Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1st CSA Box and Cabbage Stir Fry

I am SO excited about this weekly produce box.  I signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from Wild Things Farm just over the Oklahoma border.  Wild Things Farm is actually in Pocola, just about 10 minutes from Fort Smith.  I signed up that I was interested in the CSA program back in the fall, and I got an email weeks ago offering me to join.

I jumped on it!  For my first year, it's $22/week.  I think returning members get a discount at $20/week.

We got our first box on Monday!

It came LOADED with veggies.  It came in a big reuseable box.  We bring the box back with us next week to trade out.
 We had the option, in our email from the farm, to add some herbs to our box this week.  I asked for dill and garlic chives (there was also cilantro and marjoram available).

There were two BIG bags of beautiful, fresh purple asparagus, a bag of butter crunch lettuce, and a bag of kale (hello kale chips!)

There was also a bag full of carrots (gotta find out what to do with the carrot tops!), a bag of spinach, and some spring onions.

This was a GIANT head of napa cabbage.

The email from the farm also said they had mustard and collard greens available, but I wanted to hold off and see how much stuff we were getting before we got in too deep.  I want to be able to use all the produce we get.

So...I used some the produce to make a cabbage stir fry.

I used about 6 cups of chopped cabbage, one spring onion chopped, and 2 carrots shaved with the peeler.  I sauteed them in some oil and garlic.  I sprinkled it with ginger, pepper, and soy sauce.  I added in some brown rice and scrambled an egg. 


I added about a tablespoon of store bought stir fry sauce and we devoured it!

 It was fresh, light, healthy, and locally grown.  I know we are supposed to get at least 9 more CSA boxes this season.  I can't wait to see what other yummy things are coming our way!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Trading Wheels

So back in January, Tyler drove to Kansas City and picked up a new (to me) car.  I wanted something more fuel efficient and wanted to trade for something a little newer.  He came home with this: a 2012 Prius V.  

It's JUST what I wanted, and it's a great car.

We listed my old car for sale, but it wasn't moving. I got this as a college graduation gift, and it's been great...but it was just time to pass it along. 

So this past weekend, we took it to NWA with us and Tyler took it to Adventure Subaru to look at trading it.  Well, he found what he wanted: a 2012 Prius C.

Yup.  We now own the baby Prius and the big Prius.  A happy Prius family!  Tyler needed a great fuel efficient car to drive around for his insurance business, and he LOVED my Prius and wanted one too.  The C is more sporty, more compact, and just what he wanted.

So yesterday after work, we said goodbye to Roger the Rogue and hello to this new little guy.

And now to sell a couple of Tyler's cars (yes, he now has 4 cars and a truck! an old Mustang, newer Mustang, a Miata, and the Prius)....so a couple of those will be going.  But I'm glad we got a great deal on the Prius, got rid of my Rogue, and are all settled for now.

What do you drive?

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Recap: Friends and Fun

This weekend was full of fun.  It started Friday night with dinner and games with my Life Group.  We had a delicious dinner at Rolando's, and then we played Apples to Apples.  These women are so fun and so real.  I am so glad I joined their group.

Saturday morning, I woke up to sweet hummingbirds at our feeder!  I'm so glad to see they have returned.  They are one of my favorite things for the warmer months.  Cleaning and refilling the feeder is TOTALLY worth watching these little guys. 

I also planted a couple jalapeno plants.  Let's see if they grow! 

Tyler sold his motorcycle Saturday morning.  It's a blessing to finally sell it.  He kept it after selling the shop, but we had only ridden it like twice.  It just wasn't worth holding on to.  So, after the guy picked it up, we headed to NWA to see Amber.

We joke that since we have the same last name we are all family.  People at our wedding thought she was Tyler's sister (she was in our house party...).

They matched wearing Oklahoma shirts.  

I just LOVE this girl!

We ate lunch (our favorite sushi!) with our friend Greg, did some car shopping (more on that tomorrow), and shopped for Amber's new apartment.  We also got mani/pedis. Pretty matching toes!

We tried Chuy's for dinner.  It was good, but honestly, it didn't live up to the hype.  I think Patron is better.

Sunday I sang at Tyler's Grandpa's church in Oklahoma for Grandpa's birthday.  We had a burger lunch that was yummy...and then I napped while they played games! ha!

After my nap, we went on a drive up the mountain.  Dad loved the view!
It was me, dad, Tyler's uncle, and Ty's grandpa.  I love these fellas.  The views were so pretty!

After more games and fun (playing with the horses, walking around the farm), we stopped by and met Ellie, Tyler's cousin Kelsey's new dog.  Ellie is a standard poodle and is ADORABLE.

We left Oklahoma and headed home.  We had about a 40 minute drive, and it started POURING 5 minutes in.  We drove in the heart of the storm basically.  When we got to our town, there were trees down everywhere from crazy strong wind.  This was a tree down in the road that we came across.  Tyler made the Prius off-road to get around it.  We made it home and thankfully, the power only flickered.


I slept soundly through the storm. :)  I sleep like a baby no matter what's going on around me.

I'm ready for a jam-packed week this week!

How was your weekend?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five on Friday: Fashion Friday

So here are five fashion-y things for today.
I am going monogram crazy.  And Groopdealz isn't helping.
I ordered this tank (I got my initials, even though this LEE is cute! It's my last name!)
I also ordered this t-shirt dress.  It will be a cute swim coverup.


I spotted this rain jacket at my Target yesterday.  They didn't have it in anything but an XXL, so I ordered it today.  

I had a GOOD hair day the other morning.  Please excuse the makeup-free face...but this hair deserved to be documented.

And I wore my floral pants to work yesterday.  Basically no one else likes them.  But I love them.  So I wear them.  
Anything fun going on in your world of fashion?  Please share!

Have a great weekend, friends!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie

I've had this for breakfast for the last two weeks every day.  It's SO good.

I make it in my Magic Bullet, but any blender would work.

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweeted almond milk or sugar free coconut milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use the Muscletech brand from Sam's)
2 tablespoons flax meal
1 cup frozen cherries (I actually use a mix of sweet cherries and tart cherries because I like the tartness)
top it off with ice and water


It comes out to about 320-350 calories (depending on which type of milk I use).  The flax and cherries have lots of fiber, making it filling.  And the protein from the powder and flax make it very satisfying. 

Do you make smoothies?  What's your favorite?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Heart for Cambodia

My college roommate Rachael is serving in Cambodia. I have posted about her before, but feel led to share this part of her story.
Me and my Rachie...back in college.

Rach has a heart for Cambodia.  She first visited for a month on a longer world hopping mission trip...and she fell in love and did EVERYTHING she could to go back.

She is teaching English and sharing the love of God in Cambodia.  She and her ministry partners use their English classes as a way to meet local youth.  They get to know them, and they eventually invite them to their worship services.  Rachael is seeing amazing growth in the faith of these Cambodian youth.

However, they are in need of a few things.

First, they need a $500 project to aid in their worship services.  They will also use this projector for fellowships to show movies.  But imagine not being able to see the words to your worship songs...they need this to help the Cambodian teens/young adults worship.

Rachael is also planning a trip back to the states in September. She will have been overseas for 1 year and 10 months...and is hoping to spend the holidays with her family.  She is needing $2000+ for travel.

If you can help in ANY way....please go to www.worldoutreach.org and select "Allen, Rachael Cambodia" in the dropdown.  Anything you give goes directly to Rachael to help her ministry, and to help her return home.

Please give anything you can. If you want to be put in touch with Rachael, I would love to connect you.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Planning Easter

We are hosting Easter at our house this year.

I'm excited.

But, I'm also in the Easter service as Mary Magdalene in the drama, so I have to be strategic.

I think I'm going to make ham, chicken and rice casserole, green beans, and mashed potatoes.  I'm going to let someone bring rolls, and someone bring dessert.  I found some recipes on Pinterest, but I'm not 100% sold yet. I may even ditch the ham and rolls and just make the ham poppy seed rolls that are SO good.

However, I'm looking for suggestions.  Share with me your favorite crockpot recipes, things that can be premade and kept in a warm oven for a while, etc. that would be good for Easter.  We will have my family, Tyler's family, and my cousins/aunt there. So easy stuff for a crowd.