In other news, spring is in the air here in South Carolina and we’ve been enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures that are getting me psyched for my garden this year and all of the yummy things I’m going to grow, cook and post about. One of my favorite things to do during winter is plan my garden – what I’ll be planting, where everything is going, etc. etc. In addition to my usual garden staples, some specialty items I’ll be growing (and hopefully cooking and sharing) this year are Lacinato kale, some adorable pattypan and round squashes, the hottest peppers I can find and legally grow, and an assortment of heirloom tomatoes, and cauliflower, my new low carb fave. Oh and the artichoke plants I started last year should (in theory) actually produce this year which is very exciting for me since I’ve never grown my own before. Hey I get my thrills where I can people! I found a great resource through Pinterest for rare and specialty seeds called Seed Savers Exchange where I can get all of the things I mentioned above – they also have some great general information on organic gardening so worth a look. Another great link to gardening and outdoor products for the home is Hayes Garden World where they have some of the coolest furniture and gadgets I’ve seen! Some of my favorites are this patio bench set and these cool Sunburst patio kits. Even though they are in the UK and don’t ship here yet, I’m getting lots of great ideas for my own yard just by perusing their products! If you live in the UK and can actually visit their showroom then I am totally jealous!!!! Maybe I’ll get over there someday! For more links check me out on Pinterest where I have pinned a bunch of my faves onto my “for the home” and “the well designed garden” boards!
So it’s been a crazy week for me and I haven’t been cooking at home nearly as much as I’d like so I apologize for that and promise to be more consistent! This post is going to be a bit all over the place so please bear with me! First I’d like to announce our winner for the chocolates giveaway as Jaclyn Callahan Leonardi! Yay for Jaclyn! Melanie from Melanie’s Country Confections will be shipping you an amazing box of chocolates and the proceeds will benefit Micah’s Giving Tree charity which is a wonderful bonus. Melanie has reported that we do have orders from IBIH – there were 4 after only the first day I think and I’ll report back after the event on Feb 9th with what our finally tally is! So if you haven’t checked out her website or her special chocolates (Micah’s Mix) to benefit the charity please head over and order some amazing chocolates for a great cause! And don’t forget to mention you came over from IBIH in the comments section so that she can tally up how much we were able to help raise!
Next item, I’d like to thank the folks over at Athens Phyllo for the $100 check I got in the mail the other day! Why are people sending me free money you ask? I entered and won the December contest with this very recipe! Hooray! What’s funny about that is they contacted me at the end of December about entering the contest and there were only a couple days left in the month so I had no time to make anything and photograph it. I had taken this picture last summer before I even started the blog because I made a bunch of snacks to take out on my in laws boat with some friends and it was cute. It was all I had so I submitted it and wrote down the “recipe” which was so easy I almost felt embarrassed to be entering at all (not that they aren’t delicious because they really are.) Imagine my shock when I got a big envelope from Athens last week saying I won – AND will be entered in their final drawing for an additional $1234 prize in June! So yay for me! If you want to get in on the action, head over to Phyllo.com where they run contests monthly and post great recipes and ideas on using phyllo dough. I’ll see you over there because now that I’ve had the sweet taste of victory I’ll be entering every month in hopes of winning more ching towards my “new camera fund!” If you want the “award winning” (lol) recipe for the Roasted Tomato Cups w/ Fontina & Thyme, you can find it here because, well, I’m too lazy to retype it…
This weekend we have Superbowl coming up and I’ll be back in the kitchen this week working on some great party food (low carb of course!) so stay tuned for that! See you around! M-0