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Lil’ Sprouts!

Baby, it’s cold outside!

But inside the house, my garden is growing happily in the kitchen window and in the living room window as well.  A couple of weeks ago, I filled cardboard egg crates with soil.  Then, I added seeds and a handful of hope.

Today when i checked them…

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Large Leaf Basil

I have lil’ sprouts!  I told a couple of friends at work about this venture and got looks of amazement.  They all acted like I was doing something amazing, which on the one hand I am and on the other it’s the most natural thing in the world.  There are so many people who limit themselves with things like “I could never” and “I’m not that talented”.  For that reason, they become bitter and unhappy as the people around them test themselves and expand their horizons.  Don’t be one of those people; instead try something new!

Not all of my seeds have sprouted yet, but I have high hopes and if they do, I’ll add lemon balm, lemongrass, tarragon, savory, a new type of basil, and thyme to my indoor herb garden.

(On a side note, all the lil’ sprouts that I don’t keep will be going to new homes with my coworkers who are hopeful that I’ll also share my homemade red sauce recipe!)

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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in In the Garden

 

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Introducing the Recipes Category!

About the time I turned six years old, I started packing on the pounds despite the fact that my activity and food consumption hadn’t really changed. My parents did nothing except tell me I was just eating too much. This was followed by everyone telling me that I was fat, ugly, etc.

Long story short, I kept gaining and thought they were right. Then my sister who had done exactly the same thing, was diagnosed with a thyroid problem. I started reading up on thyroid and realized that I had most of the symptoms. Problem was that when I got my numbers run, they were normal.

I started self-treating the symptoms with l-tyrosine and iodine. I lost sixty pounds and got pregnant. (Thyroid can make you sterile. My ex and I had tried for years to have a kid.) During my pregnancy, I gained all the weight back plus some.

This year, I found a book that told me about a disease called Hashimoto’s Disease. Basically, a food intolerance causes your body to freak out and start attacking your thyroid, slowly destroying it over time, which causes thyroid symptoms.

The book also suggested going gluten-free as a way to control the disease. Cappy and I decided to give it a try. For a week, we cut most of the gluten from out diet. That one week sold both of us on the benefits. We saw a reduction in joint pain, food consumption, and most importantly for both of us… Our low blood sugar issues went down significantly.

I’m telling you all of this, so that you will understand that all of the recipes that are coming up are gluten-free and as organic as we can afford to make them. They will also be as homemade as possible because homemade is cheaper, most of the time. The other thing that will be here are “cheats” or “hacks” for convenience foods, i.e. Those things we eat when we don’t have time to “really” cook. (Hey, we’re human too! There are times when our schedules are crazy too.)

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As a side note, if my story sounds familiar and you would like the name of the book, simply send me a shout and I’ll respond as soon as I can.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Recipes

 

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Lavender in November

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Someone forgot to tell my lavender that the old saying is: the first year new plants sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap.  This started out in a four inch container.  It is now roughly three times the original size and despite the first frost, it is still growing and blooming.  I wonder if the aquarium water I’ve been pouring on it every couple of weeks has anything to do with it.  I’d guess so.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in In the Garden

 

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Why a garden?

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My window herb garden.

1. I love plants in the house.  They make a house more welcoming in my opinion.

2. I love to cook, but am a snob about my herbs for said cooking.

3. I have always loved the looks of window herb gardens.

4. I had the perfect south-facing window.

I just had to try to do herbs in the window. Then it was a container garden. Now I’m up to raised beds and eyeing roto-tillers.

I’ll warn you now, gardening is addictive.

It is also highly rewarding. There is nothing like my homemade marinara made with herbs from my garden.

I’m not an expert and I’m not claiming to be one.  What I am is someone who is trying, failing, trying again, and eventually succeeding.  Come along and let me show you what I’ve got so far.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in In the Garden

 

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Hello world!

For some time I have been watching the blogging phenomenon and the world in general.  I decided that it was time for me to put my views out there for public consumption.  Some of them will be hard to chew.  Most will be hard to swallow for the average raging idiot that seems to be the norm these days.  But there are a few of you out there that will probably simply goggle in stunned amazement that someone finally had the balls to say what you’ve all been thinking.  No, I will not be updating this on a regular schedule.  I’ll be updating when something in particular sticks in my craw or when I need to purge mentally in order to better understand my own thoughts and feelings.  Will you see my views change?  If ever this blog lasts that long.  Will you see me grow as a person?  If ever this blog lasts that long.  In the end…

We’ll see.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Thoughts

 

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