I'm Trying Gardening Again

Hello lovely,

There’s something about Spring that makes me feel like anything is possible. I mean, after I get over my allergies and adjust to the new weather and pollen, I feel like tackling new projects. There’s so many things to do. Between spring cleaning the house and my diet, working a full time job and gearing up for the Elevation Awards, I really needed to find a way to just mellow out. So I decided to give gardening another shot.

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Last year I planted a spinach plant, but the gardener mistook it for a weed and threw it out. I was so distraught because it survived for months! The only thing I ever planted that lasted a long time was a hibiscus tree. So when I went to North Carolina last month, I picked up two pairs of gloves, a shovel, trowel, and a few packs of seeds. I couldn’t wait to get started, but of course, a busy schedule and lack of soil prevented me from starting until last week. I think what really pushed me was receiving the tomato plants that you see above from my best friend’s dad who was saving them for me for weeks.

The sunflower and daisy plants came with their own pellet soil that expanded with water. It was really cool watching it grow. Unfortunately I lost the photos of the packages before I opened them, but they are sold at the Dollar Tree if you want to look for them. I never expected the sunflower to sprout so quickly and grow so tall in only one week. I have no idea when to transfer it and quite frankly I’m afraid that’s where it’ll die, so please keep the faith for me.

Once I picked up some gardening soil, I planted the parsley, basil and pumpkin seeds. The pumpkin seeds I took from a wedge of pumpkin in the fridge because I got really excited after planting the parsley and basil. I’ve never tried to grow any of these plants before so I’m nervous but really excited about how they’ll turn out. I’m even regrowing some lettuce and scallions in water in the kitchen. I check on them all day when I’m home, and I actually talk to them in the evening after work almost every day. My mum already told me “Watched pot never boils” so if I keep staring at the plants, it’s not going to make them grow any faster; but I just can’t help it.

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I’ll keep you all updated on how it’s going. Which hobbies are you taking up this month or this year? Share your favourite hobbies and gardening tips in the comment section below.




Seafood Margarita Alfredo

Hey hey hey!

It's Tuesday, which means we survived Monday!

You know, after completing that workout, I felt so proud of myself, that I thought I deserved a treat. At first I was going to settle for a Peanut Butter sandwich, you know for protein. But then I remembered I was worth far more than that. And since Monday's are my usual pasta for dinner days, I began to fix some pasta. I was pouring the contents of the Alfredo Knorr's Pasta Sides into the pot, when I saw the back of it. You know how these things usually come with recommendations for how to spice up the meal and make it something really interesting? Well guess what was on the back! Chicken Margarita Alfredo! Immediately I knew I had to try this. But chicken can be so over-rated. Now seafood, that's the good stuff! And I just so happened to have some in the freezer.

What I love about this meal is that not only is it a one-pot meal, but it was ready in less than 10 minutes and cost less than $10 to make! Now that's economical! Last week, I bought a bag of something called seafood combination for only $5.67 (yes I remember the price) and it did not disappoint! With real pieces of shrimp, octopus and mussels, this was worth every penny! Knorrs pasta sides are $1.89 here and tomatoes really aren't costly. While I didn't have any Basil, I did have the broad Thyme leaves that one of the teachers gave me. I toasted some bread, sprinkled it with garlic and had a delicious 5 star meal all to myself! I even had leftovers for lunch today!

So if you're looking to impress your friends by saying you're having margarita alfredo, or if you just want to treat yourself to a restaurant quality meal at home, you've got to try this recipe!

SEAFOOD MARGARITA ALFREDO

Makes 2 servings

Cook Time: Under 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package Knorrs Pasta Sides Alfredo prepared according to directions
  • 1/8 cup tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen pre-cooked seafood mix
  • Basil to garnish (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese for topping (optional)
  • Two slices whole-wheat bread
  • Garlic and pepper seasoning or minced garlic

DIRECTIONS

  1. While pasta is cooking, add mushrooms and seafood mix. Remove from heat once pasta is tender.
  2. Sauce will be thin so allow for it sit for up to 5 minutes once heat is removed.
  3. Transfer your pasta to a dish. Top with tomatoes and basil. Add the parmesan cheese if you like it extra cheesy.
  4. Toast bread then spread either minced garlic or garlic and pepper seasoning on top. Use the minced garlic if you want a buttery feel, the seasoning if you like it dry.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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XoX,

Olivia