Greens gone wild

Greens gone wild

Winter’s untended and forgotten greens, gone wild in the overgrown vegetable bed.

Peanut butter and jellyfish a la mer

Peanut butter and jellyfish a la mer

The beach is really a reflection of the ocean’s current events. I didn’t know this before I had the chance to live here, walking on the sand with the pup and Kids each evening. Here’s some of what we find:

Battle skunk

Battle skunk

It’s 3AM and the puppy got sprayed by a skunk. Looks like grandma and grandma won’t be coming over for brunch after all. Here’s what happened . . .

First fruit

First fruit

Tons of rock. Yards of soil. Comparing the relative values of heirloom seeds vs. organic starts. Six trips to the nursery to puzzle together a jigsaw of drip irrigation. Finally my garden fantasies are starting to bear fruit.

Eat more kale! (a field trip)

Eat more kale! (a field trip)

Water connects a favorite summer pastime to the ingredients I buy and prepare for our meals. Here’s a drive past some of the farms, fields, and food lining the roads to Highway 101, taking us to play in fresh, clear lakes and rivers of summer.

Applesauce puffs in the wetlands

Applesauce puffs in the wetlands

Students learn about food webs and food chains in the Watsonville Wetlands, and I remember that feeding kids’ bodies is just as important as feeding their minds. Includes a simple, kid-friendly recipe for Applesauce Puffs.

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