do you want to know the best sound in the world to wake up to? no, it’s not my wonderful fiance sleeping next to me (although that’s pretty good too….). it’s coffee already brewing!
brad’s aunts gave this to me at my shower on saturday, and i’m already in love! apparently i need to work on my method though. yesterday’s coffee was awesome, but today’s is super weak. boo on me for being stingy with the coffee grinds.
yesterday was the first day of my research intervention for the summer. i’m not sure if i’ve really talked about it on the blog, but my study is a summer gardening intervention for overweight middle school kids, trying to prevent summer weight gain. research has shown that kids, especially overweight and minority kids, gain more weight during the summer than during the school year. we collaborate with some physicians, and they also agree that the kids they see in their fitkids clinic will often gain 5-10 pounds over the summer months. and when you’re already 40+ pounds overweight, you don’t want to be gaining 5-10 more pounds.
anyway, this is my 3rd summer doing the intervention. and it should be my last! we finally have a high enough sample size, so after this summer i’ll analyze my data and write it up!
yesterday, at the garden, we did some ice breaker games, took a garden tour, weeded onions, and made spring rolls for lunch!
a group of kids also started painting signs to mark our veggies in the garden.
i just loved this one and had to share. isn’t it cute?!
and finally, last night i finally jumped on the train. the socca train that is. i’ve seen socca in some version of another all over the blog world, and even though i’ve had a bag of chickpea flour for months, i still haven’t tried it! well, last night was the night and socca pizza was on the menu.
i pretty much followed this recipe from nourishing flourishing, but i had to add about double the water it called for. see that misshapen pizza above? yeah, that was mine – and it was the first one i did. i realized that the batter was waaaaay too thick, so i added water for brad’s, liz’s, & keith’s crusts!
i topped my pizza with cheese (duh), green peppers, red onions, tomatoes, black olives, green olives, spinach, and basil. it was so so delicious!! seriously, green olives on a pizza is the bomb.
everyone else really liked theirs too! keith said that the crust tasted like baked/fried hummus. he’s going to tell his dad about them because they’re gluten free and his dad has celiac disease!
have you tried socca yet?
green olives on pizza: what are you thoughts?
do you garden?
i guess i’m nosy today!