Green thumbing it

Well, after last night’s post, I think Ecto and I might be friends. Jury’s still out, but I’ll keep updating you (whether you care or not).


This morning started with the rest of my Peppadew oatmeal. After heating it in the oven, I once again mashed in an Eggland’s Best hard-boiled egg (still working on the ones I collected at this event, if you’re wondering why eggs have been such a big part of my life lately). I layered the oats over a base of plain yogurt and then topped them with mango-peppadew salsa and homemade peanut butter. Yes, that’s right, I went ahead and made peanut butter last night after complaining that I didn’t have any for my oats. I happened to break my coffee bean grinder in the process. How many appliances must I destroy before I find one that can handle nut butter production?! Mr. Coffee got me through several good batches for only $15, so I guess I can’t complain. But why couldn’t he keep putting out?! I thought we had a good thing going …

Anyway, I smothered the oats in strawberries, unsweetened coconut, hulled hemp seeds, and nutmeg:


Unsmothered to reveal layering — left to right: peanut butter, mango-peppadew salsa, peppadew oatmeal, yogurt.


Deceptively beautiful and creamy (yet secretly lethal to kitchen appliances) peanut butter:


After breakfast, I set off with my grandma-cart in hunt of a new window shade for my bedroom (the old one has been ripped for two months — not pretty) and potting soil for the arugula and basil plants my mom sent home with me from MA.

Several hardware stores and hours and a very limp arm later, I returned. Window shade before and after:


Garden before:


Garden after:


We’ll see if these little sprouts survive the night! I hope so because I’ve been fantasizing about having a balcony overflowing with arugula. There’s probably not much that could make me happier.

What color is your thumb?

13 thoughts on “Green thumbing it

  1. carolinebee says:

    Wee i love your cute little urban garden! I was DYING about your fallen french toast piece- i totally have that scary space filled with cobwebs, crumbs, lord knows what else!!


  2. Erin says:

    I’m sorry for your nut butter issues. You need something fancy for your needs! My thumb is somewhere between green and brown…leaning a bit towards brown.


  3. MaryBe says:

    I had to laugh at your ‘gramma cart’! When my daughter lived in Manhattan, she had one and refused to use it!
    Your bedroom and your balcony are very pretty!


  4. Christina says:

    What a great little urban garden! Fresh produce always tastes the best. I’m hoping I have a green thumb, I’ll find out this summer when I either end up with tons of vegetables from my garden or a square of empty dirt..


  5. Jessica (jesslikesithot) says:

    See Sarah, this is why you are AMAZING….I would never think to mix salsa into oats!! But you did, and worked it outttt! 🙂

    PS-can’t get over your mom’s warm n’ toasty indian pudding (from the previous posts)!!!!


  6. Anne K. says:

    Those oats look awesome! Sorry about the nut buttter problems. Poor coffee grinder 😦 I hope those plants do well! My mom is an awesome gardener. I guess I’m okay… but I’m always terrified I’m going to kill the plants!


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