Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nice sunny day! Finally!

Picked some dandelion this morning and added it to some red lettuce, spinach, celery, carrot and apple. Nice way to start out a sunny day!

Weather held today and it actually seemed like we got a fair amount done for a change.

Lettuce Gone Wild
And here you can see “Lettuce Gone Wild”! Boy are the plants happy today with the sun! You can almost watch them grow.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Little different

We went a bit different this morning, steering away from some of the fruit sugar.

  • 8 leafs red lettuce
  • 2 stocks celery
  • 3 medium/large carrots
  • 2 medium/small apples

I know the apples and carrots are still in there but the drink was not near as sweet as we have been doing. I think I will pick some dandelion this evening when I get home, a good suggestion from my friend Jeff.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

What is their name?

These flowers have been growing in our yard since I was a kid. I never mow the area they grow in until they are done blooming. I have no idea what the name of this plant is. If you know please post a comment. When I was a kid there was a pine tree here and they grew around the base of it.

WildFlowers001 Awesome yellow!





Wonderful reds!





Another nice shot.





Should we build an ark?

Is it just me or do you also feel like we need to build an ark? We are getting an insane amount of rain this week. Last night was nuts, and my basement is flooded to prove it. The dogs were completely crazy from the thunder and lightning, the mastiff in the bed scared to death was a thrill. So now it is off to fix the rainspouts and stop the flooding.

The morning drink was the most pleasant thing so far today. Kale, spinach, carrots, little watermelon, little pineapple, apples, and of course the blended banana and strawberries. Another great drink to start the day!

I think after I get this water problem under control it will be off to get some  more greens. I need red lettuce and some different stuff. One can not live on kale alone.

I will let you with a cool link this morning, if you have not seen this stick balancing video you need to! WOW! Click Here

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Juicing some breakfast…

This morning I made us a fresh juice/smoothie. Here is what went into our drink…

  • 4 medium carrots (organic)
  • 2 apples
  • 4 leafs of kale
  • 2/3rd cup of baby spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 6 large strawberries

The carrots, apples, kale and spinach were juiced. The banana and strawberries were blended with 1 cup of water. Then the juice was also blended in. Not the greatest color but yummy!

As you can see by this photo it is spring despite all the rain. We also added a new header to celebrate spring!


Also added “Our Garden” tab at the top of the blog to show you what we are growing.

And lastly John Kohler posted a new video. Have a look here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How Green is Kale?

So tonight as a special surprise for Rick, I took two carrots, one apple and about 7 leaves of Kale as our Drink of the Evening.  I juiced the carrot and apple and “attempted” to blend the Kale.  The experience was much like what I think a horse must feel like….chewy greens that covered our teeth and a certain incapacity of our cheap blender to actually “blend” the Kale.  The color though was a glorious emerald green and we gulped down the chunky mess and called it a day! Vitamix where are you!?

Starting the day off with…

Juicing/Blending! Pretty orange this morning, no greens. The greens will be added to tonight’s drink.

We started by juicing 6 medium carrots. Then we blended 1 banana with 1 cup of water. Blended in 10 strawberries and then added in the carrot juice. Awesome breakfast!

Currently we do not have the best juicing/blending equipment. The juicer is a Waring Pro and the blender is a WalMart special, Osterizer. Some day we will have us a Vitamix or a K-Tec Champ. Vitamix, nothing like a blender with a 2+ HP motor! Blades spin at 240mph!

Check out Discount Juicers for Vitamix and other blenders and juicers. Owner John Kohler is a wealth of information on juicers/blenders and also organic/urban gardening. Have a look at his youtube channel “Growing your Greens” listed in our “Suggested Links”.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Green Smoothies and Juicing

We have started our voyage with a few new things. The first major one is green smoothies and juicing. If you have not heard of these drinks or if you are interested in finding out more on your own, I would like to suggest you start with “Green for Life” by Victoria Boutenko.  (book link on side bar)

Our smoothies and juicing consists of the following veggies so far…
  • Red Lettuce
  • Kale
  • dandelion
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
And that is what we have used so far. We will post as often as we can what we are using for that day and how we felt about it it.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Changing Green

This blog is meant to share our experiences with changing green in an effort to help and share with others who are also moving down this path. Green in this case does not just refer to being environmentally responsible, it includes as many aspects of our life as it can. From seeking out different energy to eating greens. It will lead us where it may. So come along for the ride!