Winding Down

Posted on October 31, 2013. Filed under: Plants | Tags: , , , |

Plants - KaleKale is a trooper plant, continuing right into winter, losing all its leaves in the snow and sprouting right up again when spring arrives.  Here is one of mine that will continue producing even in frost.  The leaves will be frozen crunchy hard.  Doesn’t matter.  Cut off and bring inside, they thaw beautifully.  I don’t know how they do it!  I just hope the snow holds off.

Plants - Lemon ThymeAnd here is my lemon thyme, fully harvested for winter about a month ago.  It has already grown back quite a bit!  I may get a little more harvested.  There’s nothing like fresh lemon thyme thrown into eggs and soups.

I’m amazed at how alive the garden still is even though the blanket of leaves is falling rapidly.

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For the Love of Greens

Posted on July 11, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Plants | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Food - Greens TreatMy garden greens have gone nuts this summer!  This is a mouthful of interesting flavors:  1 leaf each of kale, lettuce, garlic chive, and sorrel.  Wow, what a pop in the mouth!

Food - Lettuce harvestHere is my enormous harvest just soaked, spun and about to get packed into a bucket for the refrigerator.  I love that even though I live in a woods, greens don’t need full sun to grow.  The lettuce, sorrel, and chives all returned on their own, too.  The lettuce is trying hard to get to flower and seed, but I keep cutting it before that can happen.  I think I might get one more cutting before I will have to let it go.  That’s ok, it will pay me back next year with all the dropped seed coming up again!

Food - Lettuce harvest 2This is the best laugh.  I’ve rescued a bucket from a local bakery’s recycling bin.  The bucket originally held “E-Z Use Garlic Spread.”  First ingredient?  Partially hydrogenated oil – yuck!  Not anymore – now it’s filled with gorgeous greens ready to eat.  It’s now the E-Z Use Green Bucket!

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Superfood Fruit Smoothie Made Simple

Posted on April 12, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Americans need to take back control of their food!  My neighbor mentioned that she had to get to the store to buy some packets of powdered fruit smoothie so she could make them in her blender again.  You can probably imagine my reaction.  I said, “Why would you pay for that?”  and “Have you looked at the ingredients list?”  Let’s just say she has thanked me profusely several times now for teaching her that she doesn’t need a package from the store that some gigantic food manufacturer has put together.

Fruit smoothies are so simple if you have a blender and a freezer.  The best base for all of them are frozen bananas and other fruits and vegetables.  Peel ripe bananas and slice in smallish slices, then throw in a ziplock bag and freeze flat so you can break off as many as you want when you are using them.  Bananas make smoothies creamy and thick so they are a great base.  After that any other fruit and many frozen veggies work great too.  It’s a very sneaky way to get vegetables into children’s diets!  Basically it is frozen stuff, sweetener (honey, maple syrup, stevia, even dates – your choice), and liquid (milk, nutmilk, water).

Mine above there is a special superfood smoothie.  I included frozen banana, rhubarb (yep, using up last year’s frozen supply before this year’s comes in – low calorie and high nutrient, why not?), kale, and papaya.  Then some stevia for sweetening and 1 T. each chlorella and spirulina and some coconut milk.  Absolutely delicious!

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The final product makes it possible for me to consume the spirulina and chlorella because I do not find these palatable, believe me, but their health benefits are astounding so I throw them in here where I can’t taste them.  The final color is surprising, but I think especially boys would like the idea of a pond scum smoothie – eeewww!  Hard to believe, but I’m telling you, it tastes wonderful.  And again, every cell in the body sings, “Thank you for the FOOD!”

By the way, that is a stainless steel straw in there.  What a great concept!  I have tried to eliminate plastic from my food and I didn’t know, until recently, that there was any other choice for a straw, but glass and stainless steel are now available for reasonable prices too.  I invested in 10 of these and I will never have to buy straws again and none will go into the landfill or need to be recycled.  And I won’t be sucking up plastic chemicals along with my smoothie.  Just great!!

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