Weekend Roundup: Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is my mother’s birthday and my girls couldn’t be any more excited about celebrating this evening. They saw a picture of Trishna’s cake this morning and wanted to know if we could have that cake at Ma’s party. Do you think Jamie would make one for us??? icon smile Weekend Roundup: Happy Birthday, Mom!

As always, I found some great things on the web this week:

◊ Nicki at Domestic Cents wrote a sweet post called For the Love of Simplicity.

◊ Simple Organic has a super-easy looking DIY tutorial for a Simple Market Bag. I may even be able to make this one. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

◊ Healthy Child, Healthy World published an informative article by Dr. Samuel Epstein: Hormonal Milk and Meat: A Dangerous Public Health Risk. I’d encourage you all to read it.

◊ I recently found a wonderful blog called Not Just Cute. Amanda has a terrific post up called Why Our Children Need Nature.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone! See you next week.

More Garden Progress: The Arbor & Fence

My husband has been hard at work; the arbor and fence around the new garden annex are finished. He’s decided to leave the posts long on the new section for now. We may need to tie a barrier around them if the corn gets too tall and the deer become too persistent. I’m not an expert on organic garden design, but bit by bit, I’m learning what works and what doesn’t.

I thought I’d show you some before and after pictures:

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2009

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2010: Those are blueberry bushes on either side of the arbor & a raspberry bush between the blueberries and roses.

More photos from this year . . .

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I guess I'd better get to weeding . . .

The potatoes in the white boxes are growing like crazy. I keep covering the green with dirt and it keeps shooting upward. We’ve gotten a load of rain lately, so things are a bit muddy right now. I plan to work on cleaning up this area over the Memorial Day weekend.

Please let me know how your gardens are coming along and how you’ve chosen to design your garden space.

Green & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

happy breakfast Green & Healthy Breakfast IdeasThe other day I wrote about smoothies and while I tend to drink them any time of day, I often incorporate them into breakfast because they’re yummy and they’re also highly portable.

There are a few other things I like to eat for breakfast and I find that when I do take the time for this important meal, I feel better for the rest of the day. I’m also less hungry and less inclined to go on a mad search for sugar-filled snacks mid-morning.

My goals with my breakfast choices are to include organics whenever possible, real foods (which is to say, not processed or packaged), something with protein and some complex carbohydrates. I’ve also been using more ground flax seeds. I’ve known for some time they they are good for us, but as I’ve been reading Tosca Reno’s books, The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged! Green & Healthy Breakfast Ideas and The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids: Simple Strategies for Lasting Health and Fitness Green & Healthy Breakfast Ideas I’ve learned even more about the benefits of these little seeds. In addition to the heart healthy goodness attributable to the Omega-3s, Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), fiber and lignans in flaxseeds, these little powerhouses also act as a mild laxative to help keep our systems moving.

Now, onto the food. . .

3 Green & Healthy Breakfast Ideas:

Oatmeal + Fixin’s

I start with rolled oats (not quick oats). Often they are organic and usually they are purchased in bulk.

I usually cook them in the microwave with almond milk or water.

Then I add in 1-2 Tbs. of ground flax seeds, chopped walnuts, a drop or two of pure maple syrup, and some kind of fruit — blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or chopped apple.

This breakfast is delicious and filling.

Eggs and Toast

I usually boil 1/2 dozen eggs (pastured) at the beginning of the week and keep them in the refrigerator.

In the morning, I toast two pieces of Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread and spread it with just a bit of homemade butter. Then I sprinkle some ground flax seeds on top.

If I’m eating at home, I slice one boiled egg onto a piece of toast and eat it that way. If I’m eating on the go, I simply eat the egg and the toast separately. I try to eat a piece of fruit as well, or make a simple smoothie of frozen fruit and a bit of orange juice and water.

Garden Omelet

This is a summertime favorite because I can grab vegetables right out of the garden or at the farmer’s market.

You can really make the omelet any way you want to. My favorite is very simple with only three ingredients:

Eggs

Fresh spinach leaves

Chopped heirloom tomatoes

Sometimes, I’ll add in some feta cheese or other vegetables if I have them on hand.

It’s important to point out that I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist. I’m not suggesting that these ideas are perfectly healthy or that they will appeal to everyone. So far, though, they’ve been working well for me.

I’d love to gather more ideas for healthy breakfast foods. Please let us know what you eat for breakfast by leaving a comment below.

Photo Credit: Toobig4pond