Wreck This Journal: Eat Your Fruit!

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While some pages in Wreck This Journal invite serious destruction or thought provoking creativity, others are just funny. One page in particular gives directions to collect fruit stickers. I don’t know why, but I found this pretty amusing as fruit stickers are usually a nuisance instead of an item worth collecting. Leave it to Keri Smith to make fruit stickers fun!

As somebody who eats fruit for lunch every day, I filled up my page pretty quickly. The organic apples I eat actually have two stickers – the typical round one with a bar code, number code, and name of apple and a long yellow sticker labeling it as organic.  Apples are my favorite, (Gala and Fujis in particular) so naturally most of my stickers comes from apples! However, I do have a couple of oranges mixed in there, too. I suppose one of my great faults is not eating enough fruit, but it’s not because my grandma didn’t tell me to.

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Apples, apples, and more apples!
Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

Grandma’s page is filled with a wide variety of fruit stickers. She’s got everything from bananas, strawberries, apples, and oranges.  Grandma always had a piece of fruit with  her meals – breakfast in particular. At night she’d snack on bananas. She always offered me some, but I could never get her to understand that I don’t really like bananas!

When I was a kid, she would slice up an apple and put it out as a snack while my sister and I were playing. To this day, I’ll only slice up an apple when I want a treat (usually I just bite into a whole apple). It still feels special to eat an apple in slices because that’s the way she made it.

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Apples, oranges, and berries, oh my!
Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

Grandma broke the rules a little bit and collected stickers for vegetables, too. Her green pepper sticker really gets my memory going. She had a great recipe for stuffed green peppers and they were delicious! I’ve made them a couple of times, but they’ve never turned out quite as good as hers. When she made meatloaf, she always put a couple “rings” of green pepper on the top. Grandpa always scooped them off as soon as the meatloaf hit the table. Like her stuffed peppers, Grandma’s meatloaf was magnificent. I miss it like you wouldn’t believe!

I always promised Grandma I’d eat more fruit, but then I see chocolate. Sorry, Grandma, I’ll keep trying!

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c.b.w. 2014

Seedlings, Perennials, and Fruit! Oh My!

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As temperatures continue to climb into the 80s, my garden is growing so fast I can barely keep up. Most of my seedlings have graduated from seed tray to ground, while my garden has expanded to include blueberry and raspberry bushes along with plum and orange trees. With all this yummy food around, I have one very happy and mischievous garden bunny!

Within a week, my seedlings went from babies . . .

No peas, yet, little bunny!

. . . to overgrown youngsters. My seed starter tray could barely contain them, so “graduation day” came sooner than I expected.

Whoa! Those peas sure grew fast!

So far, we’ve got a great start for cucumbers, peas, zucchini, cantaloupe, tomatoes, sunflowers, and green peppers. Here’s hoping for another fantastic crop of tasty vegetables!

Vegetable forest!

Meanwhile, the front yard has exploded with color from an unexpected source. The wildflower seeds I planted summer included perennials and they actually came up this year! I have everything from snapdragons, various species of daisies, ferns, and other yet to be identified flowers sprouting in my yard.

Purple snapdragons

Yellow daisy

Pictures of the berry bushes and plum tree are on the way, but I do have a great peek at the orange blossoms currently blooming on my new orange tree.

Orange blossom

Just when I thought my garden bunny couldn’t get into any more trouble, he finds the strawberry plant hiding behind the hibiscus.

Hmmm . . . I’ve got a strawberry thief!

A new batch of seeds now occupies the empty spaces in my seed starter tray. Hopefully, black-eyed peas, pinto beans, corn, and sunflowers will be sprouting very soon!

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c.b.w. 2013