It’s been so busy around here, that I have been doing everything but resting. I decided to take the summer off teaching ESL students so I could “take it easy” since I had a really rough first trimester. Let me tell ya, even without having ESL students 24-7, things haven’t slowed down a bit here!
In a way, I’m glad I took some time off (and that I was able to take time off). I definitely wouldn’t have been able to handle all the chores around here (living on a farm, there’s always something unexpected that happens every day), the lesson prepping, teaching, cooking for all the students, cleaning for all the students, taking them on field trips, and all the other drama that comes with operating an ESL business. With my first 2.5 months of being pregnant, I couldn’t eat anything without being sick. Everything made me nauseous. I was even losing weight.
Now that we’re in our 14th week of pregnancy, I’m feeling much better. I’m thankful for no more ALL DAY sickness and I’m even more thankful that all is well with “Junior”. I keep laughing because Hubby keeps calling the baby “Junior”, and because he keeps doing that, I bet the baby will be a girl! 🙂 Either way, I’m excited! It would be nice to have a little girl or a little boy!
I’m thankful for having lots and lots of produce from our gardens. Everything is best eaten fresh, but since we’ve got so many veggies, some of them will be great prepared and frozen for winter use. Now I know why Hubby doesn’t really like eating beans! I LOVE beans, but Hubby said that if I had to eat beans (and LOTS of them) ALL THE TIME while growing up, I’d feel the same way he does about them! I still love them though!
What to do what ALL those peppers, onions and tomatoes from the garden??? Make some Salsa Fresca, of course!Salsa Fresca basically means fresh or uncooked salsa. I serve it on top of my grilled salmon or have it handy for our nieces to eat with tortilla chips when they’re at our house. Our two nieces keep telling me how much they love my Salsa Fresca, and I feel good about giving it to them because it’s basically ALL vegetables!!
C’s SALSA FRESCA RECIPE
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 or 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
a few splashes of lemon juice
salt & black pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. It’s that easy! You can spice it up with a few dashes of hot pepper flakes or a few dashes of Tobasco sauce. I don’t make it spicy for the girls though. You can also try similar Salsa Fresca recipes like this one. You can serve the salsa with tacos, chicken, or whatever you feel like. It’s a truly tasty, refreshing accompaniment to whatever you’re serving.
Trying to find even more ways to use all those peppers, onions and tomatoes, I concocted something a little different. I sauteed some chopped onion, diced red and green pepper, diced mushroom, and a bit of prosciutto (for Hubby, but mine didn’t have any meat). I put 2 Tbsp. of the sauteed ingredients on some puff pastry, topped it off with Manchego cheese (ummm…not sure if pregnant women are supposed to eat these kinds of cheese though), brought the corners of the pastry to center of each “basket” or “flower”(or wrap…or whatever you want to call them), and popped them into a preheated 350 degree oven for 13 minutes. You can make your own puff pastry. I’ve tried it before, but if you’re hard pressed for time you can always buy some ready made puff pastry at your local supermarket. It’s a lot less hassle to just buy the ready to use puff pastry! 🙂
Another thing I’m thankful for is the kindness of people like Karen. Karen has become such a great pal over the past few years that I’ve been blogging. I also had the chance to meet her in person, as she is friends with my IRL friends, Fancy, Danielle and Dina (the last two were also former roommates of mine and Dina and I used to teach together) in Toronto! As big as Toronto is, it’s funny that Karen even knows one of my aunts who lives in her neck of the woods! What a small world!
Karen just awarded me with this lovely bloggy bling:
I’m passing on the bloggy love to:
J, because I always enjoy my visits at her blog. J has got to be one of the most thoughtful and insightful writers ever. I love all her interesting posts.
Starshine, because she always brightens up my day.
Jane, because she’s been a wonderful friend.
Mrinz, Louann, Ellie, Trish, Shannon, and Rebecca because I’ve grown to love your blogs and the five of you have been really great blog pals.
I also received this award from my dear friend, Ellie.
Ellie has been a true gem and great to talk to about everything! Thanks for being so awesome, Ellie!
Here are the ‘rules’ for this award
-Once an award is received, these are the rules:
-Put the logo on your blog.
-Be sure to add the link from the person that sent it to you!
-Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
-Be sure to add those links to your blog too!
-Oh, and leave a message on their blogs so they know they are nominated!
As you can see from my sidebar, there are just way too many blogs that I love! It’s really tough to choose just seven! Here goes!
Lastly, I’m thankful to be surrounded by so many beautiful things. These day lilies are ones that my father “created” himself by pollinating the lilies himself and making his own flowers. He invited me over to his house one morning last week to “create” my own day lilies. His words on the phone were, “Come on over this morning and you can be Picasso for the day!”
“You can pollinate the lilies and make your own special day lily!”
He hasn’t named any of the flowers in these photos yet. Photos taken by my gal pal, Gadget Girl (and her fancy shmancy camera)!