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Forging My Own Path


July 6th, 2013

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Hello out there. Things have been a little wacky over here. We had a crazy storm a couple week ago that knocked out the power in South Minneapolis. Lots of downed trees. And downed cars. As you can see. Harley Rae was having a grand old time exploring through the wreckage. We lost power at the shop. But only overnight. So it didn’t affect us too much. Though I was off the internet for a few days. When I came back, I heard a rumor that we were closing. Ha! Pretty funny. I’m happy to report that we aren’t closing. I, personally, went through a pretty rough patch this year. But it’s gotten a lot better. I think a lot of it has to do with the pettles helping me find more balance in my life. And a lot of it had to do with this guy…

norwalk
My boyfriend was starting to get worried. So he went crazy and got us one of these! A NORWALK JUICER. I’m not kidding when I tell you that this juicer is changing my life. I’ve used a lot of juicers by now. And I’ve owned a lot of juicers too. But this one is different. It’s expensive. It’s true. But as my boyfriend says, it costs the same as about twelve hours in the hospital. So if you have health issues, like me…It becomes more an issue of how do you want to spend your money. On going to the hospital? Or on staying out of the hospital? Which ultimately is way way cheaper. So we went with the juicer path. And it’s helping…a lot! I feel like I’m getting my buffer back. It makes such a huge difference. I can’t even tell you.

hiawatha
I should mention that I’m doing a little workshop on juices and smoothies in a couple weeks. Its one of many workshops during a REJUVENATION DETOX CHALLENGE WEEK event we’re doing in collaboration with HIAWATHA YOGA (across the street). Julie is also teaching a Raw Foods 101 class. You can find event details and register online HERE.

music
In the meantime, I’m just trying to relax more and enjoy the music. I found out recently that my kitty really likes violin music. She just sits intently and listens. And then she tries to wack at the bow and figure out how it works. It’s pretty cute. This week, I’m taking a much needed vacation too. My boyfriend has gotten us on the guest list of so many shows this week! It’s gonna be good. Between now and this time next week, I will have seen Cheap Trick, Los Lobos, Bob Dylan/Wilco, Robert Plant, and the David Byrne/St. Vincent show. So the next time you hear from me, I’ll be a whole new person.

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Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes


October 29th, 2011


I remember when that record came out (GRACELAND – the one with DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES). I loved it so much. I played it over and over. And there’s even a song dedicated to me on it…YOU CAN CALL ME AL. He has a new song that just came out this year that I LOVE LOVE LOVE too. Kind of relevant to my health care conundrum. :)

angle shelfYou can barely make out my wheatgrass operation in the left side of my living room photo. It’s all records and wheatgrass. (That’s where it’s at. The secrets to healing). :)  Anyway, as you can see I have a nice little supply of wheatgrass going.  My boyfriend bought 35 lbs. of seeds.  So, I’m going to town.  I’ve actually been putting off writing this post because I have so much to say about this.  If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you will know of my WHEATGRASS ADDICTION.

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I even made a VIDEO ABOUT HOW TO GROW IT YOURSELF. I have to say that in the course of trying to heal myself, I have tried many, many things. And to be honest, a lot of them didn’t work. But wheatgrass is the cheapest, most powerful thing I’ve tried. And yet, most people are reluctant to try it. I think that most people find it difficult to fit into their lifestyles. But I actually think that’s part of the point that the grass is trying to make to us. If you are willing to listen to it.

diamond
I go in and out of sync with it. Truth be told. But right now, I’m in big time. How do I know this? Because the grass lets me know when it’s happy. When it’s perfectly happy, it makes these perfect little dew drops at the tip of each blade. They look like diamonds!

dew drops
How amazing is that? I am on a wheatgrass roll! My little trays have been coming out so perfectly. So green! With diamonds! And no mold. :)

tray base
And can I just tell you how amazing this stuff is for your LIVER? It’s truly profound. So much so that it probably deserves it’s own post. But I will say this…Right now, I am breaking through some huge barriers that have been holding me back for a long, long time. And I truly believe a lot of it has to do with this grass. More on this later. Wish me luck! Next week, is my follow up with the NEUROSURGEON. I’ve been kind of in denial about this since everyone has been gently bringing up the idea of back surgery with me (an idea which I am not really in sync with). Don’t worry though. I’m not nervous. I’ve already decided that I am an empowered being and the ultimate decision rests with me. :)

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Square Foot Gardening ‘Live’


August 8th, 2011

sq foot
I just posted a new video for my UNCOOKING SHOW about SQUARE FOOT GARDENING. It walks you through the process of setting up a square foot garden.

hub of heaven
I live in an apartment and don’t have any land of my own. So this is a little insight into the world of community gardening. Anyone can do it. It’s easier than you think!

mary bue
This episode also features another musical guest, MARY BUE (currently of Seattle but not for long). Check out her song ‘The City Trees’ (which incidentally was mixed by my BOYFRIEND).

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Indian Summer


October 13th, 2010

bed
We have had some freakishly warm weather (for Minnesota) the last week or so and I am LOVING it. I missed a lot of summer this year (as I was RECOVERING my accident). So now is my chance to soak it all up. Consequently, my garden is a little wild this year (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

flower sign
One of my fellow gardeners grew a communal bed of flowers! How lovely is that? It sad to say goodbye to gardening season.

garden harvest
I have really gotten into juicing garden harvest. It’s so luxurious (esp. when you consider how much it would be to BUY all this).

miss
My physical therapy right now involves BIKE RIDING. This is a scene from my bike ride to the garden. I have to cross the mighty Mississippi River to get there. (It seems like a trek, but before you get too impressed I should mention that it’s not actually that far. And I have to walk my bike part of the way. But I’m getting there).

green juice
Still, things are definitely looking up out here. I’m moving a little slow these days, but you know what they say about slow and steady…I’m just saying!

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Kefir and Crutches


July 16th, 2010

bubbly
Good news! I’m back in the kitchen a little this week. Here I have my latest addiction…watermelon kefir! I can stand for short spurts now…perfect for kefir making.

mathces
My thing right now is drinking it over ice in a wine glass. Look how it matches my wall.

helen and i
Incidentally, I have some exciting news. It’s about the next episode of PRL TV with special guest, Helen Castillo of THE RAW PALATE. Helen and I discuss fermentation in the raw food kitchen. Specifically, we will talk about making cheese, yogurt, and kefir! But WAIT! There’s more!! Erin of WATER KEFIR GRAINS (where I purchase my kefir grains) has generously offered to donate a kefir making kit to one lucky viewer! Stay tuned for details…

crutchin
In other news, things are going well. I got upgraded to crutches! So, I’m getting around a little better. I still use the walker at home, but the crutches are great for getting about town. Here’s me with my guitar teacher. Guitar is an amazing and appropriately sedentary pasttime.

window
Check this out…It’s the VIEW FROM MY CHEF’S TABLE. I love it. The best part is sunset. You get a perfect view of the sun setting in the west. I’ll save that for next time…

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Watching the Future Unfold


May 7th, 2010

leftovers
Leftovers are great for contemplating the future. Less work and business leaves more time for philosophy. This was a variation of a salad I made for my TASTING EVENT.

two fist
My boyfriend took this beautiful picture. It looks innocuous enough, but it’s actually a huge milestone in our juicing experience. In the past, our tendency would be to mix these drinks together to make sludge. My boyfriend is all about maximizing nutritional density which I can appreciate. But not when it tastes bad. Yesterday I convinced him to make two separate drinks, and they were AMAZING! One was a spicy green concoction with lime, cucumber, ginger, cilantro, and wheatgrass. The other was lime, carrot, and ginger. Two great tastes that DON’T taste great together. :)

wheatgrass ointment
Wheatgrass is also great for healing scars. My overly active immune system has a proclivity towards scarring. Little scrapes take months to heal. Wheatgrass noticeably improves the healing process. Apparently, they used to use it for wound healing way back when.

blossomsIt’s supposed to snow tonight! That’s Minnesota weather for you. The CHERRY BLOSSOMS have already come and gone, and now it’s going to snow. My boyfriend took this picture of me with the infamous blossoms to send to my mom.  Speaking of (SCREAMING) CHERRY BLOSSOMS, I’ve started playing guitar again. I brought my guitar down to OKLAHOMA with good intentions, but I was a lot busier than I thought I would be! It’s good to be back in my element again.
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setlist I played a solo show last week, and my boyfriend took a picture of the setlist on my arm. Since my health isn’t really good enough yet to pursue my musical ambitions fully, I decided to start working on my chops. Yesterday was my first guitar lesson with my favorite guitar player in Minneapolis! You can check out his cool, green guitar in this VIDEO. I’m pretty sure that having a green guitar is eco-friendly! :)

In the meantime, I am patiently waiting for the future to unfold. Not as patiently as I would like, mind you. The hardest part about change (for me) is that it always seems to take longer than you think it should. It’s human nature, I think, to want to fill in the gap that you have to leave open for it. It feels so uncertain and vulnerable sometimes that a person yearns for the comfort of certainty. But I’m determined this time to let things play out as they should. I have a good feeling that everything is going to work out beautifully. I just need to give things their due time and space to unfold.

I got some nods of affirmation this week. I was listed on MASALA (the finest mix of holistic living blogs) in the ‘friends’ category, and I was also listed as one of the TOP 50 RAW FOOD BLOGS! HOORAY!

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Juice Fasting and Detoxification


May 3rd, 2010

A friend of mine sent me a message out of the blue recently. He said he was cleaning his house, and he came across this book that he thought I might like. ‘Sure, I’ll take it,’ I said. He sent me this.

Honestly, I haven’t really felt up to anything like this. I’ve had to work through a lot of crud the last few years, and this innately has felt like too much for me. But, it’s been coming up a lot lately. And the book is kind of absorbing to me. I’m also at a point right now where I really feel like I need to break through some barriers. Being back in my old context has caused a number of health issues to resurface that frankly kind of scare me. I really need to cut the slop out of my system if I’m going to move out of this space. I’m not sure if this is the answer for me. But it seems attractive at the moment. My boyfriend has been talking about getting a HUROM. Maybe the forces are aligning for me? Time will tell…

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Back to Reality


April 11th, 2010

windmills
The movie always ends when the main character rides off into the sunset. My boyfriend took this picture driving home from Oklahoma. Seemed apropos. You have to know though that this movie has a sequel. What happens to the girl AFTER SCHOOL? Well, that’s a good question.

wheatgrass car
This was the tray of wheatgrass that we set in the back window of the car. It got a little dried out back there. But it did alright…

tray grass
I feel like I worked through a lot healthwise while I was at school. My first order of business is to continue that trend. WHEATGRASS is definitely part of the plan.

juicing
I’ve been keeping up with my wheatgrass program pretty well using my Healthy Juicer (though I definitely have a Hurom on my wishlist).

wheatgrass smoothie
So, I’ve been starting most of my days with one of these while I contemplate my next move.

benefits
My boyfriend has definitely been appreciating the benefits of my professional chef status.

more noodles
This is an Asian noodle dish served on a bed of wilted red kale. It’s really a bastardization of the sesame noodle appetizer that was on the fall menu at 105. Even my ROOMATE, who doesn’t really like raw food, liked it!

goji plant
I had another surprise this week too! Remember the goji plant I STARTED last year? It grew into quite the bush. My boyfriend’s mom cut it back at the end of the season. So I was a little anxious to see if it would come back.

goji bud
Well, it’s back!! It takes three years to bear fruit, but I’m on my way now…

threesome
I definitely am missing all the companionship and support I had in school. But I’ve been getting a pretty warm reception here. Lots of interest so far. More on that later…

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Juicing


November 7th, 2009

demo
Yesterday, when I got to school, there were about forty school kids at the restaurant. MATTHEW KENNEY did a raw food demo for them. These kids were SMART. I was amazed and entertained.

packinemin
I thought it was cute that they all tried to squish in together. There were eleven people at this table. AMAZING.

laidanOnce the commotion settled down a little, Ladan started to talk to us about WHEATGRASS and JUICING. First, we each had a shot of wheatgrass.  I put some of it on my lip.  The dry air in Minnesota split my lip right at the hinge before I left.  I’d tried every manner of ointment the last couple weeks, but it wasn’t getting better.  So yesterday I smudged a little wheatgrass on there.  Today, it’s better!    Next, Laidan made us a basic green juice, and she sent us on our way with some pretty exotic recipes.

thai green
This is the thai green – a savory/sweet combo.

cuc mint
The cucumber mint cooler was mild and refreshing.

hot pink
The hot pink was pretty interesting. It had beet, pineapple, and some ginger I think.

making amp
Then, we set to work inventing our our juice recipe. Here’s mine:

ampTHE ASIAN MAFIA PRINCESS
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3 blood oranges
5 stalks celery
1/2 C daikon radish
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Because the asian mafia princess sees a lot of blood and gore, she needs the celery to keep her cool.

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Square Foot Gardening


May 12th, 2009

me and garden Hey everyone! Check out my new garden. It’s my very first one (besides the one I started in my WINDOW). My boyfriend calls this the shot of me taking credit for all his hard work. :)

seedlings
It all started a few weeks back when I started some SEEDLINGS in my window. I had little to no idea what I was doing. I planted maybe 150 seedlings! Most of them didn’t survive my incompetence. But the tomato and arugula seedlings seemed pretty determined.

square foot gardening Everyone kept talking about this book. Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholemew. So I picked up a copy. It seemed to make sense. More vegetables in less space. Who could argue with that really? And it was a better idea than anything I had come up with personally. So I went with it. Admittedly, the plans seemed way more ambitious in terms of yield than any novice gardener could hope for. But I suppose it doesn’t hurt to dream big dreams, right?

plans These are my inital plans (now waterlogged). It’s going to be really funny to look back after it’s all said and done to see how much of it actually came true. Our garden has a tree on one side. So one side is sunnier and one side is shadier. Thus, we tried to plan accordingly.

seedlings Once the seedlings got to be about so big, we started planting…Can you tell we’re new at this?

seedlings planted Well, they looked really impressive in my little pots in the window. But once they got into the ground, they looked kinda pathetic.

tomato seedlings Don’t laugh! Apparently, it’s better when your tomato plants are small. They survive the transplant better. Though they didn’t survive the squirrels so well. OY! The Squirrels!!

It became clear before long that we were going to need some help beefing up our garden. We went to the FRIENDS SCHOOL PLANT SALE (a GIANT plant sale at the State Fairgrounds) and picked up a few things.

plant sale Mostly, we got herbs (chocolate and orange mint, basil, rosemary, oregano, milk thistle, some peppers, more tomatoes, and some hostas for my boyfriend’s mom).

fighting back I also picked up some kale and swiss chard from the SEWARD COOP.

http://blog.punkrawklabs.net/pics/2009/may/gardenporn/transplanting.jpg Once I started transplanting, things started to take shape. Except for the squirrels who were munching on everything and digging up plants. Did I mention that SQUIRRELS ARE MY NEMESIS?! (ASIDE: My battle with squirrels began several years ago. I was getting bombarded with calls from STRANGE old ladies and people who later died on my answering machine. My calls were also getting rerouted to Canada. Very bizarre! I called the phone company, and the phone guy literally told me that my problem was squirrels first. Then terrorists. Terrorist squirrels. That should be a band name. Anyway, I did a radio show about it when I used to be DJ. You can check it out here…VOLUME 29: MYSTERY CREOT.)

netting system Anyway, back to the matter at hand. We needed to find some gentle way of encouraging the squirrels to eat someone else’s food. That’s when my boyfriend designed this netting system to keep the squirrels out. It seems to be working so far (keep your fingers crossed). Plus, now we’ve earned a reputation for being the most anal gardeners in our community garden! Our neighbor saw what we had done and kind of giggled to herself. Like, ‘hey guys, trying to keep the bears out?’

shady side This is a closer look at the shady side of our bed. This is going to be focused mainly on different varieties of lettuce. Here we have swiss chard and kale I just planted. There are some marigold in the back (supposedly to deter pests). And my little arugula seedlings are still hanging in there. We also have a square for the mystery lettuce which was left behind by last year’s gardener. And a square for micro greens.

sunny side The sunny side is mostly tomatoes, peppers, and herbs. The eight squares in back are all different tomato varieties. In front, we three kinds of peppers, and herbs. I’m still filling these in. So I’ll keep you posted on my progress…

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