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Backyard Discoveries…

While Mr. Weekly Bite has been getting the inside of our house in tip top shape, M & I have been having all sorts of fun discovering new things in our backyard. When we first bought the house we noticed only a few fruit trees. After taking a closer look, we’ve been pleasantly surprised with our discoveries. Here are some pics of our “fruitful” backyard 😉

Lemon Tree

There are so many lemons on this tree! Time to start making some lemonade 🙂

Fig Tree

I can’t wait for these to ripen and make all sorts of deliciousness 🙂

Pomegranate Tree

We were so excited to discover this pomegranate tree! When we first noticed it, there was one over ripe pomegranate hanging on the tree and lots of blooms. For some reason, all the blooms are falling and no fruit is producing 🙁 Anyone know how to take care of a pomegranate tree?


This is the largest rosemary bush I have ever seen. If anyone needs rosemary, feel free to stop buy 😉

Valencia Oranges

Words cannot express how excited we are about this tree! We initially thought it was another lime tree, then discovered a tag attached to the base of the tree with the name and care instructions. So exciting 🙂


We think these are blueberries. Mr. Weekly Bite won’t let me taste one for obvious reasons, but after googling and doing a little research, we’re pretty sure these are blueberries. Yay!


Lots of limes are coming off this tree! I see lots of turbinado lime coolers in my near future. After this baby is born those will change to margaritas 😉


I love grapefruits… really, I do… but the amount of grapefruits we have is a bit overwhelming. This picture is only of half the tree, we’ve got a whole lot more on the other half. Anyone have a good grapefruit recipe? I need all the help I can get 😉


That’s all we’ve discovered so far. We’ll keep you posted on any new discoveries!

31 Responses

  1. Lori Lange said on June 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I feel horrible about not seeing you yet- life has been rather busy around here & now I’ve got the kiddo out of school. Have you moved in already? Can’t believe you have all of these wonderful things in your backyard. So jealous! I’d be weary of the blueberries though… never heard of anyone having those around here!

  2. Barbara said on June 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

    How exciting to have all those fruit trees in your own backyard! What a great experience for M to be able to pick fresh fruit everyday! Enjoy!!!!! Glad you are all settling into your new home…love seeing all the pictures!

  3. Becky said on June 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Did M age 3 years when you moved 3 time zones away? She looks so grown up in that picture!! I’m very jealous of all the great trees in your yard – it makes me want to visit even more than I did before. First chance I get after our second kids are born, you’ll find me picking fruit in your backyard. 🙂

  4. Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 13, 2011 at 11:37 am

    HI Lori! No need to feel bad… I know we’ll see each other soon 🙂

  5. Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Becky – we need to start planning a girls weekend 🙂

  6. Marci said on June 13, 2011 at 11:47 am

    that is quite that garden! what wonderful things to grow.

  7. Heather @ Heather's Dish said on June 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Can I have your backyard?! Pretty pretty pretty please?!

  8. SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen said on June 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    You really do have a fruitful back yard… wow! Our favorite ways to enjoy grapefruit are broiled ( and in this delightful pink grapefruit cake (

    I’ve also heard, but have not tried, that you can make grapefruit jam/preserve. Combos include cranberry grapefruit, honey or vanilla grapefruit marmalade, orange-lemon-grapefruit, strawberry grapefruit, grapefruit ginger, cherry grapefruit and blueberry grapefruit!

    Enjoy the fruits! Can’t wait to see what you make 🙂

  9. Pilar said on June 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Ohmygoodness, what an INCREDIBLE yard!! You won’t go hungry there! I’ll be sure to stop by for a margarita or grapefruit if I’m ever in SD 😉

  10. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on June 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    That is amazing! All of that home grown produce is gorgeous, you are so lucky:-)

  11. Heidi @ Food Doodles said on June 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Wow I am so jealous of all your trees! Especially all the citrus and the figs! Oh my goodness, yum! We have plums and apricots and some nut trees here, but I would so love to have citrus trees. So beautiful 😀

  12. mary (what's cookin' with mary) said on June 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I am so jealous !! What wonderful things you have growing in your yard !!! …and I thought I was sylin’ with my lemon tree and thyme plant HEHE

  13. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on June 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Holy smokes it’a like you live on an orchard!

  14. Aunt Edna said on June 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Oh my Estela, that reminds me of our backyard in Ben Bolt; we had Tangerines,Oranges,Grapefruits,Lemons,Peaches,Pomegranates,Plums,Mangos,Grapes; and a Pecan tree that never did….Sounds like a terrific backyard.. Homesick…

  15. Danielle Janecek said on June 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Holy Cow!!! How amazing is that!!!

  16. Nour El-Zibdeh, RD said on June 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Wait, have I missed on something? Are you not in DC anymore? So jealous of the trees!

  17. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) said on June 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Amazing fruit you have! I’m SO jealous of your backyard!

  18. Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Nour – we moved to San Diego a few weeks ago 🙂

  19. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said on June 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    The house I lived in when I was pregnant with Skylar in the University Heights area of San Diego had trees just like that! It was from the 1920s and the lemon tree was the size of a rockerfellar center xmas tree. HUGE!!!!

    Enjoy all that fruit and I’d love to come over and take leftovers off your hands 🙂

  20. Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique said on June 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    This is amazing! Enjoy it! 🙂

  21. Courtney said on June 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I saw this and thought of you since you have rosemary and lemon in your backyard! 🙂

  22. Nour El-Zibdeh, RD said on June 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Of course, San Diego. Can’t have those trees here in DC. Good luck in your new adventure!

  23. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on June 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I want to move in with you! That is an amazing amount of finds in your yard!

  24. Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks said on June 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    This is amazing! I am so excited for your fruitful bounty! 🙂

  25. Sarah said on June 14, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Those are such fun discoveries- and M looks like she’s having a blast!

  26. Elana said on June 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

    You need to open a farm stand in your backyard. So jealous!!

  27. Stephanie @cookinfanatic said on June 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    This recipe for a black bean, quinoa and citrus salad would be a great use for some of those lovely grapefruits, had to share!

  28. Baking Serendipity said on June 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    What amazing discoveries! You have an awesome backyard 🙂 I’d love access to all that fresh produce!

  29. Lee Hock @ Dish on Delish said on June 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Amazing, wish my backyard had all of that!
    Here are a couple of grapefruit ideas:
    *Cut the grapefruit in half, sprinkle with brown sugar, and broil, you’ll have Grapefruit Brulee!
    *You can make a salad with spinach, grapefruit segments, and avocado, serve with a poppy seed dressing

  30. Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks for the recipe ideas Lee!! 🙂

  31. Nicole, RD said on June 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Jealous doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings on all that fresh produce being in your backyard!!!