might be getting married, and you might be invited to a sexy bachelorette party, and because talking about underwear in public in front of strangers sometimes makes you shy, you might decide to just make lingerie out of beer boxes, because honestly, it would just be much funnier. It took me a few days to assemble this strange woven masterpiece, but it was totally worth it. It was funny – and she loved it, so we all win.

Woven Beer Box Lingerie
Not my first time avoiding public embarrassment at a lingerie party – a few years ago I crocheted these things – I guess I have issues.

Woven Beer Box Lingerie
Long story very short. One of my favorite pals to drink beer and make very funny jokes with, is getting married to one of my oldest (as in way back, not age) and best friends this weekend. If you didn’t already know, it’s Matt and Katie – I talk about them often on the blogs, they’re the ones who live in Savannah and have the sweet family cabin that we love to spend time at. We can not wait for this blessed celebraish, we’ve been anticipating this amazing event all damn summer!

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My July Garden

Side Garden

My July Garden
Hey Guys! I’ve been so busy lately, sorry if I am late to the show on the July Garden. I know it’s August and all, but I promise, all these photos are from July. The garden has been really grown into itself this year. There is always something new blooming, colors look good together and all the plants are nice and filled in. I am really, really proud of it. Let me show you around and you can see what’s blooming this month.
 

Asiatic Lilies

My July Garden
There are lilies everywhere! After 4 years the Asiatic lilies are growing in nice mounds now. I originally had been given individual shoots which I planted all around the backyard. Finally the bulbs have multiplied themselves enough times that I know have groups of lilies producing lots and lots of beautiful blooms.
 

Side Garden

My July Garden
Purples, blues and yellows along the side garden.
 

Echinacea

My July Garden
A new cone flower (aka ‘Fatal Attraction’ Echinacea) which I planted earlier this year. The stems are nearly purple, I totally love them.
 

Rose

My July Garden
My rose bush was happily blooming at the beginning of the month, but now there are no more buds. I’m a little worried about it, hopefully it is just a phase.
 

Zinnias

My July Garden
The zinnias began blooming right after Finn’s birthday – they took awhile longer this year, I imagine it has something to do with all the rain and the cooler weather we’ve been experiencing. Happy to see them blooming, and am looking forward to having many beautiful garden bouquets from these plants that I started from seed.
 

Asiatic Lilies & Hosta

My July Garden
 

Day Lily

My July Garden
I told you, lots of lilies. Here are my yellow day lilies. I split these a few years ago and now they are coming in as nice hearty bushes.
 

Coleus

My July Garden
I tried something new this year, planting a large coleus as a border annual plant on the side of the house. I am amazed at how large it has gotten, and would like to try it again next year, maybe in the backyard gardens.
 

Salad Garden

My July Garden
I had to include a shot of the lettuce garden. When it first started growing I was worried that it wouldn’t fill in. It looked pretty sad, but now I have so much lettuce and arugula. We can have salads everyday – it’s way awesome!
 

Hydrangea

My July Garden
The hydrangea (aka Bob Hardy Hydrangea) I planted in the backyard last year is blooming again this year, it’s gotten pretty big too, I’m not sure if it will even fit in it’s spot next year if it continues to grow.
 

Day Lily

My July Garden
Orange day lilies along the side of the house. I love the color agains the dark blue siding.
 

Dahlia

My July Garden
The first Dahlias (aka Chilson’s Pride Dahlia) are starting to bloom!
 

Phlox

My July Garden
 

Stonecrop Flower

My July Garden

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August’s 3rd Birthday


We spent Tuesday celebrating our little guy, Gus’ 3rd birthday! If you haven’t been keeping track, that’s 2 birthdays in less than 2 weeks. We’ve been busy! It’s always been very important for me to give the kids killer birthdays that are each their own special day, even though they share birthdays so close together. Me and my young bro have birthdays that are 3 days apart, so I understand the importance of separate birthdays. Not wanting to impose on our friends and family during the busy summer days, I invited everyone over for two very casual birthday celebraishes in the back yard, both took place on weekday nights as not to clog anyones weekend.

Anyways, back to our little G-man and the 3rd anniversary of the day of his birth. We spent part of the day at the train museum in St. Paul – Gus totally loves this place, and is infatuated with anything that has wheels. The museum is located in an old railroad building and boasts a miniature model of Minneapolis and St.Paul, pretty cool huh? We watched the trains go around, and around, and around, pretty exciting stuff for a three year old.

Later in the day we had the fam and a few friends over for cake, ice cream, bubbles, glow sticks, and a train party in the backyard. It was a pretty happy day for our little guy.

It’s bittersweet to watch the smallest one grow up but I am so excited for Gus to keep on growing and learning! Finn starts all day kindergarten this year and I am secretly (and not so secretly) super amped to have the next year to spend a bunch of one-on-one time tramping around with my not-so-little-guy, Gus.

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CSA Recipe : Bok Choy & Broccoli Stir Fry

Bok Choy & Broccoli Stir Fry
Okay, you guys. Here’s another great CSA recipe, a terrific way to eat up all that broccoli that’s coming out of the gardens this time of year. We really like this one! We made it with brown rice and topped it off with some cilantro, cashews and sriracha. It would be great with chicken or tofu too.

Bok Choi & Broccoli Stir Fry
This stir fry is made with a whole head of bok choy. You can slice the stalk up just as you would celery and then chop and wilt the leafy bits. If you didn’t know, bok choy is really good fer ya, it’s full of many vital phyto-nutrients, vitamins, minerals and health-benefiting anti-oxidants. So there.

Also, I used a whole head of broccoli in this thang. I love broccoli, and even my anti-broccoli-suffering-husband ate it. The trick is cutting the broccoli into small florets and then chopping up the stems. It makes it not so broccoi-ish for those non-broccoli loving people. Broccoli is a pretty tyte veg, you guys. Not only can it help lower your colestrol but it also has cancer fighting powers. This is what my friend ‘the internet’ told me ’bout it: Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body of H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function. Better eat yer broccoli.

Bok Choy & Broccoli Stir Fry
Also, don’t forget the sri-rach – duh. Everything needs a little rooster sauce.

   
 

Bok Choy & Broccoli Stir Fry
Recipe from Driftless Organics

Ingredients:

▼ 3 scallions, whites chopped & greens separated & sliced
▼ 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
▼ 1” piece fresh ginger, minced
▼ 1 medium head bok choy, stems sliced, greens separated & coarsely chopped
▼ 1 medium head broccoli, stems sliced, florets separated & cut into bite size pieces
▼ 1 tbsp olive oil
▼ 1 tbsp each tamari & rice wine (or rice vinegar or sake)
▼ 2 tsp sugar
▼ 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
▼ ½ tsp Chinese 5 spice seasoning (optional)
▼ 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
▼ ¼ cup cashews

Heat oil in large skillet or wok over medium/high heat. Add scallions whites, garlic, & ginger & stir until fragrant (1 minute). Add bok choi & broccoli stems & stir until starting to brown (2-3minutes). Add broccoli florets, tamari, rice wine or vinegar, sugar, 5 spice, & toasted sesame oil. Stir another minute. Add bok choi & scallion greens & stir until wilted. Serve with rice or noodles & top with cashews & cilantro. Add tofu, chicken or beef if you wish.
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