Spring, Please! March 2015

February 28th, 2015

The cold this winter has led me to cocoon in my warm apartment and wait for spring. I don’t mind the cold if the sun’s out and the wind’s absent. But when it is cold, gray and windy, my choice is to stay inside unless I need to food shop or do errands. But Daylight Savings Time starts March 8th, so we will begin to see longer days. Hallelujah!

Ornamental Kale, which seems to stay “in bloom” all winter and reminds me to explain the difference between this kale & kale many now eat.

I admit it! I will use any excuse to write more about the importance of green foods in your diet. And what better month to do this than March, the beginning of spring and also St. Patrick’s Day! So get your green on and let’s explore the world of greens. Speaking of which, there is a new food in the market, a hybrid of kale and Brussels sprouts, called either Kalettes or Sprouted Kale. I plan to explore this new nifty green in this month’s postings, in addition to regular kale and ornamental kale, pictured above.

Kalettes or also called Sprouted Kale

Actually, I queried a well-know vegan cookbook author, Nava Atlas, and she sent me two of her cookbooks, one of which is perfect for March. Its title is Wild About Greens and I am learning new ways to prepare and enjoy leafy greens, an important category in any diet, vegan or otherwise.

 

 

In addition to Daylight Savings Time, St. Paddy’s Day, and Spring, there is also International Women’s Day, which falls on the same day as Daylight Savings Time. I will be co-chairing an event for women entrepreneurs in my area, while at the same time celebrating micro-entrepreneurship among women developing countries. This is the logo for International Women’s Day. I hope to have some photos and other information after the event.

Note: It is also Women’s History Month, as well, which dovetails nicely with IWD.  I hope to review the book about Barack Obama’s mother, A Singular Woman, because her life fits into both IWD and Women’s History Month.

One of the most serious yet festive holidays in March is Purim, when children (and adults) dress up in costume, like Halloween, and send baskets of food to the needy.

The most telltale symbol of this holiday are the hamentaschen, or three-cornered desserts that are baked and eaten on this holiday. I think I have the recipe in my archives, so I will dig it out and post it. And Palm Sunday is in March, with Easter Sunday coming in early April, so lots of celebrating is in store.

 

 

 

Finally, Spring is when Mother Nature wakes up from her long sleep and everything begins to “sprout”: flowers, trees, plants, early greens in the garden, so I thought March would be a good time to do my annual “promotion” of sprouting at home. Here is a photo of my sprouted lentil salad, an easy dish with the easiest of all seeds & beans: lentils. They also happen to be nutritious. So watch for this recipe this month.  Also, March is National Nutrition Month, but since I celebrate it every month, I will just mention it as a reminder that Health is Wealth.

But most of all, let’s celebrate Spring. We deserve Spring after the cold, cold winter. I’m just ignoring California, because my kids always report warm & balmy
weather in winter. Humbug!

Blue Ribbon Spring Flower Pot at Last Year’s Flower Show.

P.S. This month mark’s my 9th anniversary with Menopause. However, I have not received many comments this month, so I am wondering if my website has had its day & it is time to do something different. Your feedback important!

LOVE is in the Air: February 2015

February 1st, 2015


Big LOVE scuplture in Center City Philadelphia, a lovely sight I see often.  Robert Indiana’s sculpture/statue was erected in 1976, so it is almost 50 years old.

I met my (second) husband Alan two days before Valentine’s Day in 2003 inPhiladelphia, so this holiday has special significance for  me, since he called me after our first date to wish me Happy Valentine’s Day. So this month will have some sentimental postings, such as rhymes about love, books about love, love of self and others, late love (my specialty!) and what is love anyway?

Of course, February has other holidays such as Ground Hog Day, Black History Month, National Cherry Month, and a slew of bizarre days on www.holidayinsights.com. (Ex. Feb. 4th is Thank a Mailman Day. How about Mailwomen? Don’t they count?)

I forgot that February is also heart healthy month, so I will post something about healthy hearts. Thanks to my classmates Paula & Mary Lou for the reminder! Also, Feb. 6th is Wear Red Day. Here is info from the website:goredforwomen.org. It’s not just a man’s disease. Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.

Help us raise awareness to end this killer of women.

Make a change on National Wear Red Day and all year long!

This key chain is one of the items in the Go Red store. Click on their website and you can shop @ the store.

  1. Wear Red to show your support for saving women’s lives
  2. Show us how you Go Red on your social media profiles using #GoRed
  3. Donate to help raise funds for awareness and research


One love book I definitely want to make you aware of is Where Have I Been All My Life? by local author Cheryl Rice.

I went to her book signing and presentation and was blown away by the raw truth of her memoir as she read several pages.

This book would fall under the category of self-love.










For Kitchen Nutrition, I will see if I can find whip up some interesting recipes using red/dark red/purple foods, such as red bell peppers, beets, purple cabbage/radicchio, etc. to brighten up your winter dishes. Here is a photo of my baked beet soup that I will post this month.

(Baked) Red Beet Soup


Because of my positive predisposition toward Valentine’s Day, I wild post some my “love rhymes” I have written to the men in my life I met when I was single for 13 years after my divorce. I may also post some rhymes I wrote during my divorce to show you the contrast, as well as love rhymes for family & friends.  Here’s one I penned for this Home Page:

LOVE is in the air
Show someone you really care
With chocolates and flowers
For love has wonderful powers

to heal or hurt in a single glance 
So why not just get up & dance
to celebrate love of every kind,
for the heart is stronger than the mind.

LOVE is everywhere
Not just in the air
But in the sky & someone’s arms
Let love weave its magic charms.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

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