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4-9-17 Vitamin D

Exhausted from getting lots of Vitamin D today. Still wanted to share something I felt was important. Get your daily Vitamin D, preferably from the direct source, otherwise make sure have a supplement! Read about its benefits and the dangers of deficiency HERE.

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March Against Monsanto

I completely forgot my Friday post again but for good reason. We stayed up working on signs for the March Against Monsanto that happened worldwide on Saturday. So many people don’t know what corporations are doing to over 90% of the food we buy, and the worst types of GMO foods are being marketed and fed to our children! I’m not trying to guilt people for not eating organic 100% of the time, but I am trying to help educate people so that they can make an informed decision about what they eat and feed their families, instead of blind consumerism. Check out the pics from our march here in Ventura, CA!

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Giant Cabbage and Galumpkis

Giant Cabbage and Galumpkis

I did it again! I forgot to post about food on Friday! Sorry guys! It was for a good cause though. Had a much deserved date night with the hubby and we decided to take advantage of the hot weather and high tail it to the beach. It was great! But now for the food. See that picture of me with a bowling ball? Well, it’s actually a GIANT organic cabbage I got from the local Farmer’s Market! I decided to make Galumpkis. Here’s the recipe I used: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/stuffed-cabbage-rolls-galumpkis-recipe.html

They came out pretty good, but I already know what I’m going to do to improve it to my tastes for next time. I didn’t take pictures of the finished product, I’m waiting to remake them. But everyone gobbled them down, so I guess they liked them!

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Foodie Monday: Harvesting Potatoes

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So I wasn’t able to post a foodie Friday post last Friday, but it was my birthday and I was vacationing with the family. Much needed! Anyway, I’m posting today with my first potato harvest! The picture above was what I pulled out of the orange laundry basket I used to plant potatoes. Didn’t take too long, about 6 weeks and I had lots of little potatoes. The orange basket negated any gophers getting at my papas. I had planted about 3 small organic potatoes, and these are the ones that grew-and very quickly! I also threw in 3 non organic potatoes. Those did NOT grow at all. They just took up real estate and rotted. They smelled awful! Like chemical rot and bad breath. From now on I am sticking to organic. I learned my lesson! I put some of the stalks back in the basket with more soil because there were a lot of little mini potatoes just starting to grow, so I’m looking forward to harvesting more potatoes in a few weeks. Not bad for my first potato experiment!

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Magical Detox and Digestive Water :)

I’ve been doing the cucumber, lemon and mint detox water, but this fellow blogger has a few other ones I’d like to try!

Magical Detox and Digestive Water 🙂.

How pretty does this look (from her blog):

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Growing Wheatgrass

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At the Farmer’s Market, we tried a shot of wheatgrass from one of the vendors. She kept telling us how great the stuff is for teeth and gums, which of course made us look right at her mouth. Her teeth and gums looked really healthy! Her skin also looked very clear. You could tell she wasn’t wearing much makeup at all if any. I’ve been reading about growing wheatgrass for a while now, so we ended up buying some seeds from her that were already sprouted. Only $4.50 for a giant bag! I planted quite a bit, but still have a lot left! I need to make more growing trays. Anyway, this is my first time growing this, and I created a makeshift tray out of some leftover tomato plastic containers from Fresh N Easy:

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I cut them in half and then poked holes for drainage:

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My second tray ended up better.

ImageFilled it with rich soil and compost that i had mixed together earlier. I added water to make sure it was a nice moist mixture, kind of like brownie batter!

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I’ll post progress pics of success or failure. 🙂

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Toddler Garden

My mother in law brought me 3 of these little garden fence things from the 99 cents store. Instead of using it for my garden, which wasn’t working, I created a space for Rocky to have his own little garden to learn about how things grow. The dirt was packed solid so I made sure to turn it and add compost until it was ready to plant seeds. His big brother, CJ, helped me plant lettuce and garlic. I can’t wait until the little sprouts start growing! I know Rocky will love it!

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Gardening, Great Ideas and Great Neighbors!

I thought I’d share this very simple yet cool idea:

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And our neighbors brought us a bunch of produce from a friends local garden! All organic and the biggest chard I’ve ever seen! We had to wash it in the bathtub and use the baby tub to hold them all!

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And lastly, a cute pic of some pickins from our own little garden that went into our dinner last night. This morning we took the recyclables again and got free organic produce from the Farmers Market. I’d love to hear from others who find ways to get free or inexpensive organic produce!

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