My Yummy Local Life

{September 30, 2012}   Menu this week (boy-less meals)

So sorry to not post yesterday but I did not go to the farmers market this week. I know. Shocking! But I was out of town at a marriage retreat so it didn’t happen. So this week the hubby will be gone Tuesday through Sunday working so essentially I have to fend for myself all week. This makes the grocery list short (and cheap), here is my menu board.


It’s bound to be yummy even if its simple. My ducks are laying eggs now so I can rely on eggs for protein! Also this batch of ginger ale is AMAZING and we only exploded one bottle this time around ūüėČ

Light market week

So its a pretty light week since we are going to Wilmington for the marriage retreat next weekend and we don’t need a weeks worth of food. ¬†That and I have some stuff leftover from last week. Bonus points if you can guess what the item in the middle is:

Mystery item…

Here’s what I got this week:

Shishito peppers: $3

Arugula and bell peppers: $4.50

2 balls of mozzarella and some queso fresco: $16.50

Muscadine and Scuppernogg grapes: $2

Mystery item: $5 (scroll down to see what it is :))

Grand total: $28





















And the mystery item is:

Fresh Hibiscus!

I cannot wait to make up a batch of fresh hibiscus tea- HIGH in vitamin C and yumminess.  Also learned that you can eat the little petals raw and they are pretty yummy that way too.





{September 16, 2012}   Menu this week

So here is what my menu board looks like right now: Simple and tasty this week. “F-bomb” is courtesy of my pastor Matt. No I’m not eating¬†Carolyn, but I will be eating with Carolyn on Thursday (and getting¬†Starbucks¬†for dessert). ¬†Hope you have a yummy week.

This weeks menu



{September 15, 2012}   Cane Creek Farm Store 9/15

Had a kind of light week as far as using things up completely last week, so this week, I decided to skip the farmer’s market and head to the Cane Creek Farm store. ¬†Multiple reasons: One is that Einstein could come with me and get out of the house for a little bit. Two is I know Bobby trades stuff for citrus sometimes, and I needed a couple of lemons for Ginger Ale 3.0. ¬†Three is that there is always a wheel of Hoop cheese and you can get a chunk cut off of whatever size you like.

Einstein so happy to be riding.

I paid a total of $27.80. ¬†Here’s what I got:

From Cane Creek Farm store


2 acorn squashes, one other winter squash that I dont now its name, 2 red onions, 1 bulb of garlic, 2 oranges, 2 lemons, 2 red bell peppers, 2 gala apples (best type ever), 1 POUND of hoop cheese, and a bottle of 5 pepper hot sauce.

It’s going to be another yummy week- I am sure of it!



{September 9, 2012}   Menu-ish…kinda winging it…

Gotta be honest, I just don’t really feel like planning out my meals this week. ¬†I never got to the tostados last week, and I saw a recipe over at Two Peas and their pod for tofu tostados, so I might make those. ¬†I got a couple of leeks, so I might make the leek pasta thing from jamie oliver– might really cheat and do it with Ramen noodle- seriously- that is the laziness I am feeling at the moment. ¬†I have leftover stir fry and leftover wonton wrappers, so I might chop up the stir fry in the food processor and make up some “stir fry” wontons. I have calzones left from last week (2), and I might make another 3-4 more this week because they just freeze so veyr nicely and can be reheated in either the microwave at work or in the toaster oven at home (true story, I don’t own a microwave).

I made pumpkin pretzels, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin spice latte mix yesterday. ¬†I was not kidding about Fall equalling pumpkin everything in my house. ¬†I intended to make pumpkin spice ice cream, but I ran out of pumpkin at the¬†moment- I do have some frozen though, so I might thaw it out to do that while it is still hot-ish outside. ¬†It is raining as I type this, so it’s supposed to cool down.

Beautiful Rosette Pumpkin Muffins


Pile of Pumpkin Pretzels


Fried Pork wontons with cucumber to balance out the fried ūüôā

Too bad my lovely veggies wont just make themselves into lovely meals. ¬†Here’s to hoping that the hubby has some ideas when he gets back from work later today. What would you make with the veggies I got this week? Something with sweet potatoes… or butternut squash… or tomatoes (I am drowning in tomatoes)- Ah well… I’m sure inspiration will come to me soon ūüôā

Farmer’s Market (plus cucumbers and green zebra that we grew)

To anyone who dislikes fall, you cannot argue that this is a beautiful array of colors and flavors to be had this week.  Find of the week is definitely the fresh ginger- which will be contributing to a new *not exploding* batch of ginger ale!

Here’s the breakdown:

Mozzarella, Farmer’s Cheese and figs: $14 (supposed to be $14.25 but the guy likes me)

3 leeks, 1 bunch of basil: $5

Fresh Ginger: $3.70

Bell peppers, sweet peppers and tomatoes: $7.95

Shishito peppers, fairytale eggplants: $6

Sweet potatoes: $3.25

Cucumbers: FREE to a good home (will be bringing them to church tomorrow to share)

Grand Total: $39.90

{September 2, 2012}   Menu this week!

It’s going to be another long yet delicious week. Here’s the menu plan:


Mushroom stroganoff- This is exactly like beef stroganoff but sans beef and with extra mushrooms added
Stir Fry with Tofu- another staple in our house, its just so easy to toss stuff together in a wok!
Pad Thai- one of our many go-to meals
Calzones- Pepperoni and cheese and tomatoes, oh my!
Pulled pork wontons- I am making this one up on the fly, but basically its going to be pulled pork with some veggies cooked in a wonton wrapper. Maybe some bbq-ish sauce for dipping…
Black Bean Tostados- Now that I have figured out making my own corn tortillas, these are quickly becoming another staple
Sweet potato and camembert quesadillas- adapted from the recipe at AnimalVegetableMiracle.Com

What yummy things are you making this week?

{September 1, 2012}   Farmer’s Market 9/1

Well Hello September, nice to see you again! I like that fall is starting to coming! But today it still felt like summer at the market.

Farmers Market Fare

Here’s what I got:

Hondurian coffee (direct from the farmer to Carrboro): $8

Edamame, Mushrooms, Peppers, Shishito peppers: $11.75

Tomatoes: red romas, yellows and sungolds: $7.80

Mozzarella, Camembert., Eno Mountain Sharp (goat) cheeses: $14

Butternut Squashes: $2.75


Grand Total: $44.30


What I picked (and will be sharing with the Love Chapel Hill Crew tomorrow):

from the gardens… 9/1

Cucumbers, green zebra tomatoes, and purple cherokee tomatoes: $8ish in value


Have a yummy week!


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