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I’m sure I have two thumbs.  But I’m not sure they’re green.  But I’m going to find out.  I’m not particularly handy or nurturing by nature, but I’ve always wanted to give a garden a go.  I want to watch my food grow!  So, with house in hand and idea in mind, I stumbled across a few blogs and websites, including the local Watch My Food Grow, and I got enough inspiration to make my own garden!

With some recycled materials (read: crap laying around the shed/yard), a lot of dirt, 3 seedling plants (2 tomato and 1 basil) and a handful of seed packets, this is what we made:

 

garden: 3 days

 

 

garden: 8 days

 

We even got our green on this weekend at Lake Worth’s First Annual Conservation Expo.  It was great to see this effort from the city, and I imagine it won’t be the last 🙂 While we were there, we even picked up a rain barrel from RainLife Rain Barrels, and the city is offering us a $30 credit!

 

This weekend I ventured out of my normal five-mile radius shell.  Seriously, I actually got my ass on I-95.  I made my way south past a handful of exits off the highway, to hit up Delray Beach.  In high school, I would venture to downtown Delray on Thursdays for Jazz on the Ave to hang out with friends.  It was a little seedy, but artsy and pretty safe if you stayed on Atlantic Ave, the main road.  But, fast forward to 2010 Atlantic Ave and I spy a Rolls Royce, collagen-injected lips and guys-too-old-to-be-hanging-out-with-those-girls-who-look-16.  I guess those seeds got brushed to the side.  It wasn’t all plastic, though … I mean, I was there.  Oh wait, my Havaianas (fresh from the motherland, Brasil! My favorite Brasilian rocks!!!) are made of plastic. Does that count?!

People aside, I was in Delray for food; the annual Tastemakers of Delray Beach event was on.  A restaurant ‘crawl’ with 24 local places giving up food, wine, beer & cocktails.  It was a really good time, and it’s events like this that remind me how much I love to eat and drink.  I may not be the most adventurous eater, but … well, the old addage goes, if you can’t be an athlete, at least be an athletic supporter! Cevich, cab savs, guiness, ciders, butternut squash soups, sushi, chardonnays … I’m getting full just thinking about all the food and drinks!!!

Our first stop was Ziree, a sushi & Thai restaurant:

Next we made our way to Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine, and the Shipyard Summer Ale they were offering up was a great beer for the sticky, humid night! And, according to all my company that night, the lobster roll was a-may-zing!

Grabbing a Guiness and shepherds pie at Paddy McGee’s Irish Pub:

Fresh crepes from Crepes by the Sea:

I’m a blogger.  You’re a blogger.  We’re all bloggers.  Or, at least, a blog reader.  It’s not always fun or easy to keep writing and posting things that you only hope people want to read or see.  It’s time-consuming, but can also be thearaputic.  
In any event, I thought I’d pass along some blogs and websites that you can surf by while trying to look busy at your desk 🙂  Yeah, you know what I mean.  Get clickin’.

 JeremyHanlon.com – foodies rejoice

MontanaPhoto.com photo lovers smile

Florida Girl in Sydney – shout out to the expat

Renee Claire  she’s trying to save the world, what are you doing?

On Call- Pet Services – animal lovers unite (particularly if you’re in Portland)

Mangopunch – straight from the ATL…for now

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