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Kale...not bad

So, now that Dan and I have moved to Kentucky, we are eating SO much healthier.  Produce is "wicked cheap" as they'd sorta say in New England.  We were in the produce section the other day and I realized that I needed to start buying as many veggies and I did fruits, so I picked up some kale--don't ask me why.

Combining some recipes online with what I had around the house, I came up with the following

Sesame Kale

1 generous bunch of kale, washed and destemmed
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp butter
seasoned salt
sesame seeds

1. Wash and de-stem the kale, then chop up the stems into pieces about 1" long.
2. Melt butter and sautee the garlic.  Add in kale stems and cook until tender.
3. Add kale leaves, turn heat to low, and cover with a lid to wilt the kale.
4. Before serving, sprinkle with some seasoned salt and sesame seeds.

Dan loved his as is--I needed a bit of vinegar.  Similar to spinach, I think.

My little bit of heaven

Our new landlady is very much an avid gardener--and I couldn't be more thrilled!  I have a few tomato plants out in the garden, a few potted peppers, and a potted stevia.  And that's all in addition to my normal houseplants!  I am in heaven!  Nearly every day we go outside and putter around in the gardens...we have a large mulching job out front, several raspberries to plant, volunteer white clematis to dig up and move/pot, and a new perennial bed to put down (an amazing deal on three pretty planters with 12 perennials for only $12--too amazing to pass up).

We officially decided yesterday that we have too many projects, haha.

Oh, and I need to get a hummingbird feeder--hopefully we can get some to show up!

The Good Slaw

Ok, I don't know about you, but I am NOT a coleslaw fan.  Mayo and shredded cabbage was never my idea of a good summer food--especially the mayo part.  Blah!

However, I did have a good, and ridiculously healthy, substitute at my sister-in-law's house the other day. 

The Good Slaw

2 carrots, grated
2 green apples, peeled and grated (usually, I'll slice the skins up pretty fine and toss those in as well...they just don't grate very well for me)
Lemon Juice

Grate and mix everything together, then sprinkle with some lemon juice!  Very yummy! :)

Sunday Thoughts

Listen to your father, who gave you life... Proverbs 23:22b(NIV)


Ladies and Gentlemen....


Dan and I are utterly thrilled and feel so positively blessed!  We really couldn't have asked for anything better.  We moved to Kentucky with a lot of faith, just praying, trusting, and hoping that it would all work out--and it has worked out better than I ever could have hoped!

My job will allow me to be in BOTH Hospitalist and ER medicine--which are my two top choices, so now I don't have to choose.  I get to be in the area of my choice in Kentucky.  And to top it all off, they offered me MUCH more than what I would have dared to dream of--especially straight out of PA school. 

We are certainly blessed and with some frugality, Dan and I will be rid of these student loans MUCH sooner rather than later.

And to make a wonderful day even better, did I mention that Dan has a TWO contingent jobs that allow him to have his OWN side jobs--utterly perfect and ideal and exactly what he was wanting to do! 

God is SOOOOO good!  :-D



I made a post before in  "Paige's Highlights" on stevia, but have only recently gotten around to trying it.  As Dan and my new landlady likes stevia AND gardening, I figured I'd get a plant for her and see how it did at growing.  It's currently in a pot on the patio, growing like crazy--just have to wait until it starts to bloom to harvest the plant and let it dry!  Apparently, that's the way to get the sweetest leaves, but they're already sweet! :)

I love experiments!

Fruit Leather

I saw this on Nature's Harmony Farm blog and was SOOO excited that I had to share.  Fruit leathers are 100% delicious and like they mention, a great way to use up extra fruit--peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, you name it!

And I love that everything in them can be produced at home--apples, honey, and strawberries, in this case.  (Other than the bit of cinnamon, I guess). 


Strawberry Fruit Lather by Nature's Harmony Farm Blog.

Love you, Grandpa

James Donald Harvell May 10, 1921 ~ June 7, 2010
Revelation 21:4
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

The Move

The van (and Dudley) all loaded up...thank goodness my parents already drove the car as far as Ohio for us!

Welcome to Kentucky!

Hooding Ceremony and Commencement