Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Food is Love

A while back I was asked if I wanted to be featured in the documentary of Registered Dietitians Nutritionists they feature at the beginning of FNCE (The Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo) I was so humbled and truly touched to be one of the featured Dietitians. In August a film crew came from Chicago and spent a whole day with me filming it was a fun but surreal experience. The clip is awesome and I am proud to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist along with the other amazing professionals. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Rhine Valley, Germany

On our trip to Germany this summer we stayed in the Rhine Valley, the river is the second longest in Europe after the Danube at over 700 miles long, its a wide river with currents and historically since Roman times has been a method of transportation and trade. Even today you will see huge boats carrying coal, passenger ferries, car ferries and shipping containers. Along the river north of Rudesheim you will be treated to beautiful vineyards, lovely little towns and ancient castles as you head North. 

Many of the castles would have chains across the river and charge people to cross. Over the centuries many lay in ruin but quite a few were purchased and restored. One of these is Burg Rheinstein just to the North of Bingen. I stumbled upon this castle while searching for castle stays. What a gem its a restored castle ran by the Hecher family featuring a museum in the castle, and a couple of apartments at the back. 

It has a wonderful restaurant and hosts many weddings. The apartments are modern and the view at breakfast is amazing. The family is very polite and I would say it makes a good base to explore this area. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Corn and Banana Pepper Salad

As summer winds down and we move into fall, you may be on the last of the local corn in your community. This is a simple garden salad, that allows fresh summer corn to shine. I do think it will also work well with frozen corn so no worries.


  • 2 corn on the cob cooked with the kernels removed.
  • 1/2 a red onion finely chopped
  • 10 cherry tomatoes chopped
  • a handful of fresh cilantro chopped
  • 10 small banana peppers chopped. If you garden I recommend these they are mild in flavor and easy to grow. 
  • a dash of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a pinch of cumin
  • one medium cucumber chopped

  1. cook corn and remove the kernels. 
  2. add all the ingredients to a big bowl and mix.
  3. eat as a light lunch or as a side dish.

In other news I sold a few flowers to a local produce store. I also sold fresh herbs to a couple of local restaurants, so happy the farm is coming along nicely, slowly but surely. 

Farm fresh herbs.

Hope your well, hugs.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fort Thirumayam, Tamil Nadu, India


In the Summer while visiting family in Southern India we drove from Trichy to Chettinad on the way we spotted this old fort and decided to stop and visit. I am all about stopping and checking out sights on road trips. When I asked the kids what their favorite part of the trip was they mention the bullet cart and climbing on these ancient rocks. 

Fort Thirumayam, Tamil Nadu, India was bult in 1687 by Vijaya Raghunath Sethupathi it was originally a ring fort and has historical significance as an important stronghold of rebel chieftains in the Polygar Wars. Oomathurai, the brother of Panchalankurichi chieftain Kattabomman was captured in this fort. There is a British cannon at the top, so I am sure the British used this too. It offers a great view of the surrounding area. It also features cool big rocks to climb and hide under a fun stop on a journey and part of history. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon is so good in Salsa, be sure to make some before summer ends. This melon was bought in the country near Ladybird farm in Yadkin county North Carolina at a cute roadside place on an honor system. You can see a little clip below. Its a beautiful area with rolling hills, cows, horses and farms. If you ever want to visit my farm your always welcome. 


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