Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Life Lessons and Recipes - G is for Gardening and Grilling

I have dabbled in veggie gardening over the years but I never did more than 4 to 12 plants in a summer. Either I didn't have the space or I didn't have the time or mostly, the thought of doing it wrong kept my projects small. I didn't even start gardening on my own until my 30's and that is when I recognized I had a problem, my anxiety went through the roof.

Lots and lots of seedlings (only half are showing) in my, fast becoming, patio nursery.

Luckily I didn't let it stop me, though it has taken years for me to really explore gardening and see how much I can grow. This year I have probably over done it, I now have over 100 seedlings and I am beginning to wonder if I am going to have enough room for all of them on my patio and in the community garden.

Potatoes, tomatoes, sugar snaps, fava beans, cucumber seedlings

Of course another part of me is so excited by all of the happy seedlings I have (though not all have survived) and that I am now beginning to plant them into their final growing place (containers, raised garden beds, and community garden plot).

I'm looking forward to the future recipes and yummy fresh fruits and veggies.

What's growing in your veggie garden?

Life Lesson: Pushing through the anxiety brings much satisfaction later. Things don't have to be perfect for them to be lovely.

We grilled over a camp fire recently and I was amazed by the deliciously smoky flavor. We grilled squash, bell pepper, hamburgers and hot dogs. If you haven't grilled over camp fire coals I highly recommend it.


Potatoes cooked in the campfire coals.


Peel and slice potatoes and onions. (about one large potato per piece of foil and a few slices of onion)
Place them in a large piece of foil (about 12 to 18 inches long)
add slabs of butter
Add salt and pepper, close up foil around potatoes, add another piece of foil around the whole thing for double protection from tears while in the coals.

I place near the coals but not in them. If the coals are very hot this works perfectly especially if there is a metal fire ring around it which adds to the heat.

Depending on how hot the fire is, it should take about 20 to 30 minutes to cook fully. To check if done... Carefully take one of the foil packs of potatoes out of the coals and open. Check with a fork for tenderness. If not quite done, reseal foil and place back near coals. Enjoy!

What's your favorite campfire recipe?

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PageLines- picture20193.jpgMorgan Dragonwillow is a writing rebel, foodie, urban gardener, recovering perfectionist, poet & author that (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of  #OctPoWriMo You can find her writing and dancing into a wild and juicy life at Playing with Words. She lives in Marietta, Ga. with her loving and patient partner, their dog that thinks she's a princess, and the cat that reminds her that she isn't.
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  1. Seedlings are so exciting! They need so much caring, though, and reading through your post I realise the reason I have kept my gardening small (a container garden on the deck) is because I'm afraid of killing them all.

    Thanks for helping me realise this :-)

    Enjoy watching them grow even more!

    1. I understand that fear of killing your seedlings, I've definitely killed a few, but I finally decided it was worth the risk.

      Glad I could help you with your realization. =)

      Peace to you.

  2. Your recipe sounds great Morgan :) Like how you express that things do not have to be perfect in order to be loved. Personally have a few indoor house plants and a cactus. Also thyme and sage herb growing indoor as well. I'd like to have it outdoors like you do, just haven't gotten that far.

    1. Thank you Sytiva, hope you decide to expand your garden, it is well worth it! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hello there.
    I'm sure your garden will be lovely. You should put up some photos once everything starts to grow and fill out. I am not in the least bit "green-fingered", wish I was, but what I lack in green-fingered ness, I make up for in cooking...something I love to do and am good at. :-P
    Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of the challenge!

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

    1. I most definitely will be sharing photos as my garden grows, I love sharing them! I love to cook as well, glad to hear you love to cook as well. Thanks for stopping by!

    2. I most definitely will be sharing photos as my garden grows, I love sharing them! I love to cook as well, glad to hear you love to cook as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. My husband's family introduced me to a very similar camping recipe but they make little hamburger patties in between the slices of potato and onion.
    Love the photo of nasturtiums as your background.

    1. Thanks Kat, I hadn't thought of adding the hamburger patties but I love the wood smoke flavor from cooking over the coals to even try it. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Ah, a fellow community gardener? One of my first gardening attempts was on a 2nd floor patio in a Florida apartment, if you don't count me trying to grow marigolds and lettuce in the NYC apartment where I grew up. We've given up growing potatoes (too many problems with potato beetles) but we grow the best onions - and lots of them.

  6. gardening is one. now if someone kept those pesky squirrels away from my garden... sigh...

  7. Hubby and I are determined to try camping this year, and when we do, we'll have to try this recipe. When we lived on a farm, we used to grill a lot. I would put squash, peppers, etc. into foil and heat it on the grill, then place the veggies in flour tortillas--the perfect meal on a hot summer day.

    Good luck with all of your plants. My own balcony garden will be small and simple this year.


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