A-MAY-zing: May 2014

I love May! Not so much as October, but close. Who cannot love the beauty of the flowers and the trees that are blooming everywhere I look, from the ground to the sky? This basket of flowers in the early morning on someone’s steps caught my eye on a walk and the sun shining on the yellow flowers even showed up on the photo! In May the weather here is generally warm, but not hot, breezy but not too windy. Almost perfect! So calling this Home Page a-MAY-zing seems very fitting, since May does have a zing about her.

I checked the online calendar of events (http://www.wincalendar.com/May-Calendar/May-2014-Calendar.html) to see what holidays or happenings that are not religious in nature take place in May: Here’s the list:

1. May 1st- May Day

2. May 5th- Cinco de Mayo

3. May 6th- National Teacher Day

4. May 11th- Mother’s Day

5. May 17th Armed Forces Day

6. May 18th- Arbor Day in Israel

7. May 26th – Memorial Day

It is also National Date Your Mate Month, Foster Care Month, National Bike Month,National Blood Pressure Month, National Photograph Month, National Salad Month, Older American Month

and more on:   http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/may.htm.

One item that both lists missed is National Mental Health Month, which, to me, is very important.

Here’s what www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may says about this important issue:

“For 65 years, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. The 2014 May is Mental Health Month theme is “Mind Your Health.” Our goals are to build public recognition about the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness; inform people of the ways that the mind and body interact with each other; and provide tips and tools for taking positive actions to protect mental health and promote whole health.”

This month I plan to review an “oldie, but goodie” cookbook that is still available. It is Nikki & David Goldbeck’s American Wholefoods Cuisine and it is my “go to” cookbook when I need basic recipes. (I reviewed the Goldbeck’s book in 2008) I always make the cornbread recipe as a gluten free lunch or dinner bread because not only is it gluten free. It is very moist and cornbread is usually dry. The secret is the yogurt.

Spring also means sprouts and salads. I hope to remind you again of the value of sprouting and how it enhances your digestion and your menus. I will also link that to gardening in general, since this year I have a small garden plot that I can’t wait to sow and harvest.  Here are 5 reasons for gardening on your windowsill or backyard:

1. You can’t beat the taste of fresh foods grown in your own backyard (or a plot nearby, which I have rented with a friend).

2. You can’t compare the price of homegrown veggies and herbs with those in the supermarket or health food stores. Gardens win hands down!

3. The joy of growing your own food is priceless—you regenerate the soil and your soul at the same time, not to mention the added benefit of fitness with all the bending and weeding.

4. The purity of fresh foods grown organically and eaten the same day can’t be measured.

5. The opportunity for having a family project is a bonus. Get your kids and spouse or neighbor involved and share the “garden goodies.”

Since May is National Salad Month, I may pick my favorites from past recipes and post them for spring, as well as add one or two new ones. Spring salads are always welcome on my plate.


Here’s wishing you all an a-MAY-zing month.


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