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Favorites List – Some of My Favorite Things About Fall and Winter

Whoa it has been quite a few months since I posted a “Favorites List” so here it is, some of my favorite things about Fall and Winter!

Soups

I love soups year-round, but even more so during the colder months of Fall and Winter! I’ll make (and eat) everything from chicken garlic to black bean soup. Here is a really useful infographic 10 Easy Homemade Soups from Shape.com

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Artichokes

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I heart Artichoke Hearts! This yummy vegetable has appeared on many of my favorites list, but I am really in to artichokes right now so here it is again. Besides being absolutely delicious artichokes are low in calories and fat and it’s a rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. I am so happy that they are available during the fall and winter. This article from Ocean Mist Farms “All About Artichokes” is super informative! They have tips on selecting and handling to preparing. Really good recipes too! You must check them out!

Holiday Parties and Get-togethers

I love getting together and celebrating with friends and family during this time of the year! I always try to spend quality time with the people in my life throughout the year, but it always feels a little more special during the holidays.

Fall Fashion

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I think the one thing I like most about colder weather is Fall Fashion in particular: boots, scarfs and cozy sweaters! I love boots! All you need are some leggings and long tees and you are good to go!

Getting Cozy

The weather during the fall and winter makes me feel warm and toasty inside. It brings a different feeling in the air when the leaves start falling and the weather is crisp and cool. Everyone who knows me knows I love warm weather, but there’s nothing like cozy nights by the fire with a good book and a cup of tea or relaxing with my two girls and Coco (chocolate lab)!

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 – February 2014

The most favorite thing for me in the month of February is celebrating my oldest daughters birthday. She will be turning 11 this month. Happy Birthday Mi Amor! Now on to food…

To Eat – I have been on this lettuce wrap kick for a while now.  They are super easy to make and my kids like them too!  Here are three of my favorite recipes:

Turkey Lettuce Wraps  from The Food Network

Thai Lettuce Wraps Recipe (Vegan) 

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe from Taste of Home

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe photo by Taste of Home

To Do – Next to helping people be healthy (writing about food and nutrition, going in to schools or communities and teaching children and adults about ways to eat well or teaching indoor cycling classes), my most favorite thing to do is create art!

I love all kinds of art, like paining, collage, crafts, and jewelry design, but my favorite is taking recycled or discarded items and transforming them in to beautiful “art with purpose”.  A friend and I started “Re-Up Arts” where we explore the many ways to use otherwise discarded materials to make art. We also provide summer camps for kids ages 6 to 11 to discover using and re-using the available resources around them to create “art with purpose” thus creating generations of artists who are more environmentally conscious. Visit our FB page: www.facebook.com/ReUpArts or follow us on Pinterest!

To Read – I have truly been enjoying reading about Joy The Baker’s travels in Uganda. THINGS I LEARNED IN UGANDA BIG AND SMALL

That’s it for February’s Favorites List, short and sweet, just like the month!

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.

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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.