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This is where we can expand a little on the ideas of health & wellness.  All information is shared in the spirit of education and fun.  We hope you find a little inspiration, perhaps a new recipe, or even a new way of looking your day.  Thanks for spending a little time with an open mind.

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Pumpkins Everywhere

Jessica Graves

It is pumpkin season and so many of these wonderful fruits get thrown to the wayside after jack o' lanterns come down and autumn fades into winter. Please don't throw your pumpkins away, use them! All the pumpkin drinks and snacks, center pieces, and decorations are here for a reason. They are awesome!!

Did you know pumpkins are amazing for your skin, very low in calories but bursting with nutritional value, a great wildlife food source, and an excellent ingredient for snacks and cocktails. Get creative with your porch decorations and use every last bit of those pumpkins from flesh to seeds.

Here are a few creative ways to utilize those beautiful fall fruits:

  1. Pumpkin Face Mask- This beauty treat is bursting with skin nourishment. Pumpkin contains alpha hydroxy acid which smooths and brightens complexion. Vitamins A, C, K, and E all pack their own punch of beauty benefits from softening the skin to boosting collagen production. Did you know that the molecular structure of pumpkins is really small? This means it will penetrate deeper when applied topically which is great for aging and dull complexions as it will even that skin tone from within. There are tons of wonderful pumpkin mask recipes out there so find you favorite and get the spa feel right at home!  We like this simple recipe below!
    • Gather 1/4 cup of pumpkin and add one egg white which will tighten the skin
    • Add 2 teaspoons of raw organic honey which is great for dry skin and has many anti-bacterial properties OR add a splash of apple cider vinegar instead of the honey if you have oily skin that needs an astringent.
    • Whisk it all together! For a bonus effect add 2-3 teaspoons of brown sugar to use as an exfoliater. 
    • Apply to your face and neck, relax, breathe deep, and let this pumpkin potion work its magic.  Sit for 15-20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

 

  1. Use the Seeds- Roasted pumpkin seeds are a wonderful snack and full of antioxidants and minerals. Consume the seeds for a good dose of zinc! You can add salt to taste or cinnamon and brown sugar to bake up a sweet treat.
  2. Feed the Birds- Use the seeds you don't want to toast up as an addition to your bird feeder, your feathery friends will love this treat! You can take it a step further and cut your pumpkin in half and use the shell as the feeder itself.
  3. Spike it- Make a tasty cocktail with one teaspoon of pumpkin puree, a dash of vanilla and cinnamon, a squeeze of lime juice, and a drop of honey. Add to a shaker of ice and 2 ounces of vodka.  Enjoy!
  4. Make Pumpkin Puree- Scoop out the seeds and guts. Place your pumpkin in a baking dish with a cup of water (make sure the cut side is facing down)  and bake for about 90 minutes or until the flesh is tender. Scoop out the flesh and puree in a food processor. Now your ready to bake your pies, mix it in with hummus, add it to soup, or spice your coffee!
  5. Explore your Tasty Options- Check out this delectable recipe for pumpkin risotto from Marian Burros.

Winter Gardening!

Jessica Graves

It is that wonderful time of year again!  We are enjoying the Autumn Harvest, picking pumpkins, sipping cider, and basking in the red and orange glow of fall. It is also the time of year where our lovely, productive summer crops have dwindled away and our gardens are being put to rest for the season. Wouldn't you love to go outside and pick fresh greens all winter long?! Believe it or not, you can! And it is not as difficult as you think.

Using cold frames to extend your planting season is a sure fire way to grow more veggies and sustain yourself through the colder months. A cold frame is simply a place to shelter your plants from the elements and to trap solar energy for heat. It acts as a small greenhouse! What more could a gardener want for these upcoming months?!

These awesome mini greenhouses can give you a 4 season harvest because they keep plants 7-10 degrees warmer than the outdoors and can even radiate heat up to 20 degrees warmer! Using a cold frame is equivalent to moving your garden plot at least one zone south. When choosing a location for your cold frame keep these factors in mind:

  • South facing
  • Protected by a fence or wall on the north side
  • Sunny spot
  • Good drainiage
  • Protection from wind

Choosing materials for your cold frame is important. You can place your veggies in a bottomless wooden box that has NOT been treated, inside barrels of straw, or even  a box lined with cinder blocks. Top the box with glass or plastic. You can use recycled windows or shower doors. Be sure to not use any recycled pieces with a frame that could have lead in the paint. If in doubt, DO NOT USE, as lead can seep into the soil and your food. Lexan is one of the best materials to use for the top closure on your frame,

During the harshest cold spells it is important to keep your cold frame warm by covering it with tarps, straw, or mats. On the flip side, you do not want to overheat your precious plants. It is important to have the ability to prop open the lid for air circulation or shade it with a sash.  Be sure to put a thermometer inside to better monitor your crops.

Cold Frame Crops:

  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Leaf lettuces
  • Radish
  • Scallion
  • Clytonia
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mache
  • Sorrel
  • Radicchio
  • Salad Greens
  • Kale
  • Choys