In just a few short days, I will no longer have the honor of calling myself a stay-at-home-mom. After nearly 3 years of spending every waking moment with my little munchkin, I am hanging up my sweatpants in exchange for more professional attire. And as excited as I am to get back in the work force, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad bit emotional about the transition.
But as they say, all good things must come to an end and I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to hang with Ms. Harper during her most formative years. Now, it’s time for her to spread her wings and fly. And to be honest, girlfriend is having no trouble with that at all. In fact, she loves her preschool so much she never wants to leave. And that makes me smile :)
So, to celebrate this new chapter in our lives, let’s pop the bubbly and break out the veggies, shall we?
Last week we had a total of 10 link ups. And I am love watching the transition from summer fruit to autumn goodies. Meghan seems to be enjoying the last of her summer tomatoes in every single form you can imagine while Angie is pumping up the volume on a fall favorite…apples. And Sharlea, is having way too much fun with bacon. A girl after my own heart :)
Thanks to everyone for sharing and linking up! Each week gets better and better.
And now for some fruit and veggie goodness straight from the “OC”…
What would a box from Orange County be without any oranges? And these oranges are the best! Juicy, sweet and delicious. I am thinking about going for a batch of Seedy Orange Zest Muffins this week for Harper’s school. Nothing like homemade goodies to show appreciation to the hardworking teachers :)
I’m thrilled to have another haul of potatoes. I usually don’t like to bake potatoes, but after experimenting with this recipe (if you can really call it that), they turned out perfectly! Can’t wait to serve them alongside our steak dinner tomorrow night.
For the bell peppers, I am jumping straight into fall with a pot of Turkey Pumpkin Chili. They are not the star of the recipe by any means, but they add great texture and flavor to the dish.
Despite the warmer temps lately (highs of 91 is hardly considered autumn weather), I am forcing the seasons with another soup recipe that I plan on making with the chard. This recipe is one of my favorites, but I recently came across a new one I am looking forward to trying. And as I always say, you can’t have soup without a salad. So I will be creating a hearty and delicious green salad to be served alongside.
The apples couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I bought some chicken legs on sale this week and was looking to make this recipe for dinner over the weekend. For the few apples that are leftover, I plan on indulging in some of Angie’s recipes.
Now that Harper will be in school everyday, the carrots will be going fast, as they are a favorite addition to her lunchbox. Packed with a heart-shaped almond butter sandwich and star-cut apple slices, my little muffin is eating good in the neighborhood.
And finally, a pint of plump and vibrant tomatoes. I am currently debating a Chopped Caprese Salad or Chicken with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce. They are both so scrumptious, it’s hard to decide which one to choose. Just not enough tomatoes to go around (unlike some other people I know…)
Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits and veggies into simple and delicious meals? Looking forward to drooling over your ideas.
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