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Salads

Easy Salad

Sometimes in the dead of winter you just need a light and fresh, cold and crisp salad to remind your body that spring will come and fresh veggies will be plentiful again.  This is a simple salad made from store bought veggies but boy did it hit the spot!

Grains

Broccoli Rice Breakfast Bowl

This is a typical breakfast around these parts. We love breakfast broccoli!  I usually start by caramelizing some sweet onion in the pan.  Then I add some cooked rice and let it soak up the sugars from the onion.  Next I toss in the broccoli that I’ve chopped pretty small. […]

Smoothies

Kale Berry Mango Smoothie

I clipped some kale from the cool, wet garden this morning and decided to make a smoothie with some of it. I need some raw greens in my body today! I added frozen blueberries, mango, hemp hearts, chia seeds and a little bit of coconut milk and water. Delicious!  

Greens

Winter Chard and Apple Immune Booster

Chard is a powerful leafy green. Its chocked full of Vitamin A which is a powerful antioxidant and promotes clear vision and healthy neurological function.  One cup of chard provides 44% of the daily recommended dose of Vitamin A!  A cup of chard can also provide 18% of the daily […]

Gardening, Ornamentals, Seasonal

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I’ve already put away all the holiday decorations, cleaned out my closet, donated a large lot of belongings to charity and am ready for a fresh start.  As soon as the holidays are over, I feel like spring must be right around the corner.  In Oregon what […]

winterizing roses
Seasonal

Winter Pruning of Roses

By the time December rolls around I’ve usually pushed my luck with my roses. They give me beautiful, continuous blooms from May through November with hardly any maintenance. They love their planting spot up against the hot, white wall of the house so I’m very fortunate to have these sweet […]

Gardening, Seasonal

Pruning Maples

It’s November! Every year I say “How’d the year go by so fast?” But seriously, this year! Wow! It flew by. The fall in Oregon is such a special time. September is still hot so we try to squeeze as much of summer out of it as possible. Then October creeps […]

Gardening

Building Raised Beds

Raised garden beds give plants the opportunity to send their roots down deeper, spread wider and take up more nutrients. The plants thank us by producing better harvests in smaller spaces. This year I’m putting in my permanent garden. All winter I’ve been working to design the best layout for […]