Archive for April, 2013

Writing, Gardening and getting organized for the opening of Farmer’s Market Season.  That was the plan anyway.  Life gets in the way sometimes.  So, instead of this plan I got sick and was sent home from work last Monday not to return til Wednesday.  My Guy was the  designated the Driver for his Mom’s Dr’s Appointment and My Kid the designated Driver to take My Guy’s Dad to Maryland for Grandparents Day.   I went to work and kept things going on the Homefront.  Exhausted and miserable.  It was a long, long week.  So, by Saturday I was really looking forward to getting my room organized to go and play this coming Saturday at my local Farmer’s Market.  I spent a wonderful Saturday afternoon running errands and spending precious time with my Kid.  The three of us had a YUMMY simple dinner of Snow Crab and fresh baked Bread.  Oh and of course a movie.  Sunday up early like we always do.  So we can indulge in our favorite weekend pleasure of watching a movie before the day starts.  We did do that.  Then with the 3 of us home we decided let’s get outside and get the front yard done. Trim Hedges, finish Weeding, Mow, Mulch and……..You know the drill.  Well that plan went to the wayside.  It was Raining.  Ok, so what is plan 17?

Make Soup!!!!!  YEP

Later this week a healthy simple Tomato Soup

Til the next time……I am off to my room 🙂

Monster. Soup, Soup……..I want Soup. My Guy has become a Soup Monster. OK, let’s get real he is loving food. When we met he was eating out of the freezer. Packaged Prepared foods. Throw it in the Microwave and eat. YUK! In the first year we were together he lost 90 plus pounds and has kept it off for over 4 now. Your question……How? By eating real, fresh, simple, whole foods. We eat everything from BLT’s to Roasted Lamb and everything in between.

I make Soup most weekends. Simple Tomato, Beef Vegetable (usually from leftovers), Lentil, Multi-Bean (when I have time). I will be posting a Soup a week. This week’s Soup is Lentil.

Simple Lentil

Simple YUM Lentil

1 bag Lentils

A couple strips Cooked Bacon- for flavor

2-3 Medium Carrots

1 Medium Onion

2 Stalks Celery

2-3 old Tomatoes-old meaning not pretty for a Salad. Chopped up-nothing fancy.

1 Ctn Vegetable Stock-I use low-sodium Vegetable Broth from Trader Joe’s

A splash of either Olive Oil or Grape Seed Oil.

Heat Oil in your Soup Pot. Chop up the Carrots, Onion and Celery. Saute til tender

Add Broth, Tomatoes, Lentils and  add 2-3 Cups Water, Stir Well

If Vegetarian/Vegan cook and season to your taste. If you are an Omnivore like me add some Crumbled Bacon or Small Diced Ham. You will know when it is done the Lentils literally Pop.

Great leftovers-Great Lunches-Just GREAT!!!!!

Remember Recipes are road maps…….make them your own.

I don’t know about you but for me it is gardening time. In my past life I grew Tomatoes, Peppers, and attempted many other Veggies. I also had over 30 Roses I loved and cared for. Times change and life takes some turns. I now am concentrating my efforts on a simple beautiful perennial garden. I grow my own Herbs. I am trying my hand this year  to grow a Lemon Tree. I have always wanted a Hand of Buddha. 

I have eaten it but I have never had the opportunity to experiment and play with one. I can’t wait. The Picture on the right is a mature plant with fruit.

The picture on the left is my newly delivered and potted Hand of Buddha. I maybe should have read the size at maturity before I purchased it. Oh well, I didn’t. I was to excited about finding one. It’s mature height is 8 feet. It is going to comical this Fall when I bring the plants in for Winter. 🙂

This weekend I have planted my Lemon Tree (Meyer-Patio), Creeping Thyme, Hand of Buddha, Iris’s, and other Bulbs. Our Garden is a work in progress and probably always will be. I want a strong perennial base. I think I am getting there. Some tall grasses, Hosta, Crape Myrtle and more.

Til tomorrow…….I am going to my room. Later this week a yummy simple Lentil Soup 🙂

I’m back!!!!! Check out my links.  There are a few new links.  Local Harvest is a wonderful way to locate Farmer’s Markets and more in your area.  Field to Plate, Farm to Fork Loudoun.  Of course there are my favs, Simply Greek and Bonjour la Parisienne.


                                  2013 Market Schedule.


McCutcheon/Mt. Vernon: May 1-November 27; 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane

Oak Marr: May 1-November 13; 8:00 a.m.-Noon

Oak Marr Recreation Center, 3200 Jermantown Road

Wakefield: May 1-October 30; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road


Annandale: May 2-November 7; 8 a.m.-Noon
Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike
Herndon: May 2-October 31; 8 a.m.-Noon
Old Town Herndon, 700 Block of Lynn St., By the Red Caboose
Frying Pan Farm: May 2-October 31; 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, in front of Frying Pan Country Store
SNAP accepted, bonus dollar program!


*McLean: May 3-November 22; 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Market closed for McLean Day

Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road
Kingstowne: May 3 -October 25; 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
In the Giant parking lot, 5935 Kingstowne Towne Center


Burke: May 4-November 23; 8 a.m.-Noon
VRE parking Lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway

Reston: May 4-November 2; 8 a.m.-Noon
Market closed for Multicultural Festival
Lake Anne Village Center, 11401 North Shore Drive


Lorton:  May 5-November 3; 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. VRE parking lot, 8990 Lorton Station


Thank you to all for your patience.

Til tomorrow…….I am going to my room 🙂


Posted: 08/04/2013 in Zen Kitchen

Getting a few things together and I will be back on a regular basis. The last few weeks have been interesting. I have learned a lot about Blog Hosts. That is an understatement. I have taken lots of photos, written some drafts for future posts, read, researched. And now I am just about there .

I will be posting the 2013 Farmer’s Market list for the Fairfax area in the next couple days. Looking forward to my Saturday morning Zen at my local Farmer’s Market. Which starts the 4th,May……I can’t wait. My Guy surprised the other day stating that “He never thought he would says this, but Sweetie I can’t wait for the Farmer’s Market” YEAH 🙂

Thank you for the patience.

To the future