Friday Fun Facts #22

I know, it’s Saturday. My Internet was having issues yesterday. So, Friday Fun facts is featured on Saturday.

1. This week I went dumpster diving for the first time. That is something I truly never expected to do, but I was on the hunt for my boys beloved mugs from Belize. They had used them to drink a green juice in, and instead of putting the mugs in the sink, Isaac threw 2 mugs in the trash. Keep in mind, he is only 2 years old and sometimes gets confused that food scraps go in the trash and dishes go in the sink. Sadly, it wasn’t until I had dug through the entire trash bag in the house, that I realized the mugs were in the trash bag I had taken outside to the big trash can (so not really a dumpster, but still gross) the night before. I am happy to report that the mugs are saved, but one has a broken handle. I’m never doing that again.

2. Right now, I want to eat ALL the bread like items I can find. Any kind of bread like substances will do: garlic bread, pasta, sourdough bread, tortillas, pita bread… and it hasn’t even been one week yet. Pray for me, y’all.

3. This past Sunday I was on TV!… For like, 2 minutes, but it was fun. I’m part of the Corpus Christi Moms Blog, and they did a segment on it. If you’re a mom, you’ll definitely want to go and check out what moms are writing about on CCMB. It’s great for connection, and knowing you’re not alone in this thing called #momlife.

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4. I’m currently doing some research on gardening, because I want to start a garden this spring. I’m kinda at a loss where to start because it’s been years since I gardened. Right now, I’m starting with herbs and onions. Check out this cute little broccoli I found at the local nursery I was visiting.

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Does anyone have any gardening tips? I need some fool proof produce!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

So, Nathan was out of town last week with my two oldest boys, and it was just me and baby Isaac at home. For me, that meant cooking things that my husband doesn’t really care for like lasagna and bruschetta. Well, to his defense, he does like bruschetta, but not as a meal… you know, because there’s no meat in it. I learned early in my marriage that meat is a must for 6 out of 7 dinners for the week. Anyho, I actually did some measuring and picture taking of my bruschetta making endeavor so you, my readers, can get the recipe. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
For the topping:
• 3 large tomatoes or about 7 smaller tomatoes, chopped and seeded.
• 1-2 cloves of garlic, grated
• 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped basil
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• ¼ – ½ chopped red onion
For the bread:
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 2 whole cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
• 1 loaf of quality, crusty bread
• Salt and pepper

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Directions:
1. Combine all the ingredients for the topping in a medium sized bowl.
2. Start with 1 garlic clove and ¼ chopped red onion and add more if desired.
3. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
4. Melt butter and roast the smashed garlic in a pan.

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5. Slice the loaf and grill both sides of the slices in the butter and garlic.

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6. Once the bread is done, top with the topping and top with basil leaves to garnish.
7. Close your eyes, take a bite, and enjoy this refreshing delight.

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Notes:
• For this recipe, the vegetables and herbs are the star of the dish. If you can, get the freshest ingredients from your own garden or a local farmer’s market. Fresh tomatoes taste like earth and sunshine, and you won’t be able to get the same flavor from the grocery store.
• This recipe can either be a meal or appetizer. If you’re wanting to serve it as an appetizer, simply change up your bread to a baguette and you can always double the recipe if you’re expecting a big crowd.
• Consider adding another element of fresh sliced mozzarella to the mix.
• This recipe made enough topping for 8 slices of a large French loaf.