Hello, hello and happy Friday friends!
I asked if you’d like to see a few themed Friday Faves and you said heck to the yes, and so here we are because spring will hopefully be sprung once this weirdo, wacko weather pattern finally hits the dirt road! Because it’s time to get into the garden.
This might be one of my most favorite photos ever because it’s of two of my loves: My 5 year old cherub of a Smudge and my beyond bountiful garden.
If you’ve been part of the FoodieCrush community for a bit when I posted it in 2012 from the way back time machine and 2009, the second year we lived in our current home. The old boy who lived here before we did was an avid gardener and then the house sat vacant for a few years and that untoiled soilwas rich, rich, rich.
In 2009 my garden was incredible! I had a green thumb! I had my own living episode of the Victory Garden! I could do no wrong!
But as time passed, my garden lost it’s joie de vivre. I planted the same crops over one another for so many years that it left be swearing up and down that THIS would be my last year of gardening. And then I’d plant and then it would disappoint me and then I’d be sad. It simply doesn’t have the juice to create juicy anything anymore.
So this year I’m going back to the basics and I’m going back to Mother Earth. This year it’s all about the soil, and rebuilding it so that hopefully I’ll hit the ground running next year.
That means that when you see juicy tomatoes in my favorite caprese salad, it’s likely from the farmers market. Garden tomatoes are more addictive to me than any homemade cookie, and it’s going to be incredibly hard not to sneak a row of them into the beds. But! I will be strong. I will resist. And I will give other crops the love I hope they’ll need to grow bountiful and strong.
Send Me Your Faves!
I want to make April 27th’s Friday Faves birthday about you and your favorite things. Email me the link of your favorite article, book, web source, product, recipe. fashion, beauty, inspiration, or favorite resource you think others would like to know about too, and I’ll put together a list of what you love and want to share.
Email your favorite things [email protected] with My Favorite Friday Fave in the subject line so it doesn’t get lost. You guys know how this list thing works and what you like to learn from it so just send what you wish others could benefit from too. And please don’t send political/self-promotion/naughty stuff because you guys don’t want to see that anyway. We have the news for that. Ugh.
What Went Up This Week…
This week’s culinary creations included:
- 37 Easy Healthy Breakfast Recipes to Jumpstart Your Day because we could all stand to improve our brekkie game, right?
- Speaking of, this is my new go-to oatmeal recipe for steel cut or rolled oats, and its made extra easy in the Instant Pot. Plus, I’ve got several fun flavor combo and topping ideas!
Okay, so how about let’s dig into this week’s list of Friday Faves all about plants and gardening! ‘Tis the season, right?
I recently stumbled upon this gardening Insta and the inspiration is lovely.
This is the only site you need to answer all of your gardening questions. Love this guy!
How gardening = mindfulness is my new spring/summer goal and might be even easier than meditation.
My very favorite most useful gardening things:
- These are my favorite garden clippers.
- I need a new pair of gardening shoes and these might be it. Suggestions?
- This guy is my favorite watering can because it’s holds a lot of water.
- I’m never garden without a hat like this one.
- And sunscreen for my face (this is what my dermatologist recommends.)
- I love my planters, and I’ve stuck them right in the middle of my garden for a little interest.
- I buy a pack of these gloves at the beginning of the season and I’m good to go.
Looking to liven up the outside of your home a bit? Here are 10 colorful, low-maintenance plants for window boxes.
And my friend asked if I’d lend her my husband to build this as a surprise addition to their deck patio for HER husband. Super cute idea.
The 10 dreamiest gardens on Pinterest. #thegardenenvyisreal
Here’s some super cute inso for DIY garden markers — I dig (hah) #1 and #4.
This is exactly what I need. If you want better soil for your garden, add these three kitchen ingredients.
No green thumb? No problem. These 11 life-saving products are for you.
And probably the reason why my tomatoes have sucked so bad the past few years is because I wasn’t doing this.
But my husband is going to want to see this guide for growing cucumbers = his crack.
And…everything you need to know to grow the best tomato plants. Totally bookmarking this. And another reason to save my egg shells!
Plus, Skillshare has some awesome free gardening classes you can take online. How cool is that?!
This pretty salad is the perfect way to celebrate spring.
And, I can always appreciate a chopped salad and could eat this one every single day.
How freaking delicious does this chicken dish look?
This gorgeous no-bake strawberry tart is the first thing I’m going to make with strawberries this season. Go Jess!
Seriously craving this yumminess for weekend brunch.
This naturally sweetened pineapple garden cocktail is so GORG! Definitely a way to make gardening more fun. :)
Speaking of fab garden-inspired meals, this cookbook is a perennial fave.
I’ve been seeing so many irresistible bowl recipes lately, and here are 4 I wanna try:
- Grilled Chicken Hummus Shawarma Bowls
- Fish Taco Bowls
- Meal Prep Quinoa and Greens Bowls with Eggs
- Butter Salmon Rice Bowls
This planter trio would be so perfect for fresh herbs. #growyourown
These gardening gloves are super cute. Target does it again!
And these awesome house plant trinket dishes are just too cute.
This candle smells like the garden of my dreams, and it’s actually affordable.
That’s all she wrote, folks. Have a beautiful weekend and get in the kitchen and make something yummy!
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