Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sugar Snap Peas & Chicken Noodles


  • Spaghetti 
  • 2 Small Chicken Breast Cooked and Diced (I used left over Chicken from the other night.)
  • 3 Cups of Sugar Snap Peas
  • 1 Cup of Carrots Sliced
  • 1 Table Spoon of Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Packet of Stir Fry Sauce (I used 2 Tablespoon of Teriyaki Sauce.)


  1. In one pot cook spaghetti.
  2. Add the Virgin Olive Oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  3. Add Sugar Snap Peas and Carrots, mix a dash of Teriyaki Sauce.
     4.  Add cooked diced Chicken Breast. 
     5.  Drain spaghetti and add to large skillet.  
     6.  Mix in Stir Fry Sauce and serve immediately.

Sauted Sugar Snap Peas


  • 2 Tablespoon of Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cups fresh sugar snap peas
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add the Virgin Olive Oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the sugar snap peas, and toss to coat with the Virgin Olive Oil.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Balsamic Vinegar Sugar Snap Peas


  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 3 cups fresh sugar snap peas
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the  bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the fat has rendered out and the bacon has begun to crisp, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside, leave a little bit of the bacon fat in the skillet. Add the sugar snap peas, and toss to coat with the fat. Cook and stir until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Pour in the red balsamic vinegar and cooked bacon. Continue cooking until the balsamic vinegar has reduced,  about 2 minutes. 
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

This Years Gardens

This year we have two vegetable gardens.  The one in our backyard (24' x 16') and we were able to get one of the larger plots at the city park, community garden (10' x 50').  Our gardens are growing and doing well so far. 

Backyard Garden

 One Week Ago we had Sugar Snap Peas.
This week, now we don't.  The growing season is over for our spring crop.  We plan to plant a fall crop of peas.

Our pea crop was very successful.  We had two rows 16' long and we ended up with 4 side dishes and 3 stir fry dinners.  I also froze 10 bags for side dishes and enough peas for 6 more stir fry meals.  We are very happy with the outcome.

In our backyard garden we have 4 Beef Steak Tomato Plants, 12 Roma Tomato Plants, 4 Cherry Tomato Plants, 4 Grape Tomato Plants, 4 Patio Tomato Plants, 5 Broccoli Plant, 4 Cabbage plants, 4 Bell Pepper Plants, 4 Hot Banana Pepper Plants, 4 Sweet Banana Pepper Plants, Radish (2nd crop), Pole Beans, Lazy House Wife Beans, 2 Egg Plants, 3 Tomatillo Plants, 2 Zucchini and 2 Summer Squash, Red and White Onions, 4 Cucumbers.   Todd just planted in the place where our peas used to be, 3 Summer Squash, 2 Zucchini, 2 Cucumbers.


Community Garden (City Garden):

2 Zucchini Plants, 2 Summer Squash, 2 Butternut Squash, 2 Acorn Squash, 2 Cucumber Plants, 6 Broccoli, 4 Cabbage, 4 Pepper Plants, 6 Egg Plants, 10 Roma Tomato Plants, and 1 Tomatillo Plant.

Update on seedlings and new flower bed


None of the plants made it from seedlings this year.  I am not sure exactly why.  We moved the location of the little green house to the spare room where the cat's liter box is kept.  I have a hunch it was the due to a cat.  Which one I am not sure.

I am going to try only one more year to start my flowers from seeds if I do not have success next year, then I will be giving up this idea.

I have also chosen to put off my new flower bed due to saving for our family vacation.  Next spring I will definitely complete it.  I plan to make my bird feeders still, maybe not all of them but I do have plans for the Lily Garden.