Monday, April 23, 2012

Kale and Quinoa Salad

We have had many requests for this recipe since the
Redemption women's luncheon held here
at the BOHO Farm last weekend.

Here you go ladies!

Kale and Quinoa Salad
 With Preserved Lemon

10 cups shredded raw kale
(using 2 or 3 types-Tuscan,dino and black kale)
you can find them at the farmers market
2 cups cooked and cooled organic quinoa
1 1/2 cups sliced red grapes
1/2 cup sunflower seeds

dressing
1/2 cup pecans
1 head of garlic
8oz feta cheese
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 preserved lemon wedges
1 tablespoon mayo
2 tablespoons fresh mint
1tablespoon fresh oregano
sprinkle of sea salt
fresh ground pepper
pinch of sugar
(if I have it, I use fresh lemonade to sweeten)
De vein and cut kale into stripes. 
Place in a salad bowl with grapes and sunflower seeds.
Place all ingredients for dressing in the food processor or the blender,
except for the olive oil, blend thoroughly.
Once all ingredients are mixed, slowly add in olive oil,
blending to a creamy consistence.
Taste and add more salt, pepper or sugar as needed.

Add dressing to the bowl of kale and mix well.

Can be topped with grilled chicken, salmon or steak.
Serves 10 to 12  
Enjoy!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kindness Matters

Do you ever feel in this broken world that there
just isn't enough kindness?

I do...

And sometimes it causes me to despair...
but every once in a while in the midst of all the
self consumption and brokenness that surrounds us
HOPE 
appears and reminds me that this
is not the end of the story.
We all need hope...it is the antidote of despair.
There is so much to struggle with in life that even little acts of kindness
encourages us that we were made for so much more.
Do you see this sweet little pillow?
Well my dear friend Stacey at A Sort Of Fairytale made
it for me and I have been smiling for days since its arrival!

Stacey's act of kindness made not only my day but week.
this is the front
and this is the back.
Does she know me or what?
She is participating in a "Spreading Kindness" campaign and she sent
hand made gifts to some of her fellow blog friends.
I LOVE this idea so much that I am going to join in the fun!
I am thinking up some sweet handmade gifts for a some of you...
I have a few ideas...
I am getting kinda excited to share
because
Kindness Matters!
No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.
It is a way to restore and renew our HOPE.
Life is hard...

I like to to think of what Samwise Gangee said in Tolkien's
Return of The King..."Does this mean everything sad is coming untrue?".

Yes, Samwise...all the sadness and tears will be but a shadow
and we will live happily ever after!

I am going to spread some kindness, live like a Hobbit 
and enjoy the moments of heaven on earth!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Consider The Lilies...

"Consider the lilies,
is the only Commandment ...
I have ever obeyed.”
~Emily Dickenson~
In this season of the renewal
 of all things
When new life is abounding
a season to contemplate

ponder
and to spend more time considering the lilies
and not worrying about life.

These are some pictures of the farm on Good Friday,
as I pondered and considered the lilies.
I need to do more of this...it is good for my soul!

Joyeuses Pâques to all!
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