What’s In My Box?

Hello Everyone!

Is it snowing at your house? It has been steadily snowing here for about a week now and everything is a beautiful snowy white – at least when we can appreciate it from the warmth and comfort of our living room….! Generally, I’m not too thrilled to sit in my ice-cold, freezing car while it warms up or dragging the girls out in the pin-pricking wind that seems to come about when it’s snowing out and I’m sure they appreciate avoiding that as well, so in that case, snow and I aren’t “friends.” Per say.

This week has got me yearning to garden.

Can’t winter be over so I can start cultivating seeds and preparing garden beds to grow some tasty veggies in?

We are actually preparing for our move back to the States, so I have spent some time ordering seed catalogues online so I can start planning what seeds we will buy and what we want to try planting this year at our new house.

I have put these two books (The Winter Harvest Handbook & Four Season Harvest) on my wishlist and plan to get it as we are harvesting the last of our summer garden so I can look into winter gardening – a new venture for me. Do you know anyone that grows veggies throughout the year in the sun AND snow?

Mostly we will focus on container gardening but I am eager to try out the new soil and build a couple of raised beds – I have gathered a few ideas for different designs so all that we need now is to figure out where we are living so I can put my plans into action!

That being said, we have been experiencing some technical difficulties here with the ole hard drive. It seems to be mysteriously deleting photographs that I hadn’t uploaded yet so I have lost all the photos I have taken over the past couple weeks of my CSA box from Abel & Cole! We received our weekly delivery this morning though and Mei decided to help out setting up the shot and investigating each item we pulled out of the box, so she will be my little Vanna White for today’s photographs! And since we haven’t made anything with these yet, I will leave a list of how we plan to use our veg this week instead and hopefully, all will be back to normal next week!

What We Received:

  • Zucchini (or courgette)
  • Carrots
  • Bag of Spuds
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Lemon
  • Quince
  • Lettuce

And we even got some Quince! And because it is citrus season, I have ordered a selection of random fruits to make some jams and other things with to put in the cute WECK jars to take with us to our new home! I thought it would be a nice way to keep England with us a bit longer… can you tell that our leaving here will be rather bittersweet?

What to Make with It??

  • Spaghetti! I like to shred in some zucchini and carrots & dice mushrooms into the sauce.
  • The lettuce will either go to some sort of Mexican food night or sandwiches
  • Lemon! I have been craving lemon pound cake, but it might turn into lemon scones so I can enjoy the rest of my Peach Earl Grey Jam
  • The potatoes, broccoli & cauliflower will all just be sides to our meals throughout the week.

The lemon was not a usual part of the delivery but we received a cute little note with it that Mei would like to share with you!

Gotta love ‘em!!

Ready for your Fun Food Fact??! Here it is!

In 1866, 1,186 varieties of fruits and vegetables were produced in California. Today, California’s farms produce only 350 commercial crops.

See you next week for another “What’s In My Box?!”

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