Farmers Market in the Desert

Chill out at this Farmers Market in the Desert

Singh Meadows, Tempe, Arizona

Smack in the middle of the desert …this Famers Market is a surprise and a delight!  Located on a 70-acre floodplain and former golf course in Tempe, Arizona, Singh Meadows is an organic farm hosting weekend Farmers Market abundant with fresh organic produce raised right here in the Arizona desert! The Farmers Markets also offer freshly baked artisanal breads, local honey, duck eggs and goat cheese –delicious food grown or cooked within a mile radius of the farmers market.


 

 

 Baskets filled with fresh produce can be ordered ahead and are ready to grab and go.

But why rush?! – After (or before) shopping the Farmers Market you’ll want to linger and enjoy a refreshing drink from the juice bar, a bite to eat at the cafe …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or just relax and enjoy the meadow.   Singh Meadows provides a safe, toxin-free place where everyone can enjoy walking paths, playing by the pond, or just laying in the grass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What I want folks to see is this can be done in the desert, without chemicals,” says owner Ken Singh.

Growing your own gardens? You can purchase organic herbs, bedding plants, compost and mulch– some of the best for a healthy garden!

It’s a Blooming’ Spring!

It’s MAY!

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers.

Spring is finally starting to ‘bust out all over’ … from of Palo Verde blossoms in Arizona, Cherry blossoms in Oregon and Maryland, and Apple blossoms in Colorado to Tulips, Bluebells and Snow drops in England and Lily of the Valley in Belgium — even Bougainvillea with a snowy backdrop in Finland! …. carpets of flowers and blossoms are ‘raining’ down  (and in Colorado – literally ‘snowing’ or at least surviving a spring snow shower) ….  Bring it on!

    


    

                   

            

    

What are some of your favorite flowers or Spring?

Happy MAY!

 

 

 

Re-igniting with the Spark of Egg Spoons

This website – all about great food and fun places and sitting un-tended for too long – is being re-ignited with a spark of inspiration from this fun article about Egg Spoons and the ‘culinary culture war’ they seem to be setting off!

Intrigued by the visual of eggs cooking in a long-handled spoon over a bed of hot coals, I dove into this New York Times article to learn more.

The ‘spoon’ looks much like some of the ladles used throughout history for various purposes of dipping water, cooking over fires, and warming beds with hot coals.

Using a long-handled ladle over an open flame or hot coals to cook an egg, or anything else, seems like adaptation out of necessity while living on the edge either ‘roughing’ it or as a minimalist or possibly while camping where one might actually have an open fire. The idea is intriguing in itself.

The ‘culinary culture war’ that is smoldering under the Egg Spoon has its own intrigue and is more of the subject of this delightful article than actually cooking an egg in a spoon over a fire. Read on and enjoy!

Have you? Would you? consider cooking in an Egg Spoon?

Colorful Cactus Flowers

Cactus Flowers are brilliant and give amazing color to the muted shades of the desert.

Colorful Cactus Flowers

 

These bright blossoms of the Cactus flower less than a dayColorful Cactus FlowersColorful Cactus Flowers

but are beautiful when they are blooming.

 

 

Colorful Cactus Flowers
Colorful Cactus Flowers

 

 

 

 

Colorful Cactus Flowers

Arizona Cactus Sales is a fun  nursery that offers  an abundance of variety in color choices, sizes, and types of cactus: 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful Cactus Flowers

 

 

A close inspection shows a unique design in these pretty flowers

Colorful Cactus Flowers

The Desert Botanical Gardens is another fun place to visit,

especially when the cactus are blooming! 

 

Spring Time!

Oh Happy Spring!

The glorious re-birth, re-start, and re-fresh of nature

Spring Time!Spring Time!

Spring Time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Time!

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Spring Time! Oh Happy Spring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh Happy Spring!Spring Time!

Spring Time!

 

Have a Happy Day!

“It’s not happy people who are thankful.
It is thankful people who are happy.”
Unknown

Have A Happy Day

Wishing you a day filled with Joy, Love,
and lots of Thankful People!

Oh yes … and Great Food and Fun Times!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !

Have a Happy Day!

Earth Day: The Tree of Life

In honor of Earth Day ….

The Tree of Life

Earth Day: Tree of Life

This giant Baobab Tree in South Africa is believed to be 2,000 years old.

Baobab Trees boast Longevity…Some are believed to be thousands of years old.

Known as the Tree of Life, they also provide sustenance and support for longevity of people, providing shelter, clothing, food, and water for the animal and human inhabitants.  Hollowed out trunks have provided shelter to as many as 40 people. 

The cork-like bark and huge stem are fire resistant and are used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and eaten to boost the immune system.

A Baobab tree stores thousands of liters of water in its trunk to endure harsh drought conditions particular to the the regions in which they are found.

The fruit, called “monkey bread”, is edible, and full of vitamin C.

Earth Day - Tree of Life It has a velvety shell and is about the size of a coconut, weighing about 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb). It has an acidic, tart flavor, described as “somewhere between grapefruit, pear, and vanilla”. The baobab fruit has medicinal and nutritional properties. Some reports say the fruit provides 3 times as much Vitamin C as an orange, 50% more Calcium and 66%  more iron than spinach, more Magnesium than Coconut Water, more Potassium than Bananas, 50% Heart healthy Fiber per serving and is a plentiful source of antioxidants (disease fighting molecules credited with helping reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease).

Earth Day: Tree of Life

Baobab is the common name for each of the nine species of tree in the genus Adansonia.

  All varieties of the Baobab tree occur in seasonally arid     areas, and are deciduous, shedding their leaves during the dry season. Of the nine species, six are native to Madagascar, two are native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one is native to Australia

 Learn more about Baobab Trees and Fruits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images:

Organic Baobab Fruit

Wikipedia

 

Hippity Hoppin’ Easter Fun

Have Hippity Hoppin’ Happy Easter FUN!

Natural Dye-d Eggs and Tie-Dyed Eggs, Bunny Buns, Deviled Chicks, and Bunny Cake

 

 And All I Need to Know…

. . . I Learned from the Easter Bunny!

HAPPY  EASTER!

The Wonderful World of Pi(e)

Circumference? Diameter?  Who cares–

We’re talking’ about pie here!

Forget all that Math stuff – THIS is my idea of Pi(e)!! 

Wonderful World of Pi(e) Thanks to  The Dish by Restaurant.com for this wonderful and delightful view of today’s Pi Day and

THE WORLD OF PI(E):

The Wonderful World of Pi(e) March 14th is National Pi Day. For those of you who can’t remember that junior high math lesson, here’s a refresher.  It has to do with circles, and lines, and distances and lengths. For our purposes, all you need to know is Pi (?) = 3.14 aka March 14.   So in celebration of all things nerdy and delicious, we’re celebrating this circular holiday with a few delectable circles of our own, and diving into the wonderful world of PIE!The Wonderful World of Pi(e)

Let’s start with the foundation. THE CRUST. First you have your flaky varieties, some are sweet, some are salty, some are made with butter. Others use shortening, some rely on cold COLD water, while still more call for distilled vinegar as the secret ingredient to achieve that perfect, tender, flaky base. Then there are the butter-crumb crusts. Smashed cookie or graham bits, mixed with sugar and melted butter that are then pressed into a perfect pie crust shape. THEN you add ooey, gooey, sweet or creamy fillings; perhaps you want to get wild and crazy and fill these shells with a savory mixture and call it…dinner. However you roll (get it, dough…rolling…), it’s clear that pies, in all their many forms, are awesome. Here are a few of our favorites:

Fruit Pie – Fruit is one of the most classic pie fillings and the possibilities are limitless. Wonderful World of Pi(e)Some people love berry pies, while others prefer pitted varieties like peach. Every fall, stores and counter tops are overrun with a plethora of apple pies with various and sundry toppings. Then there’s that crazy faction that recommends combining different kinds of fruit for a truly spectacular taste experience. No matter what fruit you’re using, a sugary filling of tender fruit and juices makes for a darn good slice. We’ll take ours a la mode! Custard Pie – Who knew combining sugar, cream and eggs and baking it in a shell could produce so much deliciousness. Well friends, that’s exactly what a custard pie is. Add a plethora of other ingredients like chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin, caramel or liquors and end up with a delicate slip of flavor that melts in your mouth (and probably your hand, too). The Wonderful World of Pi(e)Savory Pies – The savory pie is a popular European dish and is served as an actual meal, rather than for dessert. Most combinations include a mixture of meat (beef or lamb) and vegetables, like potatoes and onions. A more Americanized example of a savory pie is the chicken pot pie. This traditionally southern meal has the outside appearance of a pie, and the inside flavor of Thanksgiving dinner. 

Of course, you could combine all three and end up with something like this.

Mini pies – It seems like these days you can find anything and everything in mini form. Pies are no exception. We happen to love mini pies. They’re bite-sized and portable with all our favorite pie flavors still intact. We like to pretend that their small stature makes them a relatively healthy snack. Please don’t ruin it for us.

Pie on a stick – Everything tastes better on a stick. Enough said.

Pie in a cake – For our grand finale, we give you the turducken of desserts, the pie cake:

(really??)

The Wonderful World of Pi(e)Yes, someone somewhere decided that since pie is delicious, and cake is delicious, putting one inside the other and baking them together would be even more delicious. We’ve never been lucky (aka brave) enough to try a slice, but this mythical dessert is definitely on our foodie bucket list.

Okay…this one is a bit weird. Otherwise, it’s all good fun and yummy prospects!!

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!

Today is the most magical day of the year:

Pi Day

Happy Pi Day!A most auspicious holiday for math (and pie) enthusiasts to celebrate their love of numbers while eating pie.  It is a worldwide celebration (at least in the USA and a few other countries that write dates the same way) held on this day – March 14th every year. Traditionally, Pi Day is celebrated on 3/14 at 1:59. This year is also the most magical year of the century for Pi Lovers. THIS year marks a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence to celebrate 10 digits of Pi. Today, 3/14/15 at precisely 9:26:53 the date and time will read: 3.14.15 9:26:53

Happy Pi Day!

 

The diameter of a circle is the distance from edge to edge, measuring straight through the center. The circumference of a circle is the distance around. Pi (Greek letter “?”)  is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi is a constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same.  Pi is approximately 3.141592653, but it continues at random to infinity. No matter how many numbers after the decimal place you use, the only way to get it exactly is to use the symbol pi.

 

HISTORY OF PI

By measuring circular objects, it has always turned out that a circle is a little more than 3 times its width around. In the Old Testament of the Bible (1 Kings 7:23), a circular pool is referred to as being 30 cubits around, and 10 cubits across. The mathematician Archimedes used polygons with many sides to approximate circles and determined that Pi was approximately 22/7. The symbol (Greek letter “?”) was first used in 1706 by William Jones. A ‘p’ was chosen for ‘perimeter’ of circles, and the use of ? became popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737. In recent years, Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits past its decimal. Only 39 digits past the decimal are needed to accurately calculate the spherical volume of our entire universe, but because of Pi’s infinite & patternless nature, it’s a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

This all sounds mostly Greek to me! However after reading about Pi Day and all the different descriptions, explanations, and celebrations of Pi, I will admit that I finally have a better understanding of the sacred ‘Pi’

And now ….in honor of Pi

Let’s Eat PIE!

Happy Pi Day!

Facebook user Kay Sweet will be celebrating Pi Day, and her birthday. Photo courtesy of Kay Sweet

References:

Vox.com

pbs.org

Time.com

Washingtonpost.com