Thursday, November 14, 2013

How To Sprout Alfalfa Sprouts. Yum!

I love sprouts. And I've learned how to grow 'em! Piece of cake!! Mmmm... cake.
This is a Portobello Mushroom 'Burger" I made for myself. Those are Sunflower Sprouts. I didn't grow those. I just ate 'em. Good stuff!

I even throw in a handful of sprouts when I'm making my daily green smoothie. Healthy!!

So here are some quick directions, if you've never grown them before. Easy-peasy!
In sprouting jars (which you can find in most health-food stores) put two tablespoons of  Organic Alfalfa Seeds and six tablespoons of water, per jar. Not plain old tap water. Filtered, spring water, etc.

Let them sit in that overnight.

The next morning (or when you remember that they're there!) drain the soak-water.

Then, just add clean water, give them a good rinse and pour it out.

 They'll look like this. I shake the jars, to bring them to the bottom.

 Do that same routine every day. Rinse, drain and sit them in a nicely lit area, but not in direct sunlight.

 It usually takes them five days to sprout. Seven days if it's colder weather.

 Look at these babies! Aren't they getting cute?! :-) I talk to them. (And you know you talk to your plants, when nobody is around!)

 Look at how my babies have grown!!!!

 And they are done!! (In more ways than one.)

Put some of that good water in a big bowl, throw them in and give them a little bath.
Swoosh them around so that most of the brown seeds fall off. You won't get them all. No. No you won't.

Take them out and plop them on some paper towels. Change the water and do it again, if they need it.

I found the neatest Rubbermaid container! I think it's for keeping lettuce fresh, but it's absolutely perfect for sprouts!!

If there's any water left on those little guys, it drains to the bottom and they don't have to sit in it!
Nice, yeah?! I'm cool like that.

This is how they get stored in the fridge.
They last for several days. 

 Unless you eat 'em right away.

My happy little sprouts. I love them!!!!

Here's a shot of where they sat and grew. In my art studio. Something else that I love!!

If you've never sprouted before, give it a try!! You can use them in so many ways. Not only in green
smoothies and on mushrooms... try them in soups and sandwiches. Kids love them in sandwiches!! Heck, when I'm in a hurry, but need a little something to nourish me, I'll grab a couple of handfuls and just pop them in my mouth! It ain't pretty, but it gets the job done.


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Saturday, September 28, 2013

We Love Halloween!

My, now ten year old, granddaughter's first Halloween.

Halloween was so easy, when these photographs were taken.
A little bit of paint and you called it a day.
This is my oldest son as Gene Simmons, of "Kiss".

The costumes were simple and fun.
Here is my youngest son as a clown.

My youngest daughter, as "Pippi Longstocking".
Complete with a stuffed monkey.
(As in 'toy'. Don't sick PETA on me!)

My youngest son as "Dolly Parton".
(I'm sure his back hurt at the end of the night.)

My oldest daughter as a gypsy, my youngest daughter as a ghost,
and my oldest son as...
Your guess is as good as mine.

Whatever he was, it went over big in the neighborhood -
He came back with two bags of candy!
Which I rifled through, as I did everyone's, as soon as they went to bed -
helping myself to as much chocolate as humanly possible.
As they got older, they knew that the Halloween candy-bags must be hidden from Mom,
if there was to be any left for them, in the morning!
(Other than the sour, hard candies and Tootsy Rolls.)

Even I would get dressed for the occasion.
I was the Bride of Frankenstein for many years, just
the outfit would change. The hair and make-up stayed the same.
Brushing-out my hair afterwards, was quite the adventure.
Painful doesn't even begin to cover it.

Then, I decided I'd be something else one year -
And Dolly came to town again!
I generously padded my front...

My rear and my hips.
(Dolly would be proud.)

Here is my oldest daughter, the gypsy, again.

And this is her, now fifteen year old daughter, when she was little.
Wearing a fairy costume, that her mom made for her!
Such a good mom!

And here is the same little cutie-pie.
(I want to reach in there and poke her little tummy!:)

And here is her, now twenty year old daughter,
with the same little one, her sister.
(Making a very interesting face. Was it something I said?)

My oldest granddaughter (above) used to love "The Count"!
I bet she still does.
(This one's for you, Sweetie.)

These days, the costumes are fancy.

Very fancy.

Very, very fancy!

But, even now, home-made is still good enough!
This is my, now nine year old, grandson.

Have a safe and fun Halloween, everyone!!

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

For The Love Of Pizza.

I love pizza! Who doesn't?! Sadly, this one is not mine. 
(Photo courtesy

This one is. It's my first attempt at a raw pizza. Isn't it cute? :-)
I made the crust with almonds, Chia Seeds, red bell pepper & garlic. (I'll give you the link to the recipe at the end.)

I had enough crust for two pizzas. One big, one small. But later I took a glass and flattened-out the smaller one, so that I could have "bread". I love bread too.

Here are the fixins. We've got cilantro, tomatoes, red onions, spinach and scallions, red bell pepper, mushrooms and... wait for it... raw cheese that I made!!!! (Recipe's coming.)

After I spooned on the raw cheese, very generously I might add, cause I LOOOVE me some cheese, I added the cilantro. Not a huge fan of the stuff, but I wanted to give it another chance.

 Next came the spinach and scallions.

 Then the tomatoes.

And the mushrooms. (If my youngest son is reading this, he's probably gagging right now! The guy hates mushrooms!!)

 Here come the red onions. And the tears. Boo-hoo.

 And the red bell pepper.

Into the dehydrator it went. For hours. And hours. And hours. Note to self... don't make this and think you're gonna eat it for dinner that night. Nope. Ain't gonna happen.

So... remember the part about leaving it in the dehydrator for hours and hours and hours? Well... cancel some of those hours! It was in there too long, while I was sleeping, and the toppings got too dry. :-(

BUT, it tasted super yummy anyway!! Yup! I love pizza!!!! See those sprouts? Those are Alfalfa seeds that I sprouted. Fun!

(Except for the cilantro. Cilantro sucks.)

Here is the gal's website, with the pizza and cheese... and many other delicious recipes!!
You'll like it there!  ~ ~

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