Blame It On The Rain

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 29, 2011

There’ s no better way to start a summer day…


Man oh man was this morning’s Green Monster good!

Guess where this kale came from?


Just my veggie garden, that’s all. No big deal. ;) I’ve clearly advanced from a Black Thumb to a Brown Thumb.


Milli Vanilli Green Monster


  • ~ 1 cup kale
  • Handful spinach
  • 1.25 cups almond milk
  • 1 tbsp Vega Vanilla Almondilla Shake & Go Protein Powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 frozen mango chunks
  • Handful blueberries
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 ice cubes



This was absolutely delicious. And it rekindled my love for Vega Vanilla Almondilla Shake & Go! I go through protein powder phases all the time. For a while I was in love with the Vega Choc-o-lot Shake & Go and then I got sick of it. Now, I ‘m using this one and also Vega Smoothie Infusion (120 kcals and 14 grams protein per serving). This Vanilla Almondilla has 11 grams of protein per serving. You can click the picture below to enlarge.


So back to that crazy kale!


Major growth has been going down over the past couple weeks. It’s crazy that I’ve only had my garden planted for just 5 weeks now.

Kale, May 23, 2011:


Kale, June 29, 2011:


I’ve started harvesting kale this week. I can’t get over how fresh and crisp the leaves are. They also aren’t as bitter as I’m used to.


The bell pepper plants seem to be getting ready for a little pepper sprouting action!! So cute.




“When the pea pods are swollen (appear round) they are ready to be picked. Pick a few pods every day or two near harvest time to determine when the peas are at the proper stage for eating. Peas are of the best quality when they are fully expanded but immature, before they become hard and starchy. Peas should be picked immediately before cooking because their quality, especially sweetness (like that of sweet corn), deteriorates rapidly.” [Source]


The two cucumber plants continue to grow like weeds…


See the little yellow flowers?

The first yellow flowers appearing on the plants are male flowers that provide pollen. These flowers normally drop off after blooming. The small cucumber is evident at the base of the female flower (even before it opens) and should develop into an edible fruit if properly pollinated. Anything that interferes with pollination of the female flowers reduces fruit set and yield, including cold temperatures and rainy weather that hamper bee activity or improper use of insecticides that kill bees. [Source] <—That would explain why there are so many bees around my garden!

The romaine is HUGE. I’m going to make a Caesar Salad tonight!



Onions! (Apparently I planted these way too close together)


An animal dug up one of my tomato plants and it died. :( My other two tomato plants were also disturbed, but they seem to be bouncing back with a little TLC.

In conclusion, I have no idea what the heck I’m doing and somehow it’s working out. :)


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Katie June 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm

You’re learning to garden the only way to do it – just dig in. Nothing tastes better than the literal fruits of your own labor! Nothing.


Amanda Jewell @ Science&Bananas June 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I want some of your romaine!!!! It’s soo greeeeeen!
It makes me wish I didn’t live on the 9th floor of a big building! –> Garden Jealousy


Iris June 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I would LOVE to have my own garden! When I was little, I had my own small piece of garden. Now I’m a student and have no garden at all :( Maybe when I’m older :D


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes June 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I am hooked ( of course )on your green monsters with spinach! BUT I am still working up the nerve to try it with Kale. I know it probs will not even taste different :)


Emily June 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Congrats on your garden!! My kale plant from LAST summer survived through the winter and is still going strong. :)


Jen June 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm

This post is so cute, Angela! I’m growing my first garden ever this year and I get TOTALLY excited when I see everything growing. I went out last night to water & just wander around looking at all the little plants and I saw OMG I HAVE A PEA!!! Yay! So it made me laugh to see you doing the same thing. :o)


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

haha I totally screamed when I saw the pea pods! I never thought they would grow I guess.


Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen June 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Yay for a green thumb (don’t sell yourself short!) I’d loveee fresh kale.


Yolie @ Practising Wellness June 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

congratulations on your beautiful garden and green leaves! :-) xyx


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite June 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm

That is one gorgeous green monster! Congrats on your flourishing garden!! :) So exciting to see things grow like that.


Moni'sMeals June 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I love your garden. I am so wanting to move to a place where I have plenty of room and a garden. At least I have your pictures! All that kale…YUMMMM!

Now that is a great Green Monster~ Oh lord!


Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet) June 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The garden is looking fabulous! Everything is growing out of control here in Ohio too because of the wet weather. Now that we finally have sun we can start to enjoy it!


Erica Vore June 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I discovered Kale chips earlier this summer. Everyone in my family (including my two year old) devours them! You garden is inspirational!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I am so very impressed by your veggie garden!!!


Molly @ RDexposed June 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I started my day with a GS, too. Unfortunately, I used the last of my spinach on it. My garden spinach needs to grow faster!


Eating Smart (Tracy) June 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Where do you buy Vanilla Almondilla Shake & Go Protein Powder? I have never seen it before and would love to try it. Love your blog, it is beautiful.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Superstore and bulk barn :)


Tichina June 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm

My grocery store finally carries kale!!!! I have had it for 48 hours and have probably searched different 48 recipes wondering how best to eat it haha. I think I’m safe with this one yayy!! :)


[email protected] June 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Your garden is gorgeous!


zoe (and the beatles) June 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm

gah! i wish i could grow a garden! it’s such a big dream of mine. but i don’t live in a house with a big enough backyard. the perils of a new college graduate…;)


Jackie @ That Deep Breath June 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Your garden is beautiful! I love having home grown veggies around the house…they taste better knowing so much work went into them!


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner June 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Congrats on your recipe page! :)

I LOVE YOUR RECIPES ANGELA!!!!! Your blog is one of if not THE BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

haha thanks ;)


Jen June 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm

YAY for the garden! That romaine looks heavenly. My MIL keeps giving me fresh green onions from her garden and they are SO GOOD….I may never be able to eat store bought green onions again. Enjoy!


Emily @ Comfortable Home Life June 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I’m so jealous of your beautiful garden! I live in a third story apartment, so no chance of gardening for me. My potted basil plant will have to do for now. I actually prefer spinach in my GM’s – maybe I’ll try kale again this weekend. If not, I know kale chips will always be my BFF. :)


Brooke June 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Awesome garden! Baby steps, right?

Brooke Annessa


KR June 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Don’t forget to keep up with weeding! You don’t want those gorgeous plants to get crowded out!


Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers June 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I planted my first garden this year as well, and so far I’ve gotten a few strawberries. potatoes, lots of basil and spinach, and some lettuce. I researched everything, but I too felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I’ve been battling a gopher eating some of my plants, but other than that it’s gone pretty well, and I’ve definitely learned how I would change things if I do another garden.


[email protected] June 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

oohh wowwww this is so exciting! look at you ms. gardener~~! Haha, this post really excited me and motivates me to think about gardening in the future :D


'Dee June 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Can’t resist:
“In conclusion, I have no idea what the heck I’m doing and somehow it’s working out.”
……….in other words … story of my life :-)

LOVE the garden-fresh GM!


ashley @ cooking for john June 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

eeep! your garden is doing great, even if you don’t know what you’re doing. ;)

i just bought some kale at the farmer’s market today (next best thing!) and can’t wait to have a delicious green monster tomorrow!


bitt of raw June 30, 2011 at 1:13 am

nothing like really fresh LIVE food from the garden! i think baby kale is way less bitter too. I get used it this spring and now it’s hard to go back to the larger leaves.


Johanna June 30, 2011 at 6:18 am

Wow Angela! Your garden looks amazing!!! I started today also with a green smoothie – I wish we would have kale here in Israel – unfortunatelly the weather is too hot for it… I just growing a lots of cherry tomatoes, lettuce, sunflowers and a lot of spices and herbs on my rooftop garden. Have a great day!


Sam June 30, 2011 at 6:51 am

I love your garden! I love my garden tooo :) It’s so fun and rewarding to grow your own food! I live in an apartment so I am proud of my mini garden in pots! Next time I might just try kale!


Danielle June 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

I wish I had a garden like that! Not that easy living on a houseboat in the centre of Amsterdam;) That’s some delicious looking green monster!


eva @5fruitsNveggies June 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

2nd blog i’ve read today about protein powder—now i just need to read it in a 3rd blog to go try some vegan or raw protein powder-lol…actually i have it on my WFs list now….i also go in and out with protein powder…lately not likely the one with soy since i think my intake of soy products is already high enough…


michelle June 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

You’ve convinced grow kale next year. I find you really need a good blender (like Vitamix) for kale shakes otherwise there’s a little chewing going on :)


Laura @ prettylittlewords June 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Ohhh that romaine looks SO tasty! :)


Maddie June 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Baby kale is soooooo much cuter and less intimidating than full-grown kale.


elise July 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

man i am so jealous of your garden! sorry about the allergic reaction, hope it doesnt happen again! so bizarre. which vega is your all time favorite?


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

taste wise probably choc o lot :)


Tove August 31, 2012 at 3:54 am

Hi Angela!
Thanks for a wonderful blog!
I want to ask you if you got any tips on how to make a kale smoothie really smooth? I’m having such problems and thinks it tastes pretty awful with bits in it. It may be so that my blender is not that good, so I do also wanna ask you what kind of blender do you use?
Thanks again! / Tove


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 31, 2012 at 8:54 am

Ive had probs with that in the past and it was due to my blender. Once I got a vitamix the problem went away. They are expensive but I think I could have easily gone through several blenders by now and racked up the same amount of moula (I had already gone through 2-3 before I finally got the vitamix). Maybe you could try using a bit less kale or even steaming it first to help break it down? I also find Dinosaur kale to be much smoother than curly kale.


Alexis August 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I’m going out today to get the ingredients to try my first G.M! Thanks so much for all the recipes. I’ve only just gone vegan and this site is a lifesaver.


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