Showing posts with label so yummy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label so yummy. Show all posts

Sunday, February 23, 2014

So...Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie

Tonight for dessert we had mint chocolate chip ice cream.
With spinach and avocado.
And my kids loved it.


Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie
1 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk (or almond milk, or coconut milk)
1 generous handful of spinach (about 1 cup)
1 generous handful of arugula (about 1 cup)
*I didn't have arugula tonight, so I substituted with more spinach*
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup greek yogurt (optional)
2 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 T agave
1/2 cup chocolate chips
ice

Blend, and enjoy!
The Blendtec has an "ice cream" setting - I use that.
It's so thick and creamy the kids eat it with a spoon.

The kids love this and ask for it often.
Even Son#1 will sit still long enough to drink this - and that's saying something!
I absolutely love that they're getting they're leafy greens in their dessert :)
Mother win.



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Saturday, February 22, 2014

So...Cafe Rio Pork

If you love Café Rio as much as I do, than you will want to have these recipes on hand.
They are wonderful.

Cafe Rio Pulled Pork
3 lb pork roast
1 c Worcestershire sauce
1 t dried oregano
1 t ginger
1 t salt
1 t chili powder
1 t garlic powder
2 T minced dried onion
1 c brown sugar
1 can red enchilada sauce
 
Put roast in crock pot. In a small bowl, mix all remaining ingredients except brown sugar and enchilada sauce. Pour mixture over roast and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Remove roast and shred. Discard cooking liquid and return shredded meat to crock pot. Combine brown sugar and enchilada sauce. Pour over meat and simmer until ready to serve (about 1 hour.)
 
::for freezer meal::put roast, Worcestershire sauce, and spices in gallon Ziploc freezer bag.  put brown sugar and enchilada sauce in another gallon (or quart) Ziploc freezer bag.  place both bags inside another bag, and freeze.  to cook, thaw, then follow directions as shown above.
 
 
This pork is delicious!
I love to make all the fix-ins for salads and/or burritos (rice, beans, lettuce, salsa, avocado, cilantro, lime, tortillas), but it can also be served just over rice with veggies, or in a sandwich.  So delish!
 
 
Here are some other favorite recipes that I make along side:
 
Cilantro Lime Rice
1 c uncooked white rice
1 t butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t grated lime peel (zest)
1 (15 oz) can chicken broth
1/4 c water
2 T freshly squeezed lime juice
2 t sugar
3 T freshly chopped cilantro
 
In a saucepan, combine rice, butter, garlic, lime zest, chicken broth, and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, sugar, and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice. Serve warm.
 
 
Café Rio Tomatillo Dressing
5 tomatillos, peeled, washed, quartered
1 pkg buttermilk Ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 cup mayo
1/8 tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp chili powder
1 tsp brown sugar
5 large pieces bottled jalapenos
1 T jalapeno juice
juice of 1/2 fresh lime
 
Combine all ingredients in blender.  Keep refrigerated.
 
 
Tortilla Strips
corn tortillas, taco size
cooking spray
salt
 
Cut tortillas into thin strips (I use a pizza cutter).  Spread evenly on cookie sheet.  Spray strips with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.  Bake at 450 degrees until crispy, approximately 10 minutes.
 
 
Not necessarily cheaper or easier than just buying a salad at Café Rio, but it makes a lot so you can keep eating it until your heart in content :)  One of my Girls' Night favorites.
 
 
 
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

So...Pesto Ravioli and Baked Rotini

It may be silly that I'm even posting these recipes, but for the record I believe it is OK to not be a master chef and to make some Plain Jane meals that are more semi-homemade than actually homemade (it's actually more like home-assembly than homemade).  It makes life quite a bit easier, takes some of the pressure off to not have the perfect pinterest-worthy meal every night, and it still save some money cooking dinner at home rather than going out. 

Plus, there is value in having meals made at home - even if they aren't anything special - and satisfaction that comes from cooking for my family.  I believe home cooked meals are part of what makes a house feel homey and contributes to the safety and security a child feels in their home.  I believe this!

In order to be more successful at cooking at home, I believe in having some quick, easy, go to meals that don't take much skill in the kitchen and can be throw together without much effort.  This makes it easier to stick to my goal of cooking at home even on those days when life is crazy and the baby won't let me put him down long enough to boil water.  :)

Someday I may get a little more creative and elaborate in the kitchen, but not this day.

Here are two super easy (like super super easy) meals that are in my freezer and ready to be thawed and cooked for dinner any day or to give to a family in need of a meal.

Pesto Ravioli
Frozen Spinach Mozzarella Ravioli from Costco
Pesto from Costco

::optional::add cooked veggies of your choice and/or cooked chicken.

::to freeze:: place half of the bag of ravioli in Ziploc gallon freezer bag (Ziploc works much better than generic brand).  Pour 3/4 cup of pesto into a small Ziploc bag.  Place sauce bag into larger Ziploc bag with ravioli and freeze.  Thaw sauce in warm water before stirring with cooked ravioli. 

My kids prefer their veggies separate from the main dish, so I keep this meal super simple - just ravioli and sauce - and then serve with asparagus, broccoli, and/or salad or whatever veggie I have on hand.  Usually ends up being our green meal :)  Sometime we have bread with it too because I love cooking it and we love eating it :)

Another easy go-to is -

Baked Rotini
1 (16 oz) package of rotini pasta (any small pasta works - penne, ziti, bowties, etc)
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (or homemade sauce)
1/2 lb cooked ground beef (optional)
mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese

::optional::add cooked veggies of your choice - tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, etc.

Cook pasta as directed.  Toss with sauce, cooked meat and/or veggies, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 parmesan cheese.  Spread evenly in 9x13 aluminum pan.  Top with additional parm cheese and mozzarella cheese.  Cover with foil and freeze.  When ready to eat, thaw and then cook at 375 degrees for approximately 40 min.

Again, we prefer veggies separate so I keep this meal pretty simple and then serve with veggies on the side.  Cutting back on meat and cheese saves money - a little goes a long way in this dish. 

**This is a great dish to serve a lot of mouths pretty inexpensively.  Often I find pasta and sauce on sale for $1 or less each.


Knowing that my kids prefer vegetables separated from the pasta (they are not fans of casserole or anything with lots of ingredients mixed together) has really helped from wasting food.  Some may argue that I should teach them to eat it.  Maybe that's true.  But when I'm trying to save money, not wasting food is a big part of that.  If I know that there will be food left on their plate because it's all mixed together, but I can get them to eat their fruits and veggies by simply serving them separately, then I'm going to separate them.  No brainer.

Anyway...
Here are some super easy non-recipes for you :)



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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So...New England Clam Chowder

"What's the password?"
"New England clam chowder"
"Is that the red?  Or the white?"
(name that movie)

Last night we had clam chowder from my bulk cooking meal plan.
I cooked a huge batch to add a few meals to our freezer and a couple to give away. 
I have a friend who loves clam chowder and I promised him I'd always give him some when I make it.

I'm not huge on food photography, so sorry there's not a pretty picture of my delicious soup for you to salivate over, but believe me this chowder is amazing.  Just imagine it, make the soup, and see for yourself how yummy it is.

This is my mom's recipe and one of her go-to meals for cooking for a large group.  Almost every time I go home there's a huge pot of this on the stove ready to devour.  It is a favorite.


Mom's Clam Chowder
24 onces canned clams (I usually get minced clams)
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced celery
! cup diced carrots
4 cups diced potatoes
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon tobasco sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 pint half & half
1 pint milk
 
Drain juice from clams and pour over vegetables in a saucepan.  Add enough water to cover.  Simmer in a covered pan over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.  In the meantime, melt butter, add flour, blend and cook a minute or two.  Add half and half and milk.  Cook and stir until smooth and thick, using a wire whip to blend.  Add undrained vegetables and clams and heat through.  Do not boil.  Season with salt, pepper, hot sauce, and sugar to taste.  Serves 10-12.
 
I always double this recipe because it freezes well.
I freeze it in gallon Ziploc bags (2-4 meals)
I almost always substitute the half & half for additional milk 1) its cheaper 2) I always have it 3) less fat.
 
I serve this soup with bread and salad.
So yummy!
 
 
 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

So...I Love This Man


Husband on his birthday, Feb 14, 2013

Oh how I love this man.
He is one of the best people I know.
He is honest, hard working, kind, genuine, funny, easy-going, compassionate, unassuming, and just plain old fun.  He really is the best.

We've got something great going on.
I feel so honored to be loved by him.  I really do.
He is more amazing to me the longer I'm married to him. 
I really caught myself a good one :) and feel so very blessed.

I love him so much I cut the center out of his birthday cake for him.
It's his favorite piece.
Now that's true love...

Tonight I get to go to Recipe Share (see...he loves me too) and I am really looking forward to it.
I'm a little burnt out and could use a break away from the littles.
Though I love them dearly, I need a break away from little people that constantly need things from me.
And I get a little tired of constantly reminding them not to not whine and complain. 
I know I need a break when that's all I seem to hear.  :)

Recipe Share is a group of ladies in our neighborhood that get together to eat, visit, laugh, and share recipes.
A great pick me up full of good friends and good old fashion fun just being together.
I haven't been able to go for a really long time and I miss it. 
I could use a good laugh tonight. 
Combine that with good food and it's a win.
So thankful for my tag team partner in crime so I can sneak away for a bit tonight.  :)

I'm bringing thai chicken pizza.  Oh yum!



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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

So...Orange Julius

 
Orange Julius

1 c. orange juice
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. vanilla yogurt
1 T sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 clementines
ice
 
Blend.

This is a favorite treat around here.
I think we'll love it even more when it's not single digits outside.



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Friday, January 25, 2013

So...A Delicious Treat to Start the Weekend

The other afternoon I had this delicious treat of a snack.
 
My new visiting teacher brought me these beyond delicious soft ginger snaps with lemon frosting. 
Seriously, they were to die for.
And the frosting!
I could have eaten it by the spoonful.
I already knew I loved this friend of mine, but now I think I love her even more!
 
Lately, I'm also loving this green smoothie recipe another one of my friends shared with me recently.
Don't be deceived by it's looks - it tastes like a peanut butter shake!
I don't know if these are the right measurements she told me, but this is how I make it.
 
Green Peanut Butter Smoothie
 
1 c. milk
1/2 c. vanilla greek yogurt
1-2 large handful(s) of spinach
1 T peanut butter
1/2 banana (I don't love bananas, so I put half.  You could put a whole one or two if you want)
ice

Sometimes I add some vanilla protein shake mix.
Blend.

It is so delicious and very filling.

Now...
If only I could get my hands on that cookie + icing recipe...

This weekend will be full.
It's going to be great.

Tonight is date night.
My favorite night of the week!
This time it's dinner + Phantom of the Opera with some friends.
I hope Husband makes in home from work in time...

Tomorrow is Son's first birthday.
Cannot believe that.
We'll have cake and balloons and lots of smiles.

Tomorrow night I am performing at the American Fork City Hall with my incredibly talented friend Lara Johnson.  If you're in the area and don't have plans, you should come check us out! 
The show is from 7-8:30 and will feature 6 lds artists.  $10 per couple, $25 per family.

Happy Weekend Everyone!
Stay warm!



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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

So...Third Daughter's Favorite Meal

Taco Soup (recipe from sister in-law)

5 cans beans, drained* (any kind you like - I usually do pinto, kidney, chili beans, black)
*don't drain chili beans
1 can corn, drained
1 32 oz. can/jar of vegetable juice
1 packet taco seasoning (or make your own from scratch)
1/4 lb ground beef (optional - I usually don't add this)

Pour everything into a pot and heat through.  Serve with your favorite taco toppings - cheese, tomatoes, guacamole, chips, cilantro, sour cream, salsa, onions.

Super easy and super fast.

Every time I make this Third Daughter gobbles it up.
Multiple bowls of it.
Those are my favorite kinds of recipes.

This recipe makes lots.  At least two full meals.  With leftovers.
I usually freeze half of it, or give half of it away.
Also another reason why it's a favorite.

Enjoy!



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Thursday, January 17, 2013

So...Pinworthy::Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef is one of my favorite take-out dishes.
It is sweet and savory and oh so yummy.
When I saw this recipe on pinterest I knew I wanted to try it.
I usually stick to the same simple recipes around here, but lately I've resolved to take more risks and try more new recipes.

Here's where pinterest steps in and becomes my best friend::

Mongolian Beef

I made this for Sunday dinner and it was so delicious!
I served it with steamed rice and stir-fry veggies.
The sauce this meat is cooked in is to die for.
I covered my entire plate with it.
No soy sauce for me!

Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of my attempt.
This meal is slightly labor intensive (anything that requires hot oil in a pan causes a little bit of stress with little kids around) and so the camera stayed tucked safely away. 
But take my word for it - it was delicious.
My version had a lot more sauce than the recipe picture shows, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. 
Like I said, the sauce was great on the rice and so delicious on the veggies.

You could actually make this meal, minus the beef, and just have stir-fry veggies, rice, and this amazing sauce!  So yummy!

Definitely pinworthy.



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Thursday, November 29, 2012

So...My Favorite Choc Chip Cookies

Today I'm making cookies with Second Daughter.
She told me today she can't wait until she's old enough to create foods herself :)
She loves being in the kitchen with me and loves to help any way she can.

Today we are making my favorite chocolate chip cookies ever.
There are few things better than a really good chocolate chip cookie.
These are so delicious.
So delicious that I thought I should share the recipe.
I found it on allrecipes years ago, and can no longer find the link.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
1 c butter
1 c white sugar
1 c brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp hot water
1 tsp salt
2 c semi-sweet choc chips
Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Stir in vanilla.  Dissolve baking soda in hot water.  Add to batter along with salt.  Stir in flour, choc chips.  Drop spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake 10 min.


These cookies are so good.
Can't wait to nibble on them with my daughters after school along with a glass of milk.



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Thursday, April 21, 2011

So...Granola Bars


{picture via Make&Takes}
I have had this recipe for granola bars starred and saved for a year or so. I haven't made them in quite some time and boy have I missed them. They are so very good.

Better than any granola bars I've bought {and cheaper}.
Better than most {not all} cookies.
Easy to make, with ingredients I almost always have on hand.
Triple win.

You can subsitute the mini-M&Ms for anything - I usually do butterscotch + choc. chips, but you could do raisins, craisins, peanuts, reeses pieces, white choc. chips, whatever.
Let your imagination go wild, or use whatever you have on hand.
I imagine they are all equally delicious.

Plus, they can be individually wrapped and packed.
Wouldn't mind one of these babies in your school lunch, would ya?
Yummy, yummy.




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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

So...what we did on MLK Day

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We made donuts.

We are in save-every-penny mode and this MLK Day, that led us to making homemade donuts. With yesterday being a holiday, we normally would have done something special like get donuts for breakfast. The girls asked and I gave my usual answer as of late, "Remember, we're saving our money. We're only buying things we need." But then I remembered a recent post of a friend of mine about making homemade donuts. I thought we would try.

We used the Pioneer Woman's recipe. Even with some time-saving cheats, they turned out delicious (and gorgeous). My only complaint - this isn't a great recipe to make with small children. Too much waiting.

If you want to try making donuts with children, I would suggest trying a recipe similar to the one over at Make & Takes, or any non-yeast donut recipe. No waiting for dough to rise. When dealing with sizzling oil on the stovetop and small children in the kitchen, I say reduce as much stress as possible. I did not follow this advice today.

I'd say homemade donuts were a hit today, and according to First Daughter today was "the best day ever!"

How did you spend your MLK day off?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

So...whenever I think about Pioneers

What better way to celebrate Pioneer Day than to make our own homemade butter?!

All you need is:
a jar
some heavy cream
a little salt (if you like salted butter)
and a strong arm

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Put all the ingredients in the jar, make sure the top is on tightly, and start shaking. In 15-20 minutes you'll have butter! (and buttermilk)

Our shaking eventually turned into a roll-the-jar-across-the-table game. It took a little longer, but definitely was more fun. Whatever works, right?
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We enjoyed it on our favorite bran muffins (my grandma's recipe), homemade bread, and corn on the cob, all to test our pioneer butter on. It was scrumptous!
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And we (I) can't wait for pancakes with buttermilk syrup in the morning. Mmmm....

Even though we made our butter the old-fashioned way, I still relied on my KitchenAid to do all the muscle work in the bread-making department.
I'm sure even a pioneer woman wouldn't object to some help :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

So...how to make rainbow cupcakes

First Daughter turned five last Saturday.
For her Princess & Prince Party, she requested rainbow cupcakes.
This is how we made them:

1.) Mixed a white cake mix as directed on the box. Separate the batter into four small bowls and mix with food coloring. Neon Colors food coloring is our favorite because the color are more vibrant and fun.


2.) Spoon the batter into cupcakes tins, layering the colors. Less than 1 Tb of each color was plenty.


3.) Bake as directed on the box.


4.) Frost. We found these silver sprinkles at Walmart. The extra bling was perfect for our royal celebration.


5.) Eat & enjoy!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

So...free cupcake for mom (or you)


I know it's a bit late, but the Sweet Tooth Fairy is giving away free cupcakes for Mothers' Day. The Provo bakery is open until 10:00 pm tonight (I will be heading over as soon as the kiddos are in bed for one red velvet cupcake - Yes please!) and the Draper bakery is open until 11:00 pm.

Click HERE for the coupon.

YUM!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

So...a little help from my friends

I'm looking for a super delicious, not-the-boxed-cake-I-normally-make, out of this world cake to make Husband for his birthday, which happens to be on Valentine's Day.

Any recommendations?

He loves chocolate.
He loves chocolate + peanut butter.
But mostly he loves chocolate.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

So...yummy: Thai Chicken Pizza

I am making this as we speak.
Yes, it is 11:45 PM.
That's how much I love and crave it.
You should at least double this recipe everytime you make it.
Trust me.



pizza dough - store bought or homemade
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 Tb. canola oil
1 Tb. soy sauce
3 green onions, chopped
shredded carrots
bean sprouts
2 c. mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. chopped cilantro

Peanut Sauce
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. creamy PB
3 Tb. soy sauce
3 Tb. water
2 Tb. canola oil
2 tsp. minced garlic

Bake pizza crust as directed.

In saucepan, combine all the ingredients for peanut sauce. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, 10-15 min. or until thickened. Set aside to cool.

Stir fry chicken in oil + soy sauce until completely cooked.

Spread peanut sauce over baked pizza crust. Top with toppings (except cilantro). Bake at 350 degrees or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with cilantro.

You can thank me later. :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

So...homemade meat sauce

I make a few things very well.
One of them is my own homemade spaghetti sauce.
It is so yummy and a favorite in this household.

True to my character as a cook, I rarely follow recipes to a T and a rarely use exact measurements. This sauce is a little different every time I make it. That is what makes it so good. This is what I put in it:

Homemade Meat Sauce:
(enough for our little family)
3 small cans of tomato sauce
1/2 lb ground beef
1-2 cloves garlic (or garlic salt)
dried onion, or onion salt
Italian seasoning
parsley
salt + pepper
beef boullion *this is the key ingredient*

If I'm feeling ambitious, I double or triple this recipe and store the extra in Ziplocs labelled and ready in the freezer for future meals.

**Note**
When I buy ground beef, I usually cook it all, separate it into 1/2 lb portions in Ziplocs, and store in the freezer. This saves so much time preparing dinner.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

So...homemade soup

Has been the Season of Soup Making in this house.
I have made pot after pot of the good stuff.

Every Christmas we get a Honeybaked Ham from Husband work, and so every year after Christmas dinner I make ham + bean soup. This year, I had the Christmas ham, a Thanksgiving turkey, plus another ham bone + turkey bone from a neighbor. Is that strange to ask my neighbor for their turkey bone? I don't really care. I did it anyway.

This is what my stovetop looked like for about a week. Notice the 2 liter of Diet DP - a must have in my cooking frenzie.

The greatest thing about homemade soup is that is freezes really well. Just ration it out into Ziploc gallon freezer bags, label, and you're good to go. I am all about planning ahead in the cooking department and stocking my freezer with yummy, ready-to-go meals that just need to be cooked or reheated. Saves a lot of time and a lot of money on those days when I just don't feel like cooking. Plus, it's nice to have something ready in the freezer to give to a friend or neighbor that may be in need of some homecookin'.

I ended the week of soup making with 4 bags of turkey noodle soup, 2 1/2 bags of turkey + rice soup, 3 bags of ham + bean soup, and I still have more ingredients in the freezer to make more! It is a wonderful thing.
If you've never made homemade soup before, I highly suggest that you try it.
It is a great way to make your ingredients go farther in a meal and to turn leftovers into another meal.
And it's a great way to be a little creative in the kitchen.
Go ahead - don't be shy.

Tips to get you started:
- fill pot about halfway with water and boil ham/turkey/chicken bone (on low) for a long time
- the longer the better
- use a strainer to make sure you get all the bones out
- add whatever ingredients you like or whatever sounds good to you
- I usually stick to onion, carrots, and celery
- you could also use a recipe
- remember that both rice and beans soak up water - a little goes a long way
- don't be scared to add more water
- if you're not ready to make soup right away, you can freeze the bone until you are ready.

Have fun feeling domestic as you experiment with homemade soups!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So...carrots

Cleaned out our "garden" this weekend.
We harvest lots of carrots, which were yummy with our Sunday roast.

Dog resisted (with much effort) digging these babies up all summer.
He never took his eyes off them until they were in the crockpot and out of sight.

Don't worry, we did reward his good behavior with one of these orange treats.

I'm already thinking and planning for next years' garden. Hopefully by then we will have the other planter box in and have more room to grow. I'm thinking one box for pumpkin (since they take over everything) and one zucchini (because I will always plant zucchini), and the other box for smaller things like peas, carrots, perhaps a row or two of corn.

Stay tuned for shots of our carved pumpkins - straight out of our patch.