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Where to Buy Heirloom Seedlings if You Can’t Start Them Yourself

 Welcome back to Tuesdays in the Garden! Today’s topic is spring veggies – growing and eating. Since seedlings are also a big part of spring gardening, I’m sharing a list of where to buy heirloom seedlings if you can’t start them yourself. Finding heirloom seedlings ready to plant can be a challenge, and this list of five places to look might be a big help.Where to buy heirloom seedlings when you can't start them yourself

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I enjoy starting my own seeds have done so for the last 7 years in a row. But truth be told, it’s always stressful! Pulling out the shelf and equipment. Watering every day. Harding them off. What if they don’t grow? Who’s going to babysit them when we go on spring break (we always go on spring break!) In years past, I haven’t let those complications deter me. But this year, we went to Europe right at the time when I should have been starting seeds and lining up seedling babysitters. Instead of stressing about it, I decided to let seed starting go this year.

I’m not starting my own seedlings this year!!- even though I did buy new tomato seeds for varieties I’d really love to grow in my garden. But not starting my own seeds presents a challenge – because I REALLY want to grow heirloom plants. They’re hard to find if you don’t know where to look. So instead of starting my own heirloom seedlings this year, I decided to come up with a list of where I can find heirloom seedlings started by someone else instead. I’ll keep you updated with what I find – but here’s where I’ll be buying heirloom seedlings this year!

Where to Buy Heirloom Seedlings if You Can’t Start Your Own Seeds

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Farmer’s Markets – 

Local farmer’s markets are great places to find heirloom seedlings. I haven’t visited any farmer’s markets yet this year, but I definitely remember seeing seedlings there in years’ past. Do you find heirloom seedlings at farmer’s markets? Locally, I plan to check out Freight House Farmer’s Market in Davenport and the Iowa City Farmer’s Market too.

Azure Standard

I have ordered lovely heirloom seedlings from Azure Standard (called Sarah’s Starts) and have been quite pleased with their quality. Last year, I grew a couple heirloom tomato plants from Azure Standard and also fun broccolis and cabbages. If you haven’t heard of Azure Standard before, they are an organic bulk food coop out of Oregon and deliver organic and non-gmo food and supplies all across the country. I’ve been buying in bulk from them for years and they are one way I keep my grocery budget low. You can read more about why I like them in this post.

Local Nurseries – Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menards, even Walmart

While I haven’t found a huge variety of heirloom seedlings at local nurseries, I do find a few every year. Cherokee Purple tomato seedlings seem to be a popular heirloom for big box stores to sell and I’ve seen a few other varieties too. It does take some searching, but if you look hard enough, you might find a few heirloom seeds at the big box nurseries. And Walmart! I’m not a big Walmart fan, but I really do like their nursery sometimes. They have the biggest selection of seedlings in my rural area. I’ve enjoyed buying chocolate mint starts at Walmart and other fun herb varieties that I don’t see elsewhere.

Ask friends who garden – 

It might seem an imposition to ask friends who garden, but as a person who has had good luck with seedlings in the past, I know that I happily pass my own leftovers to friends who want them! I’ve had to work hard some years to get rid of my extras and I’m always glad to find good homes for them. Facebook is a great place to advertise extra seedlings and Facebook groups are a good place to look. You can always offer your friends a barter or to pay for the seedlings, if you want!

Order direct from seed companies and sometimes even Amazon!

Two of my favorite seed companies ship out plant starts, both Seed Savers in Iowa and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Missouri. I’ve never ordered seedlings from Seed Savers, but if you’re in the market for unique heirloom tomatoes, herbs, and peppers, definitely check out what they have to offer.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds sells heirloom sweet potato slips. I ordered a sampler last year and the plants were delightful. Unfortunately, my dogs dug up all but two of of them, and the two that were left, while prolific growers, didn’t produce much of anything. 🙁 Could be grower error, though. I have no idea why I didn’t get any sweet potatoes. The starts themselves were lovely, so it was probably grower error.


And did you know you can buy seedlings on Amazon? I want to say I am surprised to see that they sell them, but honestly, you can find everything on Amazon. I haven’t seen any heirloom seedlings yet, but it’s worth checking back for sure! Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and herbs are all on amazon and they ship free with Amazon Prime.

And that’s where I’ve found heirloom seedlings started by someone else! Have you found heirloom seeds to buy somewhere else? Please share in the comments!

Tuesdays in the Garden 2017

Tuesdays in the Garden!

You’re in for a treat with this week’s Tuesdays in the garden posts! From growing spring crops, to eating them – we’ve got you covered. Check out what my gardening buddies are up to this week by clicking on the photos or the links beneath.

tips for growing kale
From Shelly @FrugalFamilyHome – Tips for Growing Kale

Tips for Growing Peas

From Angie @AngleFreckledRose – Tips for Growing Peas

Tips for growing rhubarb

From Diane @HomemadeFoodJunkie – Tips for Growing Rhubarb

Shrimp & Asparagus over White Bean Puree

From Jami @ An Oregon Cottage – Shrimp & Asparagus over White Bean Puree

Favorite Recipes with Spinach

From Patti @Hearth & Vine – Favorite Spring Recipes with Spinach

5 recipe ingredients to grow in your spring gardenFrom @BrenHass – 5 Recipe Ingredients to Grow in Your Spring Gardens

Where to Buy Heirloom Seedlings if You Can't Start Them Yourself

20 Healthy Make-Ahead Freezer Meals For Busy Days

Happy New Year! If this is the year you plan to incorporate more healthy food into your diets, this post is for you! My freezer is empty and I need more healthy make-ahead freezer meals. Here are 20 recipes I either have tried, or am excited to try!

Healthy make-ahead freezer meals

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Having prepared meals in my freezer saves me more often than I can tell you. When I don’t have meals in the freezer, take-out pizza and other unhealthy options rule. Take a few extra minutes when preparing a meal and double the recipe. Put one in the freezer, and voila! Another meal for a busy day with minimal effort = drive through avoided!

Unfortunately, even thought I KNOW that freezer meals save me big, I’ve gotten off the bandwagon in the last year and have been pretty lazy in the kitchen. This January, I’m taking it back. Staring this week, I will double at least ONE recipe and put at least ONE meal a week into my freezer. Here are the recipes I’m considering this first week in January.

20 Healthy Make-Ahead Freezer Meals

Life is always busy. Having easy freezer meals at my disposal makes life so much better! If you're looking for delicious and healthier meals to add to your freezer stash, here's a collection of our favorite!

Stuffed Taco Shells
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Stuffed Taco Shells

Looking for a creative twist on tacos that freezes well? Try these stuffed taco shells!

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Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf! So Good You'll Make Double Batch!

Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf! So Good You'll Make Double Batch!

One of our favorite freezer meals is spinach mozzarella meatloaf. It's a family favorite even though my kids swear they don't like spinach.

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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken (Freezer Meal)
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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken (Freezer Meal)

How about chicken burrito bowls right from the slow cooker? This favorite recipe from Damn Delicious is always a hit!

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Freezer Meals - Chicken, Broccoli, Bacon and Potato Bake
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Freezer Meals - Chicken, Broccoli, Bacon and Potato Bake

Chicken bacon broccoli and potatoes? Yes, please! Potatoes can turn brown when frozen, but if they are covered well by the other ingredients, they usually work out well.

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Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets {Freezer Friendly}
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Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets {Freezer Friendly}

These take a little extra effort, but the result is worth it! My kids love the pizza version.

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Quick & Healthy Bean Burritos
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Quick & Healthy Bean Burritos

Bean burritos are a staple at our house. Pulling them out of the freezer and heating them up makes them even quicker when we need a quick meal.

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Ground Beef Stroganoff for the Freezer

Ground Beef Stroganoff for the Freezer

Did you know you make make stroganoff ahead and freeze it? I love quadrupling this easy recipe and freezing the leftovers. My kids love it too!

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Vegan three bean chili
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Vegan three bean chili

Need an option for Meatless Monday? This vegan three bean chili delivers!

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole {Freezer Meal}
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Chicken Parmesan Casserole {Freezer Meal}

Chicken Parmesan Casserole is a kid friendly freezer meal idea your whole family will love!

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Our Favorite Taco Meat - large batch recipe perfect for the freezer

Our Favorite Taco Meat - large batch recipe perfect for the freezer

Taco Tuesday is a staple at our house and this taco meat is the magic! Made with grass-fed beef and beans, it's always a crowd pleaser.

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Easy Oven Sandwich Recipe - Perfect for Freezer Cooking

Easy Oven Sandwich Recipe - Perfect for Freezer Cooking

Have you ever thought about freezing sandwiches? If you heat them up in the oven, it's actually quite a delicious meal! And making this sandwich is as easy as spreading herbed butter and your favorite meat & cheese on a baguette!

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Italian Zucchini Pie

Italian Zucchini Pie

Here's another meal idea for Meatless Monday! This easy Italian Zucchini Pie is a great way to freeze extra zucchini you may have growing in your garden.

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Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Parmesan garlic chicken is one of my favorite ways to freeze chicken breasts or thighs when I find them on sale. It's so full of flavor and a simple dredge in a few ingredients is all it takes to make this main dish.

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Make Ahead Lasagna Recipe with Cottage Cheese & Secret Veggies

Make Ahead Lasagna Recipe with Cottage Cheese & Secret Veggies

Lasagna is another one of my favorite meals to freeze. Make it easy by using leftover spaghetti sauce from the night before!

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How to Make Turkey Pot Pie from Scratch

How to Make Turkey Pot Pie from Scratch

Turkey pot pie is a fabulous way to use up leftover holiday turkey! This recipe is healthy and delicious!

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Chicken Oreganato: a Farm-to-Table, Freezer Friendly Recipe

Chicken Oreganato: a Farm-to-Table, Freezer Friendly Recipe

Using bone in chicken pieces and garden fresh veggies, this delicious chicken dish is bursting with flavor straight from your freezer!

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Recipe: Three-Cheese Penne
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Recipe: Three-Cheese Penne

One more option for Meatless Monday that won't disappoint in this ultra gooey 3 Cheese Penne! You won't miss the meat in this!

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Yummy Green Smoothies Your Kids Will Love {Freezer Friendly!}

Yummy Green Smoothies Your Kids Will Love {Freezer Friendly!}

Did you know you can freeze smoothies? Here's how to easily make and freeze kid friendly green smoothies!

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Muffin Mixes for the Freezer + 15 Different Mix Ins
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Muffin Mixes for the Freezer + 15 Different Mix Ins

Easy, Make Ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
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Easy, Make Ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Having breakfast ready in the freezer is such a boon on busy mornings (or for hubbies who are too lazy to make their own...) Did I say that? 😉

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What are you waiting for? Check out these recipes and start cooking for your freezer! If you want more freezer friendly recipes, I’ve got a whole category of tried and true freezer friendly recipes!
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printable labels for freezer meals

How about printable labels for your lovely freezer meals? Download them free here. Print them on 4″ x 5″ labels like these and them sick them on your containers! Easy-peasy. Get your healthy eating back on track with this collection of 5 make ahead healthy freezer meals! Make one for dinner and another to freeze. A quick and easy way to fill your freezer.

Healthy make-ahead freezer meals
Healthy make-ahead freezer meals

Immune Boosting Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

The Immune Boosting Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe is made in about 5 minutes and makes a perfect last minute practical gift! Make this recipe today and give something useful to neighbors, friends, and teachers {or keep it for yourself}!

Immune Boosting Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

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Immune Boosting Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

Immune Boosting Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe made with Barleans Coconut oil, essential oils, sugar, manuka honey

I’ve been using this scrub for a while now and love how my skin feels and smells afterward. While it’s a great year round scrub, it’s especially wonderful in the winter for a lot of reasons. First, sugar is very hydrating in dry winters. It’s a natural humectant (it provides moisture to your skin) and is also a natural source of glycolic acid,  or exfoliant, for rejuvenating skin.

Sugar Scrub Ingredients

Benefits of Sugar for your Skin

I use organic raw sugar for this recipe, a coarser sugar that’s great for the body but not so great for the face. If you want a scrub for your face, I recommend using a finer organic sugar.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for your Skin

Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal and it’s also an excellent moisturizer, makeup remover, and hair conditioner. It’s affordable and smells great too! Since the skin is our biggest organ, I really recommend using organic products for this sugar scrub to reduce exposure to pesticides. Barlean’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil comes from certified-organic plantations in the Philippines where coconut palms grow naturally without pesticides.

Benefits of Manuka Honey for your Skin

Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush or tea tree. Manuka honey is highly regarded for many medical purposes in the natural medicine world (but please, I’m not a doctor so you do your own research.) It’s supposed to absorb moisture to help your skin stay soft and lovely, can help with rosacea and eczema, and is also thought to have antibacterial properties. You can eat Manuka honey (but it’s pretty gross according to my kids) and you can also use it for natural wound and skin care.

Benefits of Essential Oil for your Skin

We first starting using Thieves Oil {purported to boost immunity and ward of sickness} when our youngest daughter was going through surgeries for her hip dysplasia. I mixed it with a carrier cream {you should very rarely put essential oils directly on your skin} and put it on her feet for weeks before her surgeries to help keep her healthy. We called it tickle cream and all the kids loved having us put it on their feet. They all stayed very healthy when we used the thieves oil, but we also limited exposure to germs and ate as healthy as we could. I don’t honestly know if thieves oil works as advertised, but I love the way it smells and I figure it can’t hurt to use it in my arsenal to ward off winter illness.

I know a lot of people have a favorite essential oil brand, I’m not really hard over on any one brand, in all honesty. Right now I use the  Nature’s Shield NOW Protective Blend which is very similar to the Young Living Thieves blend. I’m really happy with NOW essential oils, but please choose whichever brand you’re most comfortable with. You can also use any scent you like, lavender or citrus scents would also be lovely, but I chose the Protective Blend for an immune boost, particularly during the dreary winter months.

The combination of all of these ingredients makes a really delightful and potentially therapeutic sugar scrub. I hope you like it as much as my family does.

Now that you know why to make this scrub, here’s the recipe!

Last Minute Immune Boosting Sugar Scrub recipe #abarleansholiday

Yield: 16 ounces

Immune Boosting Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

Immune Boosting Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

Easy sugar scrub recipe great for winter use.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a non-reactive pan. Add sugar, essential oils, and honey. Mix until combined then put in a jar.

To use: simply wet hands and apply scrub to wet body. Rinse with water. Pat dry. Use twice per week.

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 32 Carbohydrates: 9g

If you make this for a last minute gift, make sure to make enough for yourself! This recipe makes enough to fill two 8-ounce jars, so you may want to double to quadruple. Print out these free printable labels for sugar scrub, put it on the jar and tie with a pretty ribbon. Voila! Wonderful and practical gift in minutes!

 

Here's an immune boosting sugar scrub recipe that smells great & leaves skin soft & lovely. Made in 5 minutes, it's a great last minute, practical gift too.

Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese

Two of my favorite appetizers are jalapeno poppers and cheese dip (made with real cheese), so I decided to combine the flavors to see what would happen. And guess what? Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese is a huge hit! It’s the perfect appetizer for all of your football parties.

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Football season is here! To celebrate, I’ve joined a group of bloggers from all over the country — all of whom are big football fans! — to bring you football-inspired recipes this season. Last month we shared our favorite tailgating recipes, and now we are sharing more ideas for celebrating on game day. 

One of the most popular recipes on my blog is for a queso dip made with real cheese. It’s an awesome dip and I love that it’s Velveeta free, easy, and delicious! That recipe calls for a calls of a can of evaporated milk and I’ve been thinking for a while that I should find an alternative. Well guess, what? Regular ole half and half is amazing and works just as well and I’m happy to share this new recipe today with you!

Note: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans — and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.

Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese

Let’s get started!

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Making this dip is very simple, and you can even do the following steps ahead of time to make game day prep seriously simple! Fry up a few slices of bacon and set aside. Dice up a few jalapenos (two will make a mild dip so add more if you desire spicy), half a yellow onion, and a couple cloves of garlic. Saute the veggies over medium heat in some of the reserved bacon grease right in the same pan.

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Add the half and half and arrowroot powder and whisk until it begins to thicken. I use arrowroot powder as a healthier alternative to cornstarch. You can use cornstarch if you want.

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Turn the heat down to low and whisk in the cream cheese.Then, slowly add the cheese and continue stirring until melted. Add mustard and more half and half if you’d like a thinner dip. It does tend to get pretty thick. I added an additional 1/4 cup of half and half to reach a consistency that made me happy.

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Yield: 3 cups

Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese

Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese

A quick and delicious appetizer perfect for football parties or any other occasion, featuring real ingredients!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 1 TBS arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon, reserving about a tablespoon of bacon grease. Set bacon aside and crumble when cool.
  2. Over medium high heat, saute onions, garlic, and jalapeno peppers in the bacon grease.
  3. Add half and half and arrowroot powder and whisk until the mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add the cream cheese, whisking to incorporate. Slowly add in the cheese, whisking until it melts. Add mustard and another 1/4 cup of half and half if the dip is too thick.
  5. Top with crumbled bacon and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe as written is actually on the mild side. If you'd like to make it spicier, consider adding 1-2 additional jalapeno peppers. You can also add a few seeds to notch up the spice. One final change you can make to bump up the spice is to use 8 ounces of the pepper jack cheese and 4 ounces of sharp cheddar.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 53mg Sodium: 324mg Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Protein: 10g
Nutritional data is not always accurate.

What’s your favorite football appetizer? I’d love to hear!

Japlapeno Popper cheese dip! Delicious appetizer, quick to make, and it even uses real ingredients!