I don’t know about you but we are more than ready for these juicy tomatoes to grow in our garden again!! Below I have listed some favorite local Kansas City transplant sales that supply organic, or incredibly healthy and sustainable transplants to grow in your garden.
Gibbs Road Community Farm Transplant Sale | This Saturday, April 13th
The Bad Seed Market Transplant Sale | April 19th
John Wornall House Wildflower and Herb Sale | April 27th | This is a favorite one for native plants and wildflowers.
Kansas City Food Circle | List of Markets with food grown using organic practices
Your Neighborhood Market KC | a new resource for finding farmers markets in your neighborhood
If you are on Facebook it is also a great idea to become a fan of pages like the KC Food Circle and Your Neighborhood Market KC to get updates on market schedules and great information about the local farmers that are working so hard to grow healthy food for us!
Please share any of your favorite places to buy your garden transplants and if you are not in Kansas City I encourage you to seek out your local farmers that work hard to get these transplants started for you. I have found that they are always more than willing to share growing tips with you too.
WE LOVE PANCAKES in our house and I really like to give the kids a nourishing breakfast before they head off to school. This is a favorite pancake recipe of ours and I like to make extra and freeze them for quick, healthy options on crazy school mornings.
FLUFFY GLUTEN FREE PANCAKES | adapted from this recipe from one perfect bite.
2 c. brown rice flour
1-1/2 c. almond meal or almond flour
1/2 c. tapioca starch
1 T. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
4 eggs separated
2 cups almond milk (or any other milk you have)
4 T. butter (melted)
4 T. coconut oil (softened)
1-1/2 t. orange extract (I have also used almond and vanilla)
1/4 c. honey
makes 20 – 3-4 inch pancakes | feel free to cut the recipe in half if you do not want to make this many. They do freeze well for quick breakfasts on school mornings.
Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Separate eggs and mix the yolks, almond milk, butter, coconut oil, extract, and honey. Mix dry ingredients into the wet yolk mixture. Now mix the egg whites until fluffy and peaks are stiff (this is the important part for making your pancakes fluffy). Gently fold the egg whites into batter.
When making your pancakes keep them small, 3-4 inches for best results. I use a cast iron pan for ours with a little butter or coconut oil warmed on the pan.
Some favorite toppings for our pancakes are fruit jam, honey or maple syrup. Sometimes we add a little almond butter to the top for added protein. For the pancakes pictured above we enjoyed our homemade blackberry ginger jam from our summer berry crop.
RECYCLE + COLOR SERIES
A nesting series pairing an interior image for inspiration that includes a recycled detail or vintage/reclaimed furnishing + color palette inspiration for paint, textile, and accessories. Images for color palettes may include the work of an artist, a textile, or a natural environment.
I am mixing in more of the NEST portion of Five and One with this new series, since before staying home with my lovely children my background included Interior Architecture and Design and Furniture Design. I will be focusing on featuring ideas for blending recycled and reclaimed furniture and finishes to complement the modern home.
The bathroom vanity design above could incorporate a vintage/antique table, or salvaged wood could be used to build the counter for the sink. Artwork by Laura Berman (a local Kansas City artist), on the right, blends colors that would work well for accessories and paint to add a dose of bright spring cheer.
Interior | image source Boligpluss, Artwork |Laura Berman
Hope you enjoy the new series and please let me know your thoughts.
Hope everyone enjoys some peaceful family time over the weekend. We kicked our Good Friday off with these Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns.
If you are decorating easter eggs this weekend take a look at the Five and One Easter Pinterest board for a little creative inspiration.
About every couple of months I need a boost of cooking + school lunch inspiration. I am not a meal planner and not sure I will ever attain that valuable habit, but I do love to have quick, healthy food on hand to add into recipes. We are axiously waiting to get things growing in the garden, but with snow still covering the ground we are forced to wait a bit longer. I have decided to embrace this last bit (hopefully) of cabin fever and try out freezing grains and beans to have ready to mix quickly into meals.
Here are a few resources that have been super helpful to me, but I would love to hear your thoughts on ways that you have made making healthy meals for your family a little quicker.
Freezing black beans and chickpeas from Naturally Ella |image above from Naturally Ella
Cooking and freezing millet from Naturally Ella
Erin, from Naturally Ella, also has some great seasonal recipes and I really love that she organizes her site into eating seasonally.
Freezing grains from Healthful Mama
Spring has officially arrived even if we still have snow covering the ground! We have some great local kansas city creative events coming up in April.
Herve Tullet will be at the Nelson Atkins on April 7th for an afternoon of storytelling and hands on painting. Herve is an acclaimed artist and children’s book author and illustrator that has a line of highly interactive books to spark the imagination. We have a few of the books above and they are so creative, I can’t wait to see what he has in store for all of the kids. View details of the event here. He also has some great interactive activities on his site. This one is a favorite.
The Kemper Museum also has a couple of free creative events for kids coming up in April. One is creating sculptures based on Frank Stella’s work and the other event, creating watercolors based on the work of Dale Chihuly. Take a look at all the details here at Kemper for Kids Spring schedule of events. Also check out their dates for Scavenger Saturdays too.
image credit herve tullet
Happy 1st Day of Spring! It’s a chilly one here…
Join us again this Spring for local hikes on some nearby Kansas City trails. Click on the image above for the schedule of hikes. All families are welcome to join us in building community while we explore the nature that surrounds us. If you are not local, find your nearby trails and have fun exploring with your family.
View this post from last Spring for some great resources for connecting with your family through nature this season.
The oh so talented Victoria, over at A Subtle Revelry, has a great roundup of well designed eggs for your creative juices. View her post for all of the details on decorating these fun eggs. I especially love the thumbprint animals, mustaches, and the bird/insect tattoos.
Last year we started growing swiss chard and then added it to our fruit smoothies. The kids love green smoothies and it’s now a favorite after school snack. We concoct ours with whatever fruit we have available. We added in some of our favorite microgreens and swiss chard, but feel free to experiment with any green you have at home or what is available locally. We fortunately have some frozen peaches left that we picked from my sister’s peach trees and used them for this recipe. The image below makes me long for summer days picking more peaches.
Peachy Green Chia Smoothie | also known as our “St. Pat’s Green Machine”
2 c. almond milk
2 T. chia seeds
3 handfuls of chopped swiss chard (with the harder part of the center stalk removed).
1 small handful of microgreens (optional) info on growing microgreens found here.
1 c. roughly chopped peaches (fresh or frozen)
2-3 T. honey
Stir chia seeds into almond milk and let them sit for 5 minutes to allow them to gel. Add all of the ingredients along with chia/almond milk mixture to the blender. The honey can be adjusted depending on the sweetness of your peaches.
Enjoy and feel free to experiment with other fruits and greens.
Next up on our St Patrick’s Day theme is exploring the prism. Prisms are a great way to explore light and the colors of the rainbow and perfect for all ages to experiment with. Here are a few activities to share with your children and an explanation of how they work. Optics4kids also has some great activities for exploring light and color. Colossal featured artist Rashad Alakbarov and the paintings he creates with shadow and light which are inspiring to show the kids as you are exploring the world of rainbows, shadow, and light.
Have fun exploring the rainbow!
Image above … Mocha Chocolate Mousse with Irish Whiskey | What Katie Ate
Kale and Olive oil mashed potatoes | 101 Cookbooks
Guinness Glazed Lamb Chops | Gourmet Magazine
Beef and Guiness Pie | Gourmet Magazine
Brown Butter Soda Bread | Bon Appetit
Irish Soda Bread | Smitten Kitchen
Mocha Chocolate Mousse with Irish Whiskey | What Katie Ate
Homemade Irish Cream | Design Sponge
Homemade Irish Cream (made with coconut milk) | Oh She Glows
My belly would be most happy with a bowl of the kale and olive oil mashed potatoes and the Mocha Chocolate Mousse with Irish Whiskey!