June 9, 2009

Spinach and Monkeys

Our spinach is thriving now, thanks to a little rain and some sunny days. We've been having unusually cool weather this month. It's kind of like waiting for the other shoe to drop, since you know the hot, hot weather is just waiting to happen! We made a wonderful spinach salad this evening to go with a grass-fed beef steak on the grill. It's got hard boiled egg and chopped bacon on top, along with a tangy homemade dressing. We've been making most of our salad dressings lately. We're trying to avoid so many things in bottled dressings - soy products, bad oils, too much sodium, high-carb fillers, and high fructose corn syrup. Dressings are very easy to put together, and having a little collection of recipes on hand is the secret to making this a new habit. I also utilize a shaker jar, which makes the mixing a snap. I've put a couple of recipes up on the recipe page , so click the link to see them. The sock monkey in the picture above, came from our trip this past weekend.

We spent the weekend in Rockford, IL, the self-proclaimed Sock Monkey Capital! Here they manufacture the red-tipped socks, which make the traditional sock monkey. It was a very special weekend reunion of friends who knew one another in Maine. Now two of the three families have moved away from Maine, but the ties are still strong and always will be, Lord willing. We all felt very blessed to be together again, even for a short time.

Now that we're home, we're back to fighting the weeds and bugs, which have been incredibly voracious this season. Our roses and eggplant have been especially tormented. Today was more weeding, mulching and dusting with BT (bacillus thuringiensis, an organic bug fighter). I think I see a pattern developing here! But, it's worth every bit of the battle!

1 comment :

  1. I love spinach salad with bacons. I prefer spinach over regular lettuce for my salad. They are softer and have better flavor.