Monday, August 30, 2010

CSA Box Six

This week we received our sixth box of CSA vegetables. Hopefully we are able to continue to use our vegetables despite our busy schedules.

CSA Box 6

This week we received: Basil, Cippolini Onions, Cucumbers, Edamame, Eggplant, Garlic, Poblano Peppers, Red Lettuce, Red Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Sunflower Oil, Sweet Mini Peppers, Yellow or Dragon Tongue Beans and Patty Pan Squash

Sunflower Oil & Peppers

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Using our CSA Vegetables - Box Five

After we received box five, we went to Kate's cabin for four days and then we were home for three days and we went to Ely for another four days, so using this box was a challenge.

Before we went to Kate's cabin, I made salsa to bring along. It was good salsa uses so many vegetables: tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, garlic & peppers. I also brought the watermelon and tomato and cucumber salad to the cabin.


We made the Salsa Verde from our CSA Newsletter with the tomatillos, onion, cilantro, jalapenos and garlic.

Salsa Verde

I made this Grilled Baba Ghanoush with eggplant from the CSA as well as an eggplant from our garden. This was really good and Patrick liked it better than hummus.

Grilled Baba Gnanush

We just boiled the edamame in salted water and ate the soy bean like vegetable as a snack.


Both Patrick and I were home for lunch one Friday, so I made these zucchini sticks with this marinara sauce. We both loved the marinara sauce and the zucchini sticks were a great way to use up our zucchini from our CSA.

Zucchini Sticks and Marinara Sauce

I made this roasted salsa from the CSA Newsletter. It was really good and used up the rest of the onions, jalapenos and garlic from our CSA box.

Roasted Salsa

When we were in Ely we used some more veggies in our wraps and we grilled the potatoes with onions and peppers from the CSA.


As a last minute effort to use up more of our vegetables on the day we received another box, I made this pasta dish and it used up the broccoli.

Pasta with Tomatoes and Broccoli

I tossed out the collard greens and arugula, which is pretty good considering we were gone a majority of the time.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Twins/White Sox Game

After our trip up north we had tickets to the Twins game against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Patrick's friend Greg got married in April and for their wedding gift we said we would take them to a Twins game this summer. We got tickets in the Home Run Porch not quite as nice as the free tickets I won at work, but any seat at Target Field is pretty decent. We picked a good night to go to a game as Joe Mauer hit his first home run at Target Field that night. The Twins ended up winning the game 7-6.

Twins White Sox Game

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cabin Adventure 2010

Last Saturday we ventured up north to Kate's uncle's cabin for a long weekend. Last year our group was small with only eight people, but with the addition of a few significant others and planning ahead our group grew to thirteen people this year.

After weeks of 90 degree heat you would think a trip a couple hours north the temperature would cool off enough to be bearable. It cooled off quite a bit and we ended up wearing hooded sweatshirts and jeans a majority of the weekend.

Camping Chairs & Wood

Here is the entire group. Back row: Le, Elysia, Kate, Heather, Kasie and Shanna. Front row: Jeff, Jachin, Ty, Nick, David, Sara and Patrick.

Cabin Group

Of course we had plenty of food. Elysia brought an enormous batch of pasta salad, Jachin brought brats and sausages from Kramarczuk's Deli, Jeff brought some venison for sandwiches and Kate made Tator Tot Dish. Since we received CSA vegetables the Thursday before our trip we brought the tomato cucumber salad, a watermelon and homemade pico de gallo.

Cabin Food


Jachin found his sleeping spot outside again. He is the perfect friend to bring along; no fighting with him about where to sleep and he does a great job of getting the bonfire started each night.

Jachin's Bed

On Sunday morning it was pretty windy and cold so we decided that we were going to take a trip into town. Not everyone had met Paul Bunyon's girlfriend Lucette yet, so that was must since there is a huge shrine to her in Hackensack.

Girls on the Dock


There was an auction going on in Hackensack, so we checked that out. We also stopped at the Hackensack essentials: The Sweet Shop and the playground. The auction had a concession stand with walking tacos so a few of us had those for lunch. After our little adventure in Hackensack we went on towards Walker to see if anything was going on there. We ended up splitting into two groups. Half of the group went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch and the rest of us went to a bar to watch the Twins game.


As we were leaving Walker the sun was shining and it seemed warm. When we got back to the cabin the wind storm returned, but a few people were troopers and went into the lake anyway.

Group Photo

Ty and Le were leaving that night so we had a little tournament of bean bags and ladder golf before they left. Elysia made the brackets and somehow she and David ended up winning both events:).

Bags Bracket

Bags & Ladder Golf Tourney

Ladder Golf Bracket

Kate had picked blueberries the week before in the Apostle Islands, so us girls had Blueberry Raspberry pie for dessert one night.

Raspberry Blueberry Pie


On Monday we discovered if you move away from the cabin the weather was much nicer. The campground next door had a wide open field, we had three footballs and eleven people, so we took advantage and played a game of touch football.

Here is Team Tumor, in honor of Lucette's tumor on her hip.

Team Tumor

And here is team Bunyon, in honor of Paul.

Team Bunyon

Team Tumor ended up dominating Team Bunyon. Kasie was voted MVP and played with no shoes. It was intense. It ended up being a day of activities: football in the morning, volleyball and swimming in the afternoon and golf in the evening.

Sunny Day

David, Heather, Elysia and Nick left on Monday evening. The rest of us stuck around until Tuesday. Tuesday ended up being the day the wind finally calmed down and ended up being the nicest day of the entire trip.