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We Grew This Grub #fireescapegarden

Good morning! 


While our fire escape and rooftop garden weren't the raging success they usually are, we did get this yield of tomatoes and an eggplant this year. We're not sure if it's the first harvest or basically the only harvest, but it is something after all.

We planted late because of the heavy rain and the cold this past spring and then there was a couple normal weeks before the intense heat of July descended upon us. Frankly, that we got what we did is appreciated as we had a few plants die off.

The flowers I planted in the box next to my side of the kitchen table sort of got lost in a combination of tall grass and some sort of 'weed' that has a horsetail type bloom. I'm not sure how one can get random grass and weeds in a window box four stories up, but we managed to do it. I've given over to them, however, as they are the only things that have been growing really well this year creating a green wall which is all that stands between me and the pigeons that have taken up residence in a tiny corner of the window box despite our efforts to shoo them away by plunging long wooden "stakes" to prevent them from landing... these birds are so smart they just brushed them aside with a side eye smirk to me of "ok hotshot, your move" (but then, well, 'side eye' is really the only thing that birds CAN give so they may not really be giving me shade as much as well just simply looking at me). 

But I digress, wildly. 

Have a great day everyone and see you back here on the Jumping for Joy blog tomorrow!

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We're Cookin Grub In Our Tiny Place #rihanna #coqauvin #crockpot

Tinyplaceblog2For those of you who may have been following me the past couple years on Instagram, you'll be pleased to know, after a brief hiatus during the recent heat wave, we're once again cookin in our tiny place. 

Yesterday, Sunday, the Mister cooked up a mean coq au vin in the crockpot and we had one amazing dinner. Yum. He even managed to make turnips taste good. I'm currently reading a book about the myths and legends of "Native Americans" and turnips are mentioned often. Not that that is why we included them, but it was a nice bit of life following art. 

In any event, if you haven't been following my Instagram, no worries, I'll be posting here going forward - my bf and I cook (well, most often HE cooks, I just take pictures) of meals we make in our incredibly small New York apartment with a teeny bit of counter space and usually for less than the price of what it costs one person to eat out: last night's dinner cost us $14: eight pieces of chicken (two of which we froze for another meal), a turnip, a carrot and an afternoon in the crockpot. Ok there was a couple of tablespoons of flour thrown in to the gravy  - so, maybe $14.25. And it made two meals and it was DELICIOUS. The crockpot is an amazing invention. 

We both say we long for the day when we'll live in a house with a proper amount of prep and cooking space (and, well, real ventilation, rather than a fan hooked up near the stove during the summer... sigh) but we'll probably look back at these days with great fondness. ......ok,  naaaah. LOL 

As a side note, for those of you who are Rihanna fans, "we're cookin grub in our tiny place" meters out to "we found love in a hopeless place". Someday we'll post a video of us singing the theme song, but only when we can guarantee that Rihanna won't sue! ;) (Come for dinner Rihanna, we love you!)