Monday, August 4, 2014

July

It was a good month, I'd say.  We "camped" in my in-laws' yard and lit a bonfire while we watched fireworks over the lake, but then a huge lightning storm came and scared us out of the tent.  We had some fun trips to Walden Pond, Maine, Rhode Island, Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & New York for hiking, beaching, mini-golfing, canoeing and city strolling. Ate some yummy veggies harvested from our garden, created some new recipes, and made a new (up-cycled) dress for kiddo!  I made it from an old shirt of mine that a friend gave me, which she bought used as well.  Now kiddo is enjoying something that was well-used and well-loved beforehand.  I look forward to up-cycling more clothes for her soon~  Making our used clothing last longer is always a great way to save some dough for future exploring trips!  Adventure on dudes!  :)


THE DRESS!!!

Maine low-tide


A maze in Providence, Rhode Island

NYC Times Square art installation by our hotel

Boston Splash zone 




Homegrown Radish Greens/ Banana /Mango Smoothie topped with watermelon, cherries, strawberries, coconut & bee pollen


Gluten-free / Grain-free lace crepes with mango, cherries & macadamia nuts

New recipe I created for July 4th Cherry, Strawberry, Peach Clafoutis - gluten free / grain free


Homegrown Red Leaf Lettuce

Salad with homegrown green mix / dill / peaches / strawberry / cucumber

Green Kale Smoothie Bowl

"Ice-Cream" Dairy free / Blueberry, banana, coconut

Watermelon Basil Balsamic Salad with a homegrown green salad 


Butterfly Girl pollinating our squash blossoms

She wore these wings & home-made antennae everywhere for 2 days...

New Zucchini "Pizza" with brie, mushrooms & homegrown basil

Talking to a leaf...

Our first organic carrot harvested!

Layered Smoothie topped with chia, cacao nibs & coconut 


Coconut Egg Soufflé / gluten free / grainfree

21 Different Plants in this partly homegrown salad, including wild foraged sorrel and Rose of Sharon edible flower petals, home-pickled onion & golden beets









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.


PLEASE RECYCLE!



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