Artichoke & Avocado Salad

IMG_2803 (2)The Day 2 Dinner recipe I made from The22DayRevolution is Artichoke, Tomato and Avocado Salad. The ingredients listed in the book are:

  • 1 box grape tomatoes
  • Haas avocado
  • 1 BPA-free can artichoke hearts
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp Kalamata olives
  • Dash paprika

I used chopped-up plum tomatoes because that is what I had at the time I made the salad. Instead of the olives I used olive oil and mixed it with lemon from my tree. If you have fresh artichokes, use them rather than the canned ones. Lastly, I garnished the dish with fresh basil from my herb garden. This was an easy, basic recipe that makes 2-3 servings. Thumb up on this one!

Lemon Flowers for Ileana

20 (2)My potted Lemon Tree is covered with blooms and the bees are happily flying from flower to flower, helping to pollinate them. I was going to plant the tree in the ground but the small Meyer Lemon is doing so well in the planter that I decided to leave it in there. This variety is known for thriving in containers. The fruits have a sweeter, less acidic flavor than the more common Lisbon or Eureka lemon varieties commonly found in the grocery stores.

In Every Plant Has a Story I talked about how my aunt Ileana had given me this tree as a Christmas present back in 2013. I always think of her when I look at it. These fragrant flowers are for you, Ileana.

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Yay Rain!

Banana & Lemon Trees
Banana & Lemon Trees

 
 
Rain = Happy Plants that love non-chlorinated PH-neutral Rainwater

Rain = Happy Girl who doesn’t have to Water Plants

 

Every Plant has a Story

Meyers Lemon blossum aka Ileana's Tree
Meyer Lemon flower; aka Ileana’s Tree

My aunt Ileana gave me this lovely present: a Meyer Lemon tree, delivered to my house. It’s a small variety that can grow in a planter or a yard with limited space. She knew I loved fruit trees but didn’t have much room for a large one. Ileana always put a lot of consideration into what gifts she gave people. I was happy that she came to my house and stayed with me for a week during the holidays in December. Then she stayed with my mother for another couple of weeks, just a few miles away. She was having trouble breathing at the time, so she couldn’t get around as much as she would have liked, but we still did things together. When I asked her if she would accompany me to Macys to help me choose a new set of pots and pans, she enthusiastically did. She helped me sort through the numerous sets on display, reviewing the attributes, analyzing the pros & cons of each set. After about an hour of this, I selected and purchased a set. Then she insisted on helping me carry one of the 2 bags out to the car. What a great aunt…and friend!

The little lemon tree blossomed and then started growing lemons in March. It’s so exciting when a new tree first flowers and first fruits. I took pictures of the growing lemons to show Ileana when I went up to visit her in the hospital, in Washington. She smiled at the photos. And she smiled when I showed her pictures of the beautiful table setting and Easter meal I had enjoyed at her favorite neighbors’ home, who live just a block from her house where I was staying. Ileana loved gourmet food and pretty things. She smiled at the photos I showed her of the spectacular Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom, in her beloved neighborhood. The first time I had ever seen Cherry Blossoms was with her. She would never see them again.

I always think of Ileana, especially when I look at a Cherry Blossom….or the little lemon tree.

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