Our CSA Box + What I Ate Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday!

We have a little nap ditcher at home, so blogging time is hard to come by these days. And the little energy ball is only 2 years and 3 months. It’s definitely way to early (for me) that he is starting to phase out his naps, but each child is so different. We have to come up with new routines, so that I can get back into blogging a bit more regularly. Hopefully. Wish us luck.

I thought I’d (finally!) share some of our CSA box contents with you. It’s been amazing, to get a huge box full of greens, fresh herbs, fruit and veggies, delivered almost to our home (they drop at the Mr.’s office).

  • For the past few months we’ve always had a bag of at least 8 oranges. Fresh orange juice has gotten a whole new meaning, as these oranges are fresh from the trees. Bonus: our 2 year-old will sometimes find one when he’s rummaging in the fridge, take it out, run to one of us, and say “juicy juicy please!” – my heart melts that he knows where orange juice comes from!

  • There’s at least one bunch of greens (kale/chard) or lettuce, but most often two.
  • Fresh fruit: peaches, oranges, limes, apples, grapes, dates, avocados – it is amazing!
  • Veggies: Summer squash, zucchini, beans, bell peppers, spicy peppers, fennel, eggplant, onion, potatoes, sweet potatoes and I’m probably forgetting a few.
  • Fresh herbs: dill, parsley, rosemary

We pay $30 every two weeks and we get a two week’s worth of local, organic (!!!) produce. Take that, Whole Foods!

And since it’s What I Ate Wednesday party time over at Peas & Crayons (Thanks, Jenn!) I decided to link up a few meals I came up with with this abundance of freshness. It’s been a while and I’m excited to be back.

Green Baked Eggs:

Tomato Soup + obligatory grilled cheese:

Greens in ALL THE MEALS:

One of my favorite ways to use parsley lately is putting it on scrambled eggs. The other dishes are simple roasted potatoes with a herby Greek yogurt dip, and an always yummy avocado and eggs toast.

What are your favorite ways to use fresh herbs? I love fresh parsley and dill dip, tzatziki, parsley on eggs, and even in a  green juice.

With Thanksgiving coming up here, do you have any foods you are especially looking forward to? We’re keeping it low-key this year, as we just moved here a few months ago, and being a German/Swedish family, we don’t really care much for turkey and the works. *GASP* I know, shocking, right? ;)

We’re just looking forward to a few relaxing days and maybe, maybe some shopping on Friday.

Peas and Crayons

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out some other Wednesday Eats over at Peas & Crayons!

Exploring Our City: La Jolla

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Well, it still doesn’t really feel like our city. Not the way Vancouver felt to me. Vancouver will always have a special place in my heart. Nevertheless, we live in San Diego now, might as well make the best of it, right? ;)

One of my favorite places to visit in San Diego is La Jolla. On the one hand I’m really enjoying it as it is situated directly at the coast (which means cooler temperatures than where we live). On the other hand, it is such a cute and walkable little town, with nice eateries, art galleries, upscale boutiques, coffee shops, yoga studios and the children’s pool, which isn’t for swimming at all, but has been taken over by sea lions, and which we love to look at.

Unfortunately rents are not exactly in our budget in La Jolla, but I’m so glad there’s a walkable little place we can visit, that is NOT a strip mall (of which there are a LOT of here in Southern California…). La Jolla is about 20 minutes from where we live, and I have grand plans to check out the Sunday Market, toddler yoga at the library and La Jolla Shores Beach and Kellogg Park.

If you want to read more about our adjustment to living in California and some of our first few weeks and months in San Diego, feel free to check out these posts:

- Exploring Our New Home: Farmers Market + Vino

- Moving to Another Country: Culture Shock? 

- And let’s not forget the town of Julian, about an hour and a half east of San Diego. We went there to pick apples this fall and it was gorgeous!

Have you been to San Diego or are you a local? What are your favorite brunch spots? Parks? Things to do? We’re still exploring and can’t wait to learn more, so feel free to share, I’d be super happy about it!





Well, Hello There! {What I Ate Wednesday}

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Long time no see!

I’m sorry, but I felt the need to disappear for a while from bloggyland.  I just felt that my posts were half-hearted and I had nothing to say, so I decided to take a break and focus on other things instead.

What did I do, you wanna know?

Well, I read a book, for starters. In two days. It was a glorious, easy-to-read chick book and it was quite amusing.

I also upped my gym time to 3x per week (most weeks), because – wait for it – I signed up for a race. That’s right friends, this old lady is picking up running again.

Oh, and did you know that 2 year-olds are pretty time-consuming and energy-stealing? ;)

Anyway, I’m back in time for What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by the lovely Jenn over at Peas & Crayons.

Some of my weekend eats. Here ya go:

  • Evol chicken and cilantro burrito (Costco find), banana, cucumbers
  • green tea
  • Pale Ale at the SD Zoo (how awesome is it that they sell beer?)
  • scrambled eggs and toast (obsessed with fresh parsley on my eggs lately)
  • noosa yoghurt (so, so good)
  • Malbec
  • First “tall, nonfat, 1 pump, no whip, no drizzle gingerbread latte” of the season, paired with above mentioned book
  • more yogurt (Stonyfield organic greek)
  • Jackies Jam (on my toast) – it’s a local find and it tastes just like homemade jam. Strawberry Rhubarb is my favourite, although, plain strawberry is pretty dang delicious too, I have to say.
Of course this is not all I ate, but I forgot to take pictures of the loads of popcorn, pasta, Lärabars, grapes and other meals and snacks in between. One thing definitely worth mentioning was that I was treated to dinner by the Mr. (a rare treat, but oh so worth the wait) of Chanterelle Toasts, which was devoured!

Do you like chanterelle mushrooms? What is your favorite recipe for them? 

One of our favorites is definitely stewed chanterelles on toast. You can find out how we usually make them here. Easy and delicious and you have to try them!

Did you find any fun, local foods lately? 

Apart from Jackie’s Jam, we’re also getting our farm box this afternoon and I can’t wait to dig in. I’m craving fresh veggies big time! And I still have some persimmons leftover from the last box… Any suggestions on what to do with them? They’re new territory to me.

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