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Welcoming Fall

8 Sep

Hello,
I apologize that it has been a few days since my last post. The last two days have been filled with hot tea and chicken soup! I have felt a little under the weather. I have a big photo shoot tomorrow and a full week of school ahead. So I took some down time to watch old Audrey Hepburn movies and sip on some hot tea. Which worked out perfectly because Phoenix has had it’s first glimpse of fall with some nice rain. I’m so thankful because quit frankly I am sick of this heat!

Speaking of fall I have to say this is by far my favorite season! The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte is back! So yummy!!! I can ride my bike to school without wanting to die of heat exhaustion. Snuggle up with good book and a blanket as the rain drizzles down outside my window and my dog lies comfortably snoring beneath my feet.

(Night one of being sick. Cosmo, candles, and hot tea)

I love to cook in Fall. I love to cook year round but especially Winter and Fall. I love the stews, soups, and baked chicken recipes. In fact as ironic as it is getting sick only excited me more for the Fall months. As I debated what sounded appetizing all I really wanted was chicken soup. Maybe it is reminiscing my childhood sick days, but chicken soup is still comforting. I got passed my front door and stood there looking out into the rain. Wait…. I think I have what I need to make chicken soup…. I turned back around and rummaged through my pantry and refrigerator.

I had a cooked chicken from a previous meal, a bag of spinach, some  jasmine rice from the night before, cilantro (Which is used in Mexico mainly because it helps kill bacteria), lime, and other veggies.

1. I boiled the water and added chicken bouillon, then the veggies.
2. I added the pre-cooked chicken and rice. I threw in some noodles also.
3. I added a dash of lime, cilantro, garlic salt, and (my mothers secret) a dash of cinnamon.
4. I graded cheese, and chopped an avocado to top it off.

I love when you use the ingredients in your fridge to make a spontaneous meal! Not to mention it turned out delicious! Just what the doctor ordered! I felt surprisingly better after chicken soup, a little bit of Audrey, and some hot tea with spoon fulls of Honey (which has helped me sooth my throat)! I’m not big on taking medicine. I avoid it if possible and give my body a chance to do it’s magic.

As horrible as getting sick is it is often a reminder to slow down and take care of our health. Amongst healthy eating we also need to remember to rest.

XOXOXO,

Whitney

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Update on my DIY Garden

3 Sep

Hello!!

I woke up this morning ready to read for class and after going over my syllabus I realized it is Memorial Day! LOL. I’m not used to having random days off. But I was relieved when I realized I had the day to update my blog and paint my nails! Here is an update on my DIY garden!

Who knew sprouts grew so rapidly?! I sure didn’t! But I am like a child checking my plants every day and night! Here are some picture to show you how quickly they have grown in three days! I guess living in Phoenix has its benefits after all! The climate is perfect for planting and growing veggies and herbs! I cannot wait to use them in my cooking experiments but for now the process of watching them grow is equally fulfilling!

First row is the wheat grass! Which is really only good for the appearance unless you have a wheat grass juicer!

My second row is basic alfalfa sprouts which I cannot wait to try in a salad or on a sandwich!

My last row is bean sprouts which grew the most rapid! I hear they are great in stir fry!! Excited to find out!!

My DIY Garden

1 Sep

Hello,

    So as I promised yesterday, I would start this blog by “bragging” about my new herb garden! I am so excited! I am not quit ready to show you the entire garden just yet. But I will give you a sneak peak of one of my DIY garden projects! I am a thrift store addict!! Why buy something new and spend more money when it is much more fun to save money?! Not to mention being able to do as you please with the treasures you find! So I stumbled on this little three drawer cabinet for $4.99 at Goodwill!! I have a small balcony so the small drawers worked out! But this can be done with a full size dresser as well. Let me just say that the first few images were with my iPhone! I apologize about the quality! The last two were with my cannon! The difference in quality is obvious!

Step 1.. SCORE!!

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Step 2. Make it your own! I chose to simply spray paint. I considered a stencil. Maybe I will still add some for a pop of color later. But for now I kept it simple.

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Step 3. Put soil in drawers and plant your seeds of choice! Leave the drawers staggered so each plant has room to grow. I chose wheat grass, sprouts and bean sprouts.

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Step 4. Water and watch grow!! I was surprised that after two short days I had sprouts!

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                            This is one of the fun steps I took to planting to plant a garden in my small upstairs apartment! Even people in NYC can have fresh veggies and herbs! I am so Excited to show the rest of my garden to you! I hope it inspires each of you to get creative and plant your own garden!

-Whitney