Before we wrap up our cooking tour of Mongolia we thought we’d share our latest gardening adventure – a first here at Eat, Play, Love. Now, I have to be up-front, I am not a gardener. I do not have a green thumb and I typically kill (albeit unintentionally) the heartiest of plants. So this year I figured I’d get the kids in on the action. Miss A after all has been a big help in teaching me not to kill yeast and to actually get a bread to rise. I’m hoping some of her natural ability rubs off on me here as well.
We carefully carried the plants inside and placed them on a stand near the sunniest window. It’s also the safest place where they are out-of-the-way of traffic. Or so we thought. A few weeks after planting our lovely little seeds, we got our first sprout. It was lavender and I was beyond excited – beaming with pride even. We actually got a seed to grow! Well, in the excitement of the moment the kids got a bit pushy with each other about who was going to stand nearest the sprouts and yep…the plants went down.
Dirt all over the carpet. The sprout nowhere to be seen. I was near tears as I silently scooped up the dirt and placed it back in the planters. The kids, expecting me to begin with a reprimand, were a bit taken aback by my silence. They instantly began with apologies, promises to buy more seeds and try again. They felt pretty bad. I cleaned everything up and said, well, we’ll just see what happens, but from now on only one person at a time can be near the seeds. The kids agreed.
So we kept up with the watering for several more weeks. I figured all hope was lost and that growing plants is just not in the cards for me. Then wouldn’t you know…we got a new sprout. And then two more sprouts. And now we’ve got sprouts in nearly every little compartment.
Now I know a few of the compartments are definitely sage. Four of the sage containers did not spill. As for the others, I have no idea what is sprouting up. It could be sage. It could be rosemary. Or it could be lavender. I really have no idea, but honestly I don’t care. We have sprouts!
She has since informed me that we will let them grow until they are ready and then we will eat them because she LOVES rosemary. Now the next part of the plan is to wait until the sprouts are a bit stronger, then Mr. N and I will transfer them to some larger pots and move them to our patio. If anyone has any good tips about transplanting, we’d love to hear them!
Now since it’s Mother’s Day weekend, I plan to be outside most of the day tomorrow cleaning up the flower beds, laying down mulch and playing with the kiddos in the backyard. I do not plan on cooking anything. Instead I plan on celebrating my babies and being grateful for the gift of being a mom.
I tend to look at Mother’s Day differently now that I’m a mom. When I was a child it was of course the day to celebrate my own mom, shower her with gifts and hugs and spend the day with family. While I absolutely still celebrate my own mom and everything that she has done, and continues to do, for me; it’s now become more of a day of gratitude and reflection about my own motherhood.
I don’t expect to be showered with gifts. The sweet little projects the kids bring home from school are more than enough. The amount of pride and excitement they have to share these with me is the best part of it all. I also don’t expect to be catered to throughout the day or get any kind of special attention. All I really want is a day of uninterrupted time with my husband and my kids. They are my gifts.
I know my kids love me. I know my husband appreciates me. I don’t need a special day to be shown those things. I just want a day to relax and be grateful for all that I have, as it’s more than I could have ever hoped for.
Now of course we will have to eat this weekend, and I’m thinking maybe we’ll try a new French toast recipe for breakfast tomorrow. You really can’t go wrong with that, at least in my book. So until next time, we’d like to share the links to a few recipes we whipped up last night for some friends. We started the evening with a version of Kay’s Strawberry Champagne Slushies. We served them a delicious bruschetta appetizer that was a twist on two other strawberry recipes – This one which we whipped up last summer, and this one from Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide. Delicious!
We’ll be back early in the week to wrap up Mongolia. Have a great weekend and start to the week. And happy Mother’s Day to all the other mom’s out there – especially my mom.