A Colorful Afternoon

by HEAB on April 19, 2011

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I know what you’re thinking…there HEAB goes again…eating colorless bowls of baby pooh. Hey now, in my defense, at least I didn’t blend it all together. ;)

I know, it doesn’t look very appealing, but trust me, it was tasty. You’re dying to know what’s in there, aren’t you? No? Haha, well, I’ll share anyway. Quinoa and frozen peas cooked in my rice cooker and stirred together with shredded chicken, Mama Pea’s Mmmm Sauce, and lots of pepper. I tweaked the Mmmm sauce, using black beans since I had no chickpeas and 2 TBSP bacon drippings instead of the canola oil. It was so good, and I can’t wait to eat more for lunch today.

In more colorful news, I joined Heather from Kiss My Broccoli at the Nashville Farmer’s Market yesterday. Summer was mesmerized by her…

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Notice Summer is missing a sock. For some reason, she always takes at least one sock off, and I’ve given up trying to keep both of them on her. I’ve accepted the fact that it’s her look – like Michael Jackson’s glove.

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Such a fun afternoon, and I can’t wait to take Summer back when she gets a bit older for some lessons. In my mind, I was thinking about all the different things I could teach her just by walking through the market: colors, the different fruits and veggies, numbers, and why mommy sometimes smells a bit off…

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Do you shop at your local farmer’s market? It’s something I hope to do more often.

{ 81 comments }

Chad April 19, 2011 at 10:36 am

Ah! I want to go to there! (30 Rock Quote)

Looks amazing.

Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 19, 2011 at 10:36 am

Haha! I love the one sock thing ;) Too funny! I am so stoked to make that Mmm Sauce… We’re leaving tomorrow for San Diego, but when I get back, I’m Mmming it up in here! (That sounded weird. Oops.) But I digress.

Loving your pink streak, and smiling face :) Summer’s too! She’s growing so fast!

Ashlei April 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

I wish we had an amazing farmer’s market like that! I love adding frozen peas to food too – simple way to add in more veggies. They’re my favorite to add to prepackaged indian meals too. :)

Melissa B. April 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

I am totally jealous of your farmer’s market! We have a bunch in the area, but do not look anything like yours :( Mine consist of mainly fried, nasty Pennsylvania Dutch food and weird little delis. There are some nice organic meat and produce stands, but not much :( :(

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

That cabbage at the farmer’s market is catching my eye.

Right now it’s too early i the season for a local farmer’s market where I live.

Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

Might not look the best, but it certainly sounds good! ;)

And what a fun Farmers Market! Amazing produce!!!

Mama Pea April 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

Peas AND Mmmm Sauce? You are making me proud!!! (Love the pink streaks, btw) :)

Holly @ The Runny Egg April 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

Well, your colorless bowls of food look more appetizing than mine!

Summer is so cute — my niece used to wear those socks that looked like buckle shoes. Adorable!

I think our farmers markets are finally up and running but I haven’t been to one yet. I try to get plenty of produce there, but I also like to “shop” in my mother in law’s garden too :)

Jill April 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

This sounds so stupid, but I didn’t know that our farmer’s market already had so much stuff! I will definitely have to go esp since I’m in walking distance. I’ve been realizing lately that I love food shopping and clothes shopping equally…I told someone that and they just gave me the weirdest look-but I know you understand :-)

That is such a good pic of the three of you, BTW, and you look awesome with the pink streaks!

Rachel April 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Haha! I actually like food shopping more than I like clothes shopping!

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) April 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

how fun! i love Summer’s one sock look :) i can’t wait for the farmers market, and i love your hair!

tea-bag April 19, 2011 at 11:18 am

i LOVE farmer’s markets! i don’t do “retail therapy” – instead i just wander around the farmer’s markets & natural food stores!
i don’t impulse buy clothes – i impulse buy bulk bin grains!

Danielle April 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

I love going to the farmer’s market. The produce at yours does look very colorful!! Jealous!!

brandi April 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

your market looks great! we don’t have any local vendors here that sell beans – I’m jealous! :)

Tulika April 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

Love the farmer’s market! Even if I don’t end up purchasing anything, it’s just a fun environment.

Summer is adorable–digging the one sock look! ;)

Sarah R April 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

Like Michael Jackson’s glove… hahaha!

I wish our farmer’s market look like yours. We still make it to ours, but we don’t have near the selection that you guys have.

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast April 19, 2011 at 11:52 am

Hey, your bowl is red – who says your dish isn’t colorful! Annabelle is always missing a sock too! The hard part is trying to put it back on while still holding her (there are times when she will *not* be put down ). I love those little trumpettoo ballerina slipper socks or whatever they call them. They are awesome because it’s hard enough to keep socks on let alone shoes!

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood April 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Ugh, wish that we had a farmers’ market around here in the city but the one closest to me that I know about is near my parents workplace and they’re only displayed on Saturdays at the park – when I’m not at work! :( I’m tempted to follow my dad into work just so that I can go to the farmers’ market BUT alas… I’m a lazy poo ;)

Shelby April 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Your bowls of mush always look tempting to me! I love the simplicity of it all and I love me some beige food! Haha ;)

My little brothers were ALWAYS losing one sock when they were babies. Then they would stare at their feet like they were the most fascinating things in the world.

I wish I could go to the farmer’s market more often. The one where I live doesn’t open until June :( I’m hoping I have more variety when I move down to AZ!

Ellen April 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

sub bacon grease for the canola oil? my kinda lady :)

some of my best memories growing up were visiting the farmer’s market with my family! Summer will love it as she gets older.

HEAB April 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Ellen,
Yep, we don’t canola here in the HEAB household. :)

Katie April 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I love the farmers market, but they aren’t open around here until June! Lucky you living in the subtropical (or nearly there anyway) zone!

My mom said I was the same with the socks, so I think Summer will turn out okay in the end. ;)

lindsay April 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

i love how old fashion that farmers market looks! The barrels and all. That has lots of color, so you can make up for it there.
hehe.
LC

Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Cute that Summer always chooses to just strip one sock. :P Is it on a particular foot everytikme, too?

HEAB April 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Mary,
No, she alternates. :)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

We really don’t have a very local farmer’s market, but I love going to the little one that’s here on the weekend. Looks like a great afternoon with Heather! I could spend hours just looking at all that stuff! Oh and I totally love that pink streak!

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Love the Farmer’s market!

Alissa @ Not Just Apples April 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

oh wow! i’ve never seen such a beautiful market… gorgeous :)

Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Ha, I hate when delicious things don’t look too delicious. Regardless, I completely trust your taste buds and will be making that soon!

Natalia - a side of simple April 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Please don’t ever stop with your “colorless” food posting! They always give me comfort because I totally KNOW that it’s the taste, not the look that is by far amazing. ;)

Bacon drippings? Can I get that phrased on a t-shirt please? Because I would definitely rock that out.

A Teenage Gourmet April 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Shredded chicken :(

When I visited Nashville, I couldn’t believe that the farmers’ market had its own EXIT! Now that is something to brag about. :)

Jenn April 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm

When you make the sauce…do you have to use the yeast? If I don’t have any, is there a substitution I could use? Thanks for your help! I’ve been seeing this all week and would love to try it!
Jenn

HEAB April 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Hi Jenn,
The nutritional yeast adds the cheesy flavor, and I just don’t think the sauce would be the same without. If you’re not vegan, fresh shredded Parm might be a good sub.

Allie April 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

So many colors!! I haven’t shopped at a Farmer’s market in a while … I hope to do so soon. Last Fall they had fresh figs … sooooo good.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Summer’s missing sock…oh boy. Those socks that she is wearing are like $5 bucks a pair, too! I was gifted a half dozen of those for Skylar and had no idea the cost of them til I saw them in a boutique…her socks were more expensive than mine. haha!

Glad you and Heather had such a nice time together at the market!

Yes, I do shop at the farmer’s market, especially in the summer, but it’s literally two blocks from my house every weekend. The largest market in So Cal aside from LA. I am soooo spoiled!

Love your pink hair :)

Em April 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Summer and her one sock are so cute, I don’t think anyone will care :)
Heck yeah for farmer’s markets! I drive 45 min’s every Sunday to go to the closest one that runs year round. (The perks of living somewhere cold and rainy :( This means several months out of the year the only local food I can get are meat and potatoes. I know, it could be worse, but that gets pretty old, trust me!
Since spring is here (well kind of, still quite cold!) the markets closer to us will be opening soon. I can’t wait for more variety! I am so tired of frozen veggies!!

Anyway, just saying hi, I still read your blog every single day my friend. Love ya :) Xoxo

p.s. Your pink hair is hot! I <3 it. Did you do it yourself? Please tell me what you used! I think I need some pink, or purple, or blue, in my hair too!

HEAB April 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Hi Em!!!
Yes, you totally need a streak of color. I’m not sure what my hairdresser used. She had to bleach the hair first and then put some kind of semi-permanent color on it. It always washes it out pretty quickly, but the bleach is permanent. It’s so fun. :)

Em April 20, 2011 at 9:49 am

Thanks sweetie:) I am so going to do it! I’ll facebook a photo for you once it’s done! Thanks for the inspiration <3

Em April 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

p.s. Hi again :) Did you worry about trying to use a “safer” version of hair color, or not worry it? I never color my hair, so I am at a loss on what to do. I normally get my hair cut at a regular salon but I know of some “organic” salons that use supposedly non-chemical or less chemical hair dyes…. However, with the bright color I have in mind, I think I need chemicals to achieve the it, lol! (I want to get bright purple streaks)
What do you think?

HEAB April 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Em,
I’m all for the purple! I have no idea if the dye was a safer version. I go to an upscale salon as that is where my friend works (we trade out massage for hair cut/color), but I’ve never noticed any mention of non-chemical products. Perhaps you could call some of the organic salons to see what they offer – you never know what they might have to offer. If you find out about some any non-chemical hair dyes – please let me know!

HEAB April 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm

P.S. I did some research when I was pregnant b/c I was still getting my hair highlighted, and apparently, highlights don’t actually touch the scalp like an all over color would. So, I’m assuming the same would go for streaks.

Jen April 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm

It’s her thing…love it! At least it’s warm there :)
The farmer’s markets don’t open here until June, can’t wait!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I need to make it to our farmers market! I enjoy it so much, plus I love buying local produce. Summer’s so cute!

janetha @ meals & moves April 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Two of my favorite Heathers together?! Fun. I just realized I read a lot of blogs where the blogger’s name is Heather. And I love you all.

Mag the Brazil Nut Pusher April 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm

This is just what I needed to see on a day where more snow is forecast. So I say to myself…WHY do I still live in middle of no where Minnesota anyway? Thats it! I am definately hitting up the famers market in Minneapolis this summer where I can also stop at Trader Joes on the way back. How sad that TJ’s is over an hour away and Whole Foods is even further and…I have never been to whole foods..but dream about it. I so look forward to your posts Heather!

Heather @ kissmybroccoli April 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Your pics from the market turned out great Heather! I love the next to the last one…just what you were going for with all the different colors!

Haha! Still getting a kick out of that picture of Summer! And thanks for reminding me I need to make Mama Pea’s sauce!

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I do shop at local farmer’s markets; I love it! We joined a CSA this season–it’s been interesting so far. I love the fresh, organic veggies delivered right to my door, though. Can’t beat that! :-)

nadia@chiliflake April 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

hahah you are so funny! colorless bowls of baby poo! tee hee..
the colors at the farmers market are soooo pretty!! I <3 mini MJ with the one sock ;)

Tess April 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Loved your post today! I am about to move to the Nashville area and am looking forward to the wonderful farmer’s market they have.

Christin@purplebirdblog April 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Always happy and jealous for the Heather Squared meetups! I think I’m gonna start rockin’ the one sock trend too.

Leah April 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Ive been lurking, but havent posted a comment in a while. You look great Heather and Summer is getting so big! She is so cute! I admire you for continuing to eat healthy after having a baby!! My kids are 7 & 4 and Im still trying to lose 70 lbs. Your blog continues to inspire me! I lost 20lbs last year & sad to say I fell back into old habits (chips, soda, sweets) and regained 10 lbs back quickly! I so want to eat healthy & have more energy – Thanks for the daily posts & your incredible food porn photos :-)

Leah April 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Oh forgot to add: I love our farmers market in Raleigh. I also love the fruit & veggie stands in my community! Organic strawberries are my favorite.

Courtney April 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Aww, I love how Summer’s sock has a little shoe on it!! Too cute! :D

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar Free April 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Through babysitting, I’ve learned that all babies don’t like to keep both socks on ;)

And I wish I could go to the farmer’s market more often!!! I am always gone on the weekends playing tennis tournaments…so I never get there :(

megan @ the oatmeal diaries April 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

“Like Michael Jackson’s glove” hahaha I love it! Summer is too cute. I usually go to the farmer’s market every Saturday morning here. Even if I don’t buy anything I just love the atmosphere and looking around… oh and the free samples!

P.S. I posted about your cookie dough smoothie! Delish :)

Syndie April 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Looks amazing!! Wish we had a good one like that. Ours are pretty lame and unorganized. Glad you two are enjoying the lovely weather ;)

Alaina April 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Those pictures are so beautiful. And your daughter is adorable. :-)

I don’t go to farmer’s markets enough. I need to research some in my area.

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) April 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

The farmer’s markets in Colorado haven’t started yet, but as soon as they do, I will be there :) \

Haha, Summer is so cute! :D

<3

R @ Learning As I Chop April 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

“why mommy sometimes smells a bit off…” Pretty funny!

Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) April 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I definitely need to shop at my farmers market more often!!!

Mary April 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Gosh, I cannot believe how cool Nashville is! Just reading your blog makes me want to go there! Good restaurant., stores, farmers’ markets.

I live in DC. Moving to London next month for work. Sometimes I get a craving for a place like Nashville. You have such a great life! Great husband, gorgeous daughter, live close to family in a great town! I would trade that for London any day!

annie April 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I looooooooooove my farmer’s market but it’s nothing like y’alls.. DANG that looks amazing.. I really love talking to the farmers. It makes my soul happy. Last year two 16 year old girls had a goat milk line of creams and soaps that was AWESOME. I was impressed by their entrepreneureal spirit… I think one of the things I like about it the best is the sense of community… our market isn’t all year though.. April – October…
Annie

Mariah @ Apples "n" oats April 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I try to get there once a month…it’s just so fun to see all the stands!!summer is adorable!I love the one sock look

Dorry April 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Dallas has an amazing Farmer’s Market! This is a good reminder that I need to go very soon. Maybe tomorrow?? :)

Kayla April 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Summer is so stinking cute. Love the photos you got at the market, very colorful and nice!

We really don’t shop at the Farmer’s Market. It’s sad, I want to go, but I don’t pay for groceries and my parents think it’s just too expensive :(

sarah (sarah learns) April 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm

summer is the cutest! i love how she is just staring at heather in that photo! :) i love your veggie and bean pictures too. i can’t wait to go to the madison farmers market! last weekend was the first one, but i was moving so i had to miss it. this weekend AND next weekend i’ll be out of town. :( the following weekend i WILL be there!

Lindsay April 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

I like to go to the farmers market, but it’s so cold here that the good stuff doesn’t show up until mid-June. Before that it’s baked goods and crafts. But this year, the community garden next to my house, which I’m involved in, is determined to get greens to the first farmers market before everyone else!

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom April 20, 2011 at 12:50 am

That farmers market looked great!!! Can’t wait til ours open up again this summer. I seriously had to laugh out loud when I seen the pic with the missing sock. My 5 yr old STILL always loses 1 sock!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) April 20, 2011 at 1:06 am

Hee, like Michael Jackson’s glove- funny!

There are certain farmer’s markets I love: a small, easy one in Palm Springs is one. And others I loathe, like Santa Monica…parking is a pain, and it’s huge, overwhelming and crowded. Plus I’ve heard all about how a lot of vendors say they are organic when they aren’t at all. Not that it stops me buying, but still!

Hannah April 20, 2011 at 2:44 am

I can never hear “bacon drippings” without thinking of Laura Ingalls Wilder – which makes me happy! Love the pink hair, too – I can see why CD’s a fan :)

HEAB April 20, 2011 at 6:25 am

Hannah,
Haha – I read the Little House series at least 3 times and even ordered a blue cailco sun bonnet from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Foundation. I would wear it and dream of being Half Pint. :)

Hannah April 20, 2011 at 7:45 am

I’ve read them so many times I pretty much knew them by heart. I’m not kidding. All I need to see is an illustration and I can tell you exactly what happens in that chapter.

Kath (My Funny Little Life) April 20, 2011 at 6:44 am

I have a farmer’s market appointment with a friend on Saturday! :D

Also, I totally believe your dish was yummy! Recently, I made a bland looking dish as well, but a handful of fresh parsley did the trick! :D I’m a big friend of fresh herbs, they add so much flavor *and* color! ;) Usually, though, I try to include at least one colorful ingredient, like green asparagus, carrots, kabocha, or something like that. Plus the herbs! :)

Marla April 20, 2011 at 7:43 am

Hey girl! Sooo cute to see you so happy with your little girl :) xo

Marina April 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

Your beautiful daughter is already developing a unique style :D Awesome.
Wonderful pictures of the farmers’s market!

Heather April 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

Eating food grown close to home is one of the healthiest things we can do for our bodies, the environment and our local economy!

Kim @ Spoonful of Sass April 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

The colors in your pictures are beautiful. I also hope to shop at the farmers market more this year. It really brings out the beauty of food and makes eating healthy such fun!

Allie April 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Gorgeous photos! And I should do more shopping at local farmer’s markets…especially since mine is ALSO the Nashville Farmer’s Market :D

Samantha April 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I almost choked laughing at the fact you added bacon drippings to a mama pea recipe. Oh that’s funny. Bet it was good!

Monica April 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Haha, love the line about why Mommy smells a bit off.

I was telling my husband the other night that I want to teach our kids about numbers and colors by also teaching them about healthy food. Win-win! :)

Eftychia April 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

You have a very nice blog. Beautiful photos, interesting naratives. Thanks for sharing all these with us!

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