100 Foods: Celery

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…


Celery? I love celery! I love to put it in almost every dish for that extra bit of crunch and bright green flavor. Not everyone is such a huge fan of celery though.  Sadness.

Celery is the top part of the celery plant. The bottom part, the celery root/celeriac is also edible, but there will be more on that on another day. The celery starts to turn pretty quick once it is chopped up. I keep mine in a Tupperware container full of water with a little lemon juice to keep them from turning too fast. Usually they last this way for about a week and a half in spears. I also freeze the leafy bits for use in soups or smoothies. You can also use the seeds for seasoning… though I’m not sure I have any in my spice cabinet.

Celery contains the compound 3-n-butylphtalide which is known to lower blood pressure and ease pain.

One can also be severely allergic to celery. I’m sorry if you are… let me know before you come over… okay?

Do you like celery?



What’s local to me in January?


What is local by you right now?

I had no idea, so I asked the internet what is local to my state and what should be freshest this month.

  • Apples
  • Celeriac/Celery Root
  • Fennel
  • Kohlrabi
  • Winter Squash
  • Turnips

We do have quite a bit that are year-round foods. My assumption is that this is due to storage of root vegetables/pods and greenhouses.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes


December 2012 – Grocery Staples

What did we end up using the most of while working on the never ending project list…

  • Bananas
  • Chicken
  • Apples
  • Milk
  • Chocolate Milk
What did you eat the most of this month?


27 Goals – Week 2


1. 6 Dinner Parties/Game Nights: 0/6

2. 12 Non-Fiction Books: 0/12

3. 12 Fiction Books: 0/12

4. 12 Recipes: 1/12

5. 6 Quilts: 0/6

6. 12 Teas: 1/12

7. Loose 30 LBS with food diary: Failing at the food diary. Down 2.8 LBS though.

8.  6 Movies: 1/6

9. 12 Date Nights: 0/12

10. 3 New Wines: 2/3

11. 365 Day Photo Project: 11/365

12. Debt: 8.75% on new goal

13. 2 Out of State Vacations: 0/2

14. Remodel Yard: Too Cold… ordered some veggie seeds though

15. Remove Wallpaper From 3 Rooms: Out of town last weekend

16. 4 Weekend Getaways: 1/4

17. Complete 24 Pintrest Projects: 1/24

18. Meal Plan: 2/52 weeks. Works well even when traveling

19. 12 Pinterest Recipes: 1/12

20. Cards for 2 holidays: Christmas cards went out this week 1/2

21. Switch Banks: I still really need to do this.

22. Ride 35 Miles a week on bike: 5 miles… No new miles accomplished with traveling and repacking holiday decorations.

23. 100 Sit ups Challenge: Not this week

24. 100 Push-ups Challenge: Not This week

25. Read 6 of Rory’s books: 0/6

26. 6 Craft Nights: 0/6… working on scheduling.

27. Finish Papa’s Book: Almost done first chapter… not home enough to work on it this week.

What are your goals this year?


How Not To Use a Grocery List


Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list that I ran out of time to make:

  • 1 bag flour
  • 1 bag sugar
  • 1 bag brown sugar
  • m&m minis
  • powdered sugar
  • chicken
  • 2 frostings
  • bananas

What did I come home with?

  • regular m&ms (they didn’t have the minis)
  • powdered sugar
  • brown sugar
  • flour
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • 2 forstings
  • pan
  • bananas

I remembered while I was at the store that I needed a pan to bake in and the chicken was not on sale this week.

What was thrown out this week?

  • Nothing that I can think of

What did you throw out this week?


365 Photos – Week 2



I have got to replace the screen protector on my phone… either that or stop squinting at it.


*On Mr. Wonderful’s Camera… will update when I have that in hand*





Sometimes you just have to love your camera crew… even if they do get in the photo with you.



All I want for Christmas is a spy plane…



This is a super bad angle.



After a 5 hour drive.



What am I drinking? Weak tea…?




Merry Christmas!


My hibiscus decided to give us a little gift for Christmas. While he is inside in the sun-room, it still remains around 40-50°F out there during the day. His blooms are huge during the summer, but this little bit of color for Christmas is nice.

All of us at home base wish you a safe and happy holiday!