6 am tomato sauce

6 AM Tomato Sauce| theclevercarrot.com

I’ve always been an early riser.

When the birds are up I’m up, and there’s nothing more satisfying than basking in a full 60 minutes to myself before the rest of the house rolls out of bed and asks me for breakfast… and socks.

Morning’s are when I get to create!

In fact, I learned something interesting about myself; if I don’t allow myself some ‘playtime’ in the morning regardless of how much work I have to do, or where I need to be, I’m totally cranky for the rest of the day until I get it out of my system. I’m like a pressure cooker.

It could be as simple as writing a few pages in my notebook (I do this every morning, religiously), making a batch of sourdough, or even lighting a darn candle while stirring my oatmeal.

It’s still dark at 6 AM, you know.

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the curious watermelon that grew

Homegrown Watermelon Salad with Tomatoes, Pickled Jalapenos + Feta | theclevercarrot.com

I don’t know much about gardening.

I like gardens. I like the idea of gardening. But it all seems so overwhelming I’d rather sign up for a CSA and call it a day. Or go to the farmers market on weekends. Or better yet, wait for my neighbor to drop off some of his never ending harvest on my doorstep (I repay him with sourdough).

But where’s the joy in that?

This summer, my husband gallantly spear headed our gardening adventures and it’s been fun documenting the process.

We bought all kinds of organic seeds to try, and lucky for us everything grew! We planted a variety of tomatoes including cherry tomatoes, yellow tear drops, sweet orange sun golds, summer squash (I broke down and bought a spiralizer), romaine lettuce, eggplant, figs and wait for it…

Watermelon.

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cook once eat twice: roasted carrots

cook once eat twice: roasted carrots | theclevercarrot.com

Nine out of ten people tell me they can’t cook.

They’re either too busy, unmotivated, or think they need training from the culinary gods.

I totally get it.

As much as I love to cook and talk about food, there are days when the simple task of straining pasta is enough to push me over the edge (don’t judge, ok?).

But here’s the thing: the secret to being a great cook has nothing to do with time, motivation, or professional training.

It has everything to do with shortcuts.

Because anyone can master a shortcut.

Here you will learn one of my FAVORITE cooking hacks.

And when done correctly, you’ll save time, money (and sanity) during a busy week. It’s so effortless, you won’t even break a sweat!

And the best part?

You’ll get TWO delicious recipes for under $5!…

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