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We eat a lot of veggies in the summertime.

From the abundance of tomatoes and okra in our yard to the neighbors who knock on our door with a bag full of squash to the local farmer’s markets brimming with gorgeous homegrown edibles, we stay stocked. Summer is my favorite season for many reasons, but the meals that come with it rank high. The recipes from my own garden usually include two steps: slice and eat. Sometimes this recipe is reduced to pick and eat (a little dirt won’t hurt).

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Our bunch has grown a backyard garden for six summers and we have learned so much with our hands in the dirt. The best thing about our veggie patch, however, is that we work it together. The boys love planting and three-year-old Nora is the best cucumber picker I know. It’s a great family project to teach your kids where food comes from and encourage them to eat fresh!

On this Foodie Friday, however, I think I’ll go beyond a plate of sliced heirloom tomatoes (although we both know that’s a meal in itself). I’m sharing one of my husband’s specialties that’s served regularly around here. It’s a one-pan wonder that only requires a little chopping as prep work. It’s Jonathan’s Famous Stir-Fry and it incorporates veggies from all over town.

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He whipped this up recently and included a garden pepper, the neighbor’s yellow squash, and sugar snap peas frozen fresh. Read on for an easy recipe that the whole family will love. Use whatever crispy, crunchy veggies are growing in your area and change it up regularly for new flavors every time. We like to sub shrimp for the chicken sometimes. Make it your own and enjoy!

Jessica Bauer: Jonathan's Famous Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1/2 large bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped fine)
  • 1 yellow squash sliced thin
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1 crown of broccoli chopped
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups Riceland rice (medium or long grain)

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken into small pieces and put into wok or skillet with 3 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium high heat. Sauté until done, add half of the soy sauce stir and remove from wok.
  2. Add another tablespoon of oil and the carrots and stir-fry for 4 minutes.
  3. Repeat for peppers onions and garlic together.
  4. Repeat for squash.
  5. Repeat for peas.
  6. Repeat for broccoli.
  7. Add chicken and remaining soy sauce and bring up to temp.
  8. Add two cups rice and just shy of 4 cups water to medium sauce pan. Bring to rapid boil and reduce heat to simmer cover and cook for time listed on the bag.
  9. Plate the rice and then top with stir fry. Salt and pepper to taste. Yum!
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 Jessica Bauer

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Jessica Bauer is a small-town girl raising her bunch in southwest Arkansas. Her cast of characters includes a husband of 10 years, three mostly sweet kids, and 11 chickens. She blogs about them all at Life With the Bauer Bunch. Stop by to check out the good, the bad, and the funny in motherhood.

 

 

 

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By Lisa Mullis of Arkansas Outside

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Headshot Lisa Mullis is a microbiologist at The National Center for Toxicological Research by day; a runner, cyclist, backpacker, and occasional paddler when time allows; and an unapologetic cheerleader and finish line hug giver for friends who share her love of trails and all kinds and outdoor recreation. She and her husband Joe own ArkansasOutside.com, a website built around promoting outdoor participatory sports on the roads, off the roads, and in the waterways.

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Best of the Bauer Bunch

July 25, 2016

by Jessica Bauer, Miss July 2016

Best of the Bunch

When I think about this blog’s greatest hits, I go back to its roots.

I have waxed poetic through the years about my faith and I’ve written-how to manuals on starting your own backyard garden, but when it boils down to it, my favorite posts are about my family. That’s why you’ll find a common theme in this sampling of posts that mean the most to me. I hope you find a little something special in them, too.

{I will disclose here that there is an abundance of teardrops on my keyboard as I’m sorting the words I’ve written about my children over the years. I have tissues at the ready.}

One of my favorite posts about my oldest son, Nathan, is a letter I wrote to him on his seventh birthday. This post is about how terrifying it is to know the baby you carried home from the hospital has to make his own way in this often-cruel world. Just because it scares me, however, doesn’t mean I have any doubt in him:  Birthday Letter

Owen is my middle child with enormous brown eyes and a wild streak to match. I’ve written about him destroying my living room in seconds flat, and I’ve written about him getting teary whenever he sees a sweet commercial. This post has some real admissions of how tiring motherhood can be, but this little guy has a way of waking me up: To My Rotten Kid

I didn’t have to search the Nora tab to know what post I wanted to share about my curly-haired girl. The words in this post began swirling in my head months before I met her. It’s about hoping my daughter grows up to independent, carefree, and open to going where the wind blows {I had no clue how right I would be}: My Wildflower

When it comes to postpartum posts, this is my favorite. This one is dedicated to the new mom, and how powerful and strong and invincible she is… stretch marks and all: The Shape of a Mother

One of the best things that helped me through the loss of my second pregnancy in March 2010 was writing. I wrote blog posts to help myself understand how I felt and share my emotions in a way I couldn’t say out loud. This post was published five years after my miscarriage, and these words still ring true: Still Standing

Of course I wouldn’t have the inspiration to put these words together and throw them into cyberspace without the man who hatched the idea to start this family in the first place. This is one of my favorite posts about my relationship with my husband: Easy Eight

Thanks for reading this month, y’all! I hope you’ll find me on Facebook or Instagram, or keep up via my blog. It’s been an honor sharing my words with you this month, and I’m eager to see which wonderful writer will wear the crown next.

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Sunday Link-up {July 24, 2016}

July 24, 2016

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Lyndi Fultz: Let’s Celebrate Our Community’s Summer Gardens

July 22, 2016

This photo is ridiculous. It is a perfect snapshot of someone who lives in an idealist-thinking world with dreams of how things SHOULD be and a head full of sunshine, happy aspirations, and an imagination of butterflies singing throughout the hills and saying, “hey, come over here, this garden is magnificent! This garden is the Garden of […]

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Discover the Benefits of Traveling Solo

July 21, 2016

by Talya Tate Boerner I’m a fan of traveling solo on occasion—a few days here and there can be good for the soul. In the words of Oscar Wilde, I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person. As women, […]

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Little Discoveries {Wordless Wednesday}

July 20, 2016

By Keri of My Table of Three Keri was born and raised in Southern Arkansas before moving away to experience life in other states during her collage and corporate career. These days she has happily traded in her high heels and that heavy business planner to stay home and work with her husband as well […]

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A Day With the Bunch

July 18, 2016

by Jessica Bauer, Miss July 2016 Today I’m sharing a typical day of life with the Bauer Bunch. Such a request can range from two boys chasing each other through the house with light sabers to one girl accidentally taking Cookie Monster for a potty swim. There’s not much of a norm around these parts. […]

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Sunday Link-Up {July 17, 2016}

July 17, 2016
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Jeanetta Darley: Eating My Garden {Foodie Friday}

July 15, 2016

My garden has exploded!  Well not actually that would be quite a mess and a very odd geological event.  But I’ve got vegetables galore.  I’m juggling multiple varieties of tomatoes, squashes and cucumbers, peppers of the rainbow, okra, and peas.  So many peas. And I love it. I love taking the time and effort to […]

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