I have no idea what’s going on, but why not join in is my philosphy! What a fun idea of spreading good news cheer. For our posts to cross is a wonderful day of education and enlightenment.
To show appreciation for the kind Versatile Blogger Award nomination, I’d like to acknowledge and thank youasamachine who is a complete inspiration of dedication, creativity and committment and thefourrooms who has a great inspiration for one’s quest for balance in life.
The rules for accepting this award are as follows:
- Thank the person(s) who gave you the Award and link back to them in your post.
- Share seven things about yourself.
- Pass this Award along to the top 10 (some said 15, but I like top 10 better) recently discovered blogs and let them know about their nomination.
Now, for the seven things about myself, here we go:
Christian, Wife, Mother, Military Traveler, Loves to Dance, Loves to Laugh and loves Jimmy Fallen (random info I know, but first 7 things that came to my mind so I went with it.)
Let’s move on and present the 10 Blogs with their nominations….
(and in no particular order).
I have really enjoyed these blogs and feel like I learn something new every day from a recipe to a heart-felt story to some crazy comments that make me laugh.
And of course it wouldn’t be right to end without a big THANK YOU to WordPress
for making this all possible in the first place!
These have been some of the best farming creations I’ve seen (my entire one year of observation). I’ve learned that if you write on a pumpkin with a pencil before it begins to grow, this will happen.
Last year, Uncle Sam moved this “city girl” to the western central coast where we saw nothing but farms and cows after driving an hour from the tiny 2 gate airport. So needless to say, I was out of my element for a while.
The military has its benefits by allowing you to see this great nation and world if you’re lucky by exposing you to varying climates and culture. At first, I didn’t like this small town with no major chains of food or shopping. But I think I’m coming around to the lifestyle of no traffic, everyone knowing each other, great walking neighborhoods and yes, even the farms.
Local Farm Tour
I try to not show my “foreignisms” to the locals with my shouts of glee during our kids’ farm tours like when I saw this heart-shaped strawberry,
or when I acted as if the farmer invented the vegetable itself, or by my surprise that the mayor lives next door to my son’s preschool or that everyone I meet knows everyone else I know.
Local Fruit & Veggies
I am trying to keep it low, but I think it’s the coolest thing that we’re able to eat food directly from the ground and not from a shipment, buy inexpensive & tasty wines from the local vineyards and attend farmer markets just down the street. I’m even in a veggie co-op where I buy weekly boxes of local produce (organic of course)! And better yet, the kids and I began to grow our own garden in the backyard (yes, I now have a backyard).
Weekly Veggie Box
I think this city girl has become “granola”! Oh and I now make that too!
Okay, so why do other parents do this to us…..at soccer games, the “snack mom” delivered some fruit roll-ups. Most are pretty gross when you think of what’s in them. There are a few I like that have little sugar, real fruit and no corn syrup at all, but those are rare to find.
I saw this recipe in one of my magazines and thought I’d try it. It’s very easy to prepare, but just takes a long time in the oven on the low setting to dehydrate.
The kids loved them! And I was the “coolest mom ever” as my son put it.
- 2 cups berries (1 cup
strawberries, 1 cup blueberries)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Directions as in magazine:
- Puree berries, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook in a saucepan over medium heat until thick, 30 to 35 minutes.
Strain through a fine sieve onto a baking sheet lined with a nonstick baking mat; tilt to distribute. (Use a pan that isn’t warped to prevent pooling.) Bake at 170 degrees until dehydrated, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Let cool for 10 minutes. Cut into eight 4 1/2-by-5 1/2-inch rectangles. Roll in parchment. store at room temperature for up to 1 month — or 2 seconds, depending on your kids’ appetites.
Just an FYI, I did not strain with a sieve because I like to taste the seediness of the real berries. And I just put directly on a baking sheet. I ended up leaving in the oven much longer to dehydrate, about 4 hours at 170. Maybe, that’s just my oven though.
So after seeing this recipe in my Whole Living magazine, I thought I had to try it. I found some ripening avocados in my fridge so made the plunge to have my very sensitive and appreciative pallet for chocolate be affected by avocados! Yes, I said it, made it and lived to tell about it.
I made chocolate pudding with avocados! Lord have mercy. My kids were the taste testers because there is no one more brutally honest when it comes to food than these two. They would give Tom Colicchio (from Top Chef) a run for his pastry.
- 3 avocados
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Sea salt
- Puree avocados, cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla in a food processor until smooth. Sprinkle pudding with salt before serving.
Well, it was a hit surprisingly! But I have to tell that I did add a secret ingredient…………….some sprinkes from Trader Joe’s Sugar Chocolate Coffee Bean Grinder! The best.
As someone who has lived by a beach (both Atlantic and Pacific) for almost 6 years now, I often don’t get it…..the need to pack various items, be in the heat, apply gross sunscreen, sit in sand, swim in salt water infested with jellyfish and sharks….all in the name of summer (or any season) fun! What?
Don’t get me wrong. I love looking at the beach, smelling the beach (well, sometimes) and walking on a boardwalk, but I don’t enjoy being immersed in either sand or water. But I am married to a swimmer, interested surfer and basically someone who LOVES the beach. So I try to get him his “beach” time as often as I can. My kids inherited his qualities in that aspect too….they get in the water, no matter the temperature, weather or environment. For example….Christmas Day – at the beach and in the water. They are crazy! They tolerate the sand in pants, crowds and heat all for the love of large bodies of water.
So I do what any good wife and mother would do….give them their beach time and complain to anyone who stands still long enough!
But on a recent family day at the beach, I think I may have softened up a bit and possibly changed my mind just a little. I was playing with my daughter with her sand toys (which constantly keep sand in my car at all times) and watching my husband and son play a game of catch. I was messing with my very low-grade camera and captured what I thought to be a nice photo. I’ve looked at this photo more often than others and feel that my sentiments may be changing! In this picture and at this time, I can honestly say “I love the beach”.