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We had a lovely party with some friends on the roof of our building for the 4th, and I used CSA veggies in almost everything we ate (and drank)!

Homemade Cucumber and ginger infused vodka with ginger ale and lemon. Dangerous.

Zucchini bread muffins with lemon cream cheese drizzle.

This is my plate, which isn’t as exciting as others at the dinner, because I was a little apprehensive about some of the elements. But it was mostly really yummy, especially the brats! The squash fritters didn’t turn out at all like I wanted, however. The recipe was in the CSA newsletter and didn’t come together. But I did use the tarragon from the CSA bag and that really brought up the flavor.

A friend brought some cucumber dip and cucumber salad that were just excellent. The cucumber dip really helped the fritters.

The weather was perfect, and the fireworks amazing. We can see not only the mall fireworks, but ones all over the city. The cops saw those too from their cop helicopter with the spotlight…but that didn’t stop anyone. We heard fireworks well after midnight, which made me smile. Yay! Independence!


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As I mentioned yesterday, I plan to take pictures of my CSA wares for posterity. I love to take pictures, some say I take too many. Some (eh,ehm) would be wrong…you know who you are.

I have wanted a DSLR camera for years and years. I had an old SLR from my Aunt that I used in high school, but it broke in college. But, when it came time to get a DSLR, I got close, but could never bring myself to actually purchase one. I ended up with a line of really great point and shoots. My current camera is a very nice Nikon Coolpix that works really well. I’ve taken some great shots with it, like this one, which might be one of my favorites that I’ve ever taken:

Its my wonderful husband dutifully trying to catch a sheep for me while we were walking in Wales.  Isn’t he sweet?

And this one:

My first homemade pasta attempt, in the DC snowpocalypse, pre-pasta roller (too thick!).

I’ve avoided a DSLR for one reason. TOO BIG. I traveled a lot internationally and I could never imagine carrying that big, not to mention expensive, thing around my neck.

But C. kept his eye out and was on top of it when “it” was announced last month. The “it” that was the solution to my complaint.  The “it” that is to become my next camera. Hopefully.

Um. Yes. Please.

Small, but with most of the functionality of a traditional DSLR,  not to mention gorgeous. I have no grand plans to be pro, I just want to take good pictures with something that doesn’t require its own luggage.  It comes out July 9th. The reviews are pretty great so far. I can’t wait to hold it in my hand and see if it’s really right for me. So excited!

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I'm skeptical of vegetables and joined a CSA to see if I can make friends with them. This blog exists so that I can hold myself accountable to eating what I paid for and document what I can do with lots of local produce!

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