Delicious and Nutritious

As always, I look for new, fun ways to improve our health habits.  I recently discovered:

This is not a brand-new book, but it is, nevertheless, very helpful and informative.  With the basic principles in mind, I created a yummy lunch  It contained a little olive oil, baby kale, some red kidney beans, chopped onion(dried), zucchini(I have to use that up!), walnuts, shitake mushrooms, and sunflower nuts:

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Here it is after cooking briefly:

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I have to say, it was delicious.  I plan on using food combinations like this as often as possible.  They are nutrient-dense foods, which are low in calories, so they pack a powerful punch when it comes to healthy eating.

In the meantime, I am drying seeds to save for next year’s garden planting:

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If it is hard to see, due to my “expert” photography skills, I have French Breakfast Radish, Purple String Beans, and Painted Lady and/or Scarlett Runner Beans.  The Scarlett Runner Beans have all red flowers, but the Painted Ladies have red and white flowers.  I think they make beautiful plants as well as yummy food!

It never ceases to amaze me how such a big, beautiful plant can come from a tiny seed!  Every year I marvel in wonder…..



(Flowers from the Painted Lady String Bean plants)

Enjoy making healthy food to nourish you, give you strength, and help you feel happy!


Underground Varmints

We seem to have an abundance of  little creatures that dig holes and scurry underground.  I’ve seen voles and chipmunks enter these holes frequently.   I’ve read about several possible deterrents – many having to do with Castor oil or planting the Castor beans near the holes.  Much of what I have read indicates that the Castor plant is toxic, even if you touch it, so you must always wear gloves when handling.

One bit of advice I read said to douse cotton balls with Castor oil and stuff them in the holes in the ground.  I tried that, but it didn’t work.   Somewhere else it said to shove thorny branches(such as after you prune your roses) into the holes.  Still, no luck.  They just go and dig right next to it.

I planted a couple of Castor beans, and this is what they look like now:

IMG_0749See the holes in that leaf?  Apparently something doesn’t know or care about the supposed toxicity!

Here is the other one:


I think they are rather pretty.   I still see the holes in the ground, but we tried to further outwit the little guys with some hardware cloth underneath the whole darn garden – before adding soil.

I think it’s working?  So far, so good by the looks of my garden.  We are being taken over by pumpkin vines and squash vines at the present moment!  Here is a look at some of the squash, with nasturtiums entangled:


May you have a varmint-free day!