What I’m Loving Wednesday

Here we are again!   And I did it this week 🙂

This week is especially beneficial for me to focus on the good right now.  As I said last week, we are dealing with some health issues in the household right now which has been crazy making and then yesterday I woke up with some really bad back pain.  It is really the only time my back has ever hurt, barring some soreness while I was pregnant.  Anyway, it can be easy to dwell and feel sorry for myself!  So, the good!

1. The carrot cake smoothie posted in Facebook this morning by The Raw Food World.  It was incredibly delicious and when I make it again I will double or triple the recipe if it is to be shared with anyone else.  Haha, THAT good!

Carrot Cake Smoothie

I large carrot

1 cup almond milk

1 frozen banana

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp vanilla brown rice protein (like Sunwarrior, which is my fave!)

2 tsp vanilla powder or 1 tsp extract

pinch cinnamon

1 tbsp coconut oil (optional as it was not in the original recipe but hubby asked me to add some)

Add almond milk first then other ingredients into Vita-mix or other high powered blender and blend until creamy and smooth.

Serves 1 (or 2 small servings)

2. The garden!  My mother has always been proud of her yard, so this year we are just putting some things in pots as it would have been traumatic to my mom for us to rip our something for a veggie patch!  Starting out so small, but I love the things we have so far:

Here is some lavender, a stevia plant, a peppermint, a Malabar spinach plant and a poblano pepper:

lavender, stevia, peppermint, Malabar spinach, poblano pepper

Here is some more of the Malabar spinach.  It is meant to be a heat-loving perennial edible green which tastes a bit like spinach although it is extremely distantly related.
Malabar spinach

This is another poblano, a hibiscus my mother had previously and a mulberry sapling we got for free!
poblano, hibiscus and mulberry sapling

Here we have a loquat sapling, parsley and some pineapple sage that smells heavenly next to two strawberry plants and a jalapeño.

&nbloquat sapling, parsley, pineapple sageStrawberries and jalapeño

In addition to the things that we planted, we also have a satsuma tree here, a pear tree and a whole load of blackberry (or dewberry) bushes around the property.  I picked a good handful of them today.  They were tart but tasty!

Blackberry vines among the greenery
This post is getting long, so I will leave it at that.  Short list, but sweet 🙂  Have a wonderful rest of the week, y’all!

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