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Fathers Who Harm

Father's Day has become a more highlighted day of celebration than when I was a child. My father was born in 1927 and lived a pretty long life: he died in 2013, a few months into his 86th year. He was not a bad father. He did struggle with alcohol addiction and was imperfect in other ways, but he was basically loving and kind. He was a workaholic, so we did not have access to him for emotional affirmation, but he told me in his old age that he always loved everything about us kids and felt sad that he had not been a better parent, and he was sorry he was most of all that he had not spent more time with us.  Other men in my family– my grandfathers, my husband, son, uncles, brother– have all shown themselves to be good guys and have adult children whom they love(d) and who love them back.  But I think to myself, having been a social worker to women and children who fled lives with men who put them and their children through Hell, that there are probably a fair number of children, te


Here are the links to posts about various Organic Gardening forays, Outings related to Gardening & Eating Organic plants, and posts about the splendors of organic life.  Hope you find these posts fun and helpful! (Just Click on the Link to go to the page)

Gardening 2024

Grafting on the Old Apple Tree

Prior to 2024:

Endless Greens: How To Grow Free Bok Choy All Spring and Summer

Backyard Blessings & Front Yard Fig Harvests

The Blessing of the Fig Tree

A Sunday Visit to the Cumberland Farmers' Market and Edible Sea Walk

Visit to Edmonton's Seedy Sunday- 2016

Visit to Nanaimo's Seedy Sunday- 2016

Visit to Nanaimo's Seedy Sunday- 2011

Book Review: Carolyn Herriot's The Zero Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide To Growing Organic Food  (scroll down the page when you land there)

How to Grow A Tomato from a Grocery Store or Farmgate Tomato

How to Grow An Avocado from a Pit

How to Grow An Apple Tree from your Snack Apple

16 Foods You Can Propagate from Scraps Particularly fun with Grandkids!!

Collecting and Saving Tiny Tomato Seeds

Make your own Tiny Seed Mats

25 Things You Can Do With The Lavender from your Garden

Keeping Deer Out of Your Garden

The Power of Flowers

Earthquake CleanUp with E.M. (Effective Microorganisms)

Being Food Secure in an Insecure World

Is Biodynamic Gardening Something Religious?

Vermiculture Starts in my Compost Bin

**Please do not expect the idealized flower paradise shown in the cover picture above if you should visit me. Yes, I do live on gorgeous, fecund, and sensational Vancouver Island, but alas, I do not have the energy or organizational elan that would achieve the gardenscape above-- but we have neighbors who come close to this with their backyard gardens!!


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Overnight Oats and Chia

 Overnight oats with chia added are a popular breakfast item, especially when it is too warm to eat your favorite hot oat cereal! This is a healthy way to start the day-- the foundation of the breakfast being oats, chia seeds, dairy-free milk, sometimes a vegan yogurt, maple syrup, a pinch of salt, and some kind of delectable fruit, berries, or occasionally chocolate. This page will grow seasonal berry and fruit recipes over the late Spring of 2024 until we begin eating our usual hot oat cereal in the later Fall.  We have a number of berries and small fruits in our yard on Vancouver Island (off the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada): saskatoons, blueberries, plums, sour cherries. strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and Elderberries.  So far you can scroll down to recipes for: (1) Lime Pie Overnight Oats (2) Lime Pie (with Avocado) (3) Fresh Strawberry Slices and Jam Overnight Oats Lime & Coconut Overnight Oats LIME AND COCONUT OVERNIGHT OATS COMBINE THE FOLLOWING in a glas

Pan-Fry Carrots (Roast Carrot Sticks)

Pan-roasted carrots (with some potato fries mixed in) Our younger son grows organic vegetables, fruit and berries on an off-grid community farm in the interior of BC.  We stopped in to see him the other day and came away with a load of last year's carrots, still as carrot-y flavoured and plump as the day they were dug from the ground, thanks to the hill-side root crop storage cellar.   Our granddaughters opted for fish and chips today for lunch, and some of the 'chips' were carrot chips.  They are also a great base for a roast carrot soup.  When you roast veggies, you get extra delicious flavour. PAN-FRY CARROTS (Roast Carrot Sticks) <more properly called: Oven-fried> Wash and scrape carrots.  Chip or slice into strips, as desired. Preheat Oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine: 1-2 T. Olive Oil 1 tsp.   Celtic Sea Salt 4-6     large straight Carrots , cut into chips or strips (as desired) Lay chips out on a cookie sheet

Yummy 3-Ingredient Organic Breakfast Cookies

Organic Breakfast Cookies (rainbow effect thanks to a crystal on my kitchen window sill) You may already have come across these delicious breakfast cookies but thought: "hey, where's the good stuff? The sugar? The eggs? The fat?"  Well, the good stuff is all in the ingredients-- this is a whole food recipe which means we aren't using derivatives, we're using the real food, and it doesn't need to be gussied up with animal products to have incredible mouth appeal (that is what fatty, sugary, salty, custard-y textures and tastes contribute).  So, I say, try 'em and if you're disappointed, well, add some of the other ingredients... COOKIE INGREDIENTS (all organic and non-GMO) 3 well-mashed Bananas 1 C. Old-Fashioned Oat Flakes 1/4 C. Chia Seed Gel You can go with these 3-- pretty delicious by all counts-- or you can add in one or several of the following: 1/4 C. chopped Nuts (I like pecans) or Seeds 1/4 C. unsweetenened Coconut shre