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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sounds of Fall

Apple season has arrived.  Though the prevalence of berries, peaches and watermelon sure do make my summer, apple season is my favorite. The portable glory of apples make them a daily companion in my life.  My favorite being the Honey gold, then Cameo and Pink lady.  I feel blessed to be in the heart of apple country here in Oregon where the majority of the US apples (and pears ) are grown.  Our local grocers and farmers markets boast a HUGE selection.  Perhaps this year I will find a new favorite.  As usual I like to found a bounty and process apples into galettes, sauce and chips.

colors of autumn

This fall brings Seed to Health’s annual cleanse to the scene. Each spring and fall I lead a seasonal cleanse with a group of people from Portland and beyond.  This year’s cleanse starts this Monday, October FIRST.  Cleanses are a chance to build your immunity, balance your hormones and clean up your diet, with daily support, delicious recipes and new rituals!  Ayurvedic inspired recipes are at the core of this upcoming cleanse.  So think cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and more spices for superior flavor enhancers. Roasted veggies, seasoned lentils, herbal teas and fresh salads will tantalize your palette and enrich your health. Seed to Health’s cleanses are a time to eat and enjoy food on the next level, not a time for deprivation.  Some commonly eaten foods will be swapped out for more nutrient dense alternatives.  For more details and easy access. Please to join us, bring a friend, relative or neighbor. The more the merrier!


A recent trip to NYC and Brooklyn provided these photo opportunities.  Good friends, great food, amazing structures and DIY inspiration found all over Brooklyn were the themes of our short & sweet stay

Bounty & Pickles

Tis the season for canning.  I chuckle at the process because it is often so hot outside when the time comes to put up garden bounty. Preserving so often means standing over a steaming hot pot of fruit & spices while it cooks down. Then there is the hot water bath, that takes a million years to heat up only to result in bubbling hot spring  for the duration of the canning session.  I love it though. These days I always partner up with a lady friend or two. We share our bounty, or wisdom & current experiences.  Then we have a gift arsenal to choose from for  the year’s up coming holidays & birthdays.

Grape pickles!

 We used this recipe for one batch of grape pickles, the ultimate in fancy condiments.  This is a great example of making quick pickles which DOES NOT require a boiling hot spring in your kitchen. It is as easy at simmering some flavorful brine, pouring it on desired clean, garden bounty and BAM, into the refrigerator.

I LOVE this plum galette recipe. The dough takes some getting used to. It is not the easiest to work with by following the directions but a super tasty gluten, dairy free alternative. Instead of letting the dough rest in the fridge I actually roll it out after it is made, assemble the galette on some parchment then put it in the freezer for 1/2 hour, preheat the oven, then bake it…If you have the time experiment. Early on I ended up with more of a crumble but it is always delicious, worth mastering and a favorite summer breakfast!


LOVE this video and have been spending my days listening to Little Dragon’s Pandora station.


Oh my gosh, I just realized that this amazing woman has a website! I was going to post a link to her top notch book Frugavore. Instead, I can link you to this for some inspiration in the name of FRUGALITY.

beautiful brine

In other news, recipe developing and tasting is underway for the Deep Clean, fall cleanse that starts October 1st!  Seasonal produce and tons of herbs will be the showcase in the recipes. This collection of recipes is being designed to offer super clean eating for nearly 2 weeks, so the body can clean out and store up all sorts of nutrients for the fall & winter seasons.  This cleanse is an opportunity to rid yourself of what you don’t need.  Then stockpile good recipes and habits to build a solid foundation of health. Interested?

Dahlias, nutrition & some favorites

This month the last of the blooming dahlias will slowly wilt. I will miss them. Their lush bouquets frequent our home and gardens for months. They bring the bees. They are beautiful. I rest assured of their return because their tubers multiply every year, so once a dahlia gardener, ALWAYS a dahlia gardener!








I’ve been reading up on politics, tis the season. My sister is part of a PAC and she often forwards me  very thought provoking political information.  I am grateful for her input because I do not seek out political articles that often . WHOA, after reading this  well…if you get through it I am curious what you think…

On a much lighter note, a helpful one at that. I just did my  monthly Vitacost order.  Vitacost offers HUGE savings on high quality shampoos, supplements and SO MUCH MORE.  If you don’t know, now you  know…

Eyeing some stylie new shoes for this fall.

I love this blog, but this page is so helpful when trying to figure out how to build a pantry.

So excited about this free performance in downtown Portland, I have a very special friend performing.

Tomorrow I am celebrating Oregon’s ‘Health & Safety’ month with a local elementary school by presenting 4 workshops to 520 (!) children. Here is to creating positive preventative habits & a great attitude about whole foods!


 enrich YOUR experience

Tid bits of summer


This has been an amazing summer. East coast, west coast, camping, gardening, raising a baby and seeking inspiration all the long. Here is some evidence.


This lovely bride is super classy & a wicked fun party thrower.
One of my favorites of ALL TIME!


Kicking it with the dream team. Manzanita, OR


Inspiration in Manzanita, OR


Oregon Country Fair. The Ritz, my saviour


Happy windy beach baby




Garden bounty. Reminds me of Grandma


Sprouted quinoa, part of the permaculture of my kitchen


Odell Lake, epic to the senses


Healthy baby food


Staying cozy at Odell Lake (5,000 ft)


Last batch of heart shaped Cally snaps…


Manzanita early morning


Most romantic wedding EVER>Jim & Cait Cape Cod 7/7/12


West coast ladies take Cape Cod