been almost 2 weeks since the last update... time flies when are you havng fun! actually, i posted on my other blog (ed-tech) last week. feel free to check it out here. maybe i will alternate weeks between the 2 blogs?
Here are few quick delightful spring discoveries....
1. Trader Joe's Green Tea with Jasmine = :) it hasn't been warm enough to make iced tea, so this is a nice refreshing hot tea
2. hyacinths = smell so nice in my front yart, had to pull some and bring them indoors. and i finally see small signs of the lilac bushes blooming.
3. journaling = just bought a new personal journal as part of my yoga teacher training and have started using it. the main idea is to write down positive and negative thoughts/happenings for each day, things you are grateful for, and time spent meditating/practicing asanas (poses). really makes you think. i also need to update my art journals this week. i have posted a few of my old art journal pages. totally want to create a class on this someday for someone -moms, teens, anyone who wants to art journal
Must Do-s for the Week
1. repot the lettuce my mom gave me
2. learn the script for Sun Salutation A (not going to be easy)
3. make time to visit my sister
4. make an appointment for a massage (great early b'day gift from my sister)
5. go to Yin Yoga Class
April = Happy happy gardening month #1 !
Oh yes, all of you fellow gardeners know I how I feel... I can finally take a lap around my yard and admire all of the random perrenials I have planted. They hyacinths are so beautiful and fragrant (sigh). However, there is much work to be done this month.
Top 5 garden tips for April
1. fill up and turn the composter often: if it doesn't smell bad then it working, if it does smell you should check to see if it needs some dry matter (leaves, twigs)
2. plant some new bulbs: why not? they are all over the stores and hopefully on sale, today i planted peonies, irises, and liatris
3. repot anything that is getting big: if you have already started some seeds indoors like i have, they are probably a few inches tall by now :) , this is when i start repotting them to give them more room to add a few extra inches b4 they go out side for good... we have to wait an awful long time in MI for the last frost to visit us :( therefore i will have to continue to crowd the windowsills throughout my house for a few more weeks
4. clean up any dead leaves/perrenials from last year: i usually wait until spring to pull off most dead leaves and twigs from last year's perrenials, i also push away the wood chips to give this year's sprouts some room to come up and get maximum sunshine
5. plant some seeds: if you have not planted seeds yet, it is not too late, this is the perfect time to start some seeds indoors, all you need are small containers, soil, seeds, water daily, keep in a warm sunny place, i recommend starting with basil, tomatoes, chives, and parsely, kids love to watch plants grow (even my high school students enjoy this, stay tuned for our project we will be starting next week
i was very fortunate to have the entire week off for spring break :) shayne and i did lots of cleaning, relaxing, friend visiting, cooking, and sleeping :) we also got to hang with my fave lil doggie, peanut. here are a few new things i found this week. enjoy :)
Eden Organics = Made in Michigan :) I am trying to kick the coffee habit... Kale Chips
Great heathy and yummy food options In the process I am trying lots of new teas. May not sound good, but
I buy my Eden products at Whole Foods Tazo Thrive=green tea + special extras trust me they are delicious!
Kale Chips Recipe
From Kimberly Wilson (Tranquility du Jour)
1. pick up a big bag of kale + preheat oven to 350.
2. throw 1/3 of it into a pan so the bottom is covered. remove heavy stalks to leave only leaves.
3. toss kale in a few cap fulls of oil.
4. add heaps of yummy seasoning (i use cajun seasoning, montreal steak seasoning -
anything i can get my hands on).
5. put on baking sheet. bake 15 minutes.
6. voila, heaven awaits.
From Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (Color Me Vegan page 117)
Here is my abbrviated form of her recipe:
1 bunch of kale
1-2 tsp olive oil
pinch of salt
1 T nutrional yeast*
1/2 tsp chili powder
preheat oven 350
rinse and cut kale
toss in toppings
lay in a single layer on baking sheet
bake 10-15 minutes or until crisp
* So I had a huge can of nutrional yeast in my cupboard. Had never used it before.
Holy Cow! It was such a wonderful addition to this recipe.
I will have to look for more recipes with nutrional yeast in them.. who would have thought a bit
of fungus would make something so delicious?
the current staycation i am on has not topped my list of favorite spring breaks. however key west, phoenix, point reyes ca, and new orleans provide some tough competition for my little home in warren, michigan. dragged the hubby out in the rain today to visit the greenhouse at my school. i would die if i came back to work on monday to dead tomato and basil plants. plants got their needed aqua and we stopped for some pizza. i love yellow pepper rings on my pizza :) peanut got a much needed bath today and i did some ashtanga yoga at home. i have updated this site like crazy today and perused and learned so much from other educators. 4 more days off still = joy :)
Author - Michelle Reckling
- dedicated learner
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