Have you hugged your farmer today?
I almost missed my chance to do so. Every year, Chris and I sign up for a CSA- community supported agriculture. Last year, though, we received some bad news. Our normal farm-share, Ebb Tide, was closing up shop. We needed to find another farm.
Luckily we live on Whidbey Island, a farmer market’s wet dream. There are several farms selling shares, and we easily found one close to us. Skyroot Farm. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 10- Hug Your Farmer
I’m reading a great and helpful book to get me revved up to write my cookbook. It’s called “The Joy of Writing a Great Cookbook” by Kimberly Yorio, who has been Jamie Oliver’s, Julia Child’s, and Emeril Lagasse’s publicist. She has seen thousands of cookbook proposals, and her book has helped me hone my craft a little, while taking some of the incredibly valuable lessons I learned in my Social Media workshop with Tom Trimbath. In a nutshell, I want to ask a poignant question to cooks, readers, food enthusiasts, and people who like to eat- “What if we poached eggs instead of rhinos?” Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 94: What If We Poached Eggs Instead of Rhinos?
Sometimes I come across “deals of a lifetime” and I get completely suckered in. I’d like to brush off my naive notions to “trying new things”, but the fact of the matter is when it comes to food and health products, I am one of the most gullible customers on earth. So, when I saw a deal of getting “farm fresh complete meals” (with protein, vegetables, and even spices included) advertised “for Freeland” I assumed it was a local company and I’d be getting a couple of awesome meals delivered to my door. I entered the coupon and got the large package (to feed a family of 4) because, well, some of you have met my husband. He’s not fat, not by any stretch of the imagination, but that boy can EAT. So I wanted to be sure I got a big enough meal to satisfy his appetite. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 91: Fresh Across the Country
Last year at this time, I was just getting ready to move to Oregon, but I was also planning for my container garden I wanted for out balcony. I had bought several seed packets of various spices, but also kale, green bell peppers, and of course, zucchini, because you can never go wrong with zucchini.
By June I had several small seedlings that were promising to be productive and prosperous. I had divided them into several larger pots, purchased plant food and kept my fingers crossed that I would soon be enjoying the fruits of my labor. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 83: Of Worms and Bees
I sometimes struggle with trying to stay within a strict monetary budget, eating healthy food, and eating “green”. It’s feasible to achieve, I am living proof of that, but it’s challenging. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 76: Best Health Insurance is Eating Green
I’m trying an experiment for the next few weeks that is going to end up being a little time consuming, but probably well worth the effort. While I pride myself on being a techno-phobe, I do recognize the value of several smart phone apps that help people track, log, and plan their workouts, meals, diet, and even grocery shopping. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 62: Getting Healthy? There’s an App for That
I recently finished a book called “Veganist” by Kathy Freston, and I felt the urge to share some of my insights while listening to the book. The subtitle of “Veganist” is”Lose Weight, Get Healthy, and Change the World”. Wow, it sounds like this book is right up my alley! I was very open minded about the idea of going vegan, and even agree with the author’s philosophy of “leaning” into the new lifestyle. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 34: All or Nothing
The biggest complaint and criticism of healthy eating lifestyles is the cost. The claim that you physically cannot afford to eat healthy and sustainable foods on a budget is something even I struggle with on a weekly basis. It is one of the things I have to practice practice practice at each and every day. But with practice, I’ve discovered some great secrets and tips that at least help when trying to eat healthy and sustainable on a budget. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 27: Healthy and Sustainable on a Budget
Oh, Winter. You double-edged sword. I appreciate the months without the glaring heat. I understand the necessity of the cycle to allow for new growth. But you took my farmers market away for three whole months! I haven’t liked many things about Oregon, but I will say this, I have come to adore the farmers market. And being without my local eggs, grass-fed and free range meat, fresh honey, and locally grown, organic vegetables has been difficult this year. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 20: Farmers Market Blues
Considering my background with Asian animals, it’s little wonder I have something of an obsession with discovering simple ways to protect their homes in the rainforests. But I’m not just concerned for orangutans, hornbills, elephant, and tigers. I worry about sloths, tapirs, toucans, and jaguars in South America as well. I worry about all the animals, as we are making the world increasingly smaller. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 5: Healthy Cuppa