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I finally made use of our little patio veggie garden! I wasn’t sure what exactly I was going to do with the mint we have until I realized we could make mint ice cream! I found a recipe that sounded great, but I didn’t have quite enough mint for it. I don’t typically follow recipes very well anyway, so I improvised!

My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip, but a very close second favorite would have to be Bailey’s ice cream, which I can never find. I just happened to have some mint chocolate Bailey’s on hand, so I decided to add some in. It turned out pretty well! Matt has already requested amaretto ice cream and I’m starting to wonder how Frangelico ice cream might taste! We bought our little ice cream machine yesterday for $20 and I’m surprised to say it actually worked!

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Extracting the mint flavor from the leaves was time consuming, but I think it was definitely worth it. And after trimming the mint plant yesterday it’s already growing like mad again, so I’m sure it won’t be long before we have enough mint for another batch.

If anyone is interested, you can find the ice cream recipe here: Elise Bauer’s Simply Recipes

Elise also has other great recipes and a fantastic website, so definitely check her out!

Yesterday, we also added some banana pepper plants and some more tomato plants to our little garden. Our strawberries are getting bigger and bigger every day. In a couple weeks we will probably get to have one each. Haha! It’s kinda sad that you do all this work and it yields such small results, but it’s fun. We picked our first tomato and it’s so small, but I’m sure we will enjoy eating it!

We fed the plants yesterday and between the feeding and the downpour of rain we had they grew so much overnight. It’s raining again so I hope it’s not too much for them. We have a few more buds on our bell pepper plant so I hope they start to grow, too. Our one pepper looks like it’s never going to get any bigger. Our cuccumbers had a growth spurt overnight, though. And we planted more lettuce because that seems to be doing very well for us. It’s just fun to go out there and see what has happened since we last looked.

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