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March 2017 in Spy Garden

I have been busy with a few things (you know…working full time, graduate school, kids…just a couple things! Ha!) and embracing spring by considering the season fresh, bright and energetic (instead of just “more busy”). (I’m all about a euphemism.) This means I am forced to be more organized. By nature I am more about spontaneity than preparation but planning does have its perks. Such as more free time for hobbies.

Painting in progress; light and bright!

Cheerful vibes

Checking out a gallery

One new thing I’ve started doing is making a general plan of dinners for each week. I notice this really helps avoid any produce being forgotten and spoiling. We’ve had a few delicious and super easy successes this week so just wanted to share. I am totally not a recipe person. (I feel they are too bossy.) So this is really just meant to be inspirational for trying new things in the name of the spring season!

Monday: Roasted chicken, spinach garbanzo cakes*, lemon garlic tahini dipping sauce

*A block of defrosted and drained frozen spinach mixed with a cup(ish) of garbanzo bean flour and a little water and then just cook like pancakes. I also added garlic but you could add any spice/combination of spices. These are delicious and were a big hit. I plan to make all different variations of these (you could use any vegetable too).

Tuesday: Wild caught salmon marinated with orange and thyme, baked sweet potato chips, orange slices

Wednesday: Pork Steaks, Peas

Thursday: Rabbit (Bun-Bun) Stew…Hahah just kidding. But seriously though I think our rabbits would be delicious. They eat all of our scraps of organic produce, fresh alfalfa hay…And just think, if we did raise rabbits for meat (and fur; hello ear muffs!) we would get to have way more rabbits as pets, which would mean greater variety of bunny photos…tutorials on hide tanning…it would certainly make for fresh blog content, right?

Adorable Dinner?

“Bunny TV”

Thursday (seriously): Carrot Lentil soup with ginger and garlic, Flat bread*, Quinoa cakes (eggs, quinoa, parmesean cooked up like pancakes or in the oven)

*Homemade bread on a weeknight you say?! Yes! Whole grain flours (I like a mix of garbanzo bean flour, ground flaxseed and coconut flour), water and a little oil and you are in business! Flat breads don’t have yeast so you don’t need to wait for the dough to rise; after kneading you just let the dough rest for ten minutes or so. Roll them out and they bake up in minutes in the oven or on a griddle. You can also add spices or seeds to these.

While I’m cooking dinner I also make our lunches for the following day (with the exception of Babyzilla who eats very nice snacks and lunches courtesy of the Forest School chef).

Here is her school’s menu from this week for even more easy meal ideas:

And check out the construction going on at Forest School; they are expanding!

In garden-food news, we started eggplants, tomatoes and peppers; several different varieties of each.

I didn’t buy any new seed packets this year (yet) as I was trying to use up the supply of seeds I already have. Some of the seed packets are a few years old so some may not germinate well but in my experience seeds are usually fine for several years past the packaged date.

Today in the garden I saw quite a few honeybees. We plant lots of herbs and flowers to attract bees.

One of two lilac bushes in the garden

Tulip (my favorite)

Thanks Nana and Pop for the basketball hoop; the kids are loving it!

Check out that purple!

Awesome, right?!

Before I go rest up for another busy energetic spring day, I want to share two awesome new blogs of old friends of mine from Wesleyan University.

The first is Boheme Voyage; the stories of a couple traveling around the world. The photos and writing are excellent and the food looks amazing (hello, more recipe/non-recipe ideas)! I especially love that she focuses on architecture…and plants!

Architecture in Hue, Vietnam by Ashley Trudeau

Vertical Garden in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Ashley Trudeau

So check it out! Here is the link again: Boheme Vogage

The second is Dr. Elizabeth Winter’s website. The design of her site is impeccable. She shares excellent and practical health advice on the blog and there is also great information on the other pages of the site. Here is an excerpt…

Unlike conventional Western medicine which focuses on disease, integrative medicine focuses on all the aspects of a patient’s life—physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and environmental—that contribute to a patient’s health and well-being. Science has unequivocally shown us there is a real and profound connection between the brain and the immune system and our emotional state and disease. When we ask, “How are you feeling today?” we really mean it, and we spend the time to explore your relationships, happiness, work environment and stress level, believing these all contribute to one’s health and overall wellness.

Whether we are talking about migraines, joint pain, infertility or constipation, we are talking about symptoms, all of which have an underlying cause. Often times in conventional Western medicine, symptoms are misinterpreted as diseases. Integrative medicine works to treat the underlying cause of your symptoms. In doing so, your underlying health status is improved overall.

Functional/integrative/environmental medicine is the field in which I plan to practice when I finish this excruciating invigorating doctorate program so I am especially interested in her site. Check it out! Here is the link again: Dr. Elizabeth Winter 

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday and are feeling energized by spring!

Happy 2017!

WOWZA

WOWZA

Wowza; that beach is gorgeous; and is my sister and her husband’s FRONT YARD!!!  Islands in the gulf; paradise!!! Hoping to visit in 2017!

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Globe

Globe

Garden Sledding

Garden Sledding

Hairdo

Hairdo

Hairdo

Hairdo

Wood ear mushroom

Wood ear mushroom

Playing with toys ("Lila" the horse)

Playing with toys (“Lila” the horse)

Firepit

Firepit

Firepit

Firepit

Figs

Figs

Dining room

Dining room

Table

Table

Track

Track

Dexie

Dexie

Nightstand; just finished Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway: strongly recommend!

Nightstand; just finished Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway: strongly recommend!

Couch

Couch

Lamp

Lamp

Dining room and man cave door

Dining room and man cave door

Just another day

Just another day

At Forest School!

At Forest School!

Purple fog

Purple fog

Window/Fog

Window/Fog

Dusk in the woods

Dusk in the woods

Unicorn Icycle

Unicorn Icycle

Fallen tree

Fallen tree

Driveway

Driveway

Waffles mmmmm

Waffles mmmmm

Wood ear mushroom

Wood ear mushroom

Trail

Trail

Matching lights

Matching lights

Moss

Moss

Terrarium

Terrarium

Woods

Woods

Icicle

Icicle

Dry Creek Bed

Dry Creek Bed

Orchid

Orchid

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Happy new year to all! I am praying for adventures and good health; no really specific resolutions in mind this year. How about you?

Best of Spy Garden 2016

Happy New Year’s Eve! I skimmed through all the pictures of 2016 and selected all the ones that caught my eye for the composition or for the happy memories (or both)!

Winter Hike with Dexie

Winter Hike with Dexie

Hawk

Hawk

Hiking

Hiking

Early Spring

Early Spring in the woods

Spring Break in Florida

Spring Break in Florida (that is a shell egg-casing)

Pelican

Pelican; Caloosahatchee River

Goliath Grouper; Boca Grande Pass

Goliath Grouper; Boca Grande Pass

Blackberry Bushes

Blackberry Bushes

Troy, MO Forest School Canoeing Lesson (the maiden voyage of our canoe!)

Troy, MO Forest School Canoeing Lesson (the maiden voyage of our canoe!)

Buds

Buds

Tiptoing through the tulips; and that shirt! It is in 50% of photos; definitely the t-shirt of 2016!

Tiptoing through the tulips; and that shirt! It is in 50% of photos; definitely the t-shirt of 2016!

Dexie

Dexie

Yay for dirt!

Yay for dirt!

Eno hammocks are the best

Eno hammocks are the best

Wild weeds in Spy Garden; the garden mostly rested peacefully in 2016 (Shmita 2016!)

Wild weeds in Spy Garden; the garden mostly rested peacefully in 2016 (Shmita 2016!)

Tree fort upgrades

Tree fort upgrades

The best haircut of 2016!

The best haircut of 2016!

2016 was definitely the year of the houseplants; we invested in a lot of them and they are all doing great!

2016 was definitely the year of the houseplants; we invested in a lot of them and they are all doing great!

Volunteer Celosia

Volunteer Celosia

Canoeing up Centaur Chute

Canoeing up Centaur Chute

Missouri River (Centaur Chute)

Missouri River (Centaur Chute)

A great view of St. Louis at Cahokia Mounds

A great view of St. Louis at Cahokia Mounds

Turkey

Turkey

Playing in the yard

Playing in the yard

First year of football

First year of football

And the last year of the Knights (now a Tiger!)

And the last year of the Knights (now a Tiger!)

Huzzah River

Huzzah River

Maggie and Aunt Spy

Maggie and Aunt Spy

Rope Swing

Rope Swing (Huzzah River)

There's that t-shirt again!

There’s that t-shirt again!

Dahlia

Dahlia

Flower Child

Flower Child

Tussock moth caterpillars

Tussock moth caterpillars

Little Onion Bloom

Little Onion Bloom

Pumpkin success! Musquee de Maroc

Pumpkin success! Musquee de Maroc

Geese

Geese

Moochie at the fire pit

Moochie at the fire pit

Baby Bun Bun

Baby Bun Bun

Betta fish; Gronk (named after Ron Gronkowski a football player)

Betta fish; Gronk (named after Ron Gronkowski a football player)

Butkus with his namesake's card

Butkus with his namesake’s card

Loving these bunnies!!!

Loving these bunnies!!!

At Aunt Spy's Wedding; the best time!

At Aunt Spy’s Wedding; the best time!

Hygge and Koselig Holiday; the best Christmas!

Hygge and Koselig Holiday; the best Christmas!

Dexie snuggles

Dexie snuggles

Wishing you all many blessings in 2017!

Happy New Year!