Aside from the cataclysmic pollen levels of late, the arrival of Spring has been wonderful. For whatever reason, maybe because of the endless rain this fall and our long and painfully cold winter, I’m more appreciative of the green bursting everywhere and the rebirth of my perennials, Hostas and Ferns sprouting from under the pine straw and flowers all over. 

Spring has already delivered us an abundant harvest. Spring lettuce (Butter Crunch and Arugula) planted a few months ago has been fabulous and the planting of the summer garden is virtually complete. By garden, I mean a raised 70′ x 4′ organic garden, with organic soil, plants and organic fertilizers… I don’t mess around folks. 

Some familiar friends as well as some new ones have found a home in our garden this year; and in the not too distant future, a home on our plates and in our bellies! 

Onions (Red, Yellow & Sweet)


Butter Crunch Lettuce



Thus far, we’re nurturing: Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Jalapeños, Tomatillos, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Pineapple Sage, Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, Blueberries, Cucumbers, Lemon Grass, Yellow, Orange & Red Sweet Peppers, Chives, Red, Yellow and Sweet Onions, Grape Tomatoes, Tomatoes and a soon to be planted Heirloom Tomatoes.  I’m still looking for my Thai Basil. 

I am giddy and counting the days until I can start reaping my rewards! 

After four days of battling Strep, I’m finally starting to feel human. I’ve regained the ability to swallow without bargaining with god to make the razors go away, and I no longer feel as if I was beaten to a pulp. Thumbs up to modern medicine!

So, with my new-found health I found some culinary inspiration watering those adorable Tomatillos and Onions in the garden. Tonight we celebrated a razor free, yet still utterly swollen throat with one of our new dinner favorites… Enchiladas Verde. Complete with homemade Salsa Verde and fresh made tortillas; these babies are quickly climbing our go-to ranks and happy bellies are plentiful.   

A Yummy Mess of a Dinner! Enchiladas Verde


8 thoughts on “Spring

  1. How do you keep the aphids off your tomatoe plants, and the squirrels and bunnies out of your garden? I made organic costco quinoa a couple weeks back for the first time…very good and much more a rich feel/taste than rice or cous cous. THANK YOU for that. Take care…you are amazing and you aren’t kidding that you don’t mess around, my husband is jealous of your garden!

    • I’ve not had a problem with the aphids and the fence and two large dogs running around the yard keep out the animals looking to grab some goods from the garden. So glad you enjoyed the Quinoa! It is awesome and full of great, good for you stuff. Hope you are well and take care!

  2. Ditto to what Genny said. Where’s that recipe! Your garden sounds amazing. The pictures of it are great. Yum Yum!

  3. So, I got all excited and scrolled down for the recipe…what the heck?! You can’t post a photo and meal description like that without the recipe!!!

    Looks wonderful! Did I mention I would love the recipe?!


  4. I’m so jealous of your amazing gardening skills! We planted one…got brown cucumbers. Don’t ask. Last year we did grow a whole pumpkin patch! AMAZING! Jon planted a ton this year, so we’ll see what greets us in many weeks to come.

    And the next Barefoot Contessa? Sounds delish! You need to make a “cookbook for dummies AKA Lauren Johnson”

    You are rockin’ girl!

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