Fall Harvest Soup Recipe

Today my son wasn’t feeling well, so I wanted to make a soup to nourish him and make him feel loved 🙂 Don’t you like it when people do things for you when you are sick?! It isn’t very often that we get sick around here so it is kind of a big deal that one of us isn’t feeling well. This particular son ate something completely “un-nourishing” the day before he got sick, so it didn’t take me by surprise that his defenses to germs were down.

We have an abundance of fall garden produce to be using up this winter, so I started with Continue reading “Fall Harvest Soup Recipe”

Simple Eating, Simple Life

I suppose it is time for an entry though I don’t have any yummy recipes or colorful pictures to post but just a lot going on in my mind. I’ll share some of that here, that which is pertinent to gardening and healthy eating. Things have gone simple for me lately which I have really come to enjoy. I am not fussing over what to feed my family or myself. I am not worried about how I look or how much I weigh. I want to be strong and healthy, don’t get me wrong, I just have a different outlook on the importance of some of the details. I don’t need to spend hours preparing meals that have all of the components I thought necessary  a year ago. I don’t need to worry about calories, how much carbs verses protein or anything like it. I eat to live and enjoy life. I keep it simple and my body thrives and does everything I ask it to. I am happy and content and thriving.

So, what does this look like? How did I get to this place? Well, truly I don’t know if I want to go into specifics about how I got here other than to say that it has been a path of spiritual leadings along with personal insight. I guess the two go hand in hand. I can answer the “What does it look like?” question pretty easily though. I eat when I am hungry. When I am  hungry I eat simple. I wasn’t hungry for breakfast today so I did not have any. I ate a cooked potato dipped in Annie’s Naturals BBQ sauce for lunch. I would have had another but I was in a parking lot eating what I had hastily packed a few hours earlier. My boys ate with me and gobbled the many potatoes I had brought so I was fine with one. After our travels for the day we stopped and bought bread. We ate that and will have something else later tonight if we are hungry. The boys are planning on making pizza. I will probably have a bowl of rice and some vegetables or maybe another potato or 3! I am loving simple eating. I am getting tons of nutrition and I am full without cravings. I base my meals on oats, potatoes and rice in that order, just like people have been doing around the world since the world began. I eat fruit for snacks and in my oatmeal and have some vegetables as they are available from the garden or as I am hungry for from the store. Sometimes I crave some fat so I will follow that craving and have some avocado or nuts. Some will ask where I am getting my protein. I will answer that with asking where a cow, an elephant or a gorilla gets their protein. The answer is plants of course.

That is where I am today. I walk long miles, I do running intervals on the farm road by my house, I do daily Sun Salutations for my stretching, and HIIT intervals for my strength training. I have plenty of energy for all of this and much much more. I have a life full of giving guitar lessons, growing a large garden, volunteering at church, making sure my boys get an education, etc.

May I suggest a simple eating life style. May I suggest paring back to the basics of what is most important to you and go for it with all you’ve got.

Baby plants and strawberries in my garden and what to plant 2 weeks before the last frost date

STRAWBERRIES

See the yellow in the middle of that flower? It is a baby strawberry! We haven’t had to water the strawberries at all this year or really take care of them except to pull the mulch off them in the early Spring and give them some Mittleider weekly feed. It seems that such goodness should come with a much higher price. If you haven’t had a fresh strawberry you just can’t imagine the sweet perfect flavor. The under ripe, chemical laden excuse for strawberries in the stores pale in comparison. Oh how I am excited for strawberry season!

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PLANTING

I have now planted the things that can be put in 2 weeks before the last Spring frost date. These include:

  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Swiss Chard
  • Beets
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips

If you live where it is quite dry then you can put in Potatoes too. Where I live the rain still comes down quite frequently and the potatoes can rot before they sprout so I will wait a few weeks for them.

 

BABY PLANTS

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Baby Spinach

 

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Baby Kale

All of the seeds I started a few weeks ago are up and growing beautifully so now I start feeding them the natural Mittleider fertilizer mix once a week.(get it at www.growfood.com and learn how to use it HERE.) A few weeks ago I told you to get your micronutrients ordered and now is the time you will be using them.

I like to set aside one day a week (Mondays for me) to fertilize any garden plants that have sprouted. I stop doing this weekly feed when they are a few weeks from being mature. The fertilizer stays with them a few weeks so I don’t want to waste fertilizer on things I am going to be harvesting.

If I am fertilizing a 30′ x 18″ bed, once a week I will add 16 oz.(a soup can) of weekly feed to the bed near the roots of the plants. You don’t have to till it in or anything, just put in on the surface and when you water or it rains, the fertilizer will go into the soil. Messing up the surface of the soil and getting good contact with the fertilizer will actually help the fertilizer get into the soil better but it is not necessary.

In a 3×8′ bed put down 8 ounces (1 cup) of weekly feed).

As it warms up our plants will shoot up and we will be so grateful for the work we have put in!

Another thing to be doing right now is disturbing the soil in our garden beds. When you do this, weeds that have gotten started will be uprooted and won’t be able to grow. You are not disturbing your seedlings, but the rest of the soil. You aren’t watering the isles with this method of gardening so weeding will be kept to a minimum but to keep it even less, move your soil.

If you are growing straight in the soil, break down the sides of your garden beds and build them back up again to kill any weeds that have been germinating. You will be glad you took the time to do this. Eliminate the weeds while they are small and you will have much less work to do later.

Happy Healthy,

Elisa

 

Augratin Turnips and Potatoes

I don’t have a picture for this one because it was eaten way before I thought of taking a picture!
This recipe is not vegan friendly. It does have milk and cheese in it which I and a few of my family members need to stay away from, but it is a great way to use turnips and it was sooo good.

Augratin Turnips and Potatoes

2 cups very thinly sliced turnips
2 cups very thinly sliced potatoes
1 medium onion, peeled and finely sliced
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk
1/8 grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese

Toss together the turnips, potatoes, onions and melted butter.
Cover and put in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
While turnip mixture is cooking, combine milk, nutmeg, pepper and salt.
Bring to a boil and take from heat.
When turnip mixture is done, take from the oven and stir in half of the cheese.
Pour the milk mixture over the turnip mixture.
Cover turnip mixture with the rest of the cheese.
Put turnips back in the oven without a cover.
Cook for 20 to 25 minutes
Enjoy!

Lunch on Wednesday

My 12 year old son made lunch today. He sauteed onions and carrots in olive oil and added them to a pot of boiling soup stock that we had saved and frozen. He also put in diced potatoes.  On the table he put raw veggies and a dish of hummus to dip them in. I’m going to go read Island of the Blue Dolphins to the boys while they eat and then have some for myself.