Gardening with Kids is a Life Lesson

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Even though I am on a more healthy journey it hasn’t been easy to get others in my family to do it. My youngest little C loves fruits and veggies in smoothies. His big brother L started out good, but now at age 4 doesn’t like them much. It is hard when I see all the benefits of healthy eating and others around me don’t do the same.

I’m sure many of you can relate. This is my first year at home doing a garden as I said in a pervious post. It is right in the front of our house and when the weather is good I try to take the kids out at least a couple of hours a day.  Also that makes it easy for me to do my garden and also show them the way things grow and how to take care of them.

My oldest he will ask me questions about what is growing and now helps me water the plants. Though he has no interest in eating it I am hoping by these little steps he will want to eat them too.  Just like with a garden I am planting seeds in him watching him grow and learn.

I don’t expect my children to change overnight or maybe even this year, but I will show them by example of what is good food and how we can grow it.  Then hopefully in the long run they will want to do it and show their children someday.

So often we want big changes to happen right away, but like a garden you need to tend it with loving care. Try to remove the weeds and remember to be patient. It is amazing what a little garden can teach us.

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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.

Spring has sprung smoothie

Even though the weather is taking a long time in Wisconsin to change, I remain hopeful on this sunny day. Since getting back on track eating healthy I notice if I get a cold it doesn’t last as long.

I feel happy and more energized.
This smoothie reminds of spring. It is a light minty taste with some sweetness mixed in. The light green color reminds me of leaves breaking out of the buds on the tree.
Here is the ingredients which are blended in the ultrabullet.

Handful of spinach
Handful of parsley
Cup of pineapple
Half a cup of celery
Half a cup of yogurt
You can also add honey or maple syrup for sweetness.
Also as much water as you want.

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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!