Watching Grass Grow

by Stefani on 2-April-2009

Oh girls. 

Hold on to your hats!

There is big news today, BIG NEWS!

I have grown something that we can eat! And not only have I grown something that we can eat, I have done it in FOUR little days. Me! Me with my no tomato growin' black thumb!

It all started when we had a picnic with my dearly beloved's folks. His mother brought us a fabulous lunch that included sandwhiches with sprouts. Well I've heard no end of it ever since. 

It was the "best sandwich he ever had." 

He hasn't "had sprouts in SO long." 

He "forgot how good they tasted." Yada yada. 

Well I do try to do right by my man, so if it was sprouts he wanted, by gosh he was gonna get 'em. 

Little did I know that they would grow so fast and so well that you can almost literally watch the grass grow. It's crazy!

Watchin' Grass Grow

Here they were yesterday. 

Day 2

And here they are today!

sprouts, day 3

Nuts right? 

As an added bonus I now get to drone on about how I toiled with bent back and sweaty brow just so that I might give him sprouts. 

Think he'll buy it? 

p.s. if you're wondering, we got our good here
Mary-- The Yellow Door Paperie April 2, 2009 at 5:35 am

We got one of these for Christmas and I love it.

Happy Sprouting!

Vintage Chica April 2, 2009 at 6:21 am

Wooohooo for indoor farming! Your man is lucky to have a wife to even attempt to make a sandwich like his mama. I don’t even try to make my MIL’s tamales. I just let her do that.

Ansley April 2, 2009 at 6:31 am

yummo…we love sprouts here…..and so easy, i mean very hard…to grow!

Marguerite April 2, 2009 at 6:34 am

Oooh exciting! And ditto on vintage chica — I fail at the “just like my mother” stuff. I’ve just bought two tomato plants, though, and we’ve got a pear tree (and the neighbors have many loquats that they share), so I’m trying — never grown anything productive before, though.

SewLiberated April 2, 2009 at 6:41 am

Hats off to you, and happy sandwich eating!

Sarah April 2, 2009 at 6:50 am

You are hilarious…I love this! I’ve got to go grow me and my man some sprouts too!

messimom April 2, 2009 at 7:12 am

Ha ha! Too funny. See, you’re better at this growing stuff than you give yourself credit for. My kids would love watching it grow…but then I’d wonder if they’d eat it?

I am laughing at Vintage Chica…I feel the same way. Although, he’s confessed most of the stuff I make tastes way better than his mama’s. There’s only one thing I don’t touch, and that’s his favorite cake. I just can’t make it “right”!

Stefani April 2, 2009 at 8:19 am

Oh!!!! Lucky you! We had a pear tree growing up. I can’t still taste the preserves and pear cake!

Stefani April 2, 2009 at 8:21 am

Seriously? You can make tamales? My Momo made such good tamales, but I’ve been too chicken to try. Tutorial please!

Stefani April 2, 2009 at 8:24 am

Oh yes, there’s loads of things I can’t make as well as his mom… And honestly I agree with him on that. That woman makes magic in her kitchen!

Stefani April 2, 2009 at 8:30 am

Have you tried sprouting the peas or wheat? I’m anxious to see how those come out.

nytesong April 2, 2009 at 8:31 am

Love, love, love sprouts. I haven’t tried growing my own for eating but I’ll be sure to be doing so soon. =) Thanks!

Valarie Budayr April 2, 2009 at 8:42 am

We were out in the garden today and I came in and read your post. All I can say is “Happy Sprouting”. They look great and yummy.

Gudrun April 2, 2009 at 9:06 am

That reminds me to get ours out again!! Thanks!

Angela April 2, 2009 at 9:15 am

A few blogging mamas have been growing sprouts this week, and I am inspired to get mine out of the basement and give it a try again – maybe the girls will take to them now that they’re a bit older. Thanks!

Jen April 2, 2009 at 9:46 am

Wow!~ How fun is that!

Kristin April 2, 2009 at 10:05 am

I have been wanting to try to do this and I appreciated the link to your source for the goods. Now I can get started. I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I like it. Thanks.

Kobey April 2, 2009 at 11:05 am

My mother-in-law is of French descent and my father-in-law is Italian. Both are amazing amazing cooks. Thank goodness my husband had 6 years in the navy eating hockey pucks and brown sauce. I still won’t attempt to cook my in-laws’ Cheese Souffle, Beef Wellington, or Risotto a la pesca torri (spelling way off) but I am the Lasagna Queen.

The spouts look tempting but other than sandwiches/wraps and salads what do you do with them? That looks like a lot of sprouts to me. Stir-fry?

Amber April 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

I remember growing sprouts as a kid – such fun! Thanks for a great idea, I’m sure my little one would love this too. In fact, if she helped grow them she might even consider eating them. 😉

Bernadette Noll April 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

Way to go on the growing. I think the 4 day growing season would suit us just fine.

Melissa April 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm

This I gotta try! I actually don’t like sprouts at all, but I am fascinated by the whole growing overnight thing.

Kathy April 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm

oooo–add me to the list of “haven’t had sprouts in forever!” (by the way, there’s a great tutorial on tamales on Made them over Christmas, I’ve never done them before, and they were a huge hit! You just use your broiler pan filled with water to steam them.

Monkey Lobster April 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I love spouting, the best winter local veggies around. Have you done lentils yet???? they are my favorite. When you do try them in this salad.

Cassandra April 2, 2009 at 5:12 pm

We were thinking lettuce in our garden, but then thought about the bugs we’d have to deal with. So I can imagine a yummy sandwich with sprouts and tomatoes instead. Thanks for the link! We’ll be anxiously awaiting ours!

Em April 2, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Oh man! I love sprouts too… especially on sandwiches. Now I’ve got something else to add to my ‘gift list’… maybe someone will get it for me for Mother’s Day!!! Cool!

Stefani April 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Yay!! Ivhave to tell ya… I have tried and failed at so many garden projects. This one is super satisfying. Happy sprouting!

Stefani April 2, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I have not, but it sounds like we will have to try them!
Thanks for the tip!

Stefani April 2, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Oh yay! I’m going to have to give those tamales a go for sure! Thank you!!

Stefani April 2, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Maybe they’ll (ahem) grow on you 🙂

Stefani April 2, 2009 at 9:41 pm

It just might! My older two are all about the sprouts now. Amazing what they’ll eat if they have a hand in growing, picking or cooking it.

Stefani April 2, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Oh yes, you are most definitely the lasagna queen!
Not sure about stir fry… I know you can do bean sprouts that way , but it seems like they might go all slimey. I’ll run a little experiment and let you know.

Dawn April 4, 2009 at 11:04 am

What fun!! Love that second pic!

Leslie April 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm

oooh that looks like so much fun…congratulations on making it grow

Vintage Chica April 6, 2009 at 5:18 am

Yes.I can make some rockin’ tamales. But it is a two day process the way
Sergio’s mom makes them.

Oh, these recipes! Gotta get to working on them after this whole
unschooling summer thing is on its way. Oh yes, and the Little BOD.


Mary-- The Yellow Door Paperie November 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm

We actually just sprouted peas in a pot, and we’re ready to move them into a bigger one to grow during the winter (in the window). Wouldn’t it be cool to a beans in the winter??

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