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!