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Summer fun!

I love summer so hard.  Eventually I will start bitching about the heat and refusing to leave the house unless there’s a pre-air conditioned car waiting for me, but even the hottest part of summer beats the crap out of winter.  Things are happening in the summer months.  Plants are growing and vegetables are ripening.  The riding lawn mower comes out of retirement.  My freckles start sprouting (freckle pride, represent!).  The dogs will actually stay outside for more than five minutes at a time.  Oh, and grilling because the preferred method of cooking.

I don’t eat frozen meat analogs very often, but when I do it’s usually a boca burger.  They remind me of the hamburgers we used to get in the cafeteria in junior high, probably because those things didn’t have a lick of meat in them either!  Also, this is one of the last pictures taken with my 50mm lens before I bounced my camera off of the bed and it broke in two.  Pour one out and hope that its replacement arrives post haste.

I started off this year by making a list on 43things.com…of 43 things I wanted to accomplish this year (big shock).  A lot of them went south when I found out my mother-in-law had breast cancer (like having a movie night every Sunday, hard for Brian and I to do when we weren’t in the same state!), but I have gotten a handful of the goals accomplished already.

A big one was to join a CSA.  There are plenty of CSA’s located in Nashville, but I could only find one that delivers to Clarksville.  I opted for a half share, and for this particular CSA that means a pick up every other week, not a half-box every week.  My first pick up was the day before I came home, so Brian went and picked up my ‘box of green crap’.  I was pretty excited to come home and see it!

I had already eaten half of the strawberries at this point.  There’s also radishes, onions, two english cucumbers, kale, collards, swiss chard, and that bag is an assortment of lettuces.  I’m not the biggest fan of leafy greens outside of spinach, but i’m eating them!  The first thing I made was a salad.  Way to perpetuate the vegan sterotype, Katie.

The dressing was made by me, with oregano from my garden (which I will take pictures of when it grows a little more).  I ate two bowls for dinner and went to bed a very happy person.  Don’t worry, I had a large pancake brunch with guests so I was not lacking in the ‘real’ food department that day.

I don’t think i’ve ever been so proud of a sandwich.  The tempeh bacon was left over from the previous days brunch, the lettuce was from the CSA box, I biked to get the tomatoes (as mentioned in my previous post, this involves hills and crazy assholes almost hitting me), and I made the bread myself rather than wait for my husband to get home so I could go buy vegan bread (there’s no vegan bread at the Kroger I got tomatoes from).  I don’t have any Veganaise so I used more of the dressing I made.  I don’t think there’s even been a sandwich in the history of sandwiches that tasted as wonderful.

One of the other things on my list was to put up a clothes line.  Just because.  I doubt it’ll make a big impact on our electric bill, but Brian and I have been trying to shave off as much from our monthly expenses as possible.  We got rid of our satellite dish, which costs as much (slightly more, even) as our car insurance, so that’s a big one.  We can’t even get local stations which sucks, but there’s hulu and uh, unscrupulous methods for watching my favorite shows. Also we have more dvds and video games than you can shake a stick at, so even if I wanted to park my ass on the couch for five hours every night, I have lots of stuff to keep me entertained.  Tangent.

Line dried clothes do end up stiff as hell, but I bring them inside and put them in the dryer with a dryer sheet for 20 minutes on low heat, and that softens them and gets all of the cat hair off (which you can see on all of the black stuff in the photo.)  But i’m sure that’s still saving a lot more electricity than drying them for an hour on normal/high heat.  It’s also less noisy so I can take afternoon naps in peace!

posted: 09 June 4
under: food, life, pictures

  • It’s rained here for the last 10 days straight and is colder than cold so I’m loving your sunshine and green foods!

  • Now I want to grab a grill and eat the grilled foos with a giant lettuce salad. These are my vegan fantasies.

  • Sorry about your camera! That’s a major bummer. But that sandwich looks amazing!

  • Vic

    That grill looks cute! I am jealous of your table of veggies! Great stuff. Up the freckles! 🙂

  • Mo

    Sorry to hear about your mother in law and I hope she gets well.

    Secondly: malt liquor–>curb. I’ve always wanted to join a CSA but I have yet to find one out here. It kinda sucks because I love seeing all the loot people get.

    I line dry as well. Liquid fabric softener really prevents the stiff clothing. I love all those trees in your yard. I miss all the greenery of my old back yard. Digressing. Summer=YAY!

  • I’m sorry to hear about your mother-in-law and your camera. But yay for summer and fresh foods!!

  • Woo, grilling! That’s a fine haul of green stuff.
    Also, when I come to Nashville, we should meet up. Just sayin’

  • i love summer too. it will forever be my favorite season, no matter how grossly hot it gets. your csa pickup looks awesome! i’m always jealous of people who have a csa in their area… we barely have a famers market here. and hell yeah for being proud of your sandwich. i’m almost always proud of every sandwich i make, but making your own bread and dressing and biking for ingredients certainly warrants extra pride.

    happy napping 🙂

  • Sorry about your MIL. Hope all is well for her.

    I want to join a CSA, but they are so expensive.

    What kind of dryer sheets do you use? I use to use them for static control, but I found out they are all made with tallow. I think Method makes the only ones not made with tallow.

  • Belonging to a CSA is the best! Easiest way to know everything is seasonal, local and usually organic. Your sandwich does sound fantastic.

  • Jen

    Mmmm, summmer! I’m also totally digging CSA produce. It’s such a different way to figure out what to eat. Instead of “what should I get?” it’s “well, I’ve got this… what should I make with it?” So much fun!

  • I love seeing your CSA haul. I thought about joining one this year but there isn’t one very close to my house and I decided to spend the money on going to the local farmers market each weekend instead. I may try the CSA next year though so that it gets me to try things that I may not pick out on my own.

  • Erin

    Great Blog!

    A little tip with the line drying: use liquid fabric softener in the wash and dry your clothes on the line inside out. The sun can bleach fabrics pretty badly, especially black.

  • Stefanie

    Hi! I was just food blog hopping and stumbled across your blog. That sandwich looks really nice! And I wish I had a CSA near me, that produce looks great!

    But what drew my attention was your line drying. I couldn’t figure out why you posted a picture of something like that until I realized Americans usually use a dryer… lol Here in Europe line drying is totally normal. I think I’ve seen a dryer in someone’s home only once in my life so far. No one ever seems to buy these things.

    I’ll second what Erin said: using liquid fabric softener makes the clothes less stiff. 🙂

  • Chris

    Hi! I made your tempeh wingz for dinner and OMG they are absolutely AMAZING!!! I have never liked tempeh before and I’m a very picky eater! This will be my go to recipe! Thank you so much!!!

  • Tumbleweed

    Don’t mind me folks, just blowing through here!

  • Seriously great photos!

    You are SO lucky to join a CSA, all that produce looks amazing.

    For the past 2 years, while living in Bahrain, we didn’t have any access to a clothes dryer so now that we are in Saudi and finally have a dryer I am luxuriating in putting clothes in wet and pulling them out nice, hot, dry and fluffy! The little luxuries in life.

    That sandwich looks so great, it must have been so fresh tasting with the salad dressing in there!

  • Knit-Picky Vegan

    Summer is waning, but there’s still more goodies to come to the Farmers Markets and roadside stands.

    I am new to your blog and was reading thru your Lent comments. I tried the Lent gig once for the heck of it, too – I eliminated alcohol and sugar(when I baked I had other folks taste the batters & doughs), and lost some weight as well, just from those 2 things, …it’s not like I’m a lush, but it’s amazing what happens when one doesn’t have those 2 beers & a little wine each week for a short period of time.

    SOY – I try to mix it up with soy, and haven’t been all too thrilled with soy yogurt – then I found that Silk has a Key Lime flavor – dee-lish!!! Usually, soy yogurt has the taste of dairy-free spackle.

    Lastly, for Dr Oetker’s puddings, I use coconut milk.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog-posts, it’s like you’re talking directly to me…natural & relaxed.
    Thanks, I look forward to many more visits.