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Month: February 2013

Healthy Harvest Highlight – Pears

Pears are native to Europe and Asia and they are packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. They come in many different varieties and are high in vitamin C, K, and copper.  A natural source of fiber, pears are good for the heart.  Studies have shown that fiber can lower levels of bad cholesterol by binding …

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Cinnamon Scented Baked Pears

Ingredients: 4 Medium Pears, ripe and juicy (check them by gently squeezing the neck to make sure they’re soft) 3/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground (divided 1/2 tea for pears, 1/4 tea for ricotta) 1 cup Ricotta Cheese 1 tsp natural sugar (less if desired, or use 1 tsp honey) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut pears …

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Healthy Harvest Highlights – Brussel Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are part of the cabbage family.  In the home garden, they are sweetest when picked after a stiff frost.  Their harvesting season, depending upon your area, is autumn through early spring. If you are lucky enough to find them fresh (preferably still on their stalk), grab them, but 80%-85% of the US production …

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Feta

Ingredients: 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Crumbled Feta Cheese Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Remove first few layers of leave and wash well.  Cut sprouts in half and toss with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. …

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Digging Deeper – Journal Prompts For Spiritual Growth

Separated only by a day, both Lent and Valentine’s Day began almost hand in hand this year.  Two days where love is remembered and celebrated.  Often two very different views of love, but love still the same. Similar to the first of the year, Lent often brings promises of resolutions; how we will take this …

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The Benefits of Eating in Season

In my previous Healthy Harvest post, I discussed the drive behind my efforts towards eating cleaner and healthier.  In an effort to make this move more manageable, I’ve added small, simple changes every couple of weeks.  One of those changes is increasing my fruit and vegetable consumption. I’ve always loved to garden, but these changes …

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Healthy Harvest Weekly Highlight

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner and February being National Heart Month, I thought it would be an appropriate time to add a weekly feature to this blog.  Introducing, the Healthy Harvest Weekly Highlight. I don’t claim to be a nutrition guru, and that’s not what this weekly highlight is going to be about.  …

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Garden Planning – Stage I

The first round of my Garden Planning is complete and is down on paper.  I’m excited about the expansion of the garden but have a few challenges to face as well.  Because of the vertical structures I want to build to maximize the space, I know the cost is going to be rather substantial this …

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A Farmer’s Life For Me…

While the gang watched the Super Bowl last night, I amused myself with a stack of reading materials.  My eyes would look up when the commercials came on and although not impressed with most of them, I did find two very heartwarming.  The Clydesdale Budweiser commercial brought a tear to my eye, but the Dodge …

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