Gardeners Touch

Getting to the ROOT of Change

Month: February 2016

Wheat Berry and Apple Salad

Cooking With Whole Grains

In my effort to remove processed foods from our diet, I’ve been learning how to switch to the healthier whole grain options. Switching from instant white rice to brown was a no brainer. Then, I began learning more about wild rice options. Rice was pretty much the staple of choice when adding a starch to …

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Wheat Berry and Apple Salad, Cooking with Grains, Wheat Berry

Healthy Harvest Recipe: Wheat Berry, Apple & Chicken Salad with Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette

This tasty winter salad combines juicy cranberries, crunchy apples, and nutty wheat berries for a healthy and satisfying meal or side-dish. 1 cup dried cranberries 1 medium to large apple (in season – I used Braeburn) 1 cup cooked wheat berries ½ cup walnuts Goat Cheese (optional) 3 cups shredded Romaine lettuce Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette …

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Flower and Garden Show

I Cannot Tell A Lie

Happy President’s Day! This famous line comes from one of our founding forefathers – George Washington. Not sure this is a motto our modern day candidates resonate with, but this post isn’t about politics, so let’s leave that one alone! I cannot tell a lie – I have been loving this very mild winter we’ve …

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A Creative “Twist” For Lent

Passing down customs and traditions of our faith, to our children, can be a lot of fun with a little creativity. When my kids were small, it was a bit of a challenge explaining to them “why” certain foods were off limits. Lent offers a great opportunity to explain the significance of penance, fasting, and …

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Shut Up And Take Your Blessing

It appears that I ticked off everyone as they left the house today. In an effort to offer some simple reminders, I apparently crossed into the “NAG ZONE”. I found myself, with each attempt, tightening my shoulders – just waiting to pounce. My mind began to rant – What are they getting annoyed at me …

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Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly, Faith, Lent

Learning To Walk …. In His Footsteps

I woke up this morning not feeling well, but at the last-minute decided to make the trip to church for Ash Wednesday. The snow was still falling and everything inside was saying “STAY HOME”, but out of obedience, to church I went.  I was determined to dig deeper this Lent. Lent is a time where …

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Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras

Not Your Ordinary Tuesday

So many of our family traditions and memories come from those special moments we share at a family meal. If we’ve been blessed to observe our grandparents cook or even have a cherished family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation, we open up a rich discussion around the table with our …

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