A weekend of veggies and babies


This weekend was amazing.

First of all, Friday night was fantastic because I'm pretty sure I had the best meal of my life (well, second to the first time I ever tried curry ... or any time I've ever eaten french fries). But this meal was made at home, by me, and was prepared in like, 30 seconds. Clay works late on Fridays (except this Friday is his last day of working until 9 because he has a new super awesome job starting next week! That's another blessing all together!), so I usually just throw something together in a hurry.

Earlier in the week I went to the grocery store and told myself I was only allowed to buy food I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that I would eat and not end up throwing away. Sometimes my eyes are bigger than my tummy and I end up tossing out a bunch of stuff because I didn't get to it on time (the only thing I hate more than wasting food is wasting money). So, I left the store having purchased one cucumber, one tomato, a package of mushrooms, a bag of mozzarella cheese, and a box of organic lettuce. 

Rinse, chop and mix accordingly. Add a drizzle of thousand island and voila!

I was sad when it was gone. I almost shed a tear over my last bite.

Since Clay doesn't get home until well after 9 p.m., Fridays are typically our night to just veg out (pun intended) and watch stupid free movies On Demand together. We ended up watching First Kid with Sinbad because we're incredibly awesome like that.

We woke up early on Saturday morning to go to our local farmers market. I was, believe it or not, a farmers market virgin, so I was seriously trying to jump out of the car before Clayton even stopped it. And I was not disappointed. Veggies, fresh flowers, bread, and meat were everywhere you looked! All local. All organic.

"Why have we never done this before!?" I shouted over the crowds of people as we walked.

"Because we don't like to get up early," Clayton shouted back, matter-of-factly.

We went to the farmers market to pick up our friends' CSA (Communitiy Supported Agriculture) share of veggies since they were out of town for the weekend. They said if we went to pick up their stock, we could have it. Free food? I'm game. You can purchase a CSA share of veggies, fruit, meat, or bread and every week you pick up a box that is filled with an assortment of said foods, all locally and organically grown. It's enough food to last you a week AND you're supporting your local growers. What's not to love?

We finally found the correct booth and this is what we were handed:

When I opened the box and looked inside, beams of light shot of it and angels started singing.

I turned our box of goodies into stew later in the weekend:

I simply browned a pound of steak tips and added it to a slow cooker with 2 cartons of fat-free beef broth, salt, pepper, and a few finely chopped garlic cloves. I let the meat simmer on its own for about an hour and then added chopped carrots, potatoes, green beans, and green onions. I then let the stew continue to simmer for 5 more hours.

Later that morning we met my family up north and went on a day-long canoe trip somewhere in Edinburgh, Indiana. I was surprised that there was even a lake nearby because when I think of Edinburgh, I just think of their outlet stores ... which was funny because this lake was literally right behind the mall.

I come from a very outdoorsy family. Rowing down a river, drinking beer, and stopping along the bank occasionally to skip rocks is our idea of a Saturday well spent. The weather was perfect. No one fell in (well, some of us kind of stumbled and tripped into the water, but no one flat-out fell overboard). We saw tons of wildlife. I got a tan. Clayton fried.

Like I said ... perfect.

Then I skipped on over to the outlet mall and bought myself a new pair of jeans.

We left my family to head back home and with the intention of meeting up with some friends for a night out. However, those plans quickly came to a halt when I turned on my phone and saw that I had a text message from my best friend, Ireli. (She's the wife in the couple that let us take their vegetable share from the farmer's market). Best text message ever:

"Call went straight to voicemail. Then I remembered you're in a canoe.
Baby is coming! Water broke! In hospital now."

I don't think I said anything for five minutes. I just flailed my hands around excitedly shrieking, "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!" like I was the one in labor. We decided to cancel our plans and wait by the phone in case the little bundle chose to make his grand debut that night.

I ended up falling asleep with my phone by my head, occasionally waking up because I thought I heard it beep with a new message. Finally, around 4 o'clock in the morning, Clay and I got the news that Baby B. had safely entered the world at 3:25 a.m. on June 26th, 2011. "Can we go see him now?" I asked groggily, barely raising my head off the pillow.

"Go back to sleep," Clay said.

The next day couldn't come fast enough. I was so excited to go to the hospital and meet the little guy, that I insisted we skip church and wait for the green light to head over. This couple has been Clay's and my best friends for the past thousand years and I cannot believe they have a son. She's wanted to be a mom more than anything, and I just know she's going to be amazing at it.

We were finally able to go over to the hospital around noon. It was the first time I've ever held a newborn baby (and it didn't end up traumatic for me or the baby!). He was so tiny and just so, so cute with his bright red hair. I was mildly terrified I was going to end up clutching him awkwardly like a football. 

Mom and Dad are doing great. Baby is healthy. Everyone is happy.

Like I said ... this weekend was amazing.


  1. lol loved the post courtney!!! i, too, randomly discovered our farmer's market saturday morning and quickly headed over there. i loved it! i walked through the entire thing probably 5 or 6 times, looking at each vendor every pass by. i made david promise that we would both now go over every saturday morning.

  2. Cannot wait to do CSA's with you guys!!! :)


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