Give cookies!

Day 353 of #LiveWell2017 The holidays seem to bring out the baker in everyone. Once, when I was teaching at a public school, I looked at my desk at the end of the last day before winter vacation, and it was literally covered with packages of homemade cookies, brownies, peppermint bark, cakes, and breads given … Continue reading Give cookies!

Eat, drink, give

Day 137 of #LiveWell2017 Have a pint, change the world! Last night I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Oregon Public House in support of The Children's Book Bank. It was my first visit to the Oregon Public House (OPH), and now that I understand their story and have seen how they work, I … Continue reading Eat, drink, give

What is your tea ritual?

Day 118 of #LiveWell2017 “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” - Thich Nhat Hanh Sip your morning tea (or coffee) slowly - savor the warmth of the cup in your hands, the aroma as you … Continue reading What is your tea ritual?

Eat plants and move a lot to #LiveWell

Day 111 of #LiveWell2017 I was sitting at my parents' kitchen table recently when my big brother asked, "How is it that you stay so thin"? We figured I got my dad's skinny genes - after all, dad is 87 and still tall and lanky. I'm not as thin as I used to be. Age has … Continue reading Eat plants and move a lot to #LiveWell

Thank your local farmer

Day 80 of #LiveWell2017 Today is National Agriculture Day, so I figured it was a good day to be thankful to all the hard-working farmers who provide food for us every single day. This is an easy thank for me. I love to eat. I love good food. I love fresh food. I appreciate the … Continue reading Thank your local farmer

How to Sprout Mung Beans

After I harvested some tasty pea shoots this afternoon (pictured above),  a friend reminded me that I'd promised to post directions for sprouting Mung Beans. So here goes... First,  get good sprouting seeds from a trusty source. I use a local vendor  - The Sprout Queen - or I order from Johnny's Seeds. Then,  put … Continue reading How to Sprout Mung Beans

An Experiment in Fermenting Vegetables

In my on-going effort to eat mostly whole, home-made, healthy, nutritious foods, I finally got my nerve up to try fermenting. I say "got my nerve up" because, like most Americans, I've been culturally programmed to believe bacteria is bad. But it's not all bad. We need "good" bacteria in our bodies to keep us … Continue reading An Experiment in Fermenting Vegetables