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Harvest: Petit Pois

Friday, 19. June 2009 16:37

Petit pois. Peas

Joe walks into the kitchen: Whatcha doing? Hucking peas?

Me: I think the word is shucking.

Joe pauses and then says: You know, I got hit on the head pretty hard the other day, too.

Me: Yes, I know.

The day after I told my friends on Facebook that I thought I’d be eating lots of frozen food in the near future — thanks to Joe’s injury — instead found me in the kitchen shucking peas. I had been able to harvest about half of the peas called for in a Quiche aux Petit Pois recipe. And as soon as I harvested the peas, all of my pea plants died. So, if I didn’t use these, then I wouldn’t have been able to eat any of the peas from my garden. I purchased the rest of the peas needed and made this.

Quiche aux Petit Pois

Aside from the time it took to shuck the peas, it was pretty easy to do since I had a premade crust. Joe’s getting more mobile every day, although still tired and in pain. He’s able to watch the kids a bit while I cook, so hopefully we won’t be eating as much frozen food as I had anticipated.

Category:General, garden | Comments Off | Autor: Erica

Why I’ll Never Get Strawberries from my Garden…

Tuesday, 2. June 2009 10:22

Some creature keeps eating them right off the plant — even the green ones!

Julien in the Garden

Julien in the Garden

Category:Julien, garden | Comments (1) | Autor: Erica

How Does My Garden Grow?

Tuesday, 26. May 2009 14:41

I was able to get to the potager (vegetable garden) a little bit this weekend. Several of the rows are overgrown with weeds because I’m finding it difficult to do any garden maintenance with the kids around. Sophia wants to help, which is fine, but Julien likes to walk all over the plants, pull the plant supports down, or sit himself down and eat any strawberries he can find!

Not surprisingly, I don’t get out there as much as I should.

So I was pleasantly surprised the other day to find this:
Purple Artichoke

Remember those purple artichokes I talked about the other day? Apparently, I planted one last year! I knew that I had planted an artichoke, of course, but since they can take two years before they yield anything, I had forgotten which variety. Now I just have to figure out when I’m supposed to harvest it. The tag says summer…..

I am also starting to get some tomatoes (this one is a Roma).
Tomato

And a row of lettuce that I was actually able to spend some time on this weekend.
Lettuce

Category:General, Julien, Sophia, garden | Comments (2) | Autor: Erica

Les Vacances: Day 1

Monday, 20. April 2009 19:07

Sophia is on Spring Break for two weeks and I’m trying to figure out how to keep the kids occupied. The weather hasn’t been very helpful — we actually had a hail storm last week. Fortunately, the sun came out for a little bit this afternoon and we planted some seeds in a little garden kit that Sophia got for her birthday. We planted two pots of flowers and one of green beans.

Planting Seeds

And, of course, having watering cans meant that the rest of the yard needed to be watered, too.

In the Garden

Category:Julien, Sophia | Comment (0) | Autor: Erica

It’s Raining

Thursday, 2. April 2009 13:07

I’m so glad that we got all of the plants into the garden on Saturday morning because it’s been raining almost nonstop since then! I haven’t been to the garden in the last couple of days — I hope that everything is OK and not underwater.

I had been so looking forward to spring since the weather had been so beautiful last week. I’ve been making lists of things that I want to do to shed this winter doldrum and get on with Spring…..

–Finally do that lingerie shopping that I blogged about a couple of months ago.

–Clean out my closets after purchasing said lingerie.

–Clean out the kids closets — they keep growing.

–Finish knitting a sweater that I started for Julien last year. Unfortunately, I think that he may wear it once for a photo to be displayed here. It will probably be too small. Boo. I think this is the last baby sweater that I’ll be knitting. From now on, I’ll stick to adult stuff, like scarves. Can’t grow out of a scarf now, can you?

–Finish painting Sophia’s nightstand because it’s been sitting in the garage for over a year.

–Finish binding a photo album from a trip to Italy that Joe and I took before we had children.

–Work on my art journal. I’ve started a journal of our time here in France. It’s a new creative outlet for me.

I actually started this list and then told myself that I could do none of it until I had finished my US taxes. Joe then reminded me that we have a two-month extension since we live out of the country. That may not have been a good thing to remind me of as I have since crossed the first three items off of this list and the taxes are not yet done.

In my defense, they are started and almost done.

Category:France, General | Comment (0) | Autor: Erica

The Garden

Monday, 30. March 2009 13:46

In the Garden

We planted our vegetable garden this weekend. I thought I’d share a few pics of the chaos. Julien spent the whole time trying to “help” either by wielding a shovel, shaking the supports for the beans or running over freshly planted strawberries.

In the Garden

Sophia helped dig holes and planted some seeds all the while telling me that she wasn’t going to eat any of it. Oh well.

In the end, we planted zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, peas, strawberries and lettuce. Hopefully, we’ll have some good eating in a couple of months!

Category:France, Julien, Sophia | Comments (2) | Autor: Erica

Sophia in Wonderland

Monday, 16. June 2008 17:11

Sophia in Wonderland

Sophia: Go like this.

I mimic her stance, hold out my arms.

Sophia: No, like this.

I correct the position of my fingers.

Sophia: Now you go over here.

I follow her across the yard. We run from this stone to that tree, stop to do some jumping, then to dance. We spin one way and then the other before walking again around the yard. Sophia pulls two leaves off of one tree, hands one to me and tells me where I am to throw it. That finished, we walk to another tree too tall for her so she asks me to pull two more leaves off. We stop in the center of four trees — did they used to be one? — and pause to look at the flowers. We then leave the trees to brush our leaves on flowers, tall grass and then back to the flowers.

I wonder at this little girl that I’m following. What meaning do these actions have for her? What is going through her mind? Does this garden have a certain magic for a three-year-old that has been lost for me? Will she remember any of this? And when did she get so bossy?

I try to revel in these moments with her because I know that they are fleeting. I want to remember this time, this place, her play. I find it difficult to do, actually. Difficult to brush those leaves on the flowers without also thinking that I need to put a load of laundry in the dryer or that babyJulien needs his lunch.

But I follow her a little longer, twirl a bit more and just try to enjoy and savor the moment before the real world steps in to take me away from it.

Sophia & Jesse in the Garden

Category:Sophia | Comments (4) | Autor: Erica