Our little family is growing!
Just a few more months!
TOMATOES! Um, what did you think I was talking about?
Today, I expanded my terracotta farm empire and add a couple of more pots to my little balcony container garden. It was an impulsive decision. I had pulled into the shopping center that happens to house my local nursery, intending to turn around to go to a gas station, when inspiration struck.
In addition to a “Better Boy” indeterminate tomato plant, I also adopted two little spitfires: “Sweet Cherry” red peppers and “Mucho Nacho” green peppers.
The tomato plant will allegedly yield 1-lb tomatoes, and the peppers are purportedly rather foolproof. I guess we shall see? I fear that I may be getting a little too cocky about the whole gardening thing.
Also, did you know there is an actual town called Farmville? It is in Southern Virginia.
(Discovering this was the highlight of the drive from Raleigh to Charlottesville last weekend. I wonder if they ask their neighbors to help out with farm work!)
In other news, I know I have been complaining about this a lot lately, but the little green inchworms that hang from the trees are completely out of control right now. I got back from my morning run today and was quite literally plastered with bright green worm corpses. (Which were accompanied by a wiggly little beetle in my hair, which I discovered an hour later. Um. Ew.)
Then, cleaning my apartment this afternoon, I found these in the windowsill. (Warning, dead bug pics ahead.)
I do believe that thing on the right is what that thing on the left morphs in to. Gross. Fascinating, but gross.
Today’s EAT: This afternoon, as I was munching some of my favorite Food Should Taste Good Multi-grain Tortilla Chips, I was struck by an simple idea on the back of the package:
Fruit+ brie + chips? Sounds like gourmet nacho night to me!
One trip to the grocery store later, I was topping those chips with granny smith apples and red onions (both very thinly sliced) and, of course, creamy chunks of brie.
This only needed to bake for a few minutes to soften the cheese. Topped with a drizzle of honey and some fresh rosemary. It may sound like an appetizer, but pair it with a salad and I call it dinner!
Today’s DRINK: Creamy brie needs a nice white wine.
At $12, I splurged a little on this McManis Chardonnay. And it’s a decent bottle. Very much on the sweet side and strong citrus and green apple flavors. As it happened, it paired quite well with the creamy brie and tart apples, but it’s definitely on the fruitier site for a Chard.
Today’s RUN: Double up! I headed out for 3.4 easy miles this morning and another 4.4 easy this evening. (I had planned to do 6-7 tonight with some track repeats, but heard thunder when I was a couple of miles out on my warm-up and booked it home instead. I’m a huge pussy about running in weather that might involve bolts of electricity.)
Hopefully I’ll be able to make up the miles later this week. I really would like to be doing 50+/week for the rest of April and the early part of May!
Today’s QUESTION: Anyone have tomato and/or jalapeno growing advice? Um…I’m pretty sure that it would’ve been basil manslaughter around here a couple of weeks ago without your guys’ fantastic advice. I have no idea what I’m doing. So I’m all ears.
PEE ESS: Check out the hilarious giveaway going on over at AngryRunner. You can even win a ridiculously useless prize donated by meeee!