Why I live in California [...]

Some may think it is because the beach is so nice, or the people are fun, or even because of the gorgeous sunsets I enjoy every day.

But the reality is ...I grew up here....this is my town, with all of its changes, and laws, and everything!

I do love the beach, I do love my weather...

Mostly, I love being able to go back to the places I grew up, see the changes, and go home to  the comforts of home with my family.

Thank You God for all I have and for all of the joys life brings to me!

What's Happening with Fresh Farmers Markets this Week...

The Strawberries are Scrum-dilly- umptious..

 Squash Blossoms...sauteed in GHEE with herbs... OH MY!
 Heirloom artichokes so gorgeous...
 Granola makings....
 Globes in herbs and braised with sunflower oil...then BBQ'd...
A few brightly colored red onions to spice things up...

Today's Recipe

I am cooking up some chick peas with onion, garlic, and many indian spices...including fenugreek, coriander, tumeric, cumin, himalayan salt (pink).

So good for digestion and and overall health. Process till smooth, add a little olive oil.

So simple to try at home, use with any veggies as a topping or dip.
A gift for my Ayurveda teacher ...photos I took and framed. My puppy loves it. 

Sunday Fair

Whats on the stove today...

Artichokes are on my diet, the rest is a soup for hub while making the chokes...

little bit of everything organic and fresh.


Barley is my new WHEAT...Filled with fiber, nutritious, high in protein, helps speed weight loss, diabetes, heart disease.

Don't see Barley being pushed on ads do we? Try to incorporate into your diet.

AM have some mixed with your oatmeal, after soaking for an hour, add some cinnamon, and some real maple syrup if your diet allows. A little almond milk, and you have yourself a truly healthy meal.

One of my fav's is sauteed onions (sweet), in sunflower oil, garlic, fennel (fresh).
Cook with barley for about 30 minutes.
Quick barley will cook in half the time.
A healthy, inexpensive meal

Ayurveda Works!

Haven't we all had our share of hit or miss diets?

Well, I can clearly say this AYURVEDA way is working for me.

I am down 15 pounds.

Sure I have had a few days where I want to cheat, but is it cheating if I still eat good things? Maybe not the best things for me according to the "A" way, but still keeping with the best vegetarian, vegan way. These labels only set me up for disappointment, IF  I don't stay on the "A" plan.

Being gentle with myself,  it did take my whole life to get here. Can I change everything about my eating habits that quickly?

After all, I am an American girl, with roots in hamburgerville, it's tough saying no to white things, and sugar, especially those sweet baked goods.
If I have a teaspoon of almond butter and feel like I cheated than I can't be all that bad.

Trying, doing my best, getting back on course when I stray is all I can expect from myself.
And I have to live with that.

What works for you? Do share.

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