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Five Things Friday

First eggs of the year

The five little things that made my week…

1. Five eggs in one week! Giiiiiirl, Kimora is BACK! As is the egg holder that we had stashed away all winter. (Now if only her sister would get the memo…)

First apple blossoms of spring

2. Another sign that spring is in the air: the first apple blossoms. (Despite what Punxsutawney Phil just predicted.)

Bebe in a field of borage

3. Bebe in a field of borage. I let them grow wild all over my yard and the beautiful (and edible) flowers attract tons of pollinators all spring and summer!

Rutabaga seedlings

4. Rutabaga seedlings. I bought my first one last year at the farmers’ market, liked it, and decided to grow it this year in my garden. They were planted thickly (only an inch apart) so I can use the thinnings as microgreens. I do this for all of my root vegetables — I think of the excess seedlings as the first harvest of the crop! (Same goes for those carrot seedlings in the back.)

Vietnamese bone broth

5. Bone broth has gotten trendy these days, but I’ve been making it long before restaurants started selling it for $9 a bowl. Here’s an unbelievably soul-soothing Vietnamese take on it, seasoned with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and peppercorns. If you’ve made Vietnamese food at home, you might recognize this as the base for phở.

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »