Let the season begin

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Goodbye relaxing nights and those extra 20 minutes of sleep in the morning.  You are being replaced with garden “engineering” which includes layout, planning, planting, weeding, working, and non-stop love and care!

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Today’s project was getting some of our late producing vegetables planted.  We did pumpkins, butternut squash, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts and peas.  The kids love to help with this and the tween queen planted a container of Morning Glory, Cosmos and Zinnia.

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And of course there’s always a jokester in the group!!  I knew something was up when the giggling was getting out of control.

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If you saw my garden tip on Facebook, these are the little cups I save throughout the winter to use as planters.  These are lemon ice and yogurt containers.  Poke a few holes in the bottom and they are perfect for starting plants.

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You can store these on a tray with sides and fill with water from the bottom so it hits the roots and nourishes the plant and you don’t have to water each one individually or with a sprayer.  This is a HUGE time saver!

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And now they are gently covered with the sunlight hitting them to begin their growing process.  Fingers crossed they all produce.

Greek Yogurt Bread

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You have to like the sourness of Greek Yogurt to like this bread.  It was a great bread fresh out of the oven for breakfast as well as warmed up for dinner with a salad and turkey tenderloin.

Friends of mine posted this on their facebook page and it’s so simple with only 3 ingredients (2 if you don’t want the outside coated in cornmeal).  I had to try it.

This week I am going to try it with peach or cherry flavored yogurt and a glaze to see how it is as a sweet bread.  Will post more on that later.

You can see more pictures of how simple this was to make on my Facebook page:  Greek Yogurt Bread

Smoothies

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There are times when life is so busy I can’t get my stress relieving walks in.  The past few months have been that way and I can feel my shoulders creeping up around my neck with tension.  The best thing for me is a few days of “detoxing” with great healthy food kicked off with a veggie packed smoothie every morning.

You can make smoothies with almost any vegetable and fruit you have.

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I used a handful of kale, blackberries, flax seeds, slice of apple, 1/2 cup orange mango juice, 5 ice cubes and a squeeze of honey for this one.  It looks brown but it’s a deep purple color.  It was sweet, filling and packed full of great nutrients.

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The next morning I had kale and collard greens with some oj, and remember those flash frozen peaches (Flash Freezing Peaches) I made in the summer?  I threw a few of those in with some cranberries and black berries.  Another great body boost full of goodness!

Tomorrow I will use the frozen cherries we picked (freezing fruit) as well as the orange juice ice cubes (OJ ice cubes).

Whatever you have works and you can sweeten it if need be with honey or agave.

Throughout the day drink a few glasses of water with lemon.

After 2 days I can already feel the tension leaving my body!!

Cheers (clink)

Lunch Tip

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A small bowl of colorful berries is a great way to get those extra vitamins into the kids during their busy day.

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The reusable containers help to keep “green” and fit perfectly into lunch boxes.

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Some homemade soup, favorite snack, and nutritious dessert to compensate for the sugar drink make for a very kid friendly lunch packed full of vitamins and the energy they need!

Applesauce…sauces

Today was the day to make a few batches of crockpot applesauce.  This is great for dinners, to put in kids lunches and for baking!!!  There are a lot of recipes that cut down on fat and calories by replacing oil with applesauce.  It’s great to have some ready for whenever you need it.

I freeze our applesauce but you can also place it in jars and can it.  We always make a few different batches and today we made cinnamon, chunky, and plain.

You can find our family recipe on my facebook page here:  Applesauce recipe

 

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Cinnamon

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Chunky

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Plain