AHHHHHH ZOMBIES AND FOOTBALL!!!!!!

Ok, well not “zombies and football” together at the same time, but zombies and football in the same weekend 🙂

I was watching the news several weeks ago and heard a story they were doing on a new haunted attraction nearby.  There was a place looking to hire people to be zombies for their haunted hayride.  Sounds normal enough, right?  The twist with this one tho?  The people on the hayride are given paintball guns and get to shoot the zombies!!  Seriously?  I played on a paintball league at Pinnacle Woods for a couple of years.  How could I possibly pass this up!

That night at dinner I told the kids about my plan to go and needless to say they were excited.  This was all I heard about for weeks!  “Dad, do paintball guns kick?”, “Dad, will they shoot back?”, “Dad, are paintball guns loud?”, “Dad, I CAN’T WAIT!!!”, Dad, A COUPLE MORE WEEKS!!!”, “DAD WE ARE GOING TOMORROW!!!”

Hey guys — Are you excited???

It was finally the day and we were set to go.  I invited along a good friend of ours kid, Angelo, so we picked him up and off we went.  It was supposed to be a 45min drive down to Mapleside Farms, but due to a freak hail/wind storm it turned into just over an hour.  The ride was supposed to start at 5:00pm and I knew the line was going to be long, so we got there at 4:45pm but because of the weather, the start of it was postponed till 8:00pm!  Luckily there was quite a bit to do there;

A gift shop

Of course yummy snacks

Some great places to take pictures

There is also a fantastic restaurant, “Melrose Grill“.  It is a really nice place in which, if you are in the area you should definitely check it out.  There were what appeared to be “kids” eating Homecoming dinner there and a couple of weddings roaming around inside taking pictures — yeah, it is really that nice.

So finally it was time!

We were shown the history behind the zombies and directed to our tractor.   Click here to check out the video.

After a few photo-ops (with the annoying tractor lights in the background) we were off to make the world a safer place!

Jeremy and Emily posing with their weapons

Angelo – locked and loaded

We were debriefed about the use of our guns, that once the zombies are dead to stop shooting them – and then we were off!  The tractor’s lights were shut off and they pulled us through 10 zones that the zombies have taken over.  The only light we had to go by (besides the flash from my phone — which the kids complained about) was the black lights and flash lights that our ride leader carried so that we could see the zombies in the darkened woods.

Fire at will!

Can you “kill” the undead??

Hey, Ang… you guys kinda look a like!

Emily loves the little pumpkin head

Hmmm… I don’t know WHAT look he was going for 🙂

After our zones were cleared we were driven back to the beginning and the kids (ok, me too) took great pleasure in telling everyone standing in line that, “It’s ok – they could go home now.  We killed all the zombies and it is safe.”

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As far as the football part of this weekend goes.. it was cold!  Getting ready for football this morning I told Emily that she needed to wear long socks today.  So what does she come down the stairs wearing?  PINK SOCKS making it abundantly clear to the boys on the other team that they were getting knocked on their ASSES by a girl!  Emily’s Army Cadets won again bringing their record to 3 and 1.

Emily laying in a big block

All smiles on her way to her post game meeting

Congrats babygirl — as always, Daddy’s proud

Jeremy’s team did not fare so well.  After falling behind early in the game, Big Army fought back but still came up short.  Bringing their record to 3 and 1 with this being their first loss.  The boys played hard and didn’t back down.  I was expecting their coaches to really lay into them at their post game meeting, but they noticed the same thing I did — the fact that they never gave up.

Going over the play

In on the tackle

Played hard and never gave up… that’s my boy! Proud of you kid!

How was your weekend?  LOVED MINE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fresh Fork Market Summer CSA – Week 16

Summer CSA – Week 16

I have been slacking BIG TIME on posting things I’ve made for dinners.  Even though we have been eating pretty damn well lately – eating up the cabbage rolls, home-made pasta sauce  along with Ohio City Pasta, Green onion bratwurst with Ohio sweet corn and Jeremy’s asparagus, and veggie burgers I picked up from Fresh Fork with sweet potato fries, to name a few. Fortunately/unfortunately, these dinners served their purpose; quickly make them, eat and get out of the house to football.  So with this post I am not going to redeem myself with any photos or recipes.  However, football ends the end of October so things will calm down.

Anyways — what’s in the bag you say?  Again, I defer to Trevor 🙂

Week 16 Summer CSA Package

Posted by on 7:05 am, Sep 18, 2012 in Bag Contents | 0 comments

We’ve had a lot of produce lately, so this week we’ll give you a chance to catch up and feature a large meat item – whole pasture raised chickens.

In addition to the chickens, which you should all be familiar with by now, we’ll be featuring onions, lettuce, red peppers, potatoes, and eggplant.

For the larges, you get the first taste of this year’s sweet potatoes, the end of dragon-tongue beans, and some unique “mini” sweet corn.

Summer Week 16:

Small CSA Share

  • 1 whole pasture raised chicken
  • 3 lbs yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 bunch kale or 1 pint mixed color baby sweet peppers
  • 2 ct eggplant (1 if they are really large)
  • 2 ct red bell peppers
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce
  • 1-2 onions, depending on size

Large CSA Share Small contents above plus:

  • 1 lb dragon-tongue beans
  • 2 ct zucchini
  • 6 ears mini mira sweet corn
  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 1-2 leeks
  • A handful poblano peppers

Vegetarian Share

  • 1 lb dragon tongue beans
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb fresh garlic chive linguini

Vegan Share

  • 1 quarter peck gala apples
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

Now – to get this chicken in the crock pot and make some more quick and easy meals!

 

Start of the BT and Doing the DU!

This weekend was supposed to be my last long run before I taper for my next 100 miler so my plan was to run 30 miles of the Buckeye Trail Saturday morning and then knock out a quick sprint duathlon on Sunday with some of my friends.

Saturday morning, my original plan was to step out of my house around 3:00am drive to Mentor Headlands Park (which is one of the BT trailheads) and run the first 30 miles of the trail.  Then a friend of mine said they would give a ride back to my car.  However, after attending a surprise 40th birthday party for a another friend of mine on Friday night — lets just say I slept in.

Start of the Buckeye Trail – Mentor Headlands State Park

I ended up stepping out of my front door at 8:00am!  I was very excited to run this 30.  I am still planning on running this trail in 2013 so seeing how easily (or not) it is to navigate now vs. the middle of winter is VERY appealing!

I’ve blogged about it before, but the entire trail is identified with “blue blazes” on trees, telephone poles, guard rails, stop signs, and markers placed in the ground.  The whole idea of marking out a 1444 mile trail around a state is phenomenal — another reason why Ohio ROCKS!

These are the kinds of places I that make me feel so relaxed!

Gotta love Ohio!

Follow the “Blue Blazes”

The course is generally marked very well.  At times there are two blazes marked.  What this tells you is, that the trail turns, and to follow the blaze on the top; if it is offset to the left,  take the next left… if it is to the right, take a right.  Usually the same tree or telephone pole, etc. is marked on opposite sides so that heading out, or coming back – the directions are pretty clear –  except for this one…

This one kind of confused me…..

This is where the trail cut through the lagoons…

And then it happened.

The trail hit the roads……

I DO NOT like running on the roads!  So after the trail turned into nearly 12 miles of roads, at mile 15 of the BT I decided to make a turn and head back to Headlands.

Roads. Blech.

While it was a gorgeous day to be out for a run… I’ve had enough of this scene!
Especially since I still had to run a DU the next day.

mine.mine.mine. mine. mine. mine….

So, I cut the run from 30 miles of the trail, to 15 miles of the trail and then another 7 to take a more direct route back to my starting point.  Check out the data here.

After I was finished, I hit the grocery store (which by the way is a BIG mistake to do after a run) went home and sat on the couch, eating and watching bad movies the rest of the night on Netflix.

Sunday morning I met up with my buddy Doug, his wife Marlo and their two kids at 6:15am and headed off to Portage Lakes.

Waiting on Doug — Oh the leg? More on that later.

Doug is a bad ass tri guy and so are the people he works with.  I’m a wanna be tri guy – I’ve run one tri two years ago and thought I was going to drown in the swim.  Doug talked me into (which isn’t too difficult to do) doing the sprint Duathalon which was a 5k run, a 22k bike, and then another 5k run.  Sounded fun enough, especially doing a race like this with a bunch of friends; even if they were all doing the tri and I did the DU.  Here is a map of the DU.  The time and splits are wrong because I started the activity too early and I never changed it from run to bike and back to run again — but at least the map is accurate.

Multi-sport athletes (minus a few – Dave, John, and Chris)

Doug and I – representing Achilles Running Shop, Mentor

Getting setup at the transition area

The race went very well!  I PLACED SECOND IN MY AGE GROUP AND 15TH OVERALL!  First place came in with a time of 1hr24min and my time was 1hr36min.  I don’t have any pics from the race yet.  I’ll have to keep checking their website to see if they’ll post any.  I really hope there are some because I carried “Peg” — the leg for the first 5k.  And about “Peg”,  Ok so we are a strange bunch sometimes, but like to have fun running or not….

“Peg” is actually leg #2 for OUTRUN.  The first one was “leg napped” at a race last year.  “She” is a mascot of sorts for our running group, “Ohio Ultra Trail Runners“.  This came to be during the inaugural running of O24 last year.  When the first leg was placed in the arms of a taxidermy bear in the lodge as a “warning” and somehow made her way onto the course, which was a 1mile loop that we ran for 24hrs (well — some of us ran for 24hrs., I ran for 100k).  Once out on the course people began to pick her up and hide her for others to find.  I ended up picking her up and carrying her across the start finish line and then placed her somewhere in the woods again.  She affectionately became known as “Leghorny”.  When you are running a 1mile loop for 24hrs, you have to entertain yourself somehow no?  Anyways, people started picking her up and taking her across the start-finish line, eventually someone applied a timing chip to her ankle and she logged 3x.x miles that day.

Since that day, the original leg went on to “run” races all over.  Someone from OUTRUN would carry her while they ran.  After the first one was stolen, we had such a good time with this – we needed a replacement.  Luckily Zack  founder of OUTRUN had another (I have no idea why). So came to be Peg.  When “Peg” is handed off to another so that they could carry her through their race and earn her another decal, pre race and post race – strange things happen….. She has been spotted getting her nails done in a hotel with kids of members, playing cards, going out to eat, giving presentations… Yeah, we’re a strange bunch that likes to goof around 🙂

Discussing business

Giving a presentation

Performance review?

It doesn’t stop there.  Once at a race the shenanigans continue…

Loves posing with kids…

Big kids too — this is from YUTC 50k on Saturday

Portage Lakes Tri/DU – today

A new sticker should be applied after each race.  This leg is quite the attention getter and conversation starter!  We aren’t the only odd people who participate in races.  There is always someone dressed in a costume.  The races themselves are fun, but this foolishness just adds to it!

My kids had a blast with this thing and wanted to take it everywhere!  So, after football we took her out to dinner with us.

Gotta eat — was a busy weekend

Sharing a snack…

And to top this dinner off, we even had the entire wait staff at Texas Roadhouse recognize her – mad props to all of them for being such good sports!!  Unfortunately we were all laughing so hard that I hit the record/stop button on my phone again and only recorded something like three seconds of it.  But picture this — 10-12 waiters/waitresses converging on our table.  One yells out, “ATTENTION EVERYBODY!  WE HAVE A VERY SPECIAL GUEST WITH US TONIGHT, SO JOIN US WHILE WE GIVE PEG A BIG OL’ FASHIONED YEEEEHAWW!!!”  At which time Jeremy raises up the leg and started waiving it around… priceless….

CSA Week 15 Bacon! baconbaconbaconbaconbacon

I love bacon — Does it show? 🙂

Summer CSA — Week 15

Unbelievably, I still have some of the bacon I bought last time in the fridge.  Just haven’t had the time to cook it up and eat it 😦 However, I haven’t wasted hardly any greens anymore — since I’ve discovered the art of smoothie making.

Anyways, this weeks contents?  eh, ehm… Trevor — take it away 🙂

Week 15 Summer CSA Package

Posted by on 7:53 am, Sep 11, 2012 in Bag Contents | 1 comment

I’ve been trying for two months to make the stars align on a BLT themed week. Well, that isn’t exactly happening because last week some hogs needed more time to fatten out, but this week we are close enough!

So, to most of your enjoyment, this week we’ll feature our nitrate free, hickory smoked and brown sugar cured medium-thick cut Berkshire bacon.  This bacon is meaty and rich in flavor.  I suggest roasting it in the oven at 350 on a wire rack on a cookie sheet.  You’ll have less shrink and even cooking, and it’s a lot easier to clean up.

Serve that warm bacon with pancakes and dip it in maple syrup, stack it on some toasted whole wheat bread with some thick slices of heirloom tomatoes (or roasted cherry tomatoes from Clark Pope Catering), and some crunchy lettuce, salt and pepper (skip the mayo).  Or use it as “lardon” in your favorite preparation of kale, chard, or collards (hint hint to week 16).

Cabbage is one of my favorite vegetables and this week we’ll feature fresh cabbage.  We’ll have both red and green on the trucks and our website has tons of recipes for each.

Finally, tomatoe season is coming to an end soon so we have a hearty serving of San Marzano roma tomatoes. You can use these to put away for the winter!  See our pamphlet from the preservation class for several suggested techniques and recipes.  See that document here:  http://wp.freshforkmarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Canning-Freezing-Preserving-101-v2.pdf

Summer Week 15:

Small CSA Share

  • 1 bunch golden beets
  • Approx 2.5 lbs San Marzano Roma Tomatoes
  • Either heirloom tomatoes or 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 pint yummy pepper mix (all sweet peppers)
  • 1 lb Berkshire bacon
  • 1/2 lb mixed baby greens (chard, kale, arugula, mizuna, and more)
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 quarter peck Gala apples

Large CSA Share Small contents above plus:

  • 1 head broccoli
  • 8 oz grassfed smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1 half pint of either Pappy’s pepper butter (like a sweet and tangy homemade mustard) or 1 half pint of Pappy’s Candied Jalepenos (semi-hot jalepenos in a honey syrup)
  • A handful of colored peppers (red long peppers probably early week and purple peppers later week)

Vegetarian/Vegan Share

  • 1 head brocolli
  • 1 pack Luna burgers

Dinners have been pretty basic lately.  Have been cooking up a lot of the things that I premade.  Along with some CSA Brats and quite a bit of corn on the cob.

I’m going to end this CSA post here (lame, I know… )  but it has been quite a weekend and can’t wait to share 🙂

Summer CSA Week 14 and some INCREDIBLE football!

This marks week number 14 of our Summer CSA program and this week I absolutely LOVED the grapes —- again, and am anxious to use this Ohio City Pasta with the sauce that I just made!

Summer CSA – Week 14

Week 14 Summer CSA Package

Posted by on 4:55 am, Sep 5, 2012 in Bag Contents | 5 comments

This week is another colorful and heavy bag.  Our backs are still hurting from the cantaloupes, corn, and squash last week!  This week the watermelons are sure to give us a workout.

This week’s centerpiece is a large watermelon from the muck soils of Hartville.  Kay (Pappy to some of you) grows the absolute best watermelons. They are generally huge but still full of flavor.  Be prepared to share with neighbors and co-workers.  Most will have seeds (those are the most flavorful), but they are all planted together and we can’t really tell which are which until you cut into them!

In addition to watermelons, we’ll have a colorful assortment of eggplant, carrots, grape tomatoes, beans (mostly a flat variety called Dragontongue), and onions.  Each bag will also get a pound of Ohio City Pasta roasted red pepper linguini.

Last week you may have noticed the surprise concord grapes. With the rain early last week, they came on in a hurry so we had to take them early.  This week’s rain is bringing them on strong again, although we hope they don’t burst from too much rain!  Each bag will receive either concords or personal size (softball size) cantaloupes…but maybe both.   The farmers haven’t picked them yet so they don’t know how many they’ll get.

Wednesday group.  This week you will get the spaghetti squash from last week.  Kay couldn’t get it all harvested in time for Wednesday so we didn’t get our first shipment of it until Thursday morning.  We are getting more today for you guys tomorrow.

Summer Week 14:

Small CSA Share

  • 1 large watermelon
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce
  • Approx 2 eggplant
  • 1 bunch carrots with tops
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes or Approx 1.5 lbs heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 quart concord grapes and/or personal size cantaloupes
  • Approx 1 lb red slicing tomatoes
  • 1-2 onions depending on size
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 1 lb beans
  • 1 lb roasted red pepper linguine

Large CSA Share Small contents above plus:

  • Red peppers
  • 1 lb bacon breakfast patties
  • 1 bunch leeks or 1 head broccoli
  • 3 lb bag potatoes

Vegetarian Share

Same as small regular

Vegan Share

  • Small contents, items below in replacement of pasta
  • broccoli (early week), leeks (late week)
  • potatoes

Also, remember the Golden Delicious Apple tree that I blogged about in our front yard a while back?  Well, the apples are ready!  The kids and I made some fantastic applesauce!  Emily picked all the apples while Jeremy was at a birthday party…

Emily “working hard” in our front yard

Almost full Emily — work harder! lol

She had so much fun picking these while I mowed the lawn :).  Afterwards, we picked Jeremy up from his party and when we got home – they got to work!

NO EMILY!!! You CANNOT peel them with your teeth!

We ended up making a CRAZY amount of applesauce!  Our only ingredients were apples, cinnamon and a little bit of pure maples syrup — just to make it a little sweeter (for some reason just didn’t seem sweet enough).

You could only imagine how good our house smelled….

Today also marked game #1 for Jeremy and Emily.  I have to tell you    IT.WAS.AWESOME.

Man! Those are some good looking ball players!

I don’t know what happened to the videos I took of Jeremy’s game, but I’m glad this video remained of Emily’s.  She makes knocking those boys on their asses look easy!  This is how it went all day for her in her 27 to zero victory of Fairport Raiders!

How could she be so sweet at home and so serious on the football field??

Jeremy’s team also had an incredible victory over Mayfield Green Cats.  Their game was a nail biter – right down to the end.

12 to 7 victory!

This was at half-time while he still had his “game face” on.  Again, I don’t know what happened to the video I took of his game and feel bad about it, but it went something like this….

Jeremy is number two in this video.  Accessing the situation and acting!

Both Jeremy and Emily played their hearts out today.  Love these kids so much.  So proud of them!
I got in a little bit of running — nothing really to mention tho… give me a week — I’ll have more to blog about then.  I’ve recently added a dualthlon next week along with my normal training for my big upcoming races.. just for fun 🙂

Miles and miles and more :)

My next 100 mile race is quickly approaching, this week and next are supposed to be peak weeks for me – logging at least 75 miles each. One of the reasons I run, is because I am a closet techy geek — ok — not so much a “closet techy geek” most people who know me, know I love this crap. After an activity I love to pull up my map or “fitness report“.

Most miles logged in a month

I nearly hit the 400mile mark last month, missed it by 11 miles.  Guess I’ll have to try harder this month.

Saturday morning I woke up at 3:00am and headed out the door — this is the moon and pretty much all I saw for hours…

Running by Moonlight…

It is hard to tell from the picture, but this moon was the brightest I’ve ever seen. And THANK GOD it was! I had 30miles on my schedule for this morning and unfortunately I left the house w/o my headlamp. My plan for this morning was simple enough; Run the 9 miles from my house to Penitentiary Glen, meet up with some friends, run the Believe and Achieve course and mark it for a training run they were having later in the day, then head out for another 9 miles with my rockstar running friends from Outrun before making the 9 mile trek back home. This happened — sort of…. I made the 9 mile run to the park with no problem – other than the fact it was a net uphill run to the highest point in Lake County!!! We made the 3.1 mile run through the Believe and Achieve course and marked it then headed out for a few more miles before meeting up with some more friends. At this point I found out that my stomach CANNOT handle peanut butter and honey sandwiches during a run 😦 My stomach was ROCKED! I ended up telling everyone else to go ahead without me, that I was going to head on home. They all headed off and when I looked at my watch noticed that it was almost time for the believe and achieve training run to start, so I hung out and waited for them. I am so glad I did! This little 15/20min break was enough to settle my stomach down and I was glad to head out with this group for an AWESOME easy “run”.

Believe and Achieve group training run

What a great group of people! Love meeting new runners and being able to help them along. I “ran” this course with that little guy on the right – Tristan. This was his first trail run and he (and I) had an absolute blast! Conversation never ceased. I learned that hippos weigh more than elephants because they have bigger butts and that cheetahs run 120mph… He learned a little about trail runs and as we waited at the creek crossings for his Mom, about crayfish and frogs 🙂 His Mom said that he cannot wait to get back out in the trails again! Love it!

Only picture I have from during the run..

Adding in this training run worked brought my mileage to just over twenty. I had 9 or 10 miles left to get home which made my 30 miles for the day. It worked out perfect! I made it home with just over 31.2 miles logged — Here is the map/data for it . Not quite sure why my heart rate monitor didn’t work properly at times but still… what a great, sweaty day!

Now I was supposed to log another 20 miles on Sunday but did NOT feel like getting up in the morning. So had the bright idea of trying to get in a night time 20mile run, alone. in the trails…. did I mention at night and alone? Normally I have no problem running the trails at night alone. For some reason this night was different. I started out at 9:30pm/10:00pm and planned on finishing up around 1:30/2:30am — but about a 1/4 mile into the woods I heard a howl, louder than my headphones from behind me. I stopped, pulled off my headphones and heard it again. I wasn’t positive if it was an owl or a coyote. So I put back on my headphones and started running again. For the next 100yards or so I felt/heard something running along side of me through the trails. I wasn’t certain if it was a deer I spooked or coyote. Coyotes have followed us along during runs before and usually when with a group it isn’t a big deal.. but this time I was alone so it kind of freaked me out. I ended up falling twice (I almost NEVER fall) and had a hard time getting my bearings. So I decided to get out of the woods, hit the road and head home… here is the data from my crappy night time run… Was supposed to be 20, I cut it to 5.2x —- wussy, I know.

I didn’t quite log all the miles I was supposed to this weekend running, but made up for the loss of cardio activity with some biking.  Sunday came and I should have made up the remaining 14.x miles of my run but it felt sooooo good to sleep in! 🙂 I was supposed to have plans for Sunday evening so I asked my oldest daughter to watch the kids overnight. Things didn’t pan out as planned so I ended up hitting the road on my bike for a quick ride, grabbing a bite to eat and watching the sunset at Fairport Beach…

Fairport Harbor just before sunset

After watching the sunset, eating subway, and chilling at the beach I made the 16.89 mile trek home. The best part about this ride home was the look on the persons face in the passenger seat of a car when passed them up in a 25mph zone! Priceless.

Between the ride to the beach and the ride home I logged over 32 miles on my bike and decided that that was more than enough to make up the 14.x that I missed out on in the trails…

How was your weekend? What did you do active?

Oh yeah… As a quick little “sidebar” relationship post (I said I would keep relationship things to a minimum and think I’ve done a decent job at that :))At dinner about a week ago or so, I talked to the kids about how they would feel if I started dating again? Jeremy’s response — “sure that’d be cool, why?” and after I told him that while sharing my life with them is fantastic, I’d love to share my life with someone else special also.  And then Emily’s response? “Daddy you should go on Match dot com” bahahahahah!!!  Thought that was so funny, and had to share…  Love them kids!

Summer CSA Week 13 — Healthy cooking!

WOW! I cannot believe we are already 13 weeks into our Summer CSA program with Fresh Fork !

We finally got some spaghetti squash. Might sound strange but I’ve been waiting for this. But first — here is what was in my bag;

Summer CSA – Week 13

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Summer Week 13 CSA Contents

Posted by on 12:55 pm, Aug 28, 2012 in Bag Contents | 12 comments

Small CSA Share

  • 1 bunch cylindra beets (longer than traditional red beets)
  • 1 quart whole milk yogurt
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 cantaloupe or 1 pint blackberries
  • 1 bag mixed peppers or zucchini/squash (or possible substitute…squash shut off this week)
  • 1 lb red fortune plums (Friday and Saturday customers got these last week)
  • 2 lb roma tomatoes (make your own sauce)
  • 1 kohlrabi
  • 1 bunch collards
  • 6 ears sweet corn
  • I also purchased more Blaze Gourmet – Black Bean and Corn Salsa along with a few more bags of chips and Chicken Brats.

Large CSA Share Small contents above plus:

  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese (being made today…can’t wait)
  • 2 frozen pizza dough balls
  • 1 pint heirloom tomato sauce
  • A handful hot hungarian peppers
  • Approx 1.5 lbs heirloom tomatoes

Vegetarian Share

Same as small regular

Vegan Share

  • Small contents, items below in replacement of yogurt.
  • 2 lb bag fingerling potatoes
  • Heirloom tomatoes

SOOOO much easier to just copy what Trevor does —- Thanks Trevor!!! LOL

It was an “exciting” food weekend at my house as there were several firsts for me thanks to this weekend’s bag.

1 – I finally made my own pasta sauce!

Jeremy LOVED this stuff! Emily missed out – she was at a friends.

I took the zucchini squash, tomatoes (plus tomatoes from last week and some from our garden), and onions and put them in my blender – still haven’t bought a food processor yet so I had to make do with having to make it in a couple batches…. then added some oregano, garlic and Jeremy added basil — HOLY SMOKES is this stuff good! My only regret is it only made enough for two nights worth of dinners.

BOOOO only two dinners worth 😦

I want to use my sauce to go with my stuffed cabbage and I also plan on using it to go with my spaghetti squash.

Just out of the oven

This is the first time I’ve made spaghetti squash and it was so easy, that once I can no longer get it from our CSA or from a farmer’s market, I am going to have to see if they sell it at our grocery store. I would much rather serve this with pasta sauce to my kids….

“Spaghetti”

Versus this….

Good but not AS good

Another first for me this weekend? SMOOTHIES!!!!! Since I had the blender out I “experimented” a bit. I’ve been talking a lot with Doug about smoothies and then after talking with Kirsten about a beet smoothie she had, I just had to try my hand at it. My smoothie experiment? I used kohlrabi, beets, and yogurt – all compliments from this week’s bag and added some “very vanilla” soy milk, and a banana. Threw it all in my blender and Oh.My.GOSH — I could not believe how good it was!

Picture does NOT do it justice!

Now I’ve begun thinking about what the heck else I could blend up and drink!!! Today at the grocery store we picked up more carrots, celery, pineapple, strawberries, bananas, and regular vanilla soy milk (very vanilla was a bit sweet for me). I cannot wait to make breakfast for the kids tomorrow 🙂

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So —- what are your favorite smoothie ingredients? What are the worst combinations you’ve tried??

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