And there I was, thinking that my fall crops were going to amount to nothing. Oh ye (I) of little faith.
I went out to the garden yesterday, and granted, we have been having unseasonably delicious weather. But out of nowhere, these little greens had appeared -- enough for a very large and spectacular luncheon salad. I've got everything in this bowl from lettuce (only one plant made it out of an entire packet of seeds, what with marauding critters and lack of watering and such), to lots of baby spinach, kale, beet greens, (I don't know what the curly thing is that is from the French Market mix -- the one that tastes of anise, but it's in there), parsley, and broccoli (the little broccoli florets were terribly camera-shy for some reason). I put an ounce of local goat cheese on it, and a half a can of tuna (not local, heh), and dressed it with a vinaigrette I made of my own garlic, Vermont apple cider vinegar, Vermont sunflower oil, and maple syrup. I should have remembered the scrumptious red onions I have, but I was so anxious to eat this that I forgot them until it was already gone, and I had one of those V-8 moments, slapped my forehead, and say, "Wow. I could have had ...."
While I was outside, I planted the packet of microgreen seeds that I mentioned yesterday. Hopefully we won't go into the deep-freeze too soon for them to sprout and grow enough to have on a sandwich or salad or something in the 25 days it promises on the packet.
I like to think I'm saving the world -- or at least myself -- one perfect salad at a time.
And so how would you like the chance to win these gorgeous red size US 7 needles from Signature Needle Arts?
To kick off the fundraising for the Red Scarf Fund this year, I'm going to try something a little different. On the idea that every little bit helps, and lots of small donations add up to make a big difference, I'm going to start small and raffle these off.
HERE ARE THE RULES:
Donate at least $5 (hopefully more if you can spare it) to
the Red Scarf Fund For Foster Youth
and let me know via email at
You don't even have to tell me the amount, but do please give me real proof that you have donated to the Red Scarf Fund at the
midnight Eastern Time, FRIDAY, October 2nd, 2009
I will then put your name in the random number generator for a shot at these wonderful needles.
The easiest way to donate is through Paypal at the link above, but you can send them a check if you wish. Just don't forget you will have to prove to my satisfaction that you sent it. I assume you will be honest and fair with me, and you will have to trust that I will be honest and fair with you. The address for sending a check is:
Orphan Foundation of America
21351 Gentry Drive, Suite 130
Sterling, VA 20166
Make checks payable to Orphan Foundation of America, and mark "Red Scarf Fund" in the memo line.
If you would more information about the fund and what it is used for, I've explained it in this post.