Friday, July 20, 2007

Girls in the Greenhouse - A Real World Summertime Fairytale

According to wikipedia, "Four of the World's ten longest bridges are located entirely within the U.S. state of Louisiana." WOW!!! Being a native gal from Southern Louisiana, I feel swollen with pride when I think about that. I love my beautiful state. Above the colorful city of New Orleans, LA, lies the Great Big Beauty: Lake Pontchartrain (we say "ponch-a-train").

Across this Beautiful Blue Abyss lies the Longest Bridge in the entire world: The Causeway (can you see it in the picture?). And boy do I love the Causeway. If there is such a thing as driving meditation, its the best meditation drive ever!

There is a woman on this planet whom I have the utmost respect, admiration, and love for. To say that I am grateful for her presence in my life doesn't begin to touch upon how much she means to me. I think the world of her and I feel such a Huge Love for her. Her name is Tommie. She is like my Teacher, my Friend, my Sister, my Other Mother and my Guardian Angel all wrapped up in one beautiful person. She is an organic sprout/shoot farmer.

A Summertime Fairytale

Once upon a time I drove across the Longest Bridge in the World to visit a Sprout Princess. To get to her I had to cross a Sea of Blue where the water was the sky and the sky was the water.

Together, we worked and played in a Room of Green where magical things took place.

The Slithery Snakes that live near the Princess gave us silent warnings of their presence and we were very careful everywhere we went.

It was a safe place, though. There were many beings watching over us and protecting us at all times.

I watched the daughter of the Princess as she charmed a Dragon Fly.

On the last day, before I went home, I went to the Land of Blue Berries and gathered buckets of sweet small blue balls and I picked out a Giant Magical Melon from a man I encountered on the road back. It was full of sweet Red Goodness with Lucky Black Seeds.

When I got home, with the help of my Friend the Champion, I made Creamy Red Melon Milk (most of which I froze) which will nourish me throughout the summer.

The End

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Friday, July 6, 2007

More Melons and Grapefruits Galore


These are the five varieties of melon growing in the yard right now...(these are heirloom varieties from Seeds of Change)

I'm not sure they will make it through to the ripening stage since some of the plants are showing signs of weariness, but I'll keep you posted...

The grapefruits are almost done for the season here, but my friend Jay is a grapefruit fanatic (I am one in the making) and he keeps a stash of frozen grapefruit juice in his freezer to get him through the summer. So last night I got to witness and be part of the Grapefruit Juicing Extravaganza!!!! We set up shop down in the basement. First we had to wash and then dry all the Gfruits so that no dirt could sneak into the juice (this was my job). Then we had to halve and press all the juice out of the fruit and pour it into glass jars for freezing (Jay's job).

If you or a friend has a grapefruit tree and you have more fresh fruit than you can eat, I highly recommend making your own frozen fruit juice stash. Its exceptionally nice and refreshing to have a cold grapefruit juice slushy on a hot summer day:) mmmmmmmmmmm hmmmm...yessireee...

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Floods and the Forest

What's been happening? Let's see...

The garden flooded...

...but everything was fine...

...I went camping in the forest...

...the tent flooded...

...but everything was fine...

It was difficult to plan to eat raw on this trip, but in the end things went successfully. Every morning for breakfast I ate a grapefruit - halved and sprinkled with generous amounts of Barleymax. That was a nice fruity green treat each day. I love grapefruit!!! I made some fancy herbed nut patties and ate those when I needed something hearty. In the evenings I had salads and I snacked on dates, rehydrated dried fruits, and raw chocolate throughout each day. It was hard to keep the greens fresh, but my solution to that problem is to eat more wild greens from the forest next time:) Thanks to Carmella, Raw Rob, and Shell, I have been getting some useful lessons in wild edibles lately;)

When I got back from the camping trip I was delighted to see how much fun the melon plants were having...

I got to pick a bunch of goodies, too!

The trip was pretty rugged and physically demanding and I wasn't really mentally prepared for exactly how much stamina I was going to need, so the first three days I was kind of miserable. Then I adapted. The rest of the trip was magical and glorious after that:)

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