Monday, April 12, 2010

Loving Spring!

This weekend I mowed the lawn, bought and planted flowers, and got the backyard in somewhat better shape! I love how overnight everything comes to bloom, it is one of the best perks of living where you have a real winter where there are no leaves on the trees and everything is grey.
We are about to start a backyard project where we are extending our patio and adding a pergola, along with some draining. Our backyard used to be plush with grass, now it is more weeds because of how the water "sits" and doesn't drain off. The company we are using is supposed to start later this week. I will of course post before and after pics!
But for now, look at what I planted:

This is the existing herb garden. Once the project is finished, I will no longer be planting in pots but in a raised garden bed. I will however leave the mint and strawberries in pots because they can really overtake a yard! These have been planted for about 3 years, they have lasted thru the multiple snows we had this winter! Talk about a resilient plant! Mojitos here we come!

And to leave you with an excellent recipe. I found these from Elly Says Opa. They are so yummy and what I love so much is that in the morning, all you have to do is take out of the fridge, pop onto a tortilla and heat for 1 minute in the microwave! Now, for me to like something other than an English Muffin with melted cheese and egg whites (my normal regimen), says something about how great these are!

Chorizo and Black Bean Breakfast Burritos - adapted from Elly Says Opa (link above)

red, green, or yellow peppers, chopped

3/4 lb. chorizo (casings removed & crumbled if you are using links)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup salsa
2 whole eggs
6 egg whites
a couple splashes of milk or cream
salt and pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
10-14 flour tortillas (whole wheat please!)

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, and add the chorizo. Once browned, add the black beans, peppers, salsa and a little salt and pepper to taste, if necessary. Reduce heat and simmer until everything is heated through. Set aside on a plate.

Whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, and salt and pepper in a bowl . Scramble the eggs in a pan (make sure you don’t overcook them...MOM!). Mix the scrambled eggs into the chorizo and black bean mixture.

Heat the tortillas until soft (wrap them in a slightly damp tea towel and microwave for about 20 seconds.) Place a couple spoonfuls of the mixture onto the tortillas and top with sprinkle of shredded cheese. Roll up, burrito style. You can eat them as is, or bake them, or place them in the microwave to melt the cheese.

For the next day, I take the tortilla, add the mixture and cheese on top, and warm in microwave for 45-60 seconds until it is hot! So easy and So yummy, it was a great way to start the week!

And, I actually took a picture! Aren't ya'll proud of me!



  1. I wasn't hungry until I read this...I'll have to try it soon.

  2. Kelly: Looks delicious! I love those gerbera daisies. One thing I found out about them is (at least in our area near Chicago) they bloom beautifully and then stop for awhile and then bloom again. They seem to need to "rest". You may know this but I found out the hard way. When they didn't bloom for a couple of weeks, I replaced them. Not necessary!


  3. I have heard that, we will see if I am patient enough to wait for another bloom! I am no expert at gardening, but guess you have to start somewhere...