A One of a Kind Farmers Market

With unique ingredients and organic recipes, the Santa Fe farmers market is one of the most famous markets in the Southwest.

We start by strolling through the beautiful market’s pastry and bread vendors, enjoying the natural colors of hand died yarns. The fragrance of lavender hand made soaps and moisturizers is very present.

Take a large shopping bag with you because you won’t go home empty handed.

Jolly cupcakes

Gingerly driving the Jolly cupcakes to school🤣

Every year during the holiday season my daughter’s school encourages all students to contribute to their chosen charities.

Students, bake, cook, do crafts, sell paintings, just about absolutely anything their heart desires to make some money for their charities.

Marketplace at school is an exciting day, and a learning experience. Students get the chance to learn about helping others, organizing their time, creating something that others want to buy, and learn about marketing their products.

This year my daughter with her best friend decided on baking cupcakes with flavors of the season. Minty wonderland, caroling coffee, ginger bells, and fa la la vanilla. After spending an entire Saturday afternoon baking, they had 40 cupcakes ready for sale. And the night before the market, couple of hours was spend making beautiful, delicious frosting in holiday colors.

After driving to school, very cautiously, and an hour early to grab a good table, they were ready to sell.💰

The jolly cupcakes were a hit.🧁🧁😋👍

Fresh Herb plants as gifts

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Rosemary and thyme plants are two of my favorites, and have a beautiful flowing shape. To cover the pots first wrap them with colorful gift wraps, and add ribbons and ornaments for more color and shine.

Herbs are also great hostess gifts.

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Healthy, Delicious & fast

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It is time to eat, and  it is not just you starving but your loved ones are looking at you as if you had already planned the next meal and are ready to present them with a new and delicious spread that will please everyone’s taste buds.

I experience this more than a few times a week and since I constantly preach healthy eating, I can not bring myself to frozen meals or ordering in. So my weapon of pleasing is preparing salads with everyone’s favorite ingredients.

Salads served hot or cold With or without meat with loads of everyone’s favorite veggies, fruits ( dried or fresh) nuts, and simple dressings like olive oil with lemon and salt, oil and vinegar.

To keep my salads exciting I often use left over salmon, chicken or beef. For vegetables & fruits : beets, turnips, celery, mango, pomegranate seeds to give it an exotic twist.

Last nights dinner was salad served hot with chicken, farfalle Pasta, corn, peas, broccoli, asparagus, mozzarella chunks drizzled with glazed vinger, salted sunflower seeds, wild rice with a good sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. It was a winner and the leftovers will be great too.

To the next meal💪🏻👍

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Honeydew smoothie

8F780F6F-E776-48A0-80D0-6BA01D33FF3EAnother hot humid day, no sign of relief.

So a perfect time for a cold sweet smoothie. We usually make one when we buy a honeydew that is not sweet or just not flavorful, but this one was sweet as honey, so no need for honey or maple syrup.

our  ingredients :

slices of honeydew

strawberry

banana

orange juice

cup of crushed ice

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Tart cherry juice before a big race

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Tart cherries

Not only tart cherries are beautiful, and great in a pie, they are also a great drink to have before a workout. Drinking the juice twice a day for at least seven days before a big race or event can help to ease the pain, and shortens the recovery time.

It also can help with diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, and insomnia. It can also increase urine production, and helps with digestion.

Figs & mozzarella

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Cream filled mozzarella ball (burrata) topped with figs, berries & walnuts

We love mozzarella on our salad or on top of a heaping hot pasta dish, but for breakfast it is light & something fresh.

adding berries and walnuts just adds to this nutritious, easy to make breakfast. We all know about the benefits of berries eating walnuts help with lowering blood pressure, inflammation, helps with weight loss, and supports good brain function.

Healthy Brain diet, for Kids

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We need to Avoid food that contain artificial sweeteners, foods that contain high amounts of sugar, saturated fat or caffeine.

Processed foods like deli meat have been linked to triggering ADHD symptoms in children. Instead choose foods that contain antioxidants, choline, omega-3 fatty acids, and complex carbohydrates that boost brain health.

Fruits & nuts for snacks

Apples

Pears

Oranges

Kiwi

To add Protein to a healthy diet :

beans, almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, multi grain cereal. Eggs, milk, goat cheese, and Greek yogurt.

Fish for omega 3 & fatty acid

Salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna, trout, sardines, herring.

Making tuna wraps, sandwiches and pasta salads for kids lunches is a great way to add good fat to their diet.

For salads, sandwiches, and wraps use Green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. These greens are full of folate and vitamins .

 

 

 

Must have Tools for a new kitchen

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Cutting board,peeler,grater,spatula,tongs…

We are helping to organize a new kitchen.

For now we are only investing in kitchen tools for cooking & serving.

Here is the list of what we need:

Cutting board

Colander

Grader

Mandolins

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Spatula

Tongs

Paring knife

Wooden spoons

Whisks

Can opener

Blender

Oven mitt

Food storage container

Food processor

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Flatware, we can add ice tea spoons, demitasse spoons, appetizer forks later

Flatware

Plates

Bowls

Glasses

Mugs salad bowls

Serving bowls

Serving platter

Serving spoon

Dutch oven

Bakeware

Roasting pan

Mixing bowls

Sauce pan

Sauté pan

Skillet – cast iron ones go from stove to oven

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Serving spoon, cutting & paring knives, measuring cups & spoons..

This is a good start. You will be amazed how quickly you start adding to your kitchen tools as you start cooking, baking and entertaining.