Final CSA Things & Thoughts

So I thought our CSA pick ups went through this week, but it turns out our last one ended up being while we were in New Orleans.  Luckily, my dad was available to drive over to the farm and get our loot for us.  Thanks again, Dad!  I’m sorta sad we didn’t get to make the final trip ourselves but at least we got to enjoy the veggies one final time and I’m pretty proud to say I think we used up every single thing we got.  Going out with a bang!

Instead of listing out everything we got and giving you a lengthy blurb about what we cooked (I know you all love those!…), I think I’ll just show you.

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Potato & Chard Hash with an Egg on Top and Bread on the Side

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Homemade Falafel Wrap with Spinach, Hummus & Watermelon Radishes (the coolest!)


Harvest Cobb Salad

I could live off of Cobb & Caesar salads.


Spinach, Bell Pepper & Pepper Jack Pizza on a Homemade Crust


Kale & Potato Soup made by Joey 🙂

Afterwards, we watched the original Carrie and then I dreamt about it all night.  And this is why I am now trying to convince Joey that Harry Potter is a scary movie.  I’m such a baby.


Homemade Pumpkin Puree!

We got a tiny sugar pumpkin in our loot that I roasted then pureed.  What should I use it in?  I’m thinking of trying a pumpkin roll but I’m sort of terrified.

Final CSA Thoughts:

Joey and I both agreed that the produce we got was A+++.  No, seriously, even when the farm was hit by all the rain in September and they had some flooding, our produce was amazingly fresh and beautiful.  I’ve never seen anything so perfect and we were blown away by the taste of everything we tried.  Things we also loved were the every two week pick up option, — I would have been so overwhelmed with veggies if we had done a once a week pick up — the variety of the produce and the ability to try a bunch of things we’d never encountered before.  It’s fun to think outside the box sometimes 🙂

All that said, the drive to the farm was pretty long.  Especially after moving to Denver, the drive home felt super long.  I guess we have until next year to decide if the pros outweigh that one con.  One last thing, every two weeks we drove past this pasture of oddly colored cows.  I looked them up the first time we drove by and discovered that they are called “Belted Galloways” or “Belties” for short.  They’re the Oreo cookie cow!  How ridiculously cute are they?!  I keep asking Joey for a Baby Beltie.  Mostly so I can say Baby Beltie.  I’ll miss them.

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Have you ever done a CSA?

Where do you get your produce?

Have you ever seen an Oreo cookie cow?


For All Other CSA Posts:

First Pick-Up

It’s Garlic Scape Season!

Faaava Beans

Familiar Things

Pleasantly Surprised

Purple Veggies

All By Myself

And in case you’re a local and want to know… Red Wagon Organic Farm

Weekend Things

Whew, I didn’t think I’d actually get a “Weekend Things” post up today.  I’m jumping right into it!

My apologies to any of my close friends who are reading this and have to see our engagement photo sneak peak collage AGAIN.  I may have gotten a little carried away sharing it on every social media outlet I could but I was just kind of excited.  Joey and I have felt like we had this huge looming cloud over our heads while we tried to find a wedding venue then get an engagement photo session set up before it got all winter-like here in Colorado.  We ended up booking a venue on Wednesday then scheduling photos for Friday, which didn’t get us much prep time.  But it was Friday or later this week and I did not want to wait.  I’m so happy we did them Friday as it is cold, wet and gray today and there are barely any leaves left on the trees.


Almost 3 hours of smiling, laughing, nuzzling and public kissing later, we had some great shots (or at least from what I’ve seen) and Boulder was looking especially beautiful in all of its fall glory.  We stopped in at West Flanders Brewery and the staff was SO accommodating and let us get all up in their brewing area to take a few pictures (plus we got to try some delicious beer).  I’m so glad we got to do something special and right up our alley during the shoot.  For the record, my ring is wrapped around a beer hop, not Colorado’s other popular green.  Also, I adore our photographer, Jo at Elevate Photography, and couldn’t be happier with our choice!  And with that taken care of, a HUGE weight has been lifted.  Now we can just look forward to our engagement party in a few weeks 🙂

Remember when our living room wall looked like this?

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Well while I was out getting an extra looooooong massage on Saturday, Joey was going to town on the rest of it.  We had the electrical moved out of the way earlier in the week so we were free and clear to demolish the rest.  Thank god Joey likes this kind of work because it is so NOT my thing.  Someone tell me I don’t have to feel guilty about that…  Or about posting this picture.

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As can be expected with old houses (ours was built in 1906!), there’s lots of “fun” stuff to fix now that the wall’s down.  As in there’s a gap in the floor where I can literally see into our basement…  Such fun!  Meanwhile I cleaned out our second bedroom where we’ve been housing about 15 boxes of random stuff so we can move our kitchen stuff in there when we take out the tile and put in hardwoods.  Also, I think I’m about 90% done wiping the dust off of everything in the kitchen.  Please let me never have to do that again.

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When I was done, I retired to our room with this gift from my mom — a bridal magazine (she also froze some homemade red beans for us, she’s the best!) — then had to go out into the living room and physically remove the broom from Joey’s hands and make him take a shower otherwise I didn’t think he’d ever stop sweeping!  I woke up at 7:30 on Sunday and could hear him out there sweeping again!  I guess there are worse things he could get addicted to.

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Sunday involved this — a “Make Your Own” Bloody Mary Bar — at Highland Tap and Burger with Joey’s side of the family.  Turns out it was really just “Pour Your Own Tomato Juice and Spear Your Own Olive” Bar, but it was delicious nonetheless.  I truly love a good Bloody Mary and have such a hard time resisting any time I’m somewhere that serves one.  We also grabbed lunch (I was the only one at the table to not order a burger, oops!) then headed out to the Buell Theater.

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For The Book of Mormon!  I loathe South Park (same creators) and still found the musical funny.  We walked out afterwards and I could not believe how nice it still was outside!  I’d be fine with some more 60 degree sunny days, Mother Nature.

Happy Monday!