Our first week of camp finds us in the garden. After all, many of our plant friends live here as well as in fields and meadows, up on the mountains, in the forests and even by “the wayside” all around us in the city.Read More
Did you know that roses are edible? And, did you know that roses are part of a large family of plants (called the Rosaceae family) comprised of some of our most beloved fruits? Fruits like apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, peaches and even almonds are all part of this amazing and delicious plant family.
Learn about the rose family while making a luscious Summertime fruit salad!Read More
My daughter, Violet, and I love to make herbal treats together for our family. Violet really enjoys the cooking in the kitchen, so it is a great enjoy the beauty of herbs together. We have a lovely Rosa rugosa in our yard which blooms the sweetest of rose flowers. They are deep pink with a berry like fragrance.
My daughters and I have a long history of baking delicious granola together. The girls get to choose what they want in the granola and then we have a blast measuring, pouring and mixing it all up. Homemade granola is much healthier than store bought and can be made to suit your taste buds. Plus I love how easy it is to throw on the table for breakfast on a busy morning.Read More
This afternoon found us quietly rambling in the yard harvesting a bit of our freshly growing chocolate mint. It is so yummy and vivacious with dark green leaves and chocolate colored square stems. I love having this plant growing in our yard. We took our mint inside to create our first ice cream of the season. I love making frozen desserts with my kids using healthy ingredients!Read More
People either love them or hate them, yet as far as I know there is nothing else in the world like the lovely avocado. Tasty creaminess that adds just the right touch to so many dishes. In our house it is often the avocado that pulls everything together. It wasn't always so for me. As a child I would find them lurking in the taco salad my mother so often served. Like a little bits of pale green nastiness they would taunt me as I zealously hunted them down and banished every piece from my meal. As I got older my tastes changed and I found myself wanting to like avocado. Finally the answer came for me... salt. Salt! So simple, it brings out a special flavor in the avocado that makes it absolutely delectable. And all you need is a little, just a sprinkle to make the avocado's tastiness shine. Whew! I am grateful I figured that one out because now I love avocados and I am not sure I could live with out them.
I found avocados to be the perfect baby food for my children. Just cut one open and smash it up right in the peel. Tasty nourishing baby food. Luckily my kids never had my avocado aversion and they like them even without salt, go figure.
My favorite thing to make with avocados is guacamole, of course. I love to add as much flavor to my guacamole as possible with herbs. Forging out in my yard (as well as at the farm stand and grocery store) I search for any savory addition for my guacamole.
Favorites are ~
- Herbs like chives, parsley, thyme, cilantro, and even basil
- Flowers like spicy nasturtiums, borage, and chive flowers
- Veggies like arugula, tomatoes, and peppers
This year my garden isn't in the best shape. We had a lot of construction right around our back yard and I found it wasn't much fun gardening with loud construction equipment rumbling right over my shoulder. Yet, I still managed to get a few lovely herbs planted and flourishing. And, with the help of my local farm stand, I found enough to make a nice version of my family's favorite dip.
- Ripe Avocados
- Herbs ~ I used cilantro, chives, thyme and parsley
- Fresh Limes
- Salt, of course!
Prep your ingredients. Chop the herbs up nice a small. I use a lot of herbs when I make this (probably about a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of chopped herbs to each avocado) and my kids still love every bite, even my 6-year-old who doesn't like "leaves." How great is that? Not only are my children eating avocados often with veggies for dipping but they also are getting lots of amazing green leafy herbs all chock full of goodness. It is enough to make my heart sing!
Mince the garlic. How much you use depends on how much you like garlic. My husband and I like it a lot so we use 1 to 2 cloves each. I mince the garlic with salt to help get the garlic's juice's flowing. Then I leave it on the side so my hubby and I can add it to our guacamole because raw garlic is too spicy for my kids.
Next, smash the avocados up on a plate, I use a potato masher for this. My kids love helping with this part. It is really fun to see the avocado turn into little green tubular shapes.
Then just mix in your herbs with a squeeze of lime juice and so salt to taste. Easy, healthy and delicious served with raw veggies, crackers or chips for dipping. Yum!
Avocado Nutrition ~
Despite their bad past reputation avocados are in fact good for you. Each bumpy skinned fruit is packed with heart healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin E, and potassium as well as antioxidants. So eat up and enjoy!
A cool rainy afternoon is a cookie baking afternoon at our house. A time for ruminating in the kitchen over a delicious, comforting delicacy. Because the heat of summer has been so intense this year, I know we must seize this particular cool afternoon... it could be the last one like it for a while.Read More
One of my passions, no, it is more... a road to bliss in my life is to cook and makeover recipes. Creating healthy delicious food from recipes that might not be very good for the body. I also love being able to use what I have on hand to make what I want to eat, like right now! When I was little my amazing super-mom had a muffin recipe she would make that I simply loved. This recipe had been handed down like so many other precious delicious recipes from my Grandma. The batter would last for what seemed like forever in the refrigerator and any time we wanted we could make tasty warm muffins, "Snap!" just like that! So when my mom would get up for work, she could have a warm breakfast on the table and still get all four of us out the door on time. Simply amazing!Read More