Salad Cart Experiment

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This week I decided to transform my metal garden cart I got from a garage sale for $1, into a salad cart! I took a burlap sack I had gotten for free from a garage sale, and lined the base.

I filled it with dirt and took arugula and hot mustard seeds I got from my local Marin Open Garden exchange (we meet at the local park on Saturday mornings with bounty from our gardens and exchange fruits, veggies, flowers & seeds).

Since my garden has lots of shade at this point in the season, I can roll the cart into the sun especially while the seeds are sprouting.  There are also lots of snails in the garden and so I can re-direct them away from the salad cart!  Will keep you posted!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Honey Scones

I LOVE having something hearty & healthy for breakfast.  I found a recipe for “Oatmeal Honey Scones” at http://www.thehealthychef.com/2011/09/oatmeal-honey-scones/ (Note that the author is from Australia-so the oven temperature is C, so bake for 20 minutes at 350 F.)

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I love to warm one up in the toaster and have with my morning coffee or tea. yum!

Gluten Free Rosemary Almond crackers

I recently attended the Gluten Free and Allergen Expo in San Francisco.  I got to sample so many new gluten free products, and there are some fabulous ones! My friend, Mark Berger was there with his gluten free treats, The Goods (http://TheGoods-GF.com).  One of my favorite goodies was called Kettle Krakkers, rosemary (http://kettelkrakkers.com/products/rosemary/) they are awesome! The best cracker I’ve ever tasted!!

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I thought it would be fun to make my own. I found a Rosemary Almond Cracker recipe at http://www.rawmazing.com/rosemary-almond-crackers-two-ways/

And this is how they turned out:

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They are really quite tasty, but not as thin as Kettle Krakkers.

Coconut Oil advocate!

I am a huge fan of Coconut Oil…raw & organic. I use and consume coconut oil every day.

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  • Face moisturizer every day as well as for the body. I keep a small container of it in my purse for dry hands, and lip balm.
  • Oil pulling -(you swish a teaspoon of oil around in your mouth to pull bacteria from between your teeth…don’t swallow! just spit it out after a few minutes)
  • Use in baking and cooking (I made raw chocolate truffles with coconut oil over the holidays..yum!)
  • Use on skin irritations – good for people and pets

Here is a link to a blog that mentions 122 uses for Coconut Oil.

Here, Dr. Mercola discusses the health benefits of coconut oil.

But everything in moderation…if you choose to eat coconut oil, go easy to start.

Reduced cost of healthy foods!

I am so fortunate to live in a town where I have multiple options to purchase locally grown, organic produce; gluten free products and healthy supplements, however, the cost of these things can really add up.  I just discovered an online store that sells the products I use, at a substantial savings!  It’s called “Vitacost”-

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$10 Coupon

Click this link and receive a $10 off coupon for your first purchase, plus, I get one too!

I add tumeric (whenever possible-due to it’s healing qualities), cheese, and any leftover vegies. These egg muffins are so handy, just pop into the toaster oven, for an quick, tasty, nutritious meal~ even lunch or dinner, served with salad! Byzantine Flowers Blog is awesome!

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This simple egg muffin recipe is easy, fun, and delicious! Use most any left-overs: vegetables, spices, cheese/meats options… 

Simply spray a muffin pan with olive oil cooking spray (or wipe down each cup with olive oil).

  • crack a organic free-ranged egg into each cup, add seasoning (a dash of hot sauce, sea salt & pepper, onion, herbs/spices)
  • add a few bits of leftover vegetables. (In this case, leftover spinach).
  • use a fork to slightly scramble each egg in the cup.
* Cook 180C (350 F) for 20mins. + until slightly golden brown
Be creative with your egg muffin mixes – add a side of sprouts with avocado & tater tots, or sweet potato/winter squash!  
(free-ranged organic eggs, broccoli, spinach, goat feta, red pepper flakes, sea salt & pepper)
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Also experiment by adding raw chocolate powder, or a raspberry or two~divine!

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How To Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient…BANANA

This recipe is great for mommies who are vegans, gluten-free, dairy-allergic, and  on a sugar-free diet.

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Creamy, soft-serve style ice cream with just one ingredient BANANA with no additional dairy, sweeteners, or ingredients needed.                    

riped bananasbanana slices       ~ Chop the “RIPE” bananas into pieces that will fit in your food processor or blender.

~Place the banana pieces in the freezer for at least an hour. Put the frozen pieces in your food  processor.

~Pulse a few times to break up the big pieces.

~It may look chunky and granular, if so you may add a small amount of milk to speed the process along.
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~You don’t really need it. Just scrape down the sides and keep processing and it will get creamy and smooth.
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Homemade Pumpkin Soup

Try this quick and healthy recipe next time you are craving delicious pumpkin soup:

PUMPKIN SOUP

1/4 organic yellow onion (diced and sauteed in pot)
1 can (15 oz.) of organic pumpkin puree (added to pot)
1 box (32 oz.) of organic chicken broth or vegetable broth (add 1/2 box or more, to desired consistency)
Seasonings:
1/8  t. curry powder
pinch of cinnamon and of red pepper flakes
1 T. agave syrup (or other sweetener)
salt, pepper to taste

Heat, then blend in blender (or use immersion hand blender). Done.  So YUMMY!

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Eat Food by Michael Pollan

I picked up a booklet from the Community Alliance with Family Farmers http:// www.caff.orgwhere they publish information about all the local farmers markets.  On page 3 of the San Francisco Bay Area version, Michael Pollan writes about his thoughts about food, which I really appreciate!!

Food for thought ~
Law of Attraction abounds, and when it is said to you, “Ask, and it is given,” there is no more powerful statement that is at the basis of what makes things happen than that. Now, how is it that you think you ask? With your words? The Universe doesn’t hear your words. You ask with your desire. The desire that is born out of the contrast. That desire. That wanting. That’s what summons the Life Force. — Abraham
Excerpted from the Abraham Hicks workshop in Seattle, WA on Sunday, June 21st, 1998