All Tha’ Fixin’s

See this:

This is lettuce that I grew in my first ever vegetable garden!!!

For those of you who are like, “yeah, so, what’s the big deal?,” you may not be aware that in the past my mantra towards the greens was: I don’t DO salad. That’s just NOT how I roll. Bryan Latham, you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

Now, to be clear, that’s not to say that I didn’t DO salads at all. Like any good Southerner, I love me some pear salad, jello salad and the like. When in the South, simply add a dollop (or two) of mayo to your favorite fruit (e.g. pear) or fruit substitute (i.e. jello) and wait for the party in your mouth. And, yes, I did say add mayo:

Southern Born, Southern Fed. That’s me to a T. But now, you see, I’m trying to eat a little better and I, of course, want Clara to have a healthy diet. Currently, she eats no vegetables at all except the serving or two I can get into her via the V8 Fusion juices.

Anyway, I read that having children involved in the process of growing their veggies makes it more fun and more likely that they will actually eat them. Also, I hated throwing out the half used (or less) bag of greens after having a random green salad craving (or short-lived “brand new, totally healthy diet!” moment). The obvious answer to such a dilemma . . . grow the silly stuff in your own backyard!

I have to give myself props, too, because, if I do say so myself, the lettuce has turned out fantastic in spite of my not yet having developed a green thumb. I’m also growing (all for the first time): new potatoes, yellow potatoes, walla walla onions, the romaine lettuce as well as a purple kind, strawberries and a couple varieties of tomatoes. This doesn’t count the herbs that I’ve been growing for a couple years: mint, chives, parsley, rosemary, and dill.

Pictured below is the beautiful and yummy-tasty green salad I had for dinner tonight, along with a bowl of tomato basil soup and the jello salad. Bon appetite!

Oh. And did I mention that my lettuce is, like, totally organic! That’s what I’m talkin’ about – yeah.

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