Tips to Pick and Store the Freshest Summer Fruit

Tips to Pick and Store the Freshest Summer Fruit

Here in North Carolina the state’s 50,000+ farmers produce over 80 different kinds of commodities. This includes over 50 different types of produce, making NC one of the most diverse agricultural states in the country! (You can’t beat our fresh fruit and vegetables, IMHO!) To see what fruits and veggies are in season, and find the freshest produce in your area, check out your state’s department of agriculture website. This information is good to know not only because in season produce is less expensive, it is also much more flavorful. I always know my produce is fresh because I get it through The Produce Box! The Produce Box is a fantastic service in North Carolina that provides boxes of fresh produce, meats, dairy, and bakery items directly from local farmers and other …

Easy, quick, and delicious Mexican Chicken & Avocado Corn Salsa from The Produce Box

Easy, quick, and delicious Mexican Chicken & Avocado Corn Salsa from The Produce Box

I love using my Produce Box ingredients to create fresh and delicious meals. It’s inspiring to use locally-sourced ingredients to create new recipes. But there are days when I just don’t have the time to shop at the grocery store and get dinner on the table. Like most people I know who work from home, I find it difficult to walk away from a project, even when a personal task like making dinner needs to be done. I’ve found a few ways to get dinner on the table when I’m busy, and one of my new favorite ways is using a meal kit from The Produce Box and Paradise Provisions. The Produce Box is a fantastic service in North Carolina that provides boxes of fresh produce, meats, dairy, and bakery items directly …

Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

Tasty Tuesday – Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

One of the first blogger meet and greets I attended was held at Chuy’s with a group of Charlotte area bloggers. We had the most fun tasting food and drinks, not to mention chatting and laughing all night. The minute I read the description for the Baja Shrimp Tacos I knew I had to order them. “Baja Tacos – Freshly made flour tortillas with your choice of lightly battered and fried fish or shrimp, cilantro, red cabbage and Creamy Jalapeno sauce”. So simple, yet it appealed to me right away. My mouth watered when the plate was delivered. They looked so yummy!   And they didn’t disappoint! The tacos were excellent. I wanted to go back for lunch the next day, and the day after that and the day after that! …

Get Into the Woods! Discover the Forest

I’ve always loved the outdoors. Growing up in rural Iowa, if you weren’t into outdoor activities there wasn’t much for you to do! I have fond memories of summer vacations playing at town parks, swimming at the town pool, riding bikes all over town, and when I was a little older, riding my brother’s dirtbikes and quads, going camping and boating at the lake, attending 4th of July fireworks and having big family reunions at state parks. Best. Trip. Ever. Our best family trip ever happened when I was about 7 or 8. My parents took us on a road trip out West for summer vacation. We packed up my dad’s dually truck with a big cooler of food and drinks, hitched up the camper and headed towards Montana to visit my …

Fresh from the Farmers Market: North Carolina Beef via D's Beef and Bees Jalapeño Popper Burger Bombs

Fresh from the Farmers Market: Jalapeño Popper Burger Bombs made with NC Beef from D’s Beef and Bees

If you have followed me for any length of time you know that I am NOT a morning person. I have to wake up at 5:45 am every weekday to make sure my 17 & 15 yos get ready for school. I go back to bed until 6:45 am when I wake up my middle schooler. Back to bed again and up at 7:20 am to wake up my youngest (if she isn’t already up). Depending on my schedule that day I may or may not go back to bed for an hour or four. On the weekend, it’s not unheard of for me to sleep until noon. I can’t tell you how nice it is to have all five of my girls able to make their own breakfast, entertain …