This is the 3rd summer in our current home. Each year we have added a few more additions to our garden. This year the zucchini and cucumbers were amazing! I planted just one cucumber and two zucchini plants late spring and they have been producing like crazy since July. Yesterday I ate zucchini at every meal – zucchini bread for breakfast, zucchini soup for lunch, and zucchini fritters for dinner. I will not let myself get sick of it since I know I’ll miss it this winter.
Our tomatoes are heavy with fruits but some of the leaves have turned brown and shriveling – what causes this?? It happened last year too. It doesn’t seem to affect the tomatoes but it isn’t very pretty to look at. We added fertilizer and also got a soaker hose to see if that helps remedy the problem.
We also have quite a few herbs. We have basil, rosemary, thyme, mint (regular and chocolate!), chives, lemon balm, lemongrass, summer savory, cilantro, and lavender. Fresh basil pesto has become one of my daily cravings. I also tried beets and carrots for the first time. The beets are doing really well, the carrots not so much. I think the soil is a little too hard for the carrots to grow through since they are just producing sad looking stubs.
Growing a garden has got to be one of my favorite summer time activities!
Barefoot in the grass picking tomatoes equals the peak of summer. I’m so excited that our tomatoes are finally ripening…it’s been a long time coming but a fresh tomato is worth the wait!
We had to do a massive pantry clean out last weekend due to a critter invasion. During the cleanout, I found quite a few bags of random coffee grounds. Since we don’t use a coffee maker very often and I can’t stand throwing things away I decided to make a body scrub out of the grounds. I have heard the claims about coffee scrubs reducing cellulite due to the caffeine content however I just don’t buy it. But I do think the grounds make a great exfoliator and smelling coffee during a morning shower might be a nice way to start the day.
DIY Coffee Body Scrub
Mix coffee grounds and brown sugar together until well combined. Pour in the almond and melted coconut oil. Store in a air tight container. Use as a body or hand scrub. Enjoy! Package up and you have yourself a cute little gift to give to a lucky someone this holiday season! This recipe fits perfectly into a 8 oz jam jar.
Be Happy, Be Healthy!