Archive for June, 2012

Summer is here!

Hello again! Did you all miss me? It has been a LONG time since I’ve written. There are many reasons I took a break, but I won’t bore you all with details. Here’s the short of it. First, I wrote a post back in April, which got erased. I pouted, went to bed and wrote it again a week or so later. Guess what? Erased again! I stomped up the stairs and swore I’d never write again. It was a good post. Maybe I’ll get around to it again someday. Second, I got sick. For a month. I realized I had worn myself out and I needed to get back to normal. Looking back on the last 10 months, I finally resigned myself to the fact that raising four boys is EXHAUSTING and I can’t do it all. Yes, I just said that. I have been reflecting on the things I truly love and here they are (there are many more, but like I said, I can’t do it all):

  • Family
  • Gardening
  • Food
  • Exploring

When I ended the Dark Days Challenge, I didn’t know where my blog would go. I’ve decided to write about more than just food and I’m using the summer month as a launch. This is the first summer as a stay-at-home mom and I’m going full force. I can’t wait to spend time with my boys, garden, grow food, shop for food, cook food, eat food, and explore new things along the way. These things will most likely meld together, and here’s an example.

Son #3 and our friend enjoying the spectacular view from the Mill City Farmers Market. It was a beautiful morning and a great way to enjoy our breakfast.

My dear friend who writes Walnuts and Pears texted me at 6 am on Saturday morning. She was heading to the Mill City Farmers Market and was wondering what I was up to. She had never been and wanted to check it out. I usually head to this market once a season, mostly for shopping. I don’t buy a lot of produce there, but it is always fun to go. We made a plan and met at the market, since I was bringing my mom and Sons #3 and #4 and she was bringing her son and her mom.

What a fun market! One of my goals this summer is to try new foods and recipes. The Mill City market has a great way to do just that. Upon arrival, we picked up a recipe card with the ingredients and the vendors listed. I chose to grab ingredients for the Prairie Mushroom Risotto. I purchased the wild rice (the real kind, not the cultivated kind we are used to seeing in stores). This was my new ingredient. I also bought shitake mushrooms and sugar snap peas.

Then we came upon the food trucks. Another one of my goals for the summer. I want to hit as many food trucks as we can. Although I’ve eaten at Chef Shack before, it is worth the repeat. We shared an order of french toast with bacon brats and it was amazing (because it had bacon in it). My friend’s son also shared the mini doughnuts with Son #3. They smelled pretty darn good, but I never got to try one.

A view of the Mill City Farmers Market, located next to the Guthrie Theater. Take a look at the bamboo tepees in the planters. A great idea for next year!

After some gardening at the community garden I coordinate, I gardened a bit at home. As I planted, I came up with a meal plan. We had the Prairie Mushroom Risotto with bacon-wrapped filets from our freezer and sugar snap peas with minted butter. I could write a long time about how much I love fresh sugar snap peas, but I’ll save that for another post. This is getting too long!

Mushroom risotto, loved by all four boys will be a repeat. I adapted the recipe a bit by cutting down the amount of mushrooms and adding more of the wild rice. It also made great leftovers.

So here’s what you can expect from me. I’ll be heading to more markets with my friend from Walnuts and Pears. We’ve agreed to link our blogs and compare our thoughts. I’ll be posting about food I’m growing, what I’m cooking with my food and my CSA share, and writing about our many explorations and adventures. Hooray for summer!

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