Winter Blue(berrie)s

Last week, Evan was scrolling through photos on the iPad and he came across the ones Greg took of our summer garden. He tried to pick the blueberries off the screen, and got just a ‘lil mad when it didn’t work as he expected.

“Mama, I want my berries! I miss them!” He was NOT happy that his blueberry bush was not delivering fresh fruit in the winter.

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Evan is not alone. I’ve definitely got the winter blues when it comes to my food intake. I am missing the fresh veggies and fruits of the summer and fall. Canned goods and frozen foods just aren’t giving me “enough”, and the ones I’m buying at the grocery store aren’t lasting (because we’re literally fighting over who gets what of the foods — it’s like fresh food rations before we get back to the store). And let’s face it, fresh foods aren’t as bountiful, amazing, or cheap as they are in the summer.

We’re definitely looking forward to what the garden will look like next year. At first, we thought about scaling back. When it comes down to it, all four of us (plus the ants and birds that get to the food first) are loving the peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes that our yard is bringing us in the summer. I’m totally fighting for snap peas, cucumbers, and onions to make the list next year.

Are you having the winter blues when it comes to fresh food, too? Dream with us.


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Getting Luscious and Beautiful (in the yard)

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It’s undeniable, spring has sprung here in Pittsburgh. That means we’ve been trying to spend some more time outside, but when you have yard with dry (crab?) grass, pool runoff, and a dry flower bed, it’s hard to imagine yourself in a relaxing place. As Mr. Burgher and I prepare for our summer yard plans. We want a lush, beautiful “oasis”, but we’re going to need some help. A miracle, perhaps? 

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