Questions Answered – 47

What would you say to your 16-year-old self and why?

There are a few things I would say to my younger self:

What are you wearing?

Focus more.

Really… you’re still wearing that?

Younger me really needed some help with the way she dressed.  I loved plaid and hippy prints… together sometimes.

~Emme

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How Not To Use a Grocery List – Week 36

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

What was on the list?

  • Chicken

What did I come home with?

  • Honey BBQ potato Chips
  • Sunflower Seed Butter
  • Chicken Breasts (5 packs)
  • Red Grapes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapefruit
  • Milk

What was thrown out this week:

  • Nothing

Anything from the garden?

  • Nothing

How much did I save this week?

$32.48… which is 42.82%… not too bad for a completely unplanned trip.

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

100 Foods: Sunflower Seeds

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…

Sunflower Seeds

What is full of Fiber, Protein, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, B5, B6, Folate, Choline, Vitamin E,  Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc?

Sunflower seeds are used mainly as snacks and garnishes, but you can now find sunflower seed butter as a nut butter alternative.

I like mine pre-hulled and flavored like BBQ… but that could just be me.

How do you like your sunflower seeds?

~Emme

Questions Answered – 45

If you’re in the US, do you celebrate Columbus Day? What does it mean to you?

Coming up on the 14th of October you will have the option to either celebrate or ignore Columbus Day.

The real question is whether or not to celebrate the end of some amazing civilizations that already existed in the “New World.”

While it was completely inevitable that the “Old World” would eventually come over to the “New World” (Ignoring the possible visitations from the Vikings), I am not sure that when and how they came to colonize was for the betterment of the people native to that land.

Sure the Spaniards came over and mainly forced the native people groups to choose between assimilation and death or assimilating and being moved to a completely different part of the Spanish colonies and be forced to work (most likely ending in death) and death.

Not to mention that at the time there were no treatments for the diseases that the Spaniards brought over and many native peoples just died or were weakened to the point where there was no way to fight people bringing in horses and gunpowder.

This was a scary not so pleasant period ended up in the destruction of some amazing cultures, sciences and medical knowledge.

All of this was to bring back goods to fill the coffers of the already rich Spanish government and nobles. Notice how Spain is currently not a super power… yeah… they spent it all.

Although I am around 25% Spanish (thanks to the science of DNA testing); no, I do not believe I will be celebrating this time frame in history.

~Emme

What’s local to me in October?

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
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Brussel Sprots
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac/Celery Root
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chicories
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Grapes
  • Greens
  • Green Onions
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Parsnips
  • Pumpkins
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Winter Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • 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 (We like to buy it frozen as we use it mostly in smoothies or soups)
  • Sweet Potatoes

I am very excited for more of a variety!

What are your produce plans this month?

~Emme