It is supposed to snow tomorrow. Snow, in November, on Thanksgiving. I live in the…
It’s mid-July already! Can you believe it? Its finally 100 degrees out here in SoCal and we are doing our very best to stay cool during the hottest part of the day. Around 5pm, when I start to make dinner it is still in the upper 90s so I am always trying to avoid cooking inside. Just using the stove makes the air conditioner kick on every time so to avoid astronomical electric bills I am doing 75% of my cooking on my amazing gas grill.
I know its been three months since my last post. I haven’t forgotten you, as a matter of fact, I think about blogging all the time! I have been stuck trying to get back into my blogging groove. So much has changed in my life from when I blogged weekly. I am having trouble getting a rhythm going. But instead of just waiting for the perfect moment to strike (which will never happen) I’m just going to jump in and see where it takes me.
Sometimes I feel like the garden is the only place where I feel completely at peace. There is so much turmoil in our world today that I tend to get caught up and feel like I am drowning in problems by the end of the day. Spending a few minutes in the garden right when I come home from work is often the best part of my day.
Remember the dirt patch by my front door? That is now the herb garden. I have cilantro, thyme, oregano, parsley, and pineapple sage planted there along with the mint that’s still trying to take over.
Chia is my new obsession and this past weekend I spent an entire day making things with chia seeds. Being dairy free I don’t get to eat many puddings, so when I discovered that chia seed pudding can be made with any type of milk and doesn’t require cooking I was sold!
To be totally honest I didn’t think the kids would like these. Gavin has told me repeatedly that he doesn’t like bananas however I figured that if the kids didn’t eat them than I would take them to work and share with my other GF friends. Unfortunately for my friends, Gavin has decided they are awesome and wants to eat them all.
When I first heard of chia seeds I immediately thought of my college archaeology classes where I learned that chia was a staple food for prehistoric people. I thought that it couldn’t be the same stuff, but it actually is!
I was really worried about moving my plants to the new house, but I am happy to say that I haven’t lost a single one. Actually, I think the abundance of indirect light and higher humidity is making them healthier. I am also taking some time to learn more about each plant so I can get it in the best environment.
I am so thrilled with my new kitchen! It has so much light! The kitchen in my apartment was so small and dark that it was impossible to photograph anything while it was cooking. Even photographing finished plates was extremely difficult. So I am over the moon excited to introduce you to the new Shoots and Roots kitchen space!