Our First Harvest

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and remembered the reason for the season. Jesus’s death on the cross for us to be forgiven and saved from this sinful world is such an amazing thing. Definitely cause for a big celebration! Greg, Zoey and I spent the weekend visiting family and friends in Panama City Beach. While the weather wasn’t ideal – cool, rainy and windy – we managed to have a great time anyway with lots of catching up, good food and of course a beautiful worship service.

After we returned home on Sunday evening, Greg let me know our first crop was ready to harvest from our garden. The 2×1 foot area of mixed greens was lush and, well…green! What better way to celebrate Jesus’s resurrection than with new life from our garden?

We also have one tiny strawberry beginning to form, the tomato plants are quickly going up-up-up, and the onions look nice and strong. We are also still tending to several different varieties of peppers and even two asparagus plants.
We have at least a few weeks until the next plants are ready to harvest, but these greens were a promising start. Greg gets the credit for any and all success we have. He works on the garden every day and I’m so thankful for that. I don’t think I have a gardening/plant-growing bone in my body. Like my grandma told me, I’ll be doing my part of the work in the kitchen. Amen to that!
Although we don’t have our own locally grown, organic onions, tomatoes and sweet potatoes yet, I used the store-bought variety to compliment the greens. I chopped, drizzled in olive oil, seasoned and roasted the mixture for about 30 minutes before adding on top of our bowls of greens. I finished mine with a sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese to complete the meal. 
Here’s to many more fresh and healthy harvests! 

A Refreshing Break from the Blog

In case you were worried about me during my almost two-week blogging hiatus, fear not. I’m alive and well. 
Work has been busy, busy, busy…but in a good way. I’m loving my new job and having fun taking on new responsibilities as I’ve gotten in the swing of things. I’ve been getting a lot of exercise now that the true Charleston springtime weather is here. Between a regular routine of Body Pump and running, not to mention almost daily walks with Zoey, I’ve felt great. It never fails to amaze me no matter how tired I feel, a good workout can bring me as much energy as a cup of coffee. Almost. 
I’ve been winning in the kitchen with some of our regular favorites like veggie quinoa bowls, black bean burgers, roasted brussels sprouts, and even DiGornios 😉 We had friends in town last weekend and discovered my new favorite breakfast restaurant – Sea Biscuit Cafe on Isle of Palms (those pancakes…SO fluffy!!). I can’t wait to go back. 
While everything else is going well, the blog has obviously taken the backseat. I have a confession. It’s taken more than the backseat (so, would that be the trunk?). I told Greg the other night, “I think I’m over my blog.” 
As I sit here typing this, I am seriously contemplating whether or not I should be admitting that. But, I suppose it would be lying by omission if I didn’t. It’s been a strange feeling and I’ve been denying it to myself. By avoiding the blog completely for a couple of weeks, I was surprised to find I didn’t even miss it. I realized how refreshing it was to cook a meal and not worry about plating it and getting the proper lighting for decent pictures to post. It’s also been refreshing to not sit on my computer every single night after dinner. The time I spend blogging, sucked into the digital world, is lost time with my husband and puppy dog who are often sitting right next to me getting no attention. 
I’ve started Counting My Cupcakes about two and a half years ago, and don’t regret a second of it. I appreciate the opportunity it gives me to write about my life, food and faith. I value the connections and friendships I’ve made. 
I don’t plan to stop, but I guess what I’m realizing is that at this time in my life I can’t continue to post regularly. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know I’ve said this before. This isn’t the first time I’ve taken a break or changed my posting routine. I just felt like I had to acknowledge the lack of posts and express my thoughts on the current state of CMC. 
Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts and I hope you stick around for my occasional posts from here on out. Trust me, there will be many more recipes, thoughts on faith, and random life stories to come. 
Have a great weekend!