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!  :)


HOMEMADE Up-cycled 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! (plus river trash clean-up)


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