Slow Life with Real Food

Eating and living mindfully by the beach

Sights of Spring

The 3rd week of May is a little late to be announcing spring, but it's a perfect way to welcome myself (and readers out there) back to the blogging world. Life has been busy these past few months, and there is much to report about - the progress of our wonderful garden, classes at the farm, LocalHarvest news, Joaquin's favorite foods (salami? olives? sushi? the boy has taste!), happy chickens and swarming bees, the start of this year's farmers' market... lots and lots to report about. But, I'll ease back into it by sharing some pictures of our joyful weekend still celebrating spring.

This is but a tiny snapshot of our bloomin' garden. See those pretty little lilac flowers popping up between the bricks? Oh, those are just weeds (hallelujah, California!):


Joaquin, 11 months old now, munching on a red, ripe strawberry from the garden and sporting his spring flair, for which he won 'Best Original Costume' for at the May Fair. I won't deny that I am a proud mama:


Pregnant me (7 months along now!) and Guillermo in fairy wings (?!?) dancing around the Maypole:


It feels so good to be back! 


Table Talk

Want a great way to get a healthy dinnertime conversation started? Play the 'Table Talk' game!

It's not a game really, more than it is about being aware of where your food comes from. To play is quite simple. Make something to eat, eat it, and talk about it. Talk about where it comes from (the garden, the farmers' market, the neighbor's garden, Ecuador, the pond down the street, the community garden, the CSA box, a LocalHarvest farm near you, Italy, etc). Make a ritual out of it. Pick apart your ingredients. Talk, talk, talk! This is a wonderful way to include the whole family (kids, if you got 'em). Maybe the baby helped pick the strawberries...include the baby! Empty nest? Talk to your fish (no, not the one you are eating)!  [Read More]
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