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The Winter Garden

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I give thanks to the garden that feeds us year round. After Autumn harvest, I sow onions, garlic, leeks, root vegetables, and cruciferous greens.

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Quick growing spinach, arugala, and radish greens will grow covered under well ventilated mini hoop houses.
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This year, dark landscaping material heats the soil, keeping rows tidy, and reduces weed growth.
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The chard, kale, and beets continue to produce breakfast greens throughout winter.
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The leeks are huge now, making excellent soups.
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Carrots, turnips, brassicas, and radishes get tastier a temperatures drop.
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The herb garden is protected by the fence lending Oregano, Lovage, Rosemary, Sorrel, and Thyme in the Cold Season.

While many vegetables and herbs are dormant, it is possible to grow an array of produce year round in the Pacific Northwest with a little creativity, effort, and passion.

Eat Local.


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Easy Clean Paleo Dinner #8

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Costco and Trader Joe’s rock!  Tonight is Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs:

Aidelle’s Already Cooked Organic Sweet Basil and Roasted Garlic Chicken MEATBALLS.. just reheat for 10 minutes

Steamed Spiralized Organic Zucchini Noodles…via my Kitchenaid Spiralizer Attachment.

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For the Sauce.. throw it in a pot and boil:
-Organic Tomato Sauce
-Frozen Organic Normandy Vegetables
-Diced Organic Onions
-Fresh Oregano from the Garden
-EVOO

Lots of leftovers for lunch in less than 30 Minutes!

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For my Kiddos.. A little fresh Parmesan… And for me.. Crushed red pepper flakes 😊


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Recipe for Healing Within

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Sometimes skies are grey, life seems dull,  and we feel lost.  We cannot always control external factors, so we must look within.  We can focus on nourishing our bodies, to support our minds, heal our hearts, and lift our souls.

Realize the majority of your body is inhabited by non human cells including bacteria and yeast. Stress,  sugar,  processed foods,  and other unhealthy lifestyle choices disrupt healthy flora equilibrium.  When this happens, opportunistic candida colonizes sending signals to all parts of your body in forms of unhealthy cravings and negative thoughts, leading to fatigue and depression.

Drinking more water,  resting,  yoga, positive meditation,  nature and good company are great ways to combat these invaders.  When that’s not enough, send in the troops by with one of the most probiotic rich medicines ever known…. Sauerkraut! . Here’s a basic recipe from Sally Fallon’s “Nourishing Traditions”,  one of my favorite cookbooks.

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Organic cabbage is local to the Pacific Northwest in winter,  so load up!

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I skip the whey (I am lactose intolerant) so I make up with mineral rich sea salts.

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Sampling to ensure it tastes perfect before smashing in a gallon jar.

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The salt releases the enzymes and lactobacillus proliferates in the firmly packed,  dark anaerobic environment for a week or longer before consumption and refrigeration.

A fork full a day keeps the bad bugs away!  Namaste