Monday, May 31, 2010

Taco Burgers

I saw this recipe in last month's Food Network Magazine and knew we had to try it. We love tacos and we love burgers, so it really doesn't get any better than this!

First, make your guacamole with avacado, tomato, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. You could also purchase pre-made guacamole if you want to.

Season your burgers with cumin, chili powder, and oregano. Cook on the grill or in a skillet until done. Top with cheese.
Serve with the guacamole, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Our Garden Is Planted!

We raced back from Kokomo today so that we could get our garden planted before we ran out of daylight. Well, it's 8:30pm and we just finished so we made it! Barely.

We expanded our garden by about 12 square feet this year and tried some new things, so we are excited to see how everything turns out.

But first - we were so excited this morning because we noticed that there are about 100 peaches on our peach tree that we planted next year! Everyone better be expecting bags full of peaches this summer because I have a feeling we will trying to get them off our hands before they go bad!

I do not start our vegetables from seed. Some people say it's cheating, but I say it is just plain easier, and really not that expensive. Here is how the day started out after returned from Lowes.

Of course, we did not have to do anything with the strawberries because they just grow like weeds and never die! We have a good amount of berries on them now, so I hope that the bids don't get to them all before we do!

And here is the almost finished product. The massive quantity of strawberries is on the right hand side. We planted more tomatoes than we have before, so we are short about three tomato cages.

We planted five different types of tomatoes ranging from cherry tomatoes to Big Boy tomatoes that can get up to 32 ounces in size. I saw that and just had to see what happens. We also planted eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers (red, green, and yellow), and sweet potatoes. This will be my first year trying eggplant and sweet potatoes - let's hope it goes well! I also need to go back and get green beans and possibly asparagus...

I love growing our vegetables. It was so much fun last year to watch everything grow and then enjoy them when ready. We garden organically so it makes me feel better knowing that what we are eating is free from all non-organic chemicals/pesticides. Of course, anything that we don't have I just run to the Carmel Farmers Market every Saturday and pick it up!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Busy Month of May

It occurred to me just now that I have not posted anything on here in awhile. That is simply because there really isn't much going on! That is about to change though because:

1. We are planting our vegetable garden this weekend. That is if the weather cooperates! Pictures to come later...
2. The weather is finally nice so we are outside ALL the time.
3. It's May!

We have a very busy month this month!

We are heading up to Kokomo on Sunday to celebrate Mother's Day with Kevin's family as well as the handful of May birthdays in the family.

My birthday is this Monday - unfortunately I'll be working :( But then we are headed out to dinner with Nate and Angie at Brugge. If you haven't tried it you really should.

My Dad is coming to town for business from the 11th to the 14th.

My Mom is coming to town for Angie's bridal shower at our house on the 23rd.

Carb Day is the 28th and Race Day is the 30th. We will of course be attending both - and Dad will be back in town along with Matt for that.

And last, but not least... our first anniversary is the 30th! I cannot believe how this year has flown by. We are celebrating it in Turn 2 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway watching the race, eating tenderloins and drinking canned beer. Classy, I know. Maybe we will do something nicer the next week.

Here are a few random pictures/video from this past week.

I made buffalo wings from scratch this week. They were not as much work as I anticipated and were very yummy. As you all know, I LOVE buffalo sauce, and I'm quite the critic of it. I have to say that I was not a big fan of the sauce I purchased. I guess that means I'll have to make them again and try a new sauce! The picture is from my phone, so not great quality here.
We have six rose bushes in our yard now, and this was the first one to bloom! I'm guessing that others have bloomed today while I've been at work.
We purchased a live catnip plant at PetsMart last time we were there. The cats LOVE it. Oscar always buries his face in it like he is digging for gold or something. Here is a video of it. You'll notice that Henry acts like he doesn't care that Oscar has the whole plant to himself. But he can't take it for long...