Sweet, Sweet Lettuce

May 7, 2012

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Matt’s latest chalkboard art:

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They listened!

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Soon we will have little romaines!

We are still waiting on the other plants

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Karen visited her friend Mary over the weekend, who has a huge farm and garden. She came home with a huge adult head of lettuce for us!

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I turned it into a big lunch salad to be consumed among green relatives

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Featuring local eggs

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Plus Dakota and cheddar cheese cubes. I cooked the eggs by flipping them halfway and got that oh-so-attractive brown coloring on them. A little smoked paprika livened them back up.

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I dressed the lettuce only in honey and a drizzle of olive oil plus some pink sea salt. Lettuce is too sweet to cover with vinegar!

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Does anyone have any idea what this is? Some type of fungus I think? Yesterday it was BRIGHT YELLOW – like someone spilled a pile of lego pieces – and today it’s brown and mushroom-y!?

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After lunch I feasted on one of Lil’s Lite Bytes from the City Market! Lemon Poppyseed is my fav!

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The article underneath is about the history of Mason jars that my grandmother sent to me. Mason jars were patented in 1858 by John Landis Mason and they changed the landscape of food preservation. The signature two-part lids and see-through container made canning everything from apricots to green beans much easier for households. Apparently original Mason jars are prized collectables – cobalt blue ones are worth $10,000-15,000!!

Too bad the article didn’t say teal jars are valuable!

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Makes me wonder if my cobalt Noxzema jar collection is worth anything…

Happy Afternoon!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat May 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Looks like Pumpkin was fed one too many human snacks!

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2 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

It took me about 20 minutes to figure out what you meant. HA!

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3 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

There is nothing better than a fresh salad topped with an egg!!! I love this combo, and it never gets old!!

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4 Jessica May 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

One of the joy’s of working with a horticulture guru is that I can answer question. The icky brown stuff that used to be bright yellow is called slime mold. It’s (supposedly) harmless. It’s all over the place at my house but I’ve never seen it growing on a deck/porch. It likes the mulch under the trees in my neighborhood. Slime mold disappears after a few days but it’s pretty gross looking…and that’s my random piece of knowledge for the day!

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5 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Thanks!! I knew someone would have an answer :) You guys are so widely educated! Glad it’s not harmless (or in my house!)

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6 Lindzjane115 May 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Wow, those blue bottles are gorgeous!!

I’ve been wanting to buy Mason Jars for a while now… What size(s) do you recommend, and where do you suggest finding them?

Thanks!

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7 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

They are kind of hard to fine, and are most widely available in the summer during canning season. We found ours at Lowes in July/August. The wide mouth quart jars are the best for storage and the 12 ouncers are fun for smaller storage and eating

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8 Lindzjane115 May 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Okay…I’ll keep searching as it turns from Spring to Summer. Do you use 12oz. for overnight oats when you make them in a jar?

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9 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Yup! Or just an empty nut butter jar

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10 Ciely May 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Jars, jars, jars….and then some!
http://www.jarstore.com/Jelly-Mason-Salsa-_c_41.html

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11 Elisabeth May 8, 2012 at 2:16 am

I live in northwest Ohio & most of our grocery stores carry Ball jars (we always call them that vs. Mason jars ;) ) all the time.

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12 ashlynn May 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I’ve found mason jars at craft stores year round like Michaels. I have even found them in my grocery store near the food storage items like plastic bags and rubbermaid containers.

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13 ashlynn May 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Also, I’ve lived in fairly rural areas where canning and fresh food storage is common – central PA and north-central Florida. So, maybe they are harder to find in more urban areas?

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14 Katie @ Happy Figs May 7, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Surprisingly I always see them in our local price busters or $2 store. The other place that has them a lot is the drug store and also our local ben franklins always has mason jars. Hardware stores also seems to sell them as well. They normally sell them in sets of 6 or 8 shrunk wrapped together.

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15 Nikki May 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I always imagined that Wallace Stevens was talking about an old-school mason jar:
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/anecdote-of-the-jar/

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16 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

:) Cute!

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17 Angela @ Health Happiness & Harmony May 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I never thought of topping a salad with eggs! Great idea, thanks! :)

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18 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde May 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Wow, your garden beds are looking great!! And Matt is a good artist – that chalkboard drawing is so cute! I wish I could doodle like that. Stick figures are as far as I can go, haha.

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19 Andrea @ Onion in My Hair May 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Kath – We had the same looking foam growing in our front flower area…and it was wasps!

I tried to Google it for ya to give you a better idea of what it is/how to remove but came up empty handed. Basically we dessicated it with the hose and then raked the remnants away.

Be careful in case that is what it is!

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20 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Ahhhh really!? Maybe the yellow things were eggs? GROSS!! I’ll have Matt hose it down tonight.

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21 Claritza May 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

“Desiccated” with a hose? Desiccate means “to dry out.” For example, the little packs of silica gel found in packaging are called desiccant. Maybe you were thinking of “decimated.”

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22 Sana May 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Omg, ew that brown stuff looks gross. But it’s prolly nothing :)

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23 mary @ minutespermile May 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Romaine eh? What’s your go-to lettuce? I always opt for spring mix because I feel like it’s healthier than iceberg or romaine, but I’m not 100% sure that’s even true. Some days I even go for baby kale or arugula if I’m feeling really herb-y.

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24 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Romaine is just as healthy! My go to is often spring mix or baby spinach too – just because it’s easier, but I love heads of lettuce in the summer.

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25 Annette @FitnessPerks May 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I need some Mason jars!!!

Love the idea of a huge salad–that lettuce looks amazing. YUMM!

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26 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I love cooking my eggs that way, just a little brown!

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27 Earthy Nicole May 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Me too! I feel like if there’s not a little bit of brown, it’s not done yet!

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28 Cait's Plate May 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

The garden is looking awesome!!

Salad looks delicious – it won’t be long until you’re using your own romaine right in it :)

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29 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I can only imagine how sweet and delicious that Romaine from the garden and fresh farm eggs would be…oh how I envy you all with your gardens already on the go!

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30 Lauren May 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

We had a problem with stinkhorn fungus, which is disgusting, so I was interested in your issue. It doesn’t look like wasps and according to this article if you spray it down it could spread. Just fyi
http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/june99.html

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31 Leslie May 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I love using mason jars to drink out of, store dry goods, and even for holding leftovers. I started using them even more after I found plastic lids for both wide and regular mouth jars.

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32 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Oh I think you need to take your stuff to an appraiser…or find out if the Antiques Roadshow is going to be in your area! :)

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33 Deva @ Deva by Definition May 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I love mason jars for storage. We keep rice in one, and I keep my coffee beans in one in the cabinet. I’m debating taking up canning – we’re planting our veggie garden tonight and I want to be able to can my tomatoes!

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34 Andrea May 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

You should ask Country Living what your collection is worth! I love reading the “What’s it Worth” section in my mom’s country living magazines :) and I can picture that collection being featured in there!

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35 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Oh yeah – I love reading their articles!

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36 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family May 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

can;t wait for my lettuce to be ready! I am in NC too, but on the coast and my lettuce doesnt grow too well. Maybe its too sandy…

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37 Tina May 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm

You should get a soil test kit. Lettuce likes soil that is more alkaline and if your soil is sandy, it’s likely to be more on the acidic side. There are different fertilizers that you can buy to remedy the issue.

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38 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family May 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

ah thank you, I did not know lettuce preferred non sandy soil. I will definitely have to look into a special fertilizer!

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39 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs May 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Homegrown and local food is the best, looks so good! No clue what that mushroom-y stuff is weird.

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40 Amy Q May 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Gosh, your porch always looks so relaxing and inviting! :)

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41 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not May 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I’ve been putting eggs on EVERYTHING! I love the brighter color of local eggs, and in my head I think they taste yummier. I can’t wait until I’m in a place where I would have space for a garden, although I’m not sure how green my thumb is.

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42 Amanda Cowan May 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

We’ve been making our own cat food and the teeny 8oz mason jars are SUPER perfect for the portioning on them. They stack well in the freezer and are so easy to fill and whatnot. Plus, I stole your way of using them for storing grains and such. I just love the way they look!

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43 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Homemade cat food! So cool!

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44 Mom May 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Lillian would love homemade cat food. I’ll have to consider it. Thanks for the idea!

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45 Amanda Cowan May 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm

http://catinfo.org/?link=makingcatfood There is some basic info, and of course there are message boards all over. Talk to your vet as well. UC Davis also apparently has a great veterinary department that will give you a phone consult and provide you with a recipe customized for your cats nutritional needs.

We just started because we recently lost our 12 year old tabby to congestive heart failure, after learning he also had diabetes. It was then that we decided to do a little more for our other cats’ health (and the two new kittens we have too, super full house over here).

So far they LOVE it and have really thrived. Coats are beautiful and the litter box is a piece of cake. Since they’re only getting the super rich nutrition and none of the carb-fillers of commercially produced cat food, there is practically no waste (gross I know, but cat-owners know what I’m talking about).

It’s definitely worth looking into. We make it once a month, takes about 2 hours (my hubby and I both do it) and so far the cost has been roughly 50-80 cents per day. So, definitely worth the time.

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46 Rhapsody May 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

One of our cats only eats on kind of dry cat food — no wet, no treats, no meat. Pickiest eater ever!

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47 Amanda Cowan May 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

That was the case with our oldest.. despite having tried to change his diet in the last couple years.. he was pretty “kibble addicted”.. Luckily our other cat is much younger and was much easier to get off the dry stuff. But it still took about a month to just to get her all the way to a canned food.

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48 Mom May 8, 2012 at 7:28 am

Thanks for the info and the site. I’m going to send this on to some cat owning friends, too. Amazing about the kitty litter too. Makes sense with way less filler.

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49 Amanda Cowan May 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I should state that the cost above is for chicken/turkey that I find that is no hormones, antibiotics, etc but is NOT organic. Here in Az, organic chicken is $6-8/lb and just not an option for us for cat food. But as with our own diets, obviously organic, etc would be the most ideal for our pets.

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50 Mom May 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I forwarded it to some cat friends, who forwarded it to some more. I bet it tastes so much better than store brand!

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51 Emily @ Life on Food May 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

That was the most delicious looking salad ever. Just how I like it, a little cold and a little warm. Yum!

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52 Stacy May 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Kath, My granny has thousands (literally!) of cobalt bottles – all types, including Noxema. I’ll try to remember to bring you some next time we go home to visit. :)

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53 KathEats May 8, 2012 at 6:01 am

Oh fun! Look for Mason jars… Don’t want to give those away!

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54 j3nn May 8, 2012 at 3:57 am

Gah! I douse my salads in vinegar; about a 1/4 cup! Honey us a great salad addition, though. :D

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55 janiek @ a non-perfect girl May 8, 2012 at 6:28 am

That salad looks absolutely delicious!

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56 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 8, 2012 at 6:29 am

Hmm…I have quite a collection of old mason jars, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen cobalt. I have a lot of the aqua color. I love them. Great to store my grains.

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57 Angel7 May 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

We have local eggs in our fridge, and I like them a lot more than store-bought eggs.

I love the teal jars–teal is one of my fave colors–but really like the blue ones!

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