Cancer Fighting Brassicas


I’ve shared with you lots of great reasons for eating vegetables from the Brassica family. Recently I was reading an article and learned that the anti-inflammatory benefit that I’ve mentioned can also reduce inflammation that has been associated with many types of cancer.

Menu for the Week of April 23, 2012

A little Indian, a little Mexican, a little Asian… a lot of YUMMMMM!

Huevos Rancheros


As today was approaching, I kept thinking to myself, what am I going to write about this week??!!??!! Maybe my mind is still on vacation or maybe I’m still playing catch up after being gone, but initially I was thinking there might not be much of a post.

But as often happens, something triggers a thought and a story weaves itself together. The other day as Skoogie watched an episode of Between the Lions, a book caught my attention during the closing song: An Egg is Quiet. While we were at the library later that morning, we checked it out. We began reading the larger text and as we turned each page became captivated by the beautifully painted watercolors. Every little detail intricately captured. Who knew there was such variation in eggs! Then as we went back to the smaller print, additional facts about eggs are provided across the animal spectrum. It is always FUN to discover a great new book and learn that award winning Sylvia Long has teamed up with Dianna Hutts Ashton to create two other books, A Seed is Sleepy and A Butterfly is Patient. We can’t wait to go check the other books out as well!

So I thought how appropriate, after dying and hiding eggs last week for egg hunts, watching eagles hatch in front of our eyes , finding a quail egg that had met its demise, and being able to eat them more often now that Skoogie passed the egg challenge earlier this year, EGGS seemed like a fitting topic.

Still Sprouting

We're still sprouting our beans. I'll continue blogging next Tuesday. Until then, another book that you might want to check out to nourish your own sprouts.

Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World by Margi Preus

O was so excited to receive it Easter morn!

Sprouting the Beans

The kids are on break and we're sprouting our beans, so no Weekly Menu this week. Instead an addendum to Tuesday's post.

A few sprouting books:

Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

Little Seed Grows


Today was an ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS day here! The kind of day you just want to soak up and stick away in your pocket. It was a day of picnics, walks, playground playin', and a two mile bike ride with 4 year old Skoogie holding her own with her 7 year old brother! The spinach and kale we planted a few weeks ago in our cold frame is also loving the sun.

Menu for the week of April 2, 2011

This week as we wrap up National Nutrition Month, we are trying to EAT OUR COLORS. Our goal is to incorporate: green, red, orange, white, and blue/purple into our meals throughout the day. For a little fun, have your preschoolers sort their fruits and veggies by color:

Spring Sprouts of Joy!


On this cloudy, but warmer day, I’m joyful and excited about…

Menu for the Week of March 26, 2012


We’re excited to try more EASY and delicious looking meals this week!!

Spring Clean


On this BEAUTIFUL first day of Spring, we are enjoying the fresh scent of lavender and eucalyptus soaps made by Pete and the kids. Both kids really got into measuring and helping build the wooden mold for the soap. Legos caught the attention of O, but Skoogie carried through the project, helping mix the materials and pouring the liquid soap into the mold. I'll also add that many of the photos in this post were taken by hers truly! I'm not biased or anything...but I think she has a special eye!!!

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