Before iPhones and BlackBerries were all the rage (TOTALLY want the new iPhone 5, btw), there were these cool things called Pagers. And I am not talking about the fancy dancy two-way pagers, although I had one of those too. I am referring to the Pagers that only displayed numbers. So if you wanted to send a quick message to your friend, or family member, without having them call you back from a pay phone (yet another device that is close to extinction), then you had to get creative and send cryptic notes. So what does this have to do with fruits and veggies? Well, nothing. But when I was titling the post #43, it reminded me of when I would send “143″ to my loved one’s Pager which meant “I Love You” (because there is 1 letter in “I”, 4 letters in “Love” and 3 letters in “You”). And I realized that it pretty much sums up how I feel about my weekly produce boxes, my readers and link party participants…pure love :) So “143″ everyone…let’s get this party started!
Last week we had 37 link ups. What a lovely way to celebrate the first week of September. Fall produce is starting to roll in and our beloved summer staples are phasing out. Nothing says autumn to me more than pears. I totally “143″ pears. And these awesome dishes from Whisks & Words and Fresh Veggies in the Desert have me ready for some pears. What fall fruits and veggies are you getting excited for?
Before I reveal my fruits and veggies, I wanted to say a big fat THANK YOU to all of the link party participants. This party wouldn’t be what it is without you. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your lovely goodies with us every week. And since sharing is caring, here is a look at what came in my box this week…
Hello Fall…nice to see you :) This box has all the autumn colors…red, orange, purple. Gorgeous and vibrant. I was most excited to see those red bell peppers. With the weather changing, I have been craving some homemade Chicken Chili. It is the perfect dish for fall and is even better the next day (“143″ leftovers…). The avocados are perfect to use as an additional topping and the red leaf lettuce will make a nice side salad for an extra veggie boost.
So, I don’t mean to boast, but those grapes are pretty freaking awesome! Harper and I were chowing down on them before and after the picture was taken. Crunchy, sweet and delicious! They will make for some great snacks this week, along with the mandarins, pluots and carrots. Harper definitely has a “143″ relationship with carrots, which makes mommy very happy :)
Freddie is excited for the tomatoes. He isn’t usually a fan of tomatoes but I promised him I would make his favorite dish. Let’s hope I can snap some pics and get it up on the blog before it’s all gone. Stay tuned…
As for the cabbage, I have ambitions to try a new recipe. I have some lovely fall back ideas, but I would really like to find a recipe that becomes a staple we look forward to. I pinned a few dishes that look like winners, so I’ll let you know how it all turns out.
And finally for the cauliflower, I will probably stick to roasting it. It has become my favorite way to prepare it. Super easy and super yummy…what more can you ask for in a veggie?
Now it’s time for the giveaway reveal…I am happy to announce that Jeannie, Audrey Gonzalez, Alli Ferraro, Sarah and Genie are the lucky winners of a DeodoMom product of their choice. Please email me (inherchucks [at] gmail [dot] com) with your mailing address and your preference of a cream or rollon deodorant.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway. You are all winners! Stay tuned for another giveaway coming up at the end of the week.
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