Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Danger Zone: an update

After our time away in Florida for a week, we were welcomed home by tons of vegetables waiting for us at the farm. Shown above are cucumbers, green beans, and collard greens.

It rained a good bit while we were gone, and so the cucumbers in particular had time to thrive. They were huge! We made pickles (I hope these are good, because I love snacking on dill pickles), cucumber mint sorbet (very weird...very, very weird), and tzatziki dip (NOTE: dice the cucumbers - do not food process them, or your dip will be very runny and require much more yogurt than otherwise necessary).

The green beans were by far the best fresh green beans I have ever had. We ate some of them sauteed with a little salt and pepper, and then took some to my parents' house to share with them.

I have discovered during this gardening process that I really like collard greens. Last night David put some in an omelet with bacon and swiss cheese and it tasted amazing.

Next up are cantaloupes, which are getting pretty big! We have 9-10 growing at the moment. But despite our successes, there have been some disappointments in recent days. When we got back from a long weekend in Butler/Pittsburgh, we discovered that most of our cucumber plants had dried out (or were on their way to drying out). Though it had rained over the weekend, it was not enough water for them to survive. Also, our pea plants suffered a cruel destruction by the hands of birds/animals. This was probably our biggest letdown to date because we only got one pea before the animals took them all (and it was a very good pea)! There are so many things we will have to do differently next year, and one of them will need to be keeping our yummy peas away from farm critters.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chobot Family Vacation

Two weeks ago, David and I joined my parents and sister in Walt Disney World for a week of fun! Here are some picture highlights from our trip:

Some girls dream of their fantasy weddings and what they will wear, but as a child that spent many a summer vacation in Disney World, I always dreamed about the day that I would get to walk around the parks in the wedding Mickey Mouse ears with my husband. Since our first anniversary was only a few weeks prior to the trip, I managed to convince David to wear the groom hat for a day. The above picture was taken in Epcot, in Paris.

Though Pooh is my favorite, I like this picture of David and me with Eeyore, taken during our character breakfast at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom.

Me, with Donald in Frontierland.

The five of us at our favorite restaurant, Sanaa (located in the Animal Kingdom Lodge). The food here was really amazing, though I think it was David's favorite because the waitress flirted with him shamelessly!

My sister got a really fantastic mojito drink at Sanaa, and my mom fell in love with it. This was her face when my sister asked for it back.

The best chocolate mousse I have ever had - my dessert when we ate at the steakhouse in Epcot's Canada.

David, with (his favorite) Pluto.

Kermit and Piggy during the Dreams Come True parade

Our dining plan included more snacks than we could ever eat, so at the end of the trip, we raided the Disney bakeries for goodies to take home with us. Here are two cookies I brought with me (they looked significantly better than they tasted).

It was hard to leave all of the fun, excitement, family, and good food! We rae looking forward to the next family trip in the years ahead.