Friday, July 30, 2010


Our neighbor invited us to pick figs from her fig tree.  I had never eaten figs before.  The only figs I was previously aware of were in Fig Newtons, and I don't care for Newtons very much; but my husband was so excited about going over and picking figs that I thought I must missed something. After tasting thime I decided they were pretty good.  To me they tasted like a cross between mulberries and grapes. We picked a whole bucket full. Mrs. Gae showed us which ones were the best and gave us some ideas about how to use them.  I like figs, but I think I will like my fig pie and fig preserves better.

Interesting facts about figs:
  •  Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber.
  • Dried figs are richest in fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin K, but they have smaller amounts of many other nutrients.
  • Figs have a laxative effect and contain many antioxidants.
  • They are good source of flavonoids and polyphenols.
  •  In one study, a 40-gram portion of dried figs (two medium size figs) produced a significant increase in plasma antioxidant capacity.
  • If you pick figs and want to eat them fresh, do so within a week for maximum nutrition.

10 Tips for Incorporating Figs in your Diet

1.Eat dries figs as a healthy energy snack. For extra flavour and nutrients, stuff them with nuts and a little honey

2.Add figs to baked goods such as muffins, cakes and muesli bars.

3.Add dried or fresh figs to porridge, oatmeal or breakfast cereals.

4.Stew dried figs in fruit juice with other dried fruits to make a delicious fruit salad. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg before serving

5.Poach figs in fruit juice and serve with Greek yogurt or creme fraiche.

6.Add quartered fresh figs to a salad of fennel, rocket and parmesan cheese.

7.Stuff fresh figs with goat's cheese and chopped almonds and serve as an appetizer or dessert.

8.Make a fig butter by boiling dried figs in fruit juice until soft. When all the liquid has been absorbed, place the mixture in a food processor and blend until smooth. Use to spread on rice cakes, toast or crackers.

9.Add chopped fresh figs to rice, quinoa or couscous dishes.

10.Make a fig tart by grinding two handfuls of walnuts in a food processor. Add one packet of dried figs, 1/2 packet raisins, 200ml apple juice, 1 tablespoon grated orange zest, 2 tablespoons honey and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Process until the mixture is the texture of a sticky paste. Press into a pastry case and bake at a medium heat for 35 minutes.

                      I Got some figs!  I got some figs! (Remember singing a song like that in grade school?)
Aaliyah examines the goods

My Turn

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I wonder...

I wonder if Aaliyah will be as enthusiastic about music when she grows up and realizes that being good at it requires a lot of hard work.

Book Review

I used to read a lot, and I love to read because I love to learn!  For some reason, I just stopped reading for a while.  Last year my life was consumed by my writing, so the only books I read (other than the Bible) was about hair...(snore!).  This Summer I am trying to do better.  I went the our fabulous library and checked out a whole bunch of nutrition and cook books.  I picked up this book entirely by accident...and I am so glad I did!  The Eyres compare the characterists evident/or not evident in nine animals (for the most part) and share with us how we as parents should emmulate these characteristics in our home.  I won't tell too much of the contents of the book to you because you may want to read it for yourself.  For those of you who are curious; but feel you are too busy to read it, here are the contents in a nutshell along with some of my favorite parts:

  Commitment - Illustrated by the Canadian Geese 
I am so glad this subject was tackled first.  If any book does not grab me in the first chapter, I usually never finish it.  The stories about the geese and how they mate for life (50+ years) and how they always put family first REALLY got my attention. 

Praise, support, and positive affirmation  -  Illustrated by Crabs
   If you ever want to catch crabs, just put more than one in a box together.  The one will pull another down if one ever gets ahead.  Lesson:  learn to boost one another up instead of pulling one another down.

Responsibility  - Illustrated by the Bear
  Lesson: There are no quick fixes.  Accept family responsibility and make it a joy.

Awareness  - Illustrated by the Frog
  If you ever want some good frog legs; put the whole frog in a pot of lukewarm water and adjust the fire gradually.  He will become confortable as the water gets warmer and he won't even try to get out!  Lesson:  sin and danger sometimes enter our lives so gradually that we don't even notice it.  Learn to be aware and take notes of little things...little attitudes, "small" sins, and such and take care of it while it's small.

Communication  -  Illustrated by the Humpback Whale
  No two whales speak at the same time.  They each (members of a pod - family) patiently wait until one whale is done "singing" before they start their song.

Discipline (tough love)  - Illustrated by the Elephant
  The muscles in a mother elephant's trunk are strong enough to move a tree trunk out of the way of her baby; but gentle enough to hug and caress her baby as well. Challenge:  write a list that defines the kind of mother you would like to be and strive for it. (Be realistic!!!)

Consistency  - Illustrated by the Tortoise
  We all know the fable about the tortoise and the hare; the Eyres have an interesting take on why the tourtoise won.  Lesson: Remember your goal and patiently strive for it.

Security and identity  - Illustrated by the Redwood trees
  They stand so strongly because their roots are entertwined.  Lesson:  Family traditions are important.

Freedom and empowerment  - Illustrated by Fleas
  Ever watch a flea circus?  Look it up sometime.  Lessson:  True freedom involves protection and potential and doing the hard things that lead to both.

Hope this was a blessing to you,


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sick Princess

Aaliyah woke up Sunday morning blowing kisses....but two hours later she was "releasing" everything she ate or drank.  Please pray for her...and us!

     (She sleeps with her eyes partially open:)  If you have any ideas for natural remedies, please share.


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