Local Veggies & Spring Cleaning

Do you have the luxury of a year-round farmers’ market in your town?

Since adopting a plant-strong lifestyle, the farmers’ market has been a key player in my weekly shopping trips.  There were a couple of months during the winter that it wasn’t worth going to the market but produce has been in full-swing the last couple of weeks.

The exciting news is that on Saturday, April 21st the Dane County Farmer’s Market moves outdoors!

What does it say about me that I got really excited to find these mini-cucumbers at the indoor market yesterday?

Veggies!

Canopy Gardens is my favorite mini-cucumber and tomato vendor at the market.

This Wisconsin family business grows veggies pesticide-free in their indoor greenhouse and offers greenhouse tours.  Field trip!  They also make salsa from their fresh tomatoes and always offer samples at the market.

A new item (at least new to me) is their dehydrated grape tomatoes.  These are really sweet and will be perfect in salads, on pizza, and tossed with pasts & veggies.

If you make it to the market, look for the red tent and you’ll find the friendly Canopy Gardens folks.

In Spring Cleaning news, I’ve cleaned Apples and Arteries–a new theme, updated pages, etc.  Feedback and comments welcome!

And finally, something I heard on A Way With Words this morning that I wanted to share:

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad”. – Miles Kington

Enjoy the day!

Peanut Butter Bombs

Sunday I was going to get my bake on but then a Paula Deen emergency occurred… a refrigerator malfunction caused the 2 remaining sticks of margarine in the fridge to melt–all over.  After cleaning everything up at least my hands were nice and smooth from all of the oil!

The full-throttle peanut butter cookies I had planned to bake were going to have to wait.  But I still wanted to bake.  Enter Peanut Butter Bombs.  These are my super-easy yet super-tasty go-to easy to make cookie.  They are always a hit but now the secret is out that they are only 4 ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to mix, make, and bake!

Peanut Butter Bombs

Ingredients
1 egg
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter (creamy, crunchy, anything works)
1/2 cup chocolate (chips, M&Ms, other candy)

Process
*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
*Crack the egg into a mixing bowl and stir with a fork.
*Add brown sugar and peanut butter.
*Mix with a spoon until blended
*Add in the chocolate, stir to combine.
*Place by the spoon full on an un-greased cookie sheet.
*Bake 12-15 minutes and enjoy!

This recipe makes approximately 1 dozen cookies.  Store in an airtight container.  Let me know if you make these!

PB Bombs

These are not part of the plant-strong program, but are a treat that QAG enjoys and I shared this latest batch with my co-workers.  When I offered them at work and a couple of people declined, I did tell them that they weren’t healthy.  Then I took them to my staff meeting and they disappeared.

Kostas always appreciates a good pb jar.

Side note – Spring Break is in the air so I’ll leave you with this:

source: someecards

 Question:  What’s your go-to easy cookie?