Monthly Archives: April 2015

Gettin’ Juicy

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Good Day! (It feels too late to say morning, yet too early to say afternoon.)

I made some juices to kick start my Thursday, and naturally I photographed them, so I figured I would share ’em with all of you for potential recipe inspiration. I’m going climbing in South Boston at noon for the day, so it was the most opportune time for me to stack up on my micro-nutrients.

Here’s the first one, which happens to be a personal favorite:

C'est ParfaitThe ingredients are as follows: Gala Apples, Parsley, Beet, Lemon, Ginger and Carrot. I call this one the “C’est Parfait”… it means “it is perfect” in French and, well, it is.

C'est ParfaitNow, I obviously used a lot of ingredients to yield a solid amount of juice because I tend to make extra for la famille, but if anyone needs or wants the ratios for personal sizes, just let me know.

Here’s the second one. It’s not as sweet and tantalizing as the C’est Parfait, but this one packs a nice health punch and really gets those juices flowing – pun intended.

Juice 2This one doesn’t have a name in my mind yet, but the ingredients are as follows: Cilantro, Tomato, Red Pepper, Lime, Parsley, Jalapeno, Celery, Garlic, Spinach and Kale. It’s sort of reminiscent of a Bloody Mary, so maybe a name like the Juicy Mary could work? I don’t know. Ideas are welcome!

Juicy Mary?Now I know having Garlic in a juice may sound weird and unappealing, and at first it may be strange, but you really actually start to enjoy the zing it gives you. I also only add one clove so it’s not overwhelming, yet you still get all the glorious benefits that garlic has to offer – and believe me, there are plenty.

Well, I’m off to climb. Have a great day! Stay fabulous.

Earth Day Sprouting

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Hi Friends!

As you may or may not know, Earth Day was on April 22nd, and to keep up the good vibes, I planted some old seeds that I had leftover from my Vermont days. To be honest, I was a little nervous as to whether or not the seeds would actually sprout, since those things are said to have expiration dates.

Nevertheless, I collected a wheelbarrow full of very old horse manure – which is now beautiful compost equipped with earthworms (!!!) – tidied up the window boxes in front of my house and planted within them large handfuls of the “expired” seeds. I also up-cycled old protein scoops that I have been hoarding for some time now and planted seeds in them to hopefully sprout indoors.

Window Boxes

Lo and behold, I have some sprouters! Never underestimate the power of a little seed and it’s will to grow. I’m a happy camper; let’s hope some make it to adulthood and eventually, into my belly 😉

We Have Babies!

We Have Babies!

The above photo is the up-cycled protein scoop – crafty idea, huh? I thought so. However, at the aggressive rate that the Dinosaur Kale is growing, they won’t be in the scoop for long! The last time I tried growing Lacinato (Dino) Kale, they made it pretty far, only to get devoured by deer a few days before cultivation. Mer. Wish me better luck this time.

Enjoy the rest of your day, babes ❤

Waste Not, Want Not

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Howdy Folks ❤

Today at work, my boss was emptying a bag of unidentifiable green chunks into a bowl, about to juice the chunks with a hodgepodge of other fruits and veggies. Obviously, being the curious human that I am, I inquired as to what the chunks were. Her response: “Well, actually, I am doing something you would do! They are the broccoli stalk bits that I don’t like to eat, so in an effort to not waste them, I chopped them up and brought them in to juice.”

Apparently, I am known as the resident garbage disposal; and you know what? I’m totally okay with that. Actually, I dig it. I am the girl at work who saves the pineapple rinds to juice because there is actually juice hidden in there; I save lemon peels and put them in my water because it does add a lemony flavor, and when I have to flush out the juicer after juicing a beet so I don’t taint the color of future juices… I drink the beet runoff. Yes, I can’t stand to waste water, either.

Truth be told, I absolutely hate wasting things in general, especially food. Hell, I up-cycle plastic protein scoops and turn them into vessels for sprouting seeds. It particularly tears at my heart every time I have to throw something edible away, knowing that there are multitudes of starving people scattered all over the globe; some even as close as downtown. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a household where I am well fed, but that doesn’t mean I am oblivious to the needs of others. That’s partially why I bought a dehydrator: to salvage things that are about to go bad. It’s just who I am, and I’m proud of that. Waste not, want not, so the saying goes.

Anyway, going along with that theme, I came across this article a few weeks back, and I think it pertains to this post quite nicely. It’s in regards to making the most of certain fruits and vegetables, and I’ve copied the majority of the article below. I’m proud to say that I actually already do all of these things (except #5) because I’m about that life, but I bet some of these things are new for you, so read on!

1. Orange peels

The white, pithy flesh on the inside of orange peels is packed full of bioflavonoids which enhance your body’s utilization of the vitamin C in the orange. The bioflavinoids hesperidin and diosmin found in the orange pith may also help to heal varicose veins and improve the appearance of your skin. Simply scrape off the inner white part of the peel with your teeth.

2. Kiwi skin

Many people don’t know that the skin of a kiwi fruit is edible. Thinly slice the kiwi fruit and leave the skin on. The taste and texture complement one another nicely when prepared this way. If you peel off the skin and throw it away, you are missing out on added fiber, vitamin C, and even omega 3 fatty acids!

3. Beet greens

Beet roots are well known as a nutritional powerhouse but many people neglect the greens. Don’t trash the tops! They contain many vitamins and minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron vitamins A, C and K, folic acid and more. Beet greens make a delicious side dish lightly sautéed with some garlic and olive oil. You can also juice the stems and leaves.

4. Broccoli stems + leaves

When eating raw or steamed broccoli, many people prefer the florets to the stems and leaves, but the they can also be tasty when prepared in a way that works with their taste and texture. Use julienned stems in a slaw with cabbage and carrots or add sliced stems and leaves to a stir fry.

5. Veggie scraps

Don’t throw away the ends of carrots or celery, potato skins, onion and garlic skins, the stem of cauliflower or carrot tops! Throw them in a bag in the freezer and make a vegetable stock when the bag is full. Add to last night’s chicken carcass for an almost free chicken stock. Bonus tip: Freeze the stock in ice cube trays as a healthier alternative to bouillon cubes. Add a broth cube when cooking quinoa, rice or veggies for extra flavor and nutrition.

6. Juice Pulp

If you make your own fresh fruit and vegetable juice, keep the pulp. It adds bulk and nutritional fiber into recipes like veggie burgers, soups and sauces. You can also blend it into a smoothie, bake it into muffins and breads, or even dehydrate it into crackers!**

**One of my horses actually LOVES the juice pulp as it is, so that’s another method to not waste; just make sure you cut the rinds off prior to juicing. Adding the pulp to a compost pile outdoors is another way to really amp up your garden.

Have a fantastic rest of your “hump day”, my friends!

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Lovelies –

I came across a splendid Mark Twain quote the other day and wanted to spread the wealth:

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of a friend for your friends.

Now, those are words to live by; don’t you forget them!

That is all. x’s and o’s.

Be Your Best

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Just a quickie to say that I have updated my “Books, Books, Books” pages – both “In the Moment” and “Conquered” – so be sure to check those out for some insight as to what I have been reading lately, and please don’t hesitate to give me some recommendations! My list is in a constant state of growth, which I love 🙂

Nina Williams Climbing Clinic

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That Which We Call A Rose…

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Hello there, beautiful people.
In case you were wondering about the origin of the title:
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
    – William Shakespeare
It appears that I have a TON of pictures from my old phone scattered around my desktop right now, and I slowly want to integrate them into some lovely posts when the proper time arises. Two of them jumped out at me today, and so they are the chosen ones.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
    – Abraham Lincoln (my favorite president)
As you may know, I am the proud owner of an Excalibur Dehydrator – she is a thing of beauty and I honestly don’t use her as much as I should… something I hope to change. I have made some killer chicken jerky in the past amongst other things, but the items I have been dehydrating most lately are flowers. Roses, in particular.
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.

        – Victor Hugo

I have the beginnings of a nice cacophony of flower colors for a beautiful potpourri, and it turns out the majority of them even retain their smell. Someday, I want to use the dried petals for rose tea, but I need to either grow my own flowers for that (another goal) or find a reputable supplier who doesn’t use pesticides. I’m not really interested in drinking nasty bug drugs, thank you very much.
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After

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Aren’t they beautiful?! Who knew that receiving flowers as gifts could bring so much happiness, both during and after peak bloom. It’s all about the little things, people.

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.
      – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince
To stay in the spirit of roses, I compiled some quotes from a few of my favorite brains of the past that involve roses and embedded them throughout this post. If the names don’t spark recognition, I suggest you look into them. Enjoy!
But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.
     – Anne Brontë
Until next time ❤

Time For Tea

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Hi Friends.

Just a quick post for the moment, but I feel as if it is beneficial.
It’s just a few reasons as to why you should drink that lovely nectar known as tea. Personally, I love tea (warm tea – I’m not a huge fan of iced), but my personal opinion isn’t really proven scientifically… so here are some “real” reasons as to why you should drink tea.

  1. Tea contains high levels of antioxidants.
  2. There are no calories in tea.
  3. Tea can calm you down and comfort you.*
  4. Your skin will look better.
  5. Tea can help you sleep at night.*
  6. Caffeinated tea can give you an energy boost!

*Make sure that you read labels and know what each ingredient in your tea does. You wouldn’t want to buy a tea to help you sleep then come to find out it contains caffeine and vice versa, so make sure to check!

I also highly recommend you buy loose tea instead of bagged tea. Most bag teas are reputable, but some can have weird things in them that are probably best avoided; so do your research. I also find it fun to create my own tea blends that cater to my own specific needs – a trait that my boyfriend and his roommate have picked up due to me. About a year ago I wrote this post that broke down a specific tea blend of mine. Feel free to use that as a reference or ask me if you want any help!

Stay awesome.