Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Fever

  Enjoying Summer... Good food, friends, floating in our canoe and camping.

For Father's Day, we took kiddo camping for the first time, in New Hampshire's Franconia National Park, and she LOVED it!

We finished Father's Day weekend off with a picnic by Charles River with friends.

  Last week, we took a trip out to Harvard, Massachusetts, to Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge where we paddled and removed trash from the river.  We were inspired by this guy: Trash Paddler.  It was rad to share such a beautiful time in a silent, serene place, and to show Harmony a bit of planet-aid in action.  Our family discussions in the canoe are such a special bonding time, and to spend it also greening up the river, was great for teaching her more about our values and our ability to make a difference for the environment.  She was thrilled to see a muskrat, which swam right up to our canoe, checked us out, then swam away.  We also saw flying cranes, fish, and a really pretty species of blue dragonflies we had never encountered before.


We've had some yummy meals from our garden lately, and I had my friend over to pick and eat with us. She made a great salad for us, then showed kiddo some hula-hoop moves!

Warm Wilted Salad of Organic Homegrown Radishes, Mustard Greens & Basil, also spinach & strawberries,  zucchini & mushrooms sautéed in ghee, dressed with homemade vinaigrette of lemon / sea salt / mustard / honey / apple cider vinegar, side of pineapple 

Some recent summer snacks:

 Berry Coconut Clafoutis ~ Gluten-free / Grain-free / Dairy-free / Refined Sugar-free / Nut-free / Soy-free (great for anyone with allergies)

Pocket Full Of Homegrown Radishes

 Gluten-free / Soy-free / Dairy-free Pancakes with Chia, Coconut, Bee Pollen, Avocado, Mango, Strawberry & Sautéed Caramelized Banana in Coconut Oil

Backyard Organic Radishes and Spicy Mustard Greens

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Rivers & Radishes

asking why strawberries get mushy
 Mash-Berry Quinoa Salad ~ with mushrooms, chickpeas, kale, tomatoes, purple carrots, avocado, mashed blueberries & blackberries

  Today we biked down to the Charles River for a little picnic.  Kiddo was very excited to help make lunch with the new safe, little knife her friend gave her to cut veggies.  She cut a pear, tomatoes and mushrooms for our salad, and mashed blueberries and blackberries into the quinoa- it was her idea to make a Mash-Berry Quinoa Salad!  Then we biked to Harvard Square and watched a street artist paint a sunset from memory.  She really wanted to stay and watch him for a long time and asked him lots of questions.  It's always fun to see what's happening on the city streets (and of course dance and sing through the alley ways).

  We recently got a used canoe and have been canoeing a lot lately and she is out paddling with her dad for their first time without me, right now.  The canoe has really allowed us to spend quality time talking and just enjoying each others' presence, without the regular distractions of daily life ~  just stuck on a small floating object, in the middle of a body of water, surrounded by nature and sunshine.  On Saturday, we made it to Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts and it was a great day for paddling around and watching people swim. Walden Pond is always a great reminder of my childhood days there, and of author Henry David Thoreau's writing of the simple life he found in the surrounding woods where he built his tiny one-room home.  Then we strolled around historical downtown Concord and visited our favorite eatery there for dinner.  Kiddo liked the pond a lot and begged to stay and hike longer, so we said we'd go back again soon. :)

  We've also begun harvesting radishes and chives from our garden and kiddo has been very eager to keep picking more.  Her favorite thing lately is to run through the spray of the hose while dad waters the garden each evening after dinner.  Yay for summer!!! (That was the longest winter of my life!)

 “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” ~ Henry David ThoreauWalden

“All good things are wild and free.” 
― Henry David Thoreau

Monday, June 2, 2014

Healing Ginger-aid Turmeric Tonic

  This is a natural, detoxifying and immune boosting beverage I like to drink preventatively or when I am feeling sluggish / after returning from a trip when I have been eating food that I don't often eat at home.  It helps to cleanse / detoxify my liver and digestive tract from the residue of any ingredients my body may not be used to.  It is warming and a great comfort drink for me.  It is anti-inflammatory, fights infection, anti-fungal, antibacterial and gives a great boost to the immune system, to prevent and/ or fight off illness.  Bloating in the digestive tract / stomach comes from swelling.  We swell up or have infection in our bodies because of inflamed organs or cells from bacteria or gas-build-up, due to difficult-to-digest sugars, starches, dairy, caffeine, medication and chemicals that have entered the body.  The body has an incredible ability to naturally heal itself with some nourishment from plants / herbs & thoughtful, conscious nurturing from us.


1 Teaspoon Turmeric - either powder or freshly grated
1 Tablespoon Ginger - freshly grated
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2  Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Raw Organic Local Honey
Dash Ground Gloves
2 Dashes Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Lemon Squeezed
 Pour 8 Ounces Boiled Water over this in a mug and drink up!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Food Revolution

  Yesterday, my family attended our first protest march together in Boston, MA.  It was a worldwide rally day for food justice, to bring about mandatory labeling of GMO food -Genetically Modified / Engineered Organisms.  This week the state of Vermont passed a bill that requires GMO labeling of all products by the year 2016, the first law of its' kind in the USA.  After seeing these bills not passed in California and Washington, it was a victory for the small state - many of whom are farmers, yet it's not over as they prepare for the food industry to sue them over it.  They are prepared for the battle and have many people on their side, as the case against GMOs gains momentum and strong backing by more and more US citizens.  There are already laws in place in many other countries for GMO labels and bans, and those of us concerned by them hope for the same here.  

  My daughter is five years old and knows that I am passionate about health and our ability to heal and prevent illness with conscious nutrition and natural remedies.  We have talked a lot about the march, GMOs, chemical pesticides, food, the environment and about how we, and the whole planet, are affected by them.  She was proud of our sign that read, "SAVE BEES, SAVE ME" - as she enjoys watching bees pollinate our garden and local flowers.  She understands that helping animals and insects to survive and thrive, in turn helps humans and our natural environment.  We need bees in order to grow food.  Bee colonies are collapsing due to GMO crop growth and insecticide spraying.  This is concerning, because if we see other species dying, we can bet it will soon affect us.  If we have no pollinators, we eat more factory-processed packaged foods and less of the real, whole, fresh stuff, which many believe, in recent decades has caused an epidemic rise in childhood obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies and many neurological issues. 

  I remember as a young kid, my dad (an Air Force Veteran) often took me to Earth Day events/ concerts at the Hatch Shell in Boston, and how much I enjoyed learning about the Earth and my place in being a good steward of it.  He ingrained a sense of ownership in me and helped me to see how important it was to preserve and care for the environment.  He'd talk to me about the future, saying that if I wanted to have kids someday who could enjoy the clean beaches, water, forests and fresh air, that I must do my part in caring for the Earth, save water, turn off lights, recycle.  This month would have been his 55th birthday, but he passed 7 years ago, due to ALS (Lou Gherig's disease) and he believed that environmental factors and chemicals played a large role his health issues, as do I.  ALS is a neurological disease, and many chemicals entering our bodies through food and pollution negatively affect our nervous system health.  I am deeply passionate about healthy food and recycled/ thrifted/ vintage products for many reasons, my dad being one.  I know that he would be so proud to see his grand-daughter becoming a good steward of our beautiful planet.  She speaks for the bees and the trees.

Learn more about GMOs, food justice, and the worldwide March Against Monsanto here: 

This man spoke about agriculture in India and the recent rise in death of farmers who have recently committed suicide due to financial issues based on Monsanto GM cotton seeds and food biotech industry pressure. Their livelihood is being threatened by the food industry and GMO crops. 

 This man, Chris Combs and his wife, Bonnie, are beekeepers from "GIVING BEES A CHANCE", who service hives that they rent out and install in hosts' yards to help re-populate bee colonies.  She also runs a seed-saving activist group and works for Whole Foods. 

 This author spoke about empowering and educating women / mothers on knowing what to bring into their home, she speaks about her book across the nation.