WINE4GIRL's SparkPeople Blog WINE4GIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Abdominal Snowman <img src=""> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:05:36 EST Greenhouse Aquaponics Adventure We started our aquaponics last winter and managed to keep some of the "animals" alive all winter. The summer has been extreme in keeping the GH cool enough. It has definitely been a learning experience. We are raising tilapia, one of the best fish for aquaponics, and Australian red claw crawfish. Red claws are increasing in popularity both in aquaponics and on dinner plates. We will harvest two for Christmas dinner! <BR> <BR> We've had one brood of tilapia unexpectedly and managed to save 1... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:02:09 EST Cooperative Extension I stumbled across a website yesterday while doing some research for a meeting. I am a Master Gardener... why have I never seen this site before?!? Lots of great info and resources. If you aren't familiar with Cooperative Extension, there is a wealth of knowledge available to you for Free! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ps. It's not just for gardeners! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:25:21 EST Best diet ever! Probably the best diet you can ever go on! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>art-guide/ </link> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:16:31 EST Rules <img src=""> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:00:42 EST Herb infographic This is a pretty cool herb chart that can offer some ideas when looking at what do do with those glorious herbs you are growing! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-to-using-herbs-when-you-cook-infogra<BR>phic.html?utm_campaign=recommendation&<BR>utm_medium=scroll&utm_source=feature </link> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:11:58 EST Inspiring! I am no runner and pretty much hate standard exercise. BUT, I can't help but be inspired by these athletes! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> WOW! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:24:51 EST Zucchini Salsa and a bonus recipe! Zukes are coming in like crazy! Did you know you can sub most other summer squash for zucchini? I made a mixed squash bread, using zucchini, "yellow" squash and patty pan. Just remember to cut out any large seeds. <BR> <BR> We eat a lot of fish, usually in tacos with a roasted pineapple salsa, but since there's zucchini, why not modify? Here's the recipe... add more heat and salt to taste. <BR> <BR> Zucchini salsa <BR> <BR> 2 cups diced zucchini <BR> 1/2 cup diced Vidalia onion <BR> Lime... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:52:26 EST 41 Truly Powerhouse Fruits and Veggies I just read this awesome article from the Washington Post on 41 super foods based on "nutrient density". While I disagree with iceberg lettuce, the biggest surprise was the lower rankings for most fruits. What do you think??? <BR> <BR><BR>ur-health/wp/2014/06/05/finally-a-list<BR>-of-powerhouse-fruits-and-vegetables-r<BR>anked-by-how-much-nutrition-they-contain/ <BR> <BR> I decided to take the list out to the gardens and see how many I'm growing. Wha... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:44:04 EST Are you on FB? Help me win! My nonprofit is one of the finalist to win $1500 in plants. We implement garden programs in low income areas... schools, public spaces, food deserts. If you want to know more about us, check out our website. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Ok, back to the contest! We are a finalist in the Green America Award, sponsored by Nature Hills Nursery. As with all current contest (or so it seems), this one is focused around Likes on social media. If you are on FB, please like Hampton... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:16:19 EST Rain Barrel Auction Tonight is the Rain Barrel Art Auction at our History Museum. Just a few more hours and it will be done and I can sleep... I hope! If you want to see the entries, please go to: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, weekend and Easter holiday! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:12:54 EST Oh so many plants It's no secret that I drive myself nuts trying to get ready for the spring plant sale. This year, I'm doubly crazy since we have a Rain Barrel Art Auction the week before the sale. Yup, color me nuts. <BR> <BR> Today I did a quick inventory and came up with 1092 seedlings in the greenhouses. Two friends are also growing for me and/or supplying bulbs for the sale. When K said she had lots of colorful Swiss Chard, it made me realize I had totally missed counting what was on the side porch. Bu... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:07:19 EST Birds, bees, Milkweed and more Questions yesterday got me thinking of stuff I had no clue about before we started this adventure. <BR> <BR> Milkweed is from the asclepias family, over 140 strong. They are the host plant for the Monarch butterflies. Our favorites are Butterfly, which has orange flowers and Scarlett, which actually have orange, red and yellow flowers. We also grow pink milkweed, know as common milkweed. From my butterfly garden: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:28:08 EST A potting we will go.... After counting this morning, I have 195 seedlings in 4 inch pots, 36 smaller pots of lemon basil and three flats of seedlings waiting for their new home in the little greenhouse. About 150 of those are different varieties of tomatoes. In the big greenhouse, potted up three colors of Milkweed, three kinds of eggplants, purple cayenne, purple and green cauliflower and tons of flowers. I am almost out of room, since I "graciously" gave up some space for the aquaponics. Here's a shot from half ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:10:18 EST Playing mind games to help you succeed I read this article this morning about the Olympic athletes and how they push themselves to continue to work out and work at their goals. The part about focusing on your goals and reminding yourself every day of your goals is one we can all utilize. <BR> <BR> Interesting read. <BR> <link><BR>games-everyday-exerciser-play-09103367<BR>6--spt.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:19:18 EST Ousted from my exercise area With the cold temps, we have put heaters in the greenhouses. Unfortunately, the one with my veggies wasn't going to be able to combat the 14 degrees last night, so we moved most of the plants and seedlings inside. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are now taking space on what was my workout area. We brought in some of the seedling flats but missed the Basil. I unfortunately unplugged the heater to get the tomatoes out and didn't get it plugged back in, so the basil and a few others bit the dust.... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST Super Slacktastic! I did the stretching, a few ball exercises and lots of other stuff today, but I've run out of time! Yikes! Worked in the greenhouse and fished! YEA.... no. No fish, not a nibble. But I worked on my casting and had some great quiet time with nature and God. My son came down for the last few minutes and took this pic. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Holy... okay, I did have a fish towel and gloves in my pockets, but seriously? This mess is going... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:13:48 EST Body Ball or Rock & Roll exercises I did the usual stretching today, sneaking in an extra set where I could. I was excited that after only three days, I can stretch a bit further. Just a bit, but noticeable to me. <BR> <BR> I have a stability ball that I've used in the past, usually to sit at my desk. That desk is long gone, but the ball remains... staring at me... wondering why it's being ignored. Sooooooo, <BR> I downloaded this graphic: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> See the... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:48:01 EST Today's exercises I love SP, but I'm lazy, which is one of the reasons I'm in the shape I'm in. I'm also extremely visual, so I'll print something out if I want to follow it. Pinterest has become one of my go to sites. Today I happened upon this. Think I'll give it a try. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My TED talk today was amazing! You can sign up for the daily TED emails and receive their recommendations or browse the site. Either way, it's a win! ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:57:09 EST Challenges, not resolutions I've decided to change my way of thinking. Instead of resolutions, I'm focused on challenging myself to: <BR> lose weight <BR> become healthier <BR> save money <BR> further my education <BR> <BR> My husband and I started the 35 pound challenge on Jan.1. It was embarrassing for him to see just how much I weigh, considering it was only 9 pounds less than him! We are going on vacation in late May, so the weight must come off. We are encouraging each other, which is huge! I set up my Workout bo... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:06:03 EST Permaculture resolution I've decided to start my resolutions early... <BR> <BR> Further my gardening education: <BR> Save money: <BR> <BR> I'm managing to do both with this free course. <BR> <link><BR>cctidx=share-this </link> <BR> Yes, the course really is free. I've already signed up and downloaded the ebook. <BR> If you want to become certified, you have to pay for that, but I'm fine just soaking up the knowledge. You never know where that will lead! <BR> <BR> More re... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:24:14 EST Today Time to stop talking... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Because <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And because <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:52:55 EST Chillin' on Thanksgiving Directions said, let the bird chill in the sink for a few hours. How we doing? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:37:14 EST Chayote and a great calorie counter I looked up recipes this morning on SP for Chayote squash and noted comments that folks couldn't find the calorie counts so they used another squash to sub. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This came from the website <link> </link> which contains some great info. <BR> <em>550</em> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 08:40:16 EST The Christmas ads have started! This must be the year for Naughty ads or Kmart is trying to reestablish itself. <BR> <link><BR>lay-jingle-bells-their-junk-crazy-chri<BR>stmas-ad-153929 </link> <BR> <BR> Keep smiling! Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:43:24 EST California Brushfire areas need your help! Just saw this posted on FB. My friends are in that area... please post this to your FB page or email it around if you know anyone that can help! <BR> <BR> Brush Fire Partyline/ Temecula, Murrieta, Camp Pendleton <BR> Urgent request: Via Bl Huss & Sharmin <BR> The Riverside County Shelter in San Jacinto needs supplies for animals: 951 791 3720 Address is 581 S. Grand Ave, San Jacinto <BR> This shelter has only been opened for evacuated animals. There are 30 cats, 30 dogs, a frog, a bunny, 2 p... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:09:05 EST Compressed culinary training... this is gonna be fun! My son recently contacted me to let me know he was going to visit. Oh and by the way, would I teach him everything I knew about cooking in the week he'd be here? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I spent about 35 years in the food industry, graduated from culinary school and an apprenticeship with a major hotel after several years. Sure, I can compress all that into one week. <BR> <BR> I created a pretty intense program for him based on what might be most applicable in his life, and touching on a ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:14:11 EST Fit Bit deals Saw this on Woot... I do love a deal! <BR> <link><BR>ls.woot&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign<BR>=pre </link> <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 07:03:02 EST Groundhog prediction? <img src=""> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:43:59 EST Busy growing and growing some more I didn't realize how long it had been since my last blog. Since starting a (future) non-profit, I've learned a lot! Like, don't bite off more than you can chew... funny how most of my analogies relate to food. <BR> <BR> Once word got out that my small team would design and help to implement a vegetable garden or edible landscaping, we were amazed at how many people immediately got on board with the idea. I have a hard time saying no, since the main reason I started this was to educate and ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:20:20 EST Support your charity by exercising Just came across this website: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> which is pretty cool. You walk, run or bike and your charity of choice will receive a donation. It's a pretty need concept and is a great motivator. <BR> <BR> Are you doing something this spring for charity? <BR> <em>432</em> <BR> Habit for Humanity <BR> Local Church project <BR> American Heart Walk <BR> Relay for Life <BR> Light the Night <BR> Growing gardens for the food pantry/food bank <BR> <BR> Help ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:49:22 EST Local Super Food Movement As a foodie, I look at all aspects of the food that comes into my kitchen and where it's sourced. I'm so excited about the "local food" movement! I love seeing kids and adults getting involved in supporting local as they learn more about food, gardening and their "neighbors" - local farmers. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine is in charge of a volunteer "crop mob" that goes out for several hours on a weekend or several weekends to help farmer's in need. One recent recipient was a goat farmer (and ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:58:44 EST Cinnamon benefits A couple of friends in different countries have been sick recently and I've suggested to both that they try HOT Orange Juice (8 oz) with 1/8 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. honey. We stayed in a B&B once when I had the flu and the Peruvian innkeeper served me Hot OJ. At first I was skeptical, but it tasted so good and warming, I figured it couldn't hurt. <BR> <BR> Read an article about the benefits of cinnamon, which led to the effects of cinnamon, the gist of which was don't overdo the cinnamon. ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:01:26 EST TED... Todmorden, Jamie Oliver and Robyn O'Brien If you haven't seen or heard of TED, it's worth a look... and then another look. There are videos on every imaginable subject. My favorite, which got a lot of people excited in my town is <link><BR>e_can_eat_our_landscapes.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you haven't seen Jamie Oliver, from Food Revolution, this video alone is an eye opener! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Robyn O'Brien"s speech at TED Milehigh really go... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:17:40 EST You know it's love when... He mows a heart around your initial in the grass just before a neighborhood gathering at your house. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Happy Valentine's Day! Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:14:24 EST Starting seed tapes It's easy to set up your own seed tapes and the older I get, the less I want to deal with glasses in the garden. Some of those seeds are pretty darn small. I can fumble a packet with the best of them, then weeks later see a mass of tiny sprouts fighting for the same spot of soil. <BR> <BR> I've been advocating them for the elementary kids, but I'll be doing it too. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to one of the best sites for simple explanations: <BR> <link>tlc.howstuffworks... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:27:56 EST Amazing garden at MOMA I met with a Professor of Architecture on Thursday and she shared ideas from her students for a garden project that we are building together at a local recovery complex. The students had created three models and asked me to critique them before they went any further. Fascinating garden ideas come from people that do not garden! We discussed light requirements and expanded on their current ideas to make them more feasible. <BR> <BR> The garden at the Modern Museum of Art sparked ideas for t... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 17:39:05 EST Building a cold frame One of the schools I am working with is going to build cold frames out of old windows, donated by my neighbor. These are the instructions we're starting with: <BR> <link><BR>tent/uploadfiles/37/Building%20a%20Col<BR>d%20Frame.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Of course, I have to make changes. Switching decking screws for the nails, slight modifications to the frame itself to accommodate the windows. Better, bigger, more powerful power tools! <BR> <BR> I am pond... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 08:16:49 EST Be kind... <img src=""> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:35:26 EST Fries compared to fruit <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a comparison! Sat, 2 Feb 2013 09:44:24 EST DANCE!!! <img src=""> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 09:40:39 EST Our winter wonderland It generally snows here about once a year and every year we are surprised at the white stuff. I grew up in winter weather and did learn to drive in it, but choose not to. Too many other people didn't learn but feel compelled to try. A friend asked me "Why does snow make people think "I need to go to buy something, anything right now in the snow?"" Not a clue. <BR> <BR> So snow and freezing water on the inlet. Didn't stop the ducks. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:01:01 EST Garden Plans update I get so excited looking at a parcel of land, regardless of size and figuring out how to site the garden for maximum harvest. The Foodbank one was easy - to a point - as they get sun all day! No trees (took down the scraggly pines) or buildings nearby to shade it out. <BR> <BR> I like two programs: <link> </link> <BR> and <link> </link> <BR> Both are very modestly priced and have free trials, so why not give them a whirl. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:50:15 EST Too busy for Pilates? Never! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More gardening stuff tomorrow, I promise! <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:37:35 EST My inconclusive travel plans for 2013 I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. <BR> <BR> I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. <BR> <BR> I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. <BR... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:19:24 EST Foodbank Garden Ground breaking Yesterday marked our first ground breaking of 2013. The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is implementing a 16 by 60 (or more) garden mainly to use in their training kitchen. Our local Foodbank feeds around 2000 kids per week as part of their out reach. It was a COLD day, but volunteers came out and worked briskly to stay warm: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Most of the ground was rocky, so an auger was called for: <BR> <img src=" Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:30:36 EST Hugging <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:59:56 EST Who turned off the heat? SUNDAY - Sunny <BR> High: 57 °F <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> SUNDAY NIGHT <BR> Partly Cloudy <BR> Low: 34 °F <BR> <BR> M.L.KING DAY - Mostly Sunny <BR> High: 48 °F <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> MONDAY NIGHT <BR> Blustery (YA THINK?) <BR> Low: 27 °F <BR> <BR> TUESDAY - Breezy <BR> High: 32 °F (WHAT HIGH???) <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> TUESDAY NIGHT Mostly Clear <BR> Low: 22 °F <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY - Sunny <BR> High: 33 °F <BR> That's just wrong... <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 19:37:59 EST Vermicomposting at the Airport? Charlotte, NC's Douglas Airport is the first in the world to utilize Vermicomposting. What does that mean? Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn kitchen waste into a black, earthy-smelling, nutrient-rich humus. The airport’s initial plan including ordering 300 pounds of worms for $6,000. The worms’ home is expected to take up some 8,000 square feet, or around the size of an average Family Dollar store. <BR> <BR> Sooooo, projections are that the worms will ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:10:16 EST Never underestimate asking for help I have been working on budget projections for the past two weeks, though it seems like two decades. I have written budgets, balanced books, been accountable for P&Ls... but this budget forecasting for a non-profit - WHOA! I am so outta my league! <BR> <BR> Finally, I asked my sister for help. She's the secretary of my non-profit, but one of the most analytical people I know. Years ago, I would have thought that described someone dry and cold. According to Wikipedia, "Analytical skill is t... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:30:40 EST