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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.

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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!

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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. :)

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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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Catching Up


October 9th, 2010

kitty perch
Well, it’s been so long that I feel like I have lots to catch up on. Here’s the view from my new chef’s table. It’s turned into a perch for kitty. She loves it up there by the WINDOW. I love that window too. Spectacular sunsets and good vibes. Check out my boyfriend’s gigantic vinyl collection. I’ve been catching up on all this while I’m working, and it’s truly wonderful. You can also catch a glimpse of my window garden…

window gMy new place has south facing windows! Perfect for growing WHEATGRASS and SPROUTS. I’ve got my wheatgrass system down now. The trays I’ve been growing lately have been coming out beautifully. I’m really trying to focus now on healing and restoring my LIVER, and these little trays of wonder are definitely part of the plan. OH. I should mention that there is a video for PRL TV that details how you can grow your own WHEATGRASS GARDEN. You should check that out.

chef tablMy chef table is overflowing right now with garden goodness. It’s amazing. I love this time of year. It’s so abundant that I think it deserves it’s own post (coming soon). Today, I’ll just focus on my evolving kitchen.

booch plus mixerSpeaking of, look at this amazing stand mixer I got at a yard sale last week for $25!!! Can you believe it? I asked the girl if it had all the parts. And she said, ‘Well, it’s missing the meat grinder…’ How much more perfect could it be?

booch latticeAs you can see I have a few batches of KOMBUCHA going there. It’s so amazing. Look at the elegant lattice it forms. Very interesting.

dehydratorsThis is also new. My multiple dehydrator shelf. For my burgeoning kale chip empire (which also deserves it’s own post – coming soon).

grassOk. Well, I gotta run. I need to make lots of chocolate truffles for a wedding reception tomorrow…

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The Season for New Beginnings


April 15th, 2010

pepperland
As luck would have it, I’m starting my new beginning right in sync with nature. Leave it to these guys to perk me up when I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. We’ve started our seedlings for gardening season!

garden
Last year, my goal with the GARDEN was just to have one. What came up vastly exceeded my wildest expectations. It was so good that we were invited to be on the steering committee at our COMMUNITY GARDEN. I’m now officially the web hag of our garden. There are still a few plots available if anyone is interested.

two trays
This year, I want to be more efficient with the food that comes up. Now that I have a better idea about timing etc. We have a few seedlings started up. Some are doing better than others.

grow lights
Right now we have them under a couple low tech grow lights we got from the hardware store. The whole contraption was about $20.

peppers
The peppers are loving life!

basil
The basil is doing pretty good too. The lettuce…not so much.

goji
I started some more goji (since that worked out so well LAST YEAR).

sage
The sage overall didn’t fair so well, but I have this one determined little guy that might amount to something.

radicchio
Radicchio will be nice in my salad mixes.

grass
And of course, I have lots of grass!! (I’m almost done with the wheatgrass episode for PRL TV. It’s taking forever, but I think it’s going to be a good one. My BF thinks we’ll be done by Saturday).

baby grass
Some cute little baby grasses..

gilIn other news, my boyfriend got me in to see GIL SCOTT-HERON last night (of ‘the REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED‘ fame). It was excellent. He’s hilarious. Sharp guy.  Really unique.  Even the crowd was unique.  My boyfriend does sound there a lot.  And there was definitely a much more diverse crowd there than usual.  Leave it to Gil to challenge your perception of things and keep things in perspective.  Just what I need at the moment.

trail
In other news, there is a walking path that goes from my new place to Whole Foods. How convenient is that? Things could definitely be worse. :)

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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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Wheatgrass Class


March 31st, 2010

wheatgrass class
One of my last projects at school was to develop the curriculum for a class and teach it. My class was called ‘How to Grow Your Own WHEATGRASS GARDEN‘. (Picture by HELEN)

grass
Here is a tray of grass I grew for the class. I had developed a bit of a reputation for being obsessed with wheatgrass. Admittedly, wheatgrass has done a LOT for me.

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Don’t worry if you missed the class though. Because my boyfriend videotaped the class for PRL TV! He thinks we can have it up in the next few days. (Picture by SONJA)

I’ll keep you posted…

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Starting Some Seedlings


March 21st, 2009

seedlings
Well, it’s not quite warm enough here to start planting anything outside, but it’s about time to start some seedlings in my window. My boyfriend is in Austin right now for SXSW. He did sound the other day for HALEY BONAR, who is a fantastic artist from around here you should check out. He promised to bring some interesting seeds back. So we’ll see what he comes up with…

seeds
Until then, I started with these guys (brandywine and green zebra tomatoes, arugula, purple osaka, swiss chard, and oregano). I started some basil about a week ago. So I’m off to a good start. We don’t actually have any dirt of our own. We have been living in this ridiculously small STUDIO APARTMENT for two years (while I’m trying to pay off my medical bills). But my boyfriend seems to think that his mom won’t mind if we plant a few things at her house. So I started with 50 little pots. I’ll keep you posted on their progress…

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Staging My Comeback


March 15th, 2009


Well, I think we passed a hump here in Minnesota. It’s still cold, but I think we’re definitely past the sub-zero era for this year. And the days are getting longer. Time to get my WINDOW GARDEN going again.

mixed sprout
This is a mixed sprout tray I started. I suppose, technically, it’s a micro-green tray, as sprouts grown in dirt are officially micro-greens. (I kind of prefer the micro-greens to the stringier variety.) This tray is a mix of buckwheat sprouts and a spicy sprout mix from SPROUT PEOPLE.

wheatgrass
Initially, I was having a bit of a mold problem on my wheatgrass trays.

plastic wrap
I suspect it largely had to do with this. Did I mention that it gets REALLY COLD here in Minnesota? Everyone covers their windows here with plastic wrap. It’s good for keeping warm, but bad for air circulation which is apparently the number one cause of mold on wheatgrass trays. So anyway, I got an air purifier going. I’ve been cranking it, and it seems to be helping.

graceful sprouts
Aren’t they graceful little things? They turned out really colorful. They have this beautiful reddish color which is supposed to mean a really high mineral content (at least that’s what I’ve been reading). I tried something new this batch which I read about on the TREE OF LIFE page. They’re EFFECTIVE MICROORGANISMS – kind of like probiotics for the soil. I initially got them to help with the compost in my kitchen. It was really starting to stink. This has definitely been helping with that. It seems to produce more heat as well which is kind of interesting.

high mineral content
But the added bonus is that my sprouts are looking really healthy and beautiful. This was a spicy mix (arugula, cress, and daikon). Look at that beautiful purple color. I haven’t seen that before.

tray of sprouts
Here’s is a tray of really healthy some looking sprouts. These little puppies are gonna fuel my comeback. They are. I have big plans for this year, and being sick is NOT one of them. No sir. And guess what else happened this week? My BAND got played on the radio for the first time! Strangely, it wasn’t here in Minneapolis. It was in Berkeley, CA…You know, I always liked that town. :)

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Orange Poppyseed Salad


July 2nd, 2008


This is another recipe I got from ANI PHYO. I got some new recipe books this week which I’m VERY excited about, but I’ll save that for another savory post.


I was attracted to this recipe because I had an abundant supply of MICRO GREENS that I needed to find an outlet for.


This is a bowl of freshly cut sprouts (mostly buckwheat with some spicy sprouts) from my garden. I got the seeds from SPROUT PEOPLE. They have a nice selection of different mixes. I have to say that eating sprouts for lunch esp. fresh sprouts (though I suppose these are officially micro-greens since I grew them in dirt) makes you feel really good. A certain clarity and focus that you can’t quite put your finger on.

As for the recipe, it’s very similar to the GRAPEFRUIT FENNEL AVOCADO SALAD which is one of my favorites. Not quite as gourmet, but definitely easier to prepare. While I prefer the flavor of the other salad, this micro green punch definitely adds something to your day…

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Expanding Window Garden


June 28th, 2008


Well…everybody said it would happen. And it is. Before I started paying attention to my diet, I didn’t own a plant. But now the little WINDOW GARDEN I started a few weeks back is quickly expanding to the capacity of my extremely SMALL apartment.


It’s hard not to do though. I keep coming across these herbs that I MUST have. Plus, the weather is nice now. So I can keep some plants on the windowsill.


So far, I have oregano, peppermint, thyme, dill, spearmint, rosemary, and basil.


I’m most proud of the basil because I grew these babies from little seedlings. The rest I kind of cheated at the farmer’s market, but the basil seeds I got while I was in Austin in March. They look so good that as you can see, the birds are starting to eat the leaves. Why do they have to pick the biggest juiciest ones? Save some for me!


I also got this interesting rainbow shrub. I’m not sure what it is, but it sure is pretty. Yesterday, I went crazy and planted a couple cherry seeds from the cherries I was eating. I’ll keep you posted on what happens with those…

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Unfolding Mysteries


February 12th, 2008

new seeds

Well, I went through my first 3 lbs. of wheatgrass seeds like that. So, I ordered a few more. 10 more lbs. I’m also experimenting with a few more sprout mixes: Beanies, Nick’s Hot Mix, and the Russian Mix. They are all from SPROUTPEOPLE. I’ll let you know what I think of them.

bedhead

The last several days I’ve been seriously under the weather. At first, I thought maybe I was having some sort of detox. But this was pretty intense. It felt like the worst flu I’ve ever had, but somehow not flu-like. It’s amazing what a bright flash can do for pasty skin. I wasn’t really able to get out of bed for a couple days. I’m wondering if this has anything to do with the weird CALL I got from my doctor’s office last week. Time will tell…

cream of asp

In other news, I made this soup last week that turned out really well. Cream of Asparagus. I threw in the asparagus left over from the SUSHI I made. Then, I threw in some water, walnuts, half an avocado, some miso, a little wakame. They went for a spin in the VITAMIX. Then I poured off the soup and added some wakame flakes, asparagus tips, and fresh BUCKWHEAT SPROUTS from the garden….MMM! Pretty tasty. Though I have to admit, in this below zero weather I’m really missing the warm soups.

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