Wednesday, August 27, 2014

San Francisco, CA

I recently had to work a week in the financial district in San Francisco.  Being in a large city is way outside of my comfort zone.  The amount of traffic, people, towering buildings, and various smells overload my senses.  Since I was working during the day, I only ventured as far as I could walk and always went back to my hotel before dark. It's kind of awkward traveling alone, and while I try to be adventurous, I also have to be smart.  There were a lot of interesting "gardens" and sculptures and so many restaurants to choose from.  I do love all the food choices available in cities.











Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hey there! Let's go for a hike.


This summer has been the strangest I've ever seen.  The weather has been cool and breezy with an autumnal feel.  Normally by the end of summer plants are parched and dry.  This year, August is still full of lush green plants and mushrooms galore.  Take a hike with us and share in our discoveries.

fern forest + stream = perfection

I love these variegated leaves.

Meet: Yoda Bob. We found him mid-hike and spent the rest of the afternoon getting to know him.

This perfect mushroom growing among the moss was a gift, for sure.

These are quite poisonous, known as Jack-O-Lanterns. 

This tiny mushroom forest had an Eco system all it's own.
It's good to be back blogging.  Happy hiking friends!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Going with the flow

I am posting this blogpost using my cellphone. Our home computer crashed and I am trying to decide when and what to replace it with. And since life likes to throw many things at once, we also had to replace our water heater and install a water softening system. There are also a few personal factors thrown into the mix that have made things a bit hectic around here. What can you do?

Hoping to return to semi-normal soon.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pageants of Splendor

The Luna Moth vs. the Cecropia. I prefer the simplicity and tranquility of the Luna moth's color and design. However, I find it fascinating the the Cecropia we came across was laying her eggs which were tinted her same colors!

Such beautiful insects~

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tinctures



Continuing my self education on plants, the next step for me was to have a go at making a tincture or two.  I did some research and decided to make dandelion and chamomile tinctures.  Dandelion is good for liver health and chamomile is good for a lot of things including tummy troubles, anxiety, and sleeplessness.  
I guess I won't really know if the dandelion tincture works or not, but the chamomile should be easy to detect it's effectiveness.  I will let you know how it goes.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Dinner

 Bok choy and mustard greens from the garden with a few foraged greens as well.

Heat olive oil in a pan, add minced garlic, shredded carrots and sweet peppers - saute.

Add chopped greens - saute

Stir in cooked rice (I also added some corn and peas which were in the fridge and needed used up).

Serve with a fried egg and saracha.

This is one of my favorite meals to make right now.  It's hearty, filling, and can be used with any variety of vegetables on hand.  It's versatile and can be amended with whatever is growing.

This is best served on the deck at dusk with a glass of cucumber-mint water.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Berry Picking

 We just planted two blueberry bushes in our yard, which isn't nearly enough to sustain our love for this fruit throughout the year.
Luckily, we have a blueberry farm not too far from us.  We need about 10 gallons of blueberries (which we freeze) to last us the year.  


 They have five varieties.  We go a few times in order to collect some of each since they ripen at different times.  
These will be added to smoothies, pancakes, muffins, pies, or just eaten with coconut milk or yogurt.