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Week 7 of CSA

This week’s share is full of HUGE deliciousness.

Two monstrous zucchini (the smaller one is longer than a foot), two giant tomatoes, two onions (one vadalia, one red), two crowns of broccoli (which look minuscule compared to everything else), and one very large bunch of swiss chard.

Again this week all the ingredients are relatively familiar.

I’m thinking about trying this recipe to use up some zucchini:

Zucchini muffins from the Gluten Free Homemaker.

When I picked up the share this afternoon I realized I haven’t even touched the lettuce and arugula, so I think some salads are in order for the rest of this week.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

~Amber Joy


Week Six of CSA

Before I get into week 6, I bet you’re all dying to know how the GF Chocolate Beet Bundt Cake was – well it was DELICIOUS!!! It wasn’t just me saying this – it was approved by every member of my LIFEgroup, including one dear friend who gags at the thought of ANY vegetables. It was typical gluten free, though, with less moisture and more density. The taste, however, was delicious. The beets could be seen, but not tasted, and the chocolate was strong, but not overwhelming. So, if you hate beets, but get stuck with some for any reason, make this cake!

Now, onto this week’s share – it’s a winner!

This week we have received arugula, lettuce, yellow squash, zucchini, and eggs. Doesn’t it all look delicious? And everything is a “normal” ingredient that I don’t have a problem with.

Here are a couple of recipes I’ll probably be trying out:

This yummy looking Vegetable Tian from For the Love of Cooking.

This Warm Bean and Arugula Salad, published by the Huffington Post.

It should be another delicious week!

~Amber Joy

Week Five of CSA

This week’s share is an interesting one:

Beets, Onions, Cilantro, Strawberry Jam, and Eggs

The big problem is the beets… I have never liked them, so what can I create that will make them tolerable?

Please, please, please leave me some suggestions! Or, better yet, come to Lynchburg and take them off my hands.

~Amber Joy

Week three of CSA

First of all, I’d like to report back on the Real Simple recipe I was interested in trying. I made it for lunch today, and it was DELICIOUS. My only complaint is the chickpeas were a bit dry, but I blame that on the fact that they were out of a can – totally not my fault as the chef.

Turns out that sautéed Swiss Chard is super delicious – way better than the chips I made last week!

I cooked it for myself and my roommates, and all three of us deemed it a great success. It’s a definite make again and again recipe.

Now for this week!

May 15 – Golden potatoes, (the biggest) Cabbage (I’ve ever seen in my LIFE), Cauliflower, Apples, and Broccoli

That cabbage is bigger than my head, probably times two. Unfortunately, I don’t like cooked cabbage AT ALL, nor do I like coleslaw, so I guess I’ll be eating it raw… One way my mom served cabbage to me when I was growing up was one leave folded in half, with peanut butter between the halves. Sounds super weird, but it’s a favorite of ours. I actually had it for dinner tonight! Everything else is normal food, so no special recipe goals this week except maybe one from Real Simple – Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower.

Have a delicious week!

~Amber Joy

Sorry for the Absence…

I just realized I haven’t posted in a while! My brain has been worn out, so I guess my blog just floated off into space with the rest of me… To make up for it, I’m going to make this a conglomeration post – some recipes, some photos, some thoughts on life.

If you’re on Pinterest (which you should be), you’ve probably seen the pins for Overnight Oats. I saw this, thought it was a good idea, but didn’t repin because I’ve done this on my own before, just with a twist! A much EASIER way to do this in the MORNING is using quick cook oats. When you get up, simply mix in your yogurt of choice with your oats, let it sit in the fridge as you get ready for the day, then add fruit and enjoy! Another plus is it’s not to soggy, since it has only been sitting for a few minutes.

Another recipe idea I saw (and pinned) on Pinterest was 50 Healthy Gluten-free Snack Ideas from With Style and Grace. I snack A LOT, and can always use some new ideas. I usually defer to a couple of tablespoons of peanuts or some toast. So, seeing this link, I got excited for the possibilities!

Lynchburg has been in full bloom for a while, but here are some photos from my front yard (If you have any desire for prints, re-use, etc. please notify me. Being my photography, I own the rights, and do not want anything reproduced without my permission.):

I love spring, but my body hates pollen, so I spend more time inside than outside. With my schedule, this is not difficult… Finals are one month away, which is SCARY. I’m not near ready for that time to come – 100% of my grade riding on one test per class is stressful. So, rather than dwelling on the inevitable, I’m busy with things outside of law school, when I’m not reading, of course.

I’ve been working 12-15 hours per week, most of which is enjoyable. Last Friday, however, I had a really strange hour. I had two high school boys the same age – one at a higher intelligence level than myself, and the other barely able to read a second grade level. It’s perplexing to experience both the high and the low at the same time. It’s also hard to keep the high one from laughing at the simplicity of the low one’s work, and the low one being discouraged by the material of the high one. It was challenging, to say the least.

I’ve also been teaching Sunday School, as usual. Those kids can be CRAZY. They can also be extremely discerning, but that’s once in a blue moon. I love teaching them, no matter their mood, although I prefer not to shout. This coming Sunday we’re going to write to the kids I worked with in the Dominican Republic. It’ll be fun.

I should probably go get ready for the day… I love Wednesdays because it’s the one day I don’t have class until 11:45!

Have a good hump day!

~Amber Joy

Craving Avocado

I’ve been craving avocado, maybe because my stomach knows I’ll be in the Dominican Republic soon…

Due to my cravings, here are seven recipes I’ve pinned on my Cooking Board on Pinterest. (Again, if you’re not on Pinterest, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Follow me at

Baked Avocado Fries from More Design Please 

Corn Cakes with Tomato Avocado Relish from Annie’s Eats

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Avocado Salad from Ashley’s Cooking Adventures

Avocado Grilled Cheese from A Turtle’s Life for Me

Cucumber, Turkey, and Avocado Rolls from Caveman Gourmet

Avocado Spinach Egg Salad from We Are Not Martha

Black Bean, Avocado, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad from Skinny Taste

It all looks so delicious, doesn’t it??? I don’t know when avocados will be up to my standards in Virginia, but maybe I’ll get the chance to make one of these recipes in the DR. Yum, avocados.

Speaking of avocados… Lynchburg is getting a Chipotle this June! It made my afternoon 100x’s happier.

Speaking of happy… It’s my roommate and her twin sister’s birthday! Happy Birthday Megan (left) and Mandy (right)!

Oh, one more happy! Happy Thursday — tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!

~Amber Joy