cooking, haPPY, healing, health, wellness

life of the party, hello parsley

Parsley.

Yesterday, I shared a picture of one of my herb gardens.  A friend asked, “what on earth are you going to do with all that Parsley?  I answered, ” We are going to eat it.

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You know, that itty bitty piece of sad green on your dinner plate?  That’s parsley.

Hello!  Nice to meet you.

When you went to aGerman Schnitzel with garnish restaurant in the 90’s more often than not you got your meal presented with a flourish.  As a last minute garnish, one cherry tomato or slice of lemon was getting friendly with the 1 inch or smaller piece of limp looking parsley.

Last night, I took a picture of just how much parsley I eat every single day.  I put a pen in the picture for scale.   We pick it fresh and it is put into my daily juice routine.  Beyond daily juice, I also pick and cook with as much as I can.

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The under celebrated herb called Parsley (Latin:  Petroselinum) is filled to overflowing with beneficial nutrients, essential oils, and antioxidants – to the point that it’s often called a superfood.  Along side freshening both you and your dogs’ breath, parsley helps with inflammation, acid reflux & arthritis, this marvelous herb can clean out your liver, kidneys, and gallbladder.

Popeye would have been twice as strong had he known that Parsley has TWICE the iron as Spinach!

Dr. Mercola gently reminds us, eating parsley is an excellent way to detoxify our systems of harmful compounds like mercury.

Do you want strong bones?  If you want to be impressed by parsley, take a look at its vitamin K content – a whopping 574% of the daily recommended value.  This is BIG news, friends!

Parley’s vitamin C content is 3 times more than in oranges, and the vitamin A augments the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin, helping to prevent eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Dr. Axe is a smarty pants and here is what he has to say about parsley and the “c” word:

Parsley contains unique elements in its oil known as volatile oil components — myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. These powerful oil components benefit the body’s immune system and help fight cancer-formation, in particular, slowing tumor growth, neutralizing oxidative stress and fighting off carcinogens from harming the body. (7)

Parsley is sometimes called a “chemoprotective” plant because it helps protect DNA from damage, stops cell mutation and helps induce apoptosis, or the death of harmful cells. One of Parsley’s beneficial compounds called apigenin has been found to “inhibit progestin-dependent synthesis of human breast cancer cells, significantly delaying the development of, and decreasing the incidence and multiplicity of mammary tumors”, according to research done in 2013 by the American Association of Cancer. 

There are several good sources (those sources are at your finger tips, people) to learn oodles and oodles more about the glorious plant called Parsley.

Time to add some life to your party!   Tonight when you cook those stunning fresh green beans, toss in a handful of parsley.  Tomorrow when you make a gorgeous vegetable soup, again, toss in some beautiful green.  That Shrimp & Grits you are going to serve?  Freshly chopped parsley will add a little somethin’ somethin’.  That ice cream sundae?  Just toss on…….ha, I was just checking to see if you were paying attention.

Here’s to our health and wellness!

ps.  The home school mom came out in me today. haha  Now,  I want us all to do a watercolor painting or chalk drawings of parsley.  I want my chef helper to pick, wash & chop parsley for dinner tonight.  Let’s use parsley in a sentence……

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

 

good marriages, Uncategorized, vegetables, wellness

mmm

Last night’s dinner was Marvelous Meatless Monday.

Cracks me up to say that.  Get it?  Because we have marvelous meatless meals 98% of the time.

This is funny stuff people.  Hey, word has it, that it is “hip” to have Marvelous Meatless Mondays?  (not to mention lowers blood pressure, saves oodles of gallons of water, nicer to animals, does not contribute to horrid diseases, vegetables heal & all the cool kids are doing it.  Just to see if you were still reading, I added that last part.)

While Mr. Right is still at work, I try to send a before/during/prep picture to tickle his fancy & let him know what’s on the menu.  I knew yesterday’s picture would scare him.  In his voice,  I can hear him saying…..”oh no, that is way too much fresh Thyme.   I am not eating all those weeds.”  ps.  He always does and he always like them.  haha20161017_140446-1_resized

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are right in the middle of the glorious season of the mushroom.

Those Chanterelles were calling my name, the Oyster mushrooms were whispering sweet nothings to me.  The Crimini and Agaricus bisporus (white button mushrooms) didn’t want to be left out.

I turned all those weeds…aka fresh Thyme from our garden into a silky, smooth cream sauce with flavor that almost brought tears to my eyes.  So smooth it slipped off the back of a spoon.

Next, I reduced some Balsamic Vinegar.  I gotta tell ya, when that is cooking, the aroma in my kitchen sort of makes me feel like I know what the heck I am doing.  It is savory and sweet at the same time.  The aroma makes people walk towards your kitchen and ask, “whatcha got cookin’?”

I sliced polenta and started frying.  Yes, I said frying.  I used some left over oil from the Bagna Cauda that I prepared last week.  Oh, be still my heart.  That garlic & oil was the perfect thing to use.  Not much oil, just enough.  I did scoop out the little garlic nuggets of heaven.

Fresh green beans and onions were cooking on a different burner.  It a weird twist of fate, beautiful fresh green beans and little tiny onions played second fiddle to the main dish last night.

Last, but most importantly, I heated the black iron skillet and all those mushrooms got to know each other up close and personal.  A bit of coconut oil and some real salt did the trick to help release some of that moisture.

In the blink of an eye, dinner was ready to serve.

20161017_175808-1_resizedI started with cream thyme sauce then the polenta.  Next, I put those glorious roasted pieces of garlic along with some slightly cooked garlic atop the perfect circles of organic corn.

Hold on to your hats, next layer, those mushrooms in all their glory, were most certainly that.  Glorious.

Wait for it, the moment of pure goodness………the reduced Balsamic vinegar…….I fully admit to being a little heavy-handed.  While a drizzle or a few drops here and there would have been more artistic, I just poured it on.  I can’t help it, I am weak.  I want to lick the picture, right now.

Say Grace and savor that very first bite of marvelous goodness.  I mean savor and breath in.  This is what Marvelous Monday’s are all about.  Right here on one plate.  20161017_175948-1_resized

To sum up:

Marvelous Meatless Monday was marvelous.

We were both clean plate club members.

All the “weeds” were eaten with nary a sigh.

Here’s to our health and wellness.

What did you have for Marvelous Meatless Monday?

In this together, friends.

Chat tomorrow.

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healing, health, Uncategorized, wellness

bless, heal, balance

20161003_150740-1_resized_1-1“Smudging is the burning of herbs with the intent to bring about/manifest a desired change in one’s emotions, thoughts, surroundings and reality. Smudging is a golden thread that connects and runs through all cultures, religions and belief systems and has been practiced throughout the millennia.”    Philip Gardner writes so well.  It is a pleasure to learn all that he is offering.

He gently reminds us that smudging is an act of true self-empowerment because it allows you to take responsibility for your well-being.    You can read more by Philip if you follow this link.   http://www.aboutholistic.co.za/smudging.html

balance

cleansing/protection

attract and create positive energy

let go of negative

space for healing

Yesterday, I picked a basket full of sage & rosemary.  Rosemary for mental clarity ~ letting20161003_141143_resized go of negative thoughts.  Sage for purifying, healing, cleansing.

I made 14 bundles.  I used cotton thread and string to bind them into “smudge sticks”.  My fingers, the string, our kitchen, the garbage can, everything smelled wonderful.  20161003_144606-1_resized

Now, I let them dry for 4-6 weeks.  Then we can use them to burn.  It is a lovely housewarming gift to give a friend.  Or something to share with a friend feeling under the weather.

The simple act of Blessing a Space is reason enough.

In this together, friends.

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garden, healing, health, Uncategorized, vegetables, wellness

color question

Question?

When you walk through the grocery aisle of spaghetti sauce in jars, how is it that they are all the exact same color?  I am not picking on any certain brand or flavor or company.  I just got to wondering how on earth they get every single jar, can, sauce, paste, organic, expensive, dirt cheap and so forth….. all pretty much the exact same color?spaghetti_sauce-300x220

Earlier today, I was in the kitchen processing tomatoes.  I removed the skins, chopped and filled the slow cooker with 29 tomatoes; three varieties from our garden.  I added my usual:  fresh parsley,  basil, rosemary, oregano, chopped onion, oodles of garlic, S & P.

As I was chopping, I got to thinking, this is a more deep, rich intense red than the tomatoes a couple of weeks ago.   Maybe I let them ripen a touch longer?  More or less sunshine, more or less water?

First picture was two weeks ago, second picture was earlier this morning:

So the question is hanging there.  The longer I don’t answer the question, more pop up.

Just “maybe” food coloring is added to store-bought sauce (similar to store bought orange juice to give uniformity of color) to help it have the right marketing color?  Maybe folks like you and I are trained and looking for a particular color with bits of herbs here and there?  No matter the season, we want our sauce to be the same color as it was 4 months ago.

Our bodies, the wonderful machines that they are, were never ever, ever, meant to work this hard to clean out so much “stuff”; colorings, flavorings, chemicals, additives and on and on the list goes.

We all have heard folks having issues with children “a bit more energetic” then the families would like.  Adults that can’t keep focus and stay on track.  Folks that are more depressed than they were 5 years ago.  More and more among us having headaches, serious headaches, trouble loosing weight and so forth.

I am not saying this is the miracle we all have been searching for, what I am saying is I think it is a strong case of food for thought.

Now, I am well aware that we cannot all can, process, freeze all our own food.  While that might be a wonderful goal, some days, I just can’t do it. Some times I am tired and I just want to buy a perfect tomato in the produce department that someone else tended.  I am still having troubles growing my own basil, so yes, I buy it.  Some days, I run out and just want to buy a bottle of sugar-free ketchup from Whole Foods. I just don’t want to stop and make it.

I just got to thinking, maybe just maybe the answer is…. we all make a little more effort into growing our own something?  Then share.  Yes, I said, share with your neighbor.  Maybe trade a few of these tomatoes for some cucumbers or trade some beans for fresh eggs.  Maybe trade hemming a pair of pants for some beautiful fresh grown radishes? 20160825_111447-1_resized

While not every one has the luxury of baby steps, maybe together we can collectively take small steps towards regaining health and wellness?  Give our bodies a break from the overload of colorings, flavorings … things that are foreign to our bodies.

Just asking the questions is a good start. Maybe having a great discussion over a home cooked meal or a tall glass of fresh juice?

If we put our brains together, oh yes, there is power in numbers, we might come up with some useful and amazing ideas towards sharing health and goodness.  I know, I for one, would looooove some ideas and tips and suggestions.  I am anxious to have a discussion and hear your ideas.

In this together, folks.

Here’s to our collective health and wellness!

Chat tomorrow.

 

 

 

good karma, grateful, haPPY, wellness

again with the polka dots

August 1, 2013 I wrote a blog post about my washer and dryer.  Actually, what son number 2 made for my washer and dryer.

https://sundayschildfullofgrace.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/less-wrinkles-more-happy/

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Remember way back when?  You know that time when you were all happy to have your very own matching washer and dryer(it felt so, I don’t know, grown up)?  You didn’t have to walk down th…

Everyone was doing everything they could think of to make me happy.  And Boy HOWDY , did that make me happy!

Fast forward to March 2016.  One week before moving, dryer goes kaput.  Drats.  Okay……tried parts, tried cussing, nothing.

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When we gave away the old dryer, I actually teared up.  What about my polka dots????

Yesterday around 2:00 pm  the door bell rang.  Hello UPS man!

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20160427_184947Excellent!  We are back in business.

Still on the laundry room “to do” list.  Paint cupboards white, install clothes pin door pulls.  Paint walls.  New light fixture.

Every time I step foot in that room I smile.

Apparently, doing laundry can make you HAPPY!

Thanks Gabe.  Love, Mom

aloe vera, healing, health, wellness

whole vacation

Being on vacation means you don’t have to share “your story” with anyone.  You can just be healthy vacationers out to squeeze joy and goodness out of every second.  You are not avoided, looked at with pity or “accidentally” left off the list of fun adventures.  Just a regular girl happy to wear flip-flops and forget your troubles for a week.

While on holiday, it was a pleasure to learn so much about healing plants from the experts.  The people who tend & live or die by their care of the land and plants around them.  They are not trying to convince you to try something.  They are not judging you for your curiosity.  They are just explaining how to use them and the benefits.  How to thrive with the plants around us. 20151030_172044 20151030_172047

We were the perfect sponges.  We soaked in every single bit of knowledge they were offering.  They make the world a better place just by being in it.  We just happened to be lucky enough to learn from them.

Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Louisiana State University Health Science Center have shed some light on that exact statement.  “When it comes to healthy alternatives, this means you shouldn’t invest all your hope in a single ingredient.  Instead, combine many foods, supplements and therapies to improve your health.  A multi-pronged approach gives you the best chance at success. “20151030_172105

Playing in the sunshine for a week has its advantages.   Vitamin D in all it’s healing glory, to name one.  However, coming from the great state of Washington to vacation near the edge of the Sea of Cortez…………..well, you can imagine, with our pale skin, we got a bit toasty.

We asked our hosts for some Aloe Vera for our red skin.  Not only did we get relief and help for our sunburn, we were treated with knowledge to fill our cup to overflowing.

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Did you also know?

Aloe Vera has vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C & E, folic acid

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Aloe Vera has copper, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, potassium, chromium, magnesium and manganese

Did you know?

Aloe Vera can boost your immune system, enhances your skin health, halts inflammation, stabilizes blood sugar levels, helps with depression and weight loss.

People with healthy immune systems DO NOT get sick.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It is NOT the luck of the draw.  It is NOT the “season”.  If your immune system is strong and vital you will not catch every single bug that is out there.  Did you know that every single person with cancer has a broken immune system?  Write this down folks…………….People with healthy immune systems DO NOT get sick.  20151030_172006

It is vital that we use all kinds of plants and herbs and fresh foods to build our immune systems as strong as can be.

This herb, yes, Aloe Vera is considered a herb, is safe to use externally and internally.  People across the globe use this herb for treating various health conditions from minor burns to cancer.

There is PLENTY of healing available for all of us.  There are many, many different herbs and supplements available for the taking.

The sum of the parts of vacation ….. sunshine, magnesium in the water we swam in, play, rest, fresh juice & eggs, good food, grounding, star-gazing, laughing, extra sleep, vitamins and supplements…….equal a whole wonderful vacation.

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” Aristotle

Here’s to each of our complete health and wellness.

  In this together…..

balance, happy marriage, health, vacation, wellness

vacation balance

How would you celebrate 1,000 days of healing and wellness?

20151028_143417 Would you swim in the Sea of Cortez until your muscles shook?  20151027_13013420151028_142307

Would you sit in the shade and drink fresh squeezed juice?

Would you paddle in a bright yellow kayak until your arms felt like jello ?

Would you walk on the beach, collecting beautiful shells?

Would you lay in a lounge chair and look at the Milky Way and spy a shooting star?

Would you turn off your cell phone for a week and just listen to the waves?

We did just that.

We woke up every morning for a week, looking at the sea.  Breathing in wellness.  Counting our lucky stars.

This was the very first vacation ever, that we did not have to come home to recover from.

We went to the sea to breathe.

20151027_125949We went to center ourselves and find balance.

There is plenty to be had for all.

Wellness and balance were there the whole time, we just needed to slow down, open our heart and souls & accept it.

20151029_080656 (1)“the circle of wellness is supported by (both) movement and stillness.”  mary anne radmacher-hershey