Tonight, I made an awesome recipe for quinoa using fresh basil & cherry tomatoes from our garden. Our poor, sad garden that has received zero amount of attention from me; yet there they were, beautiful basil & tiny tomatoes, at the ready. I vow to make more of an effort with the garden next year, as the veggies and herbs that come from it are amazing! Anyway, here is a pic of my yummy ingredients:
While I was there, I spotted our tiny garden resident: a black swallowtail caterpillar. Here's the story with this guy: the Bachsters and I went swimming at our neighbor's pool last week and she was kind enough to give us a bunch of veggies from her garden while we were there (I had a few really great salads last week). Buried deep in the greenery of the carrots was a black swallowtail caterpillar. The kids were thrilled! So he officially moved next door to our garden! Here is a picture of him, taken 7 days ago (please note my daughter's pruny hands from swimming):
And here's his picture from today. I can't believe how much he's grown in such a short time!
The kids are in the kitchen right now, all pretending to be black swallowtail caterpillars & all munching on big pieces of romaine lettuce, "because caterpillars have to eat a lot." I'm grateful for our resident caterpillar, for inspiring large-quantity-veggie-consumption!
Have a nice evening!