colorful salad

Using up garden goods – beets, beet leaves, green onions for this colorful salad. Also added red cabbage, avocado, celery and I don’t remember what else. I am using just a ACV and olive oil dressing these days with no honey. Trying to lose those pounds. Down to 152.2 today – must lose around 10 or more pounds. It’s doable !





I am looking into the Ayurveda holistic system of medicine.

I took the test here and find that I am 43% pitta, which means my diet should be like this.

All very interesting!

cooling herbs and spices (cilantro, coriander, cumin, fennel, mint, etc.). Lastly, if you feel the need to do a cleanse, a short fruit or juice fast (think apple or pomegranate), or a longer mono diet of kitchari can be very supportive.

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Cute Robin laying on her eggs – when will they hatch?


flowers and food

I love seeing these Iris flowers open up – so lovely.

My 10 day veggie fast/diet has been altered. I can’t keep up with day-to-day activities in starvation mode. I have decided to eat veggies 10 days per month and not to go over 3 days eating normal food until the 10 days of veggies are completed.

Today was a pancake kind of day for our family. Also put some of our garden turnip greens into the quinoa and lima beans and seasoned with Braggs Aminos and ginger powder. Was pretty good. And much of the salad was from our garden – spinach, violet leaves, carrot top leaves, green onions and parsley. Yum. And more radishes.

1st day of veggies

I decided it would be infinitely easier to eat just one veggie per day on this 10-day adventure of veggie eating. Today the carrot was eaten, as many as I want!


I noticed how nice the colors look in this photo. Blue and orange are complimentary colors, opposite on the color wheel. There is much to be learned about colors, which I won’t get into here 🙂


Baltimore Orioles and K.C. Royals – doesn’t the blue and orange look great?!!

baltimore oriols

self watering container for lettuce

I planted some lettuce seeds in this newly made swc this morning. Hopefully it will turn out well.

DSC08632Here are some basic steps on making one.

1. Find a container to use and cut it apart a little more than halfway down. The bottom part is the water reservoir.

2. Punch or slit some small holes around the bottom part of the soil container. You can put felt in the bottom of where the lid was to wick up the water. In this case it was a weird shaped container so I cut it off and put it back in the top part because the top of the bottle was so long. If I would have used felt maybe so much soil wouldn’t have gotten into the water reservoir, but it doesn’t really matter.

3. Water the container from on top the first time.

4. Place seeds on top of soil and then a bit more soil to cover the seeds. Water a little more.

5. It should be a long time before it needs more water, but when it does, lift the soil reservoir and just put some water into the reservoir.

6. Cover it and place in safe place and wait for it to sprout.

Concerning my weight loss, I found out I should only eat slightly more than 1300 calories per day. So far I’ve had a Granny Smith Apple, 4 small pieces sourdough bread with sunflower butter, agave syrup and raisin, all which come to at least 470 calories. Will need to consume a bunch of celery and raw veggies today. Yay

Here’s my 2nd one today then must make soup.

lettuceswc3.19.131st picture – cut container, made slits in soil container, put felt in opening

2nd picture –  placed soil container in reservoir

3rd picture – watered from the top

4th picture – put in some lettuce seeds and covered with a bit of soil

5th picture – placed on top of ‘fridg with other one I made today


update 3.24.13 – have some sprouts:

18th of March

Today is the 18th of March. To read about chai:

3.18.13Today is a good day for new beginnings. My large cherry tomatoes are popping up. I have a new box for my knitting (see it also on the previous post). I am starting the countdown to our son’s wedding in June. I hope to be down at least 15 lbs. by then.

Also need to get back to dear Fly Lady.

Today I need to Shine My Sink. before picture:


after picture – kitchen sink shines 🙂


recipe for tonight:


3 c. broth (veggie)

3/4 c. lentils

1/2 c. rice

3/4 c. chopped onion

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. garlic powder.

Preheat to 300 degrees. Mix all together and put in 11″X7″ pan. Cover and bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove cover and bake 20 minutes more. Sprinkle with Parmeson.

finished product – although I added brussel sprouts, and some diced tomatoes and used no Parmeson.