04. Container Gardening & The First BBQ of the Season

Like most people dealing with lockdown cabin fever, it was with tremendous pleasure that the weather finally became warm enough for BBQ season to begin. Over the past week, we have been in great anticipation and in preparations for this wonderfully outdoorsy time of year. Our deck has been cleaned, the gazebo and outdoor furniture aired out while Steve has been busy in the kitchen creating homemade BBQ sauce, salad dressings and various dry rubs. The smells of the season have filled our home and made our mouths water.

Steve’s BBQ sauce this year is simply amazing! It takes about an hour to make and will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Sorry, we don’t have a proper recipe, as he simply uses what we have on hand and makes do, but here is a list of the things he used this year:

  • brown sugar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • dried thyme
  • prepared mustard
  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • ground peppercorns
  • cayenne pepper
  • ketchup
  • corn syrup
  • salt
  • paprika
  • chili powder

This is a cooked sauce and it is simply so yummy I could eat it with a spoon and be in heaven!

This year, Goose is mature enough to man the BBQ himself! He felt so grown up and it made my mummy heart smile to see him feeling so confident in himself. The storm clouds did come rolling through as we were finishing dinner, with some thunder showers, but it’s all part of the experience. Sitting in the gazebo together smelling the air after the rainfall, listening the the thunder rumbling away as the storm moved on – such a simple pleasure eating outside together in the springtime. Bliss.

Our next project also involves food – because we LOVE to eat. We are attempting to do some container gardening this year as our small herb garden last year worked out so well. Of course, we had to have the kids involved with Goose drilling the holes into the bottom of our rubber totes and then Monkey ‘helping’ me prepare the soil to plant our seedlings into.

This year we planted basil, cilantro, parsley, dill, chives, mint, lettuce, spinach, carrots and cauliflower. I have no idea how the veggies will grow, as I know we started them a bit late, but the kids are having fun and love being involved. Now, as long as I can keep Goose from eating all the fresh leaves, we should hopefully have a lovely salad sometime in June! Fingers crossed!

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