Like so many people, I love to garden, but live in an apartment. This space restriction makes for fewer options in terms of what you can do, but there are still options! In my new(ish) place, I do have a patio, which I did not in my last place, but fire escapes and secure rooftops are also excellent places to set up a little green space of your own.
Some Tomato Glamour Shots...
I really wanted my small space to not only look great and bring some greenery into my life, but also to have practical use. With that in mind, I planted items I purchase on a regular basis for cooking purposes. Now, on to the picks for my apartment/patio garden!
My first choice was a lemon tree. While I am a bigger fan of Meyer lemons, I went with a Eureka Lemon tree, based on price and the quality of what was available. I use so many lemons, I know this will go to good use if (but hopefully when) it produces fruit. The container it is in has a built in reservoir in the bottom, which is great for people who travel, as it allows you to leave the plant for longer than you would otherwise be able to, without pestering someone to come water for you. (Note that with tomatoes you do not have this luxury-- someone better be there to water)! Here is a link to the self-watering pot!
As I mentioned, I chose to plant an Early Girl plant for my tomatoes. As it has been very cold for the first nights since I planted (OF FREAKIN' COURSE...), I am a bit worried about the plant, but I hope that the worst it does is slow down when production starts, but not how much fruit is produced. Finally, I planted some Cinnamon Basil in a small planter. Stay tuned for growth developments!
So, how do you create this look for yourself? Here are my top 5 tips for getting started:
More tips and tricks to come, as the garden comes along!
Finally- for those interested in more information about the gas grill pictured above, it is the
Char-Broil 14601997-DI Bistro Infrared Gas Grill and it is a MAJOR steal at just $135.99, and free shipping with Amazon Prime. I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to grill at home, finally!
I love that the grill is effective, not TOO small, but small enough to not overpower the look of a small space like mine. I also love the aesthetic of it as a whole, with a look more like what you would expect from a charcoal grill.
To be perfectly honest, in the past I have not been the biggest fan of hand salves of this type, due to the greasy residue they have left on my skin. Typically I have found that the mess they leave on my skin (and everything I then touch), is not worth the moisturizing properties.
NOT the case with Mom's Stuff Salve! I was so impressed with the way that the product took to my skin, actually soaking in and moisturizing without being a big oily mess. Not only are all of the ingredients proven to have incredible healing properties, they also smell incredible, without being too overwhelming for regular use.
Something you may or may not know about me: I went to high school in a very small town in Utah. I loved it there (eventually), and try to stay connected to my school and my fellow alumni as much as I can.
So, when it was recently brought to my attention that a fellow Wasatcher and Wasatch staff member had created an amazing skincare product, I could not wait to try it!
Enter, Mom's Stuff Salve.
With gardening season being here (yes, it counts even if you are gardening on a patio, people), I am thrilled to have this product on hand! It is ideal for post-gardening skin replenishment.
On top of all of the amazing things about the salve itself, it makes me so happy to know it comes from lil' ole Sanpete County, Utah! I look forward to continuing to support this business and watching as it grows!
I highly recommend that anyone who suffers from dry hands of feet purchase some now at momsstuffsalve.com
As I am sure my readers have figured out, I am 100% obsessed with my dog, Alfie. What you may not know as a reader (but def do if you know me IRL) is that Alfie is equally, if not more, obsessed with me. In fact, it is a problem, and something I am working on/will address on the blog later.
In any event, due to this mutual obsession, I was very nervous about where to take Alfie the first time I had to leave town for several days. Some friends of mine had told me about Rover.com, so I checked it out. Amber G'.'s profile stuck out to me based on her incredible reviews, and I decided to go ahead and meet with her to get the ball rolling for a stay.
As you can see from this pic, it was a great choice! Not only is Amber a total sweetie, but you can tell that she, her son and husband all really love the dogs that they care for. I felt so secure leaving my little fur baby with her. What made things even better was that while I was gone, she sent me the following photos of little FiFi having the time of his life!
Chasing bubbles? Going on hikes? Snuggling in a pile of puppies? Smiling? Tail in the air?
My biggest concern became whether or not he would ever come home!
Rover also provides insurance, low prices, PayPal payment, online booking and secure communication lines... all of the logistics are taken care of on their end, which is a real load off for the pet owner.
I already have more stays booked with Amber and I know Alfie can't wait. He LOVES her!
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When on a low carb diet, sometimes you find it hard to snack on something that meets the requirements of the plan you are trying to stick to. There are only so many meats and cheeses one can eat in a day, and they are not conducive to snacking anyway... those are more 'meal' foods in my opinion.
Of course, I have made roasted edamame many times in my life, but I wanted to update the recipe for those times when I have a craving for something crunchy. Where I would typically have crackers, popcorn or even chips to satisfy this type of craving, those are not really options at the moment.
I also wanted to venture into replacing olive oil with coconut oil, and I could not be happier with the outcome here. The coconut oil provided a richness that olive oil did not. I am a convert (where appropriate... I LOVE olive oil)!
So, here is what I cam up with!
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Roasted Edamame: The BAM Edition
Yes, 'bam' as in Emeril. Throwing in back in honor of the seasoning I used because my parent's had it and I am in their house at the moment. I LOVED it though, and I am not sorry to say I will be buying it from now on.
As I recently mentioned, I have started to eat low carb. The result have been fast and amazing (as of now), so I am dedicated to sticking it out! One of the most important things for me to do in order to make that motivation last, is to have an array of food types available, and to not feel 'deprived' of anything.
Now, if you know me, you know I LOVE pizza. We are pretty much FBO. So, being that pizza lives on a bed of bread, it would seem there might be some major commitment issues happening for me and my true love, pizza! In order to make sure we did not cut this relationship off without giving it a proper chance, I did some research to see how we can make it work.
I came across quite a few recipes for Cauliflower Pizza Crust, and while I was apprehensive, I decided to give them a go. After some trial and error, here is the recipe I came up with! It is a bit labor intensive, but any good relationship deserves some effort, right?!
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Ok, I admit, this is not in fact a post about the first tomato I have ever had. It is however a post about that exciting first ripe tomato of the season that I so look forward to enjoying!
After suffering through a long winter of sub-par tomatoes which were flown in from God-knows-where, the wait is over!
This past weekend my stepmother and I headed over to the Templeton Farmer's Market, and while I was there I bought the necessary ingredients to make that first Early Girl of the season shine!
Early Girl Spring Salad:
4 early girl tomatoes, halved then thinly sliced
1 bunch fresh spinach, washed and roughly chopped
1/2 english cucumber, peeled intro strips, then dried with a paper towel
3/4 C Happy Acres Goat Cheese (this cheese is INCREDIBLE)
3 T we olive olio nuovo
Simply toss all ingredients in a large bowl with salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!
The fresh, bright flavors of the produce and goat cheese will shine on their own, with just the small amount of help brought to the table by the oil, salt and pepper. On a warm day, sitting out in the sun, there really is no better lunch than this salad!
Greetings from the Central Coast! On my last day down here in the clean country air, I went to the farmer's market and came home to make a nostalgic lunch.
When I was a little girl living in Olympia, Washington, my dad often took me to Coco's for lunch. Sitting at the counter with my wonderful dad was one of my favorite things to do, and something I will never forget. Most of the time I ordered 'Tuna Twins' (which are no longer on the Coco's menu from what I hear). After driving by a Coco's today with my stepmom, I decided to make them myself, with a fresh twist brought to the table by some excellent produce from the Templeton Farmer's Market.
Serves 4 a very healthy serving of 2 (twins. get it?), with some leftover tuna
3 large, ripe Early Girl Tomatoes, cut into thick slices
3 cans solid white albacore tuna (in water)
2 large sweet spring onions, chopped
1 can water chestnuts, chopped
10 cornichons, chopped (or use 2 T brined capers)
mayo, to taste
Nature's Seasoning, to taste
dried dill, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and mix with a fork. Cover, and refrigerate for one hour, allowing the flavors to marry.
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Toast 3 sourdough english muffins and place on a sheet tray.
Place one tomato slice on each muffin, and then top with your desired amount of tuna.
Place one slice of sharp cheddar cheese on top of each, and place in the oven until cheese is bubbling.
A simple and delicious lunch! (That would only improve with a glass of Vino Verde)!
MAJOR Target find today! I got both this candy dish and cookie jar by Threshold, for under $6 total!
Fun for all-year decor, Easter decor, office or bathroom storage. Can't wait to put these bad boys to use.
As you can see from the links above, they are still available online, but at full price. Call your local store and see if they have them on clearance. Hoppy Hunting!
drew bailey scott
My raison d'etre: Seeking and experiencing that which improves my life in all areas. The purpose of this blog: to share those incredible discoveries with others, hopefully making their lives even better!