If you are like me, you enjoy the cooler weather we are having in South Florida. I love this weather as it allows me to plant broccoli, brussell sprouts, lettuce and more. I still have to be on the alert for the white fly but so far all looks good. As an added bonus, a beautiful ladybug flew onto my car window so the kids and I took her home, placed her on a leaf and hopefully she stays and patrols the plants. This is one of my favorite seasons, the other is Spring and both because of the gardening possibilities. I love to dig my hands in the dirt, add some worm compost which I must say these worms are really diligent at. The worms take care of all the shredded paper, leaves, and fruit and veggie cuttings and work through it thoroughly. The air feels crisper and cleaner making the sky more beautiful. I received a dragon fruit cutting that I have now planted and am excited to see how it grows. This is my first one ever, so my fingers are crossed. I also planted sweet pepper seeds from the sweet peppers that are in my dehydrator as I type. I'll post pictures later. It's wonderful that so much can be done so easily, just take the first step and before you know it all is done. As an example to what I'm saying, it's great to throw dehydrated veggies along with some seasonings into a crockpot along with the organic chicken. Put the crockpot on low for 8 hours and it's working while I'm doing something else. Same for the dehydrator, I just had to slice and cut up organic sweet peppers, place on trays and turn on dehydrator. Simultaneously, I'm on my balcony working on my fall garden. That's what I call a beautifully productive day.
Speaking of healthy eating, please mark your calendars for the December 2nd, 2017 GoVegan Party. Earth Save Miami is an incredible organization that educates people on eating a healthy vegan menu as well as caring for animals. I'm not vegan and I truly enjoy the meals prepared by participants as well as presenters and those that have learned from Chef Estela.
I'll be posting pictures soon and when you put all jars together it really amounts to a lot with little effort.
This past summer on July 29th - I was invited to present on Water Kefir at the Earth Save Miami in Coral Gables Congregational Church. I presented on the benefits of this incredible probiotic full of healthy bacteria and yeast that everyone in attendance found delicious. Water Kefir offers a shorter fermentation time of a couple of days in comparison to Kombucha, is vegan friendly, dairy and grain free and delivers a nutritional boost in living form. In order to keep our gut healthy and our immune system strong, we need fermented foods and Water Kefir is similar to soda minus the chemicals. It's absolutely delicious as a coconut, lemon balm, or variety of organic flavors. I presented the attendees with Lemon Balm, Elderberry, Mint, and Cinnamon. It's amazing the reaction people give when presented with the alternative to soda. That's what pushes me to continue to teach on organic methods for the health of our body, brain, and mother earth. I'm grateful to the opportunity and want to advocate more for this incredible organization.
EarthSaveMiami is all about a healthy vegan lifestyle for personal health, to benefit animals, and for our planet. Chef Estela creates unbelievable delicacies that are all plant based and her students produce tasty results. Live food is celebrated as a healthy vegan alternative to pesticide rich, genetically modified foods. Who can disagree with that? Every last Saturday of the month, they host an all vegan menu of appetizers brought in by each attendee. It's incredibly delicious. I know as I've been there not just to present on Water Kefir but as a consumer of all these wonderful foods. I also brought my kids who enjoyed it just as much and that means a LOT!
I just found out that on December 2nd Earth Save Miami will be hosting a PARTEEGoVegan 2018. It's a celebration party combo of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years Eve rolled into one night of healthy yummy goodness. Party Starts at 5pm, Music, and a live food demo by Chef Estela. All the details are on their website link below. Let me know if you are interested in attending so we can sit at the same table! But BEWARE, you will consume foods you never heard of nor thought possible yet feel invigorated the next day! Here's the details, www.earthsavemiami.org and don't forget to bring a plate, utensils, a cup and get ready to enjoy yourself.
After many years of going back and forth we finally committed to adopting a puppy. For those that know me you may be wondering what possessed me to do it with all that I have going on in my life. When I left my apt 3 Saturday's ago, it was with the intention of going with my girls shopping at the Tropical Park Farmers Market, not adoption. Well, that day the girls and I came home with a really cute mixed breed dog. His name is Chance and he is now part of our family. We fell in love with him on the spot and took him home. I saw Hannah and Isabella's faces light up and ask if we could adopt him. In that moment, I knew it would be the right thing to do. Giving a shelter dog a loving home is meaningful, but what you get in return is unmeasurable. Chance has given my children unconditional love and I see it in their faces. They know that having a pet is a responsibility and they have stepped up in a big way. Hannah wakes up extra early to make sure she walks him every morning before she sets out to school, Isabella jumps in to pick up poo because we were not quick enough, and Nicholas makes sure he is walking him in the afternoon alongside Hannah. But hearing Isabella tell me she is happy, Hannah mention how happy and grateful she is, and Nicholas tell the dog he loves him fills my heart to no end. Chance has filled our hearts already in such a short amount of time and I know he feels the love right back at him. Chance has given us a new leash on life by giving us a chance. (Pun Intended)
Hannah made a doggie shampoo that we will be trying on him soon, of course all organic non-gmo. I am also going to be researching doggie treats to make him and who knows maybe we will incorporate these into our farmers market goodies.
Make it a wonderful week.
Cannot believe it has been over 4 months since I last posted. A lot has been going on! The summer was hot, kids went back to school in August which in and of itself is a full-time job with shopping for uniforms, school supplies, clothing, shoes, dental and ophthalmologist appointments. Whew!! Then I took a course and passed my Series 215 which means I am now licensed to sell Health and Life Insurances. I let go of my Series 7 and Series 63 over 15 years ago so it felt good to go in and get this done. I am a firm believer in continuously learning everything that I can. Hurricane Irma came in a whirlwind (no pun intended) and September was a bit chaotic with lack of electricity, no school, no work, throwing away what had spoiled in the refrigerator and cooking with no electricity. I threw away what I had in the fridge but am still thankful that I have a nice amount of dehydrated foods in my cupboard. I also had to throw away 2 Quart bottles that each had different dehydrated peppers. I used incorrect lids which allowed moisture to set in so the peppers had a soft consistency instead of being able to break off. Lesson Learned! So even though I have been dehydrating for years, I still learned something new. Luckily it was only 2 jars. I always stress self-sustainability and was feeling good that I was able to cook on my eco-zoom (purchase many years ago) on my balcony. It takes any wood, sticks, and charcoal to get a nice little fire going and with my cast iron pan on top Voila! We cooked the chicken before it went bad, rice, and veggies. We have our Big Berkey water filter which we had used to bottle our water before the hurricane so we didn't have to run to the store and all the craziness going on. It's also a teaching moment for my kids to understand that if we are prepared with the right knowledge and tools almost anything can be overcome in a stress-free environment. I'm not saying it was easy because it hit 100* in our apartment and there was no wind. That was tough! But we stayed hydrated and after a few days left to stay with family until the utilities returned.
Community is very important especially during a crisis. Having plans in place to help your neighbors is essential. We all live on this one planet and we need to take care of each other to make it better for future generations. My neighbor gave me charcoal and ice and I loaned them an extra Coleman camp stove since they had the butane. We shared our resources and that always feels good. As the saying goes, no man is an island.
Another place that has a nice community is at the Coconut Grove Farmers Market which I've been at for a few months now and have only wonderful things to say about it. The vendors are fantastic and the people I have met that have bought Kombucha, Jams, or other products from The Monkey's Banana are amazing! I love that the shoppers at this market are so savvy about Organic, Non-Gmo, yet those that don't have that full knowledge are so willing to learn and make positive changes to their lifestyle, The holistic approach is one of mind, body, and spirit. The knowledge continues to grow and the expectation of what will be accomplished is a game changer.
To make change, write down a list of what interests you and number accordingly. Start with one item, learn and practice and once you are comfortable with that one item you move on to the next. This way you don't feel overwhelmed. and before you know it you will have learned so much and your health, skin, and manner of dealing with stress will be better than before.
Blessings to you,
Mother of three, trying to live an organic healthy lifestyle every day.