4th of July Weekend Recap

This 4th of July weekend was one of, if not the, best I can remember. From beginning to end, I can’t think of a single thing I would have changed. Okay, one thing. I would have (and should have) put sunscreen on my face. Whoops. Sorry, dermatologist and future self. 
The weekend ended with a 10 mile bike ride from our house to the Old Village, a historic waterfront neighborhood here in Mt. Pleasant. We somehow managed to avoid any rain, despite the gloomy skies. 
Backing things up to earlier in the weekend…
Zoey explored some marsh land and let her ears flop in the wind. 
We continued to harvest vegetables from our garden, this time picking our very first cucumbers. 
We ate out at my favorite Sullivan’s Island restaurant, Taco Mamacita. And we grilled out at home, three times. Ironically, the tacos shown below were from our cookout, not the restaurant. As much as I love a TM taco, our homemade grilled jerk chicken tacos were simply amazing. Topped with jalapeño pineapple/mango salsa, corn, guac, and chopped romaine for added crunch…WOAH. Speechless. 
We found our new favorite spot to watch fireworks, which happens to be the same place pictured above from our bike ride. The view over the water while watching the sunset, paired with the unseasonably mild temperatures outside made for the perfect night. 
What was the highlight of your 4th? How were the fireworks?

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! 

Sunday Blessings – Productivity

I started watching Scandal on Netflix this weekend, but that’s not what I mean by “productive.” Don’t you worry.

Besides succumbing to a total of eight episodes of the dramatic, can’t-stop-watching-I-have-to-know-what-happens-next show, I was able to take a class at the gym, take Zoey for a couple of walks, grocery shop, clean the house, get a wedding picture framed, talk to my grandma on the phone for almost an hour, teach Sunday school, bake cookies, and plant a garden.

Yes, a GARDEN. Who am I?!

I’m not-so-secretly scared of my capability to successfully grow a garden full of vegetables. My past experiences with flowers, herbs and other plants around the house has given me a bad reputation. Greg says our house is “where plants come to die.” It’s true. I have never cared enough about/for the plants to remember to make sure they’re getting the water and sunlight they need. I’m hoping after putting this work into our garden today and slowly…very, very slowly since it turns out asparagus takes TWO YEARS until it’s ready to harvest…seeing some growth, I’ll be inspired to keep it going.

I’m also counting on my organization skills to come in handy so I can create a calendar to keep track of the days I need to water, when things are ready to harvest, etc.

Greg’s dad who is very knowledgable when it comes to gardening has given us plenty of tips and advice through these first steps. We’ve planted asparagus, like I mentioned, as well as tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and a variety of peppers.

Now we wait.

Well, we WATER and we wait.

This pup right here…

Well, let’s just say it was a sad and confusing day for Zoey as we fenced off part of her royal highness’s territory (aka our backyard). 
Oh! And you have to see this. How does one mark off and label where each of the different seeds are planted when one is a complete amateur at this kind of thing? With frozen yogurt spoons to be exact! 
We forgot to buy the appropriate sticks/markers/labels/whatever you call them. Greg awarded me the task of finding something in the house that would work. Maybe I should be embarrassed, but I’m not. In fact I think it’s very fitting for someone like me who lives on vegetables and frozen yogurt alone (okay, not really people…but kind of).  
When this idea takes off and becomes well-known in the gardening world, don’t forget where you saw it first 😉
After a long work week, my weekend was not your traditional “lay around and do nothing” kind of weekend. But in the end, it was almost just as relaxing to be productive. Getting things done around the house, running necessary errands and bonding with my husband over garden-planting does wonders for my soul. Goodness, I sound like such an adult! When did this happen??