These little guys are so good for us, and with a little help can become everyone’s favorite vegetable. It is not a age thing, it just how you take the smell and the texture of these cute round cabbage looking vegetables.
A fall vegetable, Brussels sprouts are from the cabbage family and packed with nutrients. As I have learned from years of preparing them, I believe fresh ones taste much better than frozen ones. I use salt and cheese to sautéed them and serve them immediately or sautéed them with glazed balsamic vinegar.
Rich in antioxidants High in fiber Packed with vitamin C & K Reduce inflammation Regulates blood sugar
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Natural Scents from flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits can help us to remember a moment in time, and can also help us to change the way we feel and think.
For me every time I peel a cucumber I can’t help, but to think Of summer days when my Mom would prepare a cucumber salad for us to enjoy with our lunch, just like the scent of ginger and molasses, will always remind me of Christmas cookies we bake every year for Santa.
Certain scents can also make us feel anxious, and restless, as some can help us to calm our thought, and help us to slow down and relax. To be aware of our surroundings, and change the way our emotions are altered simply by smelling an orange or relaxing in a bath with few drops of rose water is a wonderful way to claim and secure our happiness. Nature gives us its seasonal scents with the change in temperate and the seasonal vegetation. It is up to us to be aware and use the natural scents that can help with our physical and mental happiness.
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In fall I love cooking apples and pears in some syrup for a side dish or dessert. They are beautiful, add a delicious scent to the house, and are good for us. This easy recipe that only takes a a few minutes to cook can stay in the refrigerator for a week and can be a sweet addition to a ham sandwich, great with peanut butter, and yummy with vanilla ice cream.
Peel 3 pears and 1 apple
Use a sauce pan add 1/2 cup of water
2Tsp of brown sugar
1 Tsp of cinnamon
Cook until pears are soft to fork
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This mess free DIY fall center piece is easy, fun and inquires a walk outdoors among the pine and oak trees.
If you ever look for an excuse to enjoy the early fall, take a leisurely walk to collect your supplies to create a very beautiful useful natural center piece. It would be a great reason to spend time outside with your family and get everyone’s creative suggestions to put together several centerpieces for any room in your home.
I am going to start by telling you the shocking truth that Butternut squash is not a vegetable. This orange beauty is a fruit and is packed with vitamins and minerals, and is low in calories.
So however you would like to prepare the squash, mashed to be used in casseroles, breads, muffins, and pies, roasted, or sautéed, you will enjoy the mild sweet nutty flavor, and all the wonderful nutrients.
How to prepare the butternut squash : preheat oven 400°
1- Wash, peel, and remove the seeds .
2- Cut in chunks.
3- In a large bowl add 2 Tsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of salt and pepper. 2 cloves of garlic minced.
3- Add squash chunks to the bowl and mix well.
4- Spread in a tray and roast for 20-30 minutes. Before removing sprinkle with 1 Tsp of brown sugar. 1 Tsp of cinnamon.
The first time I realized my new house had a very shady garden I immediately thought a colorless back yard. And no chance of a vegetable garden.
Beautiful mature Camellia plants lined the yard, and a few azaleas bloomed in between. One Japanese maple tree that had grown out of its corner, was overwhelmed by a white dogwood tree, and shaded by a large mulberry tree branches.
When spring came, I started making a list of plants that were colorful, plants with many shades of green, and a list with combination of perennials and annuals.
My list for annuals: Begonias, impatiens, monkey flower, snapdragon, pansy, coral bells, lily of the valley.
My list for perennials: foxgloves, hydrangeas, hostas, ferns, primroses, encore azaleas.
I am sure you agree when I say, a Gardner needs to be patient and thick skinned. No matter how much planning is done you are still in the mercy of nature and drastic changes in weather. Gardening is always a work in progress, and the joy of seeing a perennial popping it’s head out of the soil in early spring is absolutely priceless.
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We usually think of our pantry as the place we store what we need for cooking on daily bases. I have come to realize these days, that my pantry should have everything I need to make meals for not just weeks but maybe months.
Believe me I don’t own a large pantry, so no room for a large varieties of food, but I have learned how to make meals that share the same basic ingredients. And with few more from the freezer, voila I have put together a nice meal.
To create a nice meal has always been important to me. I grew up in a household that eating healthy, and eating delicious meals took an entire day to prepare. Chopping vegetables, marinating the meat, making sauces, all were an important component of creating a delicious food, and setting a beautiful table.
So to keep stress out of my life I have grouped my basic pantry items in 4 categories:
Always store Salt, peppers, spices, cooking oils in large quantities since they are used in daily cooking. Canned sauces, and tomatoes, canned vegetables, soups, tuna, pickles, olives, and pastas are another must haves, with long expiration dates that are easy to buy for storing.
Take advantage of end of season sales for baking, canned vegetables, and pastas. And remember you can store most ingredients like butter, cooked pastas, cooked rice, and breads, for few weeks in your freezer.
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I love to grill. Food just tastes better on the grill. My usual grilling ritual is chicken or beef and a good marinating recipe, with a side of everyones favorite vegetables or salads.
What you need for this chicken recipe is:
• 2 boneless breasts of chicken
• juice of 1 lemon, salt, black pepper
Usually baguettes or burger buns for the sandwich bread, and plenty of butter on both sides of the bread to keep the chicken moist, and delicious. Adding thinly sliced dill pickles for more flavor, and mustard.
The best thing about grilled chicken is that it can be served cold mixed in salad, or as a sandwich. It is healthy, flavorful and great for a quick lunch at work or at school.
For side vegetables: grilled corn on the cob, grilled tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers.
For side salad: green salad, avocado salad, or capressa salad.
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