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Glanvillia, Saint John, Dominica
i am a mom/wife/textile designer gone haywire. I love to sing(music/arts AA degree), craft, exercise, and be goofy. Just living life outside the norm. And the norm thanks me for it. Oh yeah, and I like me some haikus. . . . . . . . . . What are we up to currently? Aaron recently started medical school at Ross University on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean, and the kids and I are along for the crazy ride :)


Sunday, September 21, 2008

"Wanted! A vegetable that will grow in any climate, will rival meat in nutritive value, will mature in 3 to 5 days, may be planted any day of the year, will require neither soil nor sunshine, will rival tomatoes in Vitamin C, will be free of waste in preparation and can be cooked with little fuel and as quickly as a ... chop." -Dr. Clive M. McKay, Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University.

Dr. McKay was talking about sprouts. (To see the wonderful nutritional value of Sprouts, see sprout info below the tutorial)

I'm going to teach you all how to sprout alfalfa seeds in your kitchen! It's awesome! My daughter eats sprouts on everything now. She even asked for some on her scrambled eggs the other morning which I hesitated at at first, but heck, why not? She finished the sprouts and left some of the eggs unfinished. LOL I have felt so good since I made these sprouts part of my daily diet, so naturally I want to share the wealth!

First, you need:
-Alfalfa Seeds
-2 Quart Wide Mouth Jar (I recycled a large Mott's applesauce jar)
-a mesh strainer * (I did my first batch without this, but it's easier with it)

Place 1-2 Tbs alfalfa seed in a 2 quart wide-mouth jar & cover w/water overnight.

The next day, pour off water using a small mesh strainer& rinse the seeds. Drain off any and all excess water so seeds will not spoil. After everY rinse, lay jar on it's side and spread the seeds out as much as you can with a butter knife.

For the next few days, keep seeds rinsed to keep them from drying out, straining after each rinse making sure all excess water is removed and lay back on it's side. (I just do this whenever I come into the kitchen)

About the fourth day the seeds begin to sprout white tails. Place them in the sunlight for a day or two so they will turn green in color. **to have them sprout after 1 day see my note below
Once sprouts are about an inch long, or after one week, place moist green sprouts in an airtight bag or container and put them in the fridge for keeping.

Sprouts should be used within 5 days.

Sprouts can be used in soups, on steamed veggies, as lettuce for sandwiches, burros, baked potatos, and salads. They are full of vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes.

The above suggested amount will give you a 2 quart jar full of sprouts.

*Some people like to take a piece of nylon and a rubberband to cover the jar so that you can strain the sprouts easily
** in the initial soak I add a few drops of kelp (you can get this at most gardening stores- it's great for helping plants in distress such as transplant shock as well.) I also keep them in the sunlight from the very beginning. I think a combination of the two has made it so my alfalfa sprouts after about 30 hours instead of the 4 days stated.

It is really only in the past thirty years that "westerners" have become interested in sprouts and sprouting. During World War II considerable interest in sprouts was sparked in the United States by an article written by Dr. Clive M. McKay, Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University. Dr. McKay led off with this dramatic announcement: "Wanted! A vegetable that will grow in any climate, will rival meat in nutritive value, will mature in 3 to 5 days, may be planted any day of the year, will require neither soil nor sunshine, will rival tomatoes in Vitamin C, will be free of waste in preparation and can be cooked with little fuel and as quickly as a ... chop."
Dr. McKay was talking about sprouts. He and a team of nutritionists had spent years researching the amazing properties of sprouted soybeans. They and other researchers at the universities of Pennsylvania and Minnesota, Yale and McGill have found that sprouts retain the B-complex vitamins present in the original seed, and show a big jump in Vitamin A and an almost unbelievable amount of Vitamin C over that present in unsprouted seeds. While some nutritionists point out that this high vitamin content is gained at the expense of some protein loss, the figures are impressive: an average 300 percent increase in Vitamin A and a 500 to 600 percent increase in Vitamin C. In addition, in the sprouting process starches are converted to simple sugars, thus making sprouts easily digested.

One pound of alfalfa seed will yield 10-14 pounds of fresh mini-salad greens. Whether you are on top of a mountain or in a bunker with artificial light, you can still grow this fast, organic food.
Yes, it is fast food, but you won't be sacrificing any nutrition. Alfalfa sprouts have more chlorophyll than spinach, kale, cabbage or parsley. Alfalfa, sunflower, clover and radish sprouts are all 4% Protein. Compare that to spinach - 3%, Romaine lettuce -1.5% and Iceberg lettuce- 0.8%, and milk -3.3%. These foods all have about 90% water. But meat and eggs are the protein foods for Americans. Meat is 19% and eggs are 13% protein (and 11% fat). But Soybean sprouts have 28% protein, and lentil and pea sprouts are 26%. Soybeans sprouts have twice the protein of eggs and only 1/10 fat the fat.

Alfalfa, radish, broccoli, clover and soybean contain concentrated amounts of phytochemicals (plant compounds) that can protect us against disease. Canavanine, an amino acid analog present in alfalfa, demonstrates resistence to pancreatic, colon and leukemia cancers. Plant estrogens in these sprouts function similarly to human estrogen but without the side effects. They increase bone formation and density and prevent bone breakdown (osteoporosis). They are helpful in controlling hot flashes, menopause, PMS and fibrocystic breasts tumors.

The sprouts contain 10-100 times higher levels of these enzymes than do the corresponding mature plants.

Alfalfa sprouts are one of our finest food sources of saponins. Saponins lower the bad cholesterol and fat but not the good HDL fats. Animal studies prove their benefit in arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Saponins also stimulate the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells such as T- lymphocytes and interferon. The saponin content of alfalfa sprouts multiplies 450% over that of the unsprouted seed. Sprouts also contain an abundance of highly active antioxidants that prevent DNA destruction and protect us from the ongoing effects of aging. It wouldn't be inconceivable to find a fountain of youth here, after all, sprouts represent the miracle of birth.

Minibox by The Original Scrapbox Giveaway!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Another AWESOME Giveaway by Vanilla Joy's generous Kelsey! This time it's HUGE! Take a look-see!

ahhhhhh nostalgia

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We just got a new printer because ours went kaput. This new one is a printer plus a scanner, color copier, and everything else you could ever hope for- and before you ask, no, it doesn't have a bidet. Anyway, since we've never owned a scanner, we thought we'd have fun scanning old pictures- starting with the wedding 9 years ago. Man, were we cute, or what?

The Wedding Announcement

Here we go!!!

I like the next two. how sweet are these?

This is one of Aaron's favorites :o)

AHHH!! And on our wedding day!!!

More photoshop fun

Us and our parents- however cute it might be, it was kind of weird posing for that one.... dot dot dot....

This is MY favorite one. What a hunk!


Harward Family (minus two siblings and their families) with both sets of grandparents. Grandpa Woolley married us.

Shumway Family with Grandpa Shumway- All four grandparents were there, but three left before this was taken - poor grandpa didn't have a choice since he needed a ride (August in AZ gets REALLY hot)

The wedding crowd

My Maid of Honor and Me

(Sorry I didn't get your permission to post this Courtney, but you look cute so don't get mad :o)

Next are pics from the reception :o)

The happy dancing couple
This is my favorite from the reception. Aaron is dancing to "Macho Man" before he takes the garter off of my leg. I love the expression on his face and the fact that the shadow unedhim makes him look like he's wearing hammer pants ha ha

Har har har- this is so cute! My nephew, Kenyon (our ring bearer), and Aaron pretending to be a puppet and puppeteer at the reception. Is lattice still in? Was it even in when we got married?

McKenzie (my niece, the flower girl) and Kenyon having fun. What cute kids!

That's a wrap!

BoxTops, please!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Megan just brought home the boxtops for education information and we are going to try and get as many as we can so our school can raise some money! If you don't have a child doing this, just send your box tops to me! Just think, all those box tops you're throwing away is like throwing moolah in the trash! Don't do it! If you need my address you can comment with your email address and I'll send you my address (If I know you already) If I don't know you, please help a school near you! Save your box tops up and give them to your neighbor with school age children or just drop them by a school in your area. You will have helped contribute to our future leaders' educations!

Unintentionally Green and loving it!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ok, so I was (ok, am) the type of person who scoffs at tree huggers and this whole green movement, so how how did I get to this place where I am vermicomposting with worms under my sink, using organic materials to fertilize (kelp), enriching my soil with Vermiculite and composted horse manure, and reusing playdoh containers for my window sill herbs??

Here's how: I've been going to an organic gardening class for a month now given by a woman in my community named Beverly. She is a walking gardening encyclopedia. She can tell you which plants will help your skin, blood pressure, teeth, sinuses, what will make your hair silky smooth, and even plants that will replace the "little blue pill" (these ones grow as weeds in my backyard). I already wanted help getting these dumb plants to thrive in the Arizona heat, but she has taught me way more than I expected! If you're in the area, she teaches a hands-on class every other Saturday morning at 6am. The next one is this Saturday the 6th and she charges 5 bucks a lesson. You can ask her whatever you want and she always has super helpful handouts including when to plant different types of veggies in this area, and good organic recipes for potting soil. If you're interested you can email me and I'll tell you where to go. These little 1 week old beauties are a tribute to her teaching skills. (they came up after 3 days because of all the rain- it also tranplanted seeds to the other side of the pots. Oh well) Thanks Beverly!

Mixed Salad Greens (and flowers)

Sugar Peas

Pie Pumpkins, Canteloupe

Chatantais, Zucchini (I can't remember what those tiny plants are that I put in the middle/left- I guess it'll be a surprise!)

And here is the next place to plant as soon as I get my composted equine manure to help the soil!!! (yes, these are the fences!!!! they are a little dirty after the crazy rain and wind- I haven't cleaned the splatters off yet. If you're wondering what that table thingy is in this picture, go to this post)

Nickname Mania

Hey everyone. I was inspired to write about this because I read this post: from one of my SITSas.

It got me thinking about all the nicknames in my family:
Cami was Cami Whammy, Peanut, or StepherCam
I was Stephy Weffy, Demanie, KaterSteph, or CamerSteph.
Katie was Katie Batey, Boot Worm, Mushroom head, or StepherKate
Rob was AquaMan
We had a name for our Van: Big Barbara
Every time someone opens a chirstmas present we either all shout "It's a sweater!" (from three amigos), "It's a box!" or "It's a poop-bomb!"

From my husband's side:
Aaron's mom called him Bonzo,
his Dad's name is William but everyone knew him as Sonny growing up
and his sister Karen is K-Dawg.

In our own family:
I always call Megan, "sis" and one of our favorite nicknames for her is Megaroni and cheese.
Matthew is boy, monkey, bubby, buster, and hoobee doobee.
I used to call Aaron, Aaronhead (as in Air-in-head) all the time, but I stopped because it was lame :o)
I like to call Marshmellows "Marshy-mo's"

It's so fun to get nostalgic. Thanks for the idea,

Leave a comment and tell me about your nicknames!