Tackling Our CSA: Week 8

How to Use Up a CSA Share

Happy Thursday, I hope you’re all having a great week!

We’ve been busy over here squeezing in as much fun as we can while it’s still summer. I hit up Yoga at the Forks, enjoyed my morning walks, and enjoyed sitting on the balcony in the evenings.

With all the happenings I’m surprised there was any cooking at all – but man did we cook! Mr A was away for work for two days and you know what they say: When Mr A is away, Melissa cooks… I never said I was good at rhyming.

What was in the basket?

  • Stirfry Mix
  • Radishes
  • Green Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers (4)
  • Hot Peppers (2)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Beans
  • Patty Pans (2)
  • Summer Squash

CSA Week 8

How did we use the items this week?

  • Stirfry Mix – Chicken stirfry
  • Radishes – Marinated with vinegar and salt. I ate them all in one sitting om nom nom.
  • Green Cauliflower – Chicken stirfry
  • Cucumbers (4) – Added to salads; eaten as is
  • Hot Peppers (2) – Still in the fridge
  • Swiss Chard – Made this Hearty Lentil Soup and subbed kale with swiss chard.
  • Beans – Made refrigerator dill beans! OMG I can’t wait to crack them open.
  • Patty Pans (2) – Sautéed with onions for side dish.
  • Summer Squash – Still in the fridge but I have my eye on a nice quiche.

What were some challenges/successes this week?

Challenges

  • Hot peppers! I don’t really like hot/spicy things so I’m at a loss with this one.

Successes

  • Tackled a good chunk of the basket this week.
  • Buying complimentary vegetables: Carrots, celery, onions, spinach – made making dishes easier

Wondering what I’m talking about? Check back to the Intro Post, Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5, Week 6, and Week 7 for more CSA goodness.

Let’s chatWhat would you do with hot peppers? Have you ever made refrigerator pickles?

Tackling Our CSA: Week 7

How to Use Up a CSA Share

After last week’s dismal showing we were inspired to do better. What do you know, we actually did a pretty good job. I guess all it takes is a really terrible week (and being home most nights) to actually tackle our share!

While I’m on my pride train I had better tell you what we were up too!

Wondering what I’m talking about? Check back to the Intro Post, Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5, and Week 6 for more CSA goodness.

What was in the basket?

  • Swiss Chard
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini (1)
  • Broccoli
  • Yellow Beans
  • Garlic
  • Apples

CSA Week 7

How did we use the items this week?

  • Swiss Chard – Sautéed as a side dish for dinner.
  • Cucumbers – Ate as is; added to salads
  • Zucchini (1) – Chicken stir fry
  • Broccoli – Chicken stir fry
  • Stir fry Greens Mix – Added to chicken stir fry; bed for fried eggs (my favourite way to sneak greens in)
  • Yellow Beans – Sautéed with garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Garlic – Cleaned up and ready for use in the future.
  • Apples – Cored and chopped then froze with some lemon juice for crumbles/apple sauce/ect. in the future.

CSA Apples

What were some challenges/successes this week?

Challenges

  • None! Say whaaa!? Quite the turn around from last week.

Successes

  • Tackled those apples (and last weeks) like a boss.
  • Changed things up with a stir fry this week (not in our normal routine) that ate up a lot of veggies!

Let’s chatWhat would you do with swiss chard? Are stir fry’s a regular in your meal plan?

Tackling Our CSA: Week 6

How to Use Up a CSA Share

I hope you don’t mind my miniature hiatus. With summer drawing to a close soon (shudder) I’ve been taking every opportunity to travel/make plans/get outside. Between invigilating and marking exams and summer adventures I have little time to blog.

I’m happy I can still find time to update you all on our CSA status AND keep up the MAHE Home & Family Blog (I’m the blog coordinator, you should check it out!).

With more adventures on the horizon I had better get to recapping before this week is over!

Wondering what I’m talking about? Check back to the Intro Post, Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4, and Week 5 for more CSA goodness.

What was in the basket?

  • Swiss Chard
  • Bok choy
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant (2)
  • Summer squash (2)
  • Green Beans
  • Basil
  • Apples

CSA Food Ethos Farm

How did we use the items this week?

  • Swiss Chard – Sautéed with last week’s chard for side dish
  • Bok choy – Still in the fridge. Gosh we’re terrible with this stuff.
  • Cucumbers (MY FAVOURITE) – Sliced length-wise and topped with S & P; added to salads
  • Eggplant (2) – Also still in the fridge.
  • Summer squash (3) – Sautéed with mushrooms
  • Green Beans – On the menu for dinner tomorrow.
  • Basil – Dried for later use
  • Apples – Still in the fridge!?

What were some challenges/successes this week?

Challenges

  • Our balcony has turned into wasp city and is laden with traps making the BBQ a little unsafe to use right now. It has drained some of our inspiration.
  • Mr A needs to help me tackle the food!!

Successes

  • I feel like I can’t even come up with a single success. womp womp.

Let’s chatAre you experiencing wasp city? What’s your favourite garden vegetable?

Tackling Our CSA: Week 5

How to Use Up a CSA Share

Happy pre-Friday!

Let’s get right into chatting about this week’s CSA. One downside of the short week we had this week was the lack of cooking days, I’ve talked about how problematic this has been before. Despite the set back I don’t think we did too bad of a job, but I’ll let you see for yourself ;)

Wondering what I’m talking about? Check back to the Intro Post, Week 1Week 2Week 3, and Week 4 for more CSA goodness.

What was in the basket?

  • Swiss Chard
  • Arugula
  • Mustard Greens
  • Radishes
  • Patty pans
  • Summer squash (1)
  • Green onions
  • Garlic scapes
  • Apples

CSA Week 5How did we use the items this week?

  • Swiss Chard – Still in the fridge
  • Arugula – Salads
  • Mustard Greens – Salads; shared with a friend
  • Radishes – Marinated with vinegar + salt
  • Patty pans – Sautéed with summer squash and green onions
  • Summer squash (1) – Sautéed with patty pans and green onions
  • Green onions – Salads; sautéed with squash
  • Garlic scapes – still in the fridge
  • Apples – Froze some cut up with cinnamon + lemon juice; shared; some still in the fridge

What were some challenges/successes this week?

Challenges

  • I didn’t pick up this week’s basket so for some reason I felt really disconnected from it AND we literally left the country the day after pick up

Successes

  • Addressing some of the apples right away
  • Bought spinach to cut the arugula and mustard greens. Yay for salads!

Let’s chatAny help on the apple/crab apple front (spoiler, we got more for next week)?

Tackling Our CSA: Week 4

How to Use Up a CSA Share

Cheers to the extra long weekend! This short week had us trying to blow through our CSA produce (past and present). I was also silly enough to accept 10lb of cherries last weekend and I’ve been occupying myself with jams and pies ever since.

Cherry Freezer JamOn the CSA front I’m slightly produced out and my vegetable creativity went straight out the window.

Good thing I’m off to America this weekend where all I’ll be eating is Chobani, Justin’s PB, and food that can be cooked on a campfire. ooof.

Wondering what I’m talking about? Check back to the Intro Post, Week 1Week 2, and Week 3 for more CSA goodness.

What was in the basket?

  • Bok choy
  • Swiss Chard
  • Arugula
  • Mustard Greens
  • Radishes
  • Zucchini (1)
  • Kholrabi
  • Rhubarb
  • Purple Basil

CSA Week 4

How did we use the items this week?

  • Bok choy – Sautéed with onions, garlic, and sesame oil
  • Swiss Chard – Sautéed with last week’s bok choy
  • Arugula – Still in the fridge
  • Mustard Greens – Still in the fridge
  • Radishes – Prepped and in the fridge (cut the tops and the ends off and store in shallow water); marinated with salt and vinegar
  • Zucchini (1) – Grilled Zucchini and Corn Salad
  • Kholrabi – Kholrabi Fritters and froze for later use
  • Rhubarb – Froze for later use
  • Purple Basil – Grilled Zucchini and Corn Salad and dried for later use

What were some challenges/successes this week?

Challenges

  • Not enough cooking days!
  • Lacking in the vegetable creativity department especially for the leafy greens. I tried really hard though and made a Pinterest Board!
  • Bitter greens – if you can’t make smoothies with them apparently I’m at a loss.

Successes

  • Tackling the unfamiliar Kohlarabi with ease, thanks Meghan!
  • Working in some past CSA produce (patty pans and zucchini) with some new produce for a fantastic grilled salad.
  • Used up most things by today – one week we will tackle everything in the basket, I promise!

PS The Kitchen has a great guide for Kohlrabi and Preserving Basil

Let’s chatHow am I doing so far? Are you keeping up with your shares better than I am? I hope I get some root veggies this week!!

Falcon Lakeshore Campground

Mr A and I ventured off to Whiteshell Provincial Park a few weekends ago and camped at Falcon Lakeshore Campground.

We camp by way of tenting so I chose a nice grassy site on the Manitoba Parks Reservation Service. They actually have photos of most sites that I tried to look at in several of the Whiteshell campgrounds and it was this feature that helped me choose the campground.

Falcon Lakeshore CampgroundWhile the campsite was perfect we found the campground to be close to the highway. We couldn’t see it, but we could definitely hear the semi-trucks zoom by at all hours. The park did have some great amenities: we did like how there was a semi-private beach that was mainly for campground guests and they also had a nice big grassy area where you could play frisbee, catch, or just lie in the sun.

The campground was also close to Falcon Beach (yes, the Falcon Beach the failed Canadian TV show was named after) – perfect for picking up groceries, firewood, or a meal.

Falcon Lakeshore CampgroundI don’t think we would camp at Falcon Lakeshore again just because of the proximity to the highway however, I do think it’s a great campground if you are travelling with kids and/or in an RV and are looking for lots of options for things to do while camping.

Let’s chatDo you like camping? Have you been to Falcon Lakeshore before?

Challenging My Comfort Zone

I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone.

San Fran Biking

They say you have to get a little uncomfortable before you can learn and grow, so that’s what I’m doing both on the blog and off. On the blog I’m writing a bit more about my fitness goals and activities and off the blog I’m teaming up with GoodLife Fitness to challenge myself for 3-months to be the best me possible.

Ha LingTo kick off my 3-month challenge with GoodLife I started off with orientation at the club, which was very helpful as I’d never been to GoodLife before. We set some goals for the upcoming three months which centre around ‘Changing Things Up”:

  • Try all the classes GoodLife offers
  • Work cardio into my routine in ways other than running
  • Incorporate new strength training moves into my routine

I then went through LifeChanger consultation where an individual walked me though the LifeChanger software and did a basic health and lifestyle assessment.

Went over 4 pillars of health: nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress (love how they include all 4 – you can’t have good health if you’re mismanaging a pillar!), she checked some of my vitality signs and body composition (think measurements and blood pressure), and she took a look at some of my functional movements (think proper form).

Once everything was said and done a report was generated that contained all the information collected including some of the goals we made during the session and my current health age, which is 32…oy.

Skydiving

I look forward to stepping out of my comfort zone in the next three months and changing things up with GoodLife Fitness. I also want to send a big thank you to Amy & Bailey at GoodLife Portage & Main for the smooth transition into the club!

Golden Gate Bridge

Let’s ChatWho’s ready to BodyPump with me!?

Disclaimer: I received a complementary 3-month pass to GoodLife Fitness so that I could take part in this challenge. All thoughts and opinions are my own.