Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dinner Revival

Everything doesn't always go as planned around here.  We planted saved spinach seeds.  They didn't come up (but have in the past when we've saved them).  We planted spinach again, this time with bought seeds.  They didn't come up either.  Nor did our carrots.  Nor did our herbs.  We kind of like and need spinach and carrots, basil and parsley.  So, we'll try again or bite the bullet and buy plants.


One of the things that is going well is dinner planning.  Do you know why?  Because I stopped planning!  This is the time of year that I abandon all my freezer and pantry meal ideas and let the garden dictate and inspire what I make.

 

We're not getting enough to make entire meals from the garden yet, but the sides of asparagus, salad, mint tea, fresh strawberries and strawberry-inspired desserts round out our meals and are so refreshing.

 

There is freedom with this kind of meal plan.  Come fall, I'm ready to plan again, but for the rest of the summer, I keep some basics on hand (tortillas, brown rice, pasta, canned beans, ingredients to make salad dressings) and let the garden lead the way.


 Now I await sugar peas, mushrooms, raspberries and that spinach we'll replant.  Isn't spring wonderful?


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9 comments:

  1. Our spinach didn't come up either. What's up with that?!

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  2. really ? tishy fuloo ,now ive heard it all except for that time they told me my daughter had " middle smurf" lol something like that

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    1. Judy! I get middleschmerz, too! It's real- pain during ovulation- almost as bad as cramps. Tishy fuloo is much better;-).

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  3. Thank you for this post...I am a meal planner too and I think I have been waiting on someone to give me 'permission' to deviate from the plan and go with the flow of what is ready to be harvested! Thank you, thank you, thank you for telling me it is OK! LOL!

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  4. I am with you. I love not planning much and just going with what's available. And our spinach didn't come up either.

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  5. thank you for cheering me up-I am as usual,wearing my heart on my sleeve-a family member really offended me today and i didn't do anything to deserve it- i guess i can blame it on the booze that a lot of my family imbibes upon still,I wish god would make me a rock! thank you

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  6. Have you ever tried growing Swiss chard? It tastes very similar and is easier to grow. It grows alot faster too.

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    1. Yes. Actually, we've grown it for the past few years, but we like spinach better, so decided not to plant it this year. Silly us. We may be planting it yet after all:-).

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  7. My husband and I have really enjoyed your gardening posts. We have planted a veg garden this year for the first time in quite awhile. We took your advice and put straw down in between the rows. So far, so good!! We have just harvested our first lettuce, spinach, radish, and green onion. Thank you for your wonderful blog. We will come back and visit again!! :)

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