My thumb is turning green!!

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Will you look at that above ^^ !

I can grow radishes! I know they are one of the easiest plants to grow, but so thankful for the little things and to also realize my thumb is turning green. I am able to grow things (besides children) and I think it is a great accomplishment!

The great thing is my son loved to help pull these and hopefully like I have said in another post that he will want to eat healthier in the future.

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Everything else is coming up well too. Onions, carrots, lettuce, spinach and different types of squash…oh and cucumbers too!

I hope everyone elses gardens are coming up too!

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Square foot gardening at home..1st time!

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Staying healthy is not always easy or cheap. Last year I was part of a community garden where I learned about square foot gardening and it was great. The only problem I had with it was I lived over 20 mins away and it wasn’t always profitable for me to just run in and water plants and then drive back. So this year I decided to do my own square ft gardening at home. I put it in the front yard right by our deck. From the picture above I have already got some plants going!

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In square ft gardening you put certain plants together in a small place where normally you wouldn’t and use the vertical space more than in a traditional garden. For example in the this picture. I have it against my deck and the plants will be cucumbers and different types of squashes. Though these plants normally spread out I am going to have them climb up instead of out( or so I hope).

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In the front rows will be more plants that do not need vertical space. In this picture shows the early start of radishes, you can plant up to 12 in one square! but not all of mine have popped up lol, but some are so I am happy. I am also doing onions, spinach which they say you can do four in a square, parsley which is two and carrots which also can be 9-12 in a square. Not all have popped up yet and some I am wondering they will ever, but you will see plenty of pictures of my success and I’m sure some failures.

But there is nothing like watching things pop up out of the garden and know you’re doing something good.

Soups the best on a cold day

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Awhile back I made my Fall Butternut Squash Red Pepper Soup as shown above. It is very tasty and hits the spot esp. cold days like we are having. The problem I have is all my soups are homemade. I go to school for 8 hours and then pick up my boys and come home. I really don’t feel like making homemade soup and then I end up not eating something healthy.

I do admit it is hard when you are tired and want to eat healthy but rather do the easy thing and eat something fast. So I decided that one weekend which happen to be deer hunting opener and my husband was off hunting that I would try making big batches of soup. At the end of the weekend I had made 9 bowls of soup to freeze. Now I just have to pop them in the microwave and heat them up. Now when I am hungry and want soup it is just minutes away. Below I will share a soup from another site that I love and is incredibly healthy for you.

There are many days I struggle esp around the holidays and I try not to get down about it. I know this is a journey and it will take a while to get it right. I hope your all staying warm. Normally I watch my Green Bay Packers but it hasn’t been a good game. Maybe they need to stop making so much Campbell soup commercials and start working on football.  Then again they could be the spokesmen for my soups lol.

Take care everyone and remember this is the time of the year to be thankful and I am thankful for those of you who follow me. I hope I am a blessing to you out there! Here is a link to that site. Love that site as well!

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Fall Butternut Red Pepper Soup is a Must!

butternut squashIt is defenditly fall here in Wisconsin and I am not sure if I am ready but a good thing is I now love to make homemade soup. This one I looked up idea’s and then added my own….this Butternut Red Pepper soup is so yummy can’t wait to make it again. It is so healthy for you!

Ingredinits:

1 small butternut squash

1/2 cut up red pepper

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 tb of butter

1 box of organic vegetable broth

Couple dashes of cumin

Couple dashes of chili pepper

You take the cut up onion and red pepper with the butter and heat it until the onion is somewhat transparent.

While that is cooking, peel and cut up the squash. I didn’t peel most people do.  I just cut off the outside of it after I had cut it up.

Then add the vegetable broth, squash with the onions, red peppers and also the seasoning. Cook until the squash is soft. Then let it cool if you plan to put this in a blender like I did or it could wreak your blender. Once cooled enough blend until smooth. Then reheat on the stove and you have a fabulous soup that will warm you to your toes!!

I hope you enjoy it like I did and remember I am no chef so my measuring may be off 🙂 So happy trails as my mom would say and have a wonderful Halloween!