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June 2010 - Shivaya Naturals

June 2010

Last weekend we saw a near constant rain that left our land a soft shade of emerald, and the garden looking fresh and yummy.

This week we harvested a bit more arugula, as well as chives, sage, mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, spinach, collards, kale, chard, lettuce, and radishes.

This early time in our garden seems so perfect and fun. The boys and I are out there every morning picking weeds, checking every last crop, and ooohing and ahhhhing over even the tiniest of sprouts.

As the days grow longer (and then shorter), we find our front door always open and friends always somewhere inside. I love having people in my kitchen; eating, talking and enjoying, and summertime potlucks are a staple part of our rhythm.

A good loaf of bread and cream cheese can normally always be found in our house, and the addition of herbs and radishes turns these staples into a quick and easy grab when friends drop by.

Radishes with Fresch Bread and Herbed Cream Cheese

Bread (If you do not eat GF, I would suggest using french bread)
Softened cream cheese
Herbs (I used chives)
Fresh radishes

Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature. Snip the chives and mix into softened cream cheese. Slice bread, and spread with herbed cream cheese. Thinly slice the radishes and place on top. Snip a a bit more chives for garnish and serve.

As the rain poured down last Saturday, a friend’s annual cocktail party seemed surely rained out, but never one to let the weather effect their spirits, Sarah and Doc decided to keep it going as we all piled indoors to enjoy good food and drink. Perhaps my favorite dish of the night turned out to be the most creative of cocktails, as one guest carried a basket full of greens in one hand, and a bottle of flavored vodka in the other. Rosemary called it the Lawnmower, and it may very well become the classic drink of the summer. While I have no idea exactly what was in the drink that she made (I watched her put a lot of greens and a lot of alcohol into the blender), here is my version of this fun and healthy (somewhat) twist.

Rosemary’s Lawnmower

1 large bunch of greens (I used fresh spinach and collards)
1 diced apple, skin on
1 small bunch fresh mint (I used Kentucky Colonel)
2 diced kiwi
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup broccoli sprouts
1 tbsp Spirulina
1 Tbsp Honey
1 cup of flavored liquor (I used raspberry flavored rum)

Blend together and serve chilled

I am loving watching all that we planted begin to take root and get ready to harvest, and these first meals are so sweet after a very long winter and wet spring.
I wish you a weekend full of fresh food and good fun, and to all of the fathers out there, thank you for all that you do.


Spring in Photos

June 17, 2010

Jessica of the amazing Turkey Cookies does a round up of each of her months through photography, and it is a favorite post to see.
While I never remember well enough to join her on a monthly basis, I am thinking that seasonally might work really well.

As the Summer Solstice is almost upon us, I wanted to take a look back to a few of my favorite moments of the past three months. I hope that Spring has been everything that you hoped it would, and I wish you all a sweet summer ahead.

Spring was……

An explosion of blooming color

Backyard Exploration

Little ones digging in the dirt

Trying something totally new

Creating what you need (he made himself a bag of camera lenses so that he could finally be just like papa)
Enjoying the early harvest
Spring has been wonderful, more reflective than creative, but still wonderful. Now, however, I am ready for Summer. I am ready for the camping and the swimming, the bbq’s and warm nights. I am ready for all of the possibilities and the joy that the season can bring.

I hope Spring was a beautiful season for all of you, and I look forward to seeing your Summer (or Winter if you are in the Southern Hemisphere) unfold.