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Favorites List – March/April 2014

Here are some of my favorite foods to eat and things to do.

The most favorite thing for me, starting in the month of March is spring!

 What I love about spring – it’s like a summer tease! I love sunshine and warm weather, so with spring I get both without the heat of summer.

 Here are some Fun Facts about spring:

  • In spring, the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun, increasing the number of daylight hours and bringing warmer weather that causes plants to bring forth new growth.
  • The first spring flowers are typically daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris and lilacs.
  • Spring fever is not just a myth – the body may experience physiological changes due to changes in diet, hormone production and temperature.

and a really cool poem about spring…

 Spring Poem

Now on to food…

It is artichoke season, yay! I have fond memories of eating artichokes as a child, peeling those leaves one after the other anticipating the artichoke heart. Besides being absolutely delicious, one large artichoke contains only 25 calories, no fat, 170 milligrams of potassium, and is a good source of vitamin C, folate, magnesium and dietary fiber.

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Artichokes are in season March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December.

Read “How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke” from SimplyRecipes.com

To Do

Like I mentioned in my Favorite List from February, I have a passion for creating art! I have created two of soon to be four pieces of art from recycled metal, newspaper and acrylic paint! I am excited about these pieces and you can view them on Etsy here. I am working on two more for this four part series using recycled metal. My art is part of Re-Up Arts, which I started with a friend,where we create art using discarded materials. We also provide summer camps and after-school classes for kids to explore using and re-using the available resources around them to create “art with purpose.”

Visit our FB page: www.facebook.com/ReUpArts or follow us on Pinterest!

Well that’s it for now. What have you all been up to? What are some of your favorite things?

Favorites List – January 2014

Here are some of my favorite foods to eat, things to do and books/articles to read for January 2014!

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To Eat

Love, love love me some kale!  Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables around loaded with potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, iron, and calcium. You also get 2 grams of protein per serving.  Here is a really good Kale and Caramelized Onion and Grilled Cheese recipe from Cooking Light. Eat Seasonably also has some great recipes for kale.

kale-caramelized-onion-grilled-cheese-ck-l  Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

Oh how I adore Green Tea!

Green Tea

I drink green tea at a minimum 3 times per day in one form or another. Green tea soy latte is my morning fix; Green Tea Smoothie is for the afternoon, and a simple cup of green tea at night. Green tea is the least processed and thus provides the most antioxidant polyphenols, notably a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to green tea.

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To Do

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

I can’t stand clutter! I am no neat freak, but I do like some organization in my home and life. When I can’t find what I am looking for or I open a cabinet and things start falling out I become one frustrated and stressed out mama. Decluttering is one of my favorite things to do in January! I actually declutter twice a year (January and June).  I’ve already started with my kitchen! Declutter 101: How To Cut Clutter At Home from Organized Home has some great tips on decluttering your home. I also like Changing Habits to Keep Your Home Clutter-Free from Decluttering.org.

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To Read

CookedI am really enjoying “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” by Michael Pollan. In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores his own kitchen and the use of the four elements—fire, water, air, and earth— to cook delicious things to eat and drink.

Read more about it here Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

 

This beautiful poem is just right for the beginning of 2014  New Beginnings Poem  author unknown.

Favorites List – November 2013

Here are some of my favorite foods to eat, things to do and books/articles to read this month!

To eat:

persimmonFuyu Persimmons are one of the reasons why I love the fall. They are sweet and tasty, crunchy little bundles of joy. I enjoy eating fuyus persimmons fresh or as in a salad Spinach Salad with Fuyu Persimmon, Jicama & Avocado with Miso Dressing from Cookin’ Canuck.

Soup. I tend to cook and eat more soup during November, than any other month.  As the days get shorter and the nights get longer nothing makes me feel all warm and toasty as a good bowl of homemade soup such as, this deliciously simple Chicken Noodle soup from Simply Recipes  or this yummy Autumn Vegetable soup from Fine Cooking.

 

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To do:

Oh how I enjoy walking around kicking the fall leaves and being totally amazed by the beautiful colors and shapes. Now it is even more enjoyable, because I am experiencing it with my daughters.

Hanging out with family and friends during Thanksgiving and reflecting on what we are thankful for.

Teaching indoor cycling classes at the new Ride Oakland a dedicated indoor cycling studio. Deb and Helen (co-owners) are great! Opening day is November 25th!

To read:

Food Rules An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan. Oh how I love reading this book over an over.

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That the FDA has finally banned trans fat – GOOD NEWS: FDA BANS TRANS FATS (PLUS TOP 5 TRANS FAT OFFENDERS)