Up with the chickens

Splitting the Difference Attempt 1 – a Visit to the Local Farmer’s Market

This week I learned 9:00 is not early enough to get anything other than beets and greens.

No one in my family likes beets or greens.


Devise Plan B for week one.

End up at Target buying what organic produce I can find while I’m buying pull ups.


My raspberries are moldy when I pull them out of the fridge Monday morning.

I say some more unladylike words. (What? My mom hates it when I say crap anyway.)

Splitting the Difference Attempt 2 – Back to the Farmer’s Market


I got up early on Saturday morning and headed back to the local farmer’s market.


For $21, I picked up: blueberries, green beans, lettuce, cherries, a cantaloupe, and fresh eggs.
I was so proud.

I also went to Sprouts for $60 more in produce and meat: Trout fillets, tri-tip beef, free range chicken tenders, pork sirloin roast, organic yogurt, 1/2 # walnuts, 2 heads of garlic, 2# carrots, 1 bunch celery, 4 bell peppers, 2# lemons, 2# of peaches, 2 sweet potatoes, 2# sweet onions, 12 oz raspberries, 3 HASS avocados, 1/2 # vine tomatoes, and 1# black plums.


I learned Sprouts gives bring your own bag credit, the infant carrier takes up a whole cart, and Wednesdays they honor this week and last week’s ads.
They helped me to my car.

All of the veggies were gone by Wednesday.

It turns out we are a two dozen egg household now.

It was all gone by Friday night.


Pa pa let me raid his garden when we went to visit. We cleared out the last batch of root veggies. I even tried some of his beets 🙂 maybe Baby Girl will like them?



Not your average BBQ

This year, I will not have, burgers and dogs.

This year, no brisket.

This year, no crawfish. (Okay, we’ve never had crawfish)

This year, something worthy of encore fireworks.

Watermelon Agua Fresca

20130618-161838.jpgTake half of a watermelon and ball it. Drain the remaining juices through a fine mesh sieve into a quart size pitcher. Fill with water. Add in juice of one lime and several mint sprigs, stir well. If melon is not sweet enough from ripening, add in some simple syrup or honey to desired sweetness. Serves 2


Tri-Tip Tacos


Texas 1015 or other sweet onion, thinly sliced

Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

BBQ Sauce

flour tortillas

smoked tri-tip (Doesn’t Man make a pretty smoke ring?)

To Make:

Rub your tri-tip the night before. Let your meat come to room temperature. Smoke your tri-tip at 225-250 for 2-3 hours depending on doneness. Make sure to rest the meat and cut against the grain – long ways.

Set up a dredging station, season your flour and bread your onion rings. Fry them up until nice and golden.

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Spice up your rested tri-tip with a nice long drizzle of BBQ sauce.

Assemble your tacos…warm tortilla, shredded Monterrey jack, meat, BBQ sauce drizzle, and crispy onions.

Dig in.

Admire the simplicity.

They are good.

Really, you should try them.