Saturday, July 12, 2014

Refrigerator Cucumbers and Onions

Growing up, my mom always had a huge Tupperware container of cucs and onions in the fridge.  I loved the cold vinegar soaked cucumbers and would always dodge the onions.  I picked my first four cucumbers this week, so I thought I would make a batch.  I seem to remember my mom just adding more cucumbers and onions to the juice as the bowl emptied.

cucumber salad, red onion

Cucs and onions recipe:

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
2 T. sugar

Slice cucumbers and onions.  Mix everything together.  This gets better after it sits in the refrigerator for a day or two.  Adjust proportions to your taste.

cucs and onions, salad

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Tip for Growing Raspberries

A tip for growing raspberries

I planted these raspberry plants several years ago after hearing just how easy it would be to grow them. We put them way in the back against the fence and figured they would be vigorous enough to out compete the surrounding grasses and weeds.  We were so very wrong.  They struggled for years producing a berry or two and never really spreading.

raspberry plant

So last fall we decided to baby them a little bit.  We mulched the 3 remaining plants with grass clippings.  This spring we spread compost over the area and mulched once again with grass clippings. Now they are thriving.

pruning raspberries

We aren't getting bowls of raspberries every day quite yet, but we are on the right track.  They just needed some mulched room to grow.  Looking back it seems like a rookie move, but the experience was a good reminder to give things a good start from the get go.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Best Post Run Smoothie

Best Post Run Smoothie Recipe

I mentioned last week that I would be sharing my recipe for my favorite post run smoothie.  In fact this is my favorite smoothie for just about any occasion.  It has it all:  some greens, some sweet, and it fills me up.
green smoothie


2-3 cups greens (kale, collards, or spinach)
1 c. almond milk or liquid of choice
1 banana
2 heaping T. chocolate PB2 or peanut butter of your choice
optional: 1 T. coconut oil or other fat**


Blend all of this together in your Vitamix or blender.

green smoothie

I make this often enough that I start to crave it during the second half of my runs.

green smoothie

**It is a good idea to add a little fat to any green smoothie if you are using a low fat liquid.  Using real peanut butter instead of PB2 is one way to do this.  Full fat milk, a little cream, or even some olive oil are other ways.  It is important because many of the vitamins in our greens are fat soluble which means that if we aren't eating them with a little fat, we are not able to absorb them as well.  That is why non fat salad dressings are dumb (that is a link to a pubmed article).

Enjoy the recipe and let me know how you like it in the comments below!