Garden spinach dip

Goal: to make spinach dip without the fatty base of mayonnaise and/or butter…using our garden produce.

Spinach and artichoke dip

Combine some olive oil garlic and a few spring onions in a saucepan. Cook until soft.

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Add roughly 4 cups of fresh spinach, 8 oz artichoke hearts with a jalepeano pepper to taste. Cook until spinach wilts.

Add your cheeses and creams of choice! For this endeavor I used somewhere around 5 oz of fresh mozzarella, 5 Oz of grated Parmesan, 2 oz of cream cheese and a few tablespoons of sour cream.

Stir until cheese melts, then add any additional flavors desired. I added some salt pepper and lime juice.

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Voila’!!

Serve hot with pita chips, tortilla chips, bread, cucumbers order freshly picked carrots!!

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weeding and its reward, continued.

fennel pesto

in response to melissa’s earlier post…i am realizing that in the midst of what sometimes seems to be ONLY the PAINFUL, DIRTY WEEDING part, there is revealed small, sweet and tender fruit that we may never have noticed if the weeding had been avoided and the fruit had been allowed to choke in the shadow of the larger, light-blocking, resource-taking weeds. and then, to take it a step further, if you think about something like fennel, which reproduces year after year (which can get VERY large and overwhelming as you see in the last post) the weeding is an annual process, part of a cycle of growth, death and re-growth. in this, community gardeners, let us anticipate in great faith, both the weeding AND the reward!

RECIPE IDEA:

fill large food processor with fresh (wispy) fennel (OR basil)

BLEND to a paste

add approx:

1/4 cup of olive oil

1/4 to 1/2 cup of shelled hemp seeds (OR pinenuts or walnuts)

1/4 to 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese

1 large clove of garlic

add salt & pepper to taste

RE-BLEND

Before and After

The concept of this blog was planted following the intense workout which was clearing the beds for planting. After seeing the marked difference following several hours of work, we said amongst ourselves…we need a before and after shot of this!

Before:

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After:

After:

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Well, here is the first official blog for our blogsite! 🙂 I just wanted to share some great reflection Abi and I had today while weeding Bed B!…..

Often the Lord speaks to me when I’m alone in the dirt. I think there are so many spiritual lessons to be learned in the garden— the place where God BEGAN creating. Abi and I were digging deep with our trowels to get to the very bottom of the bottom of the roots of those nasty weeds that impede upon the growing process of the very sustenance of life. We were reminded that it’s EASIER to just cut off the weeds at the dirtline or just under. However, this would only mean that it is absent from our view, not from reality. Weeds will continue to grow back with a vengeance unless they are carefully, thoroughly, with great effort and patience, taken out by digging UNDER it to get every last bit.

God our Father is the gardener of our souls, and all who make decisions to follow the Father are promised that the Holy Spirit will work with us to make us more like Jesus Christ, the physical and perfect reflection of Him, the Creator of all good things. As our great Gardener, God loves to pull the weeds in our lives that infringe upon the beautiful process that enables us to become like Jesus. He does the work slowly, thoroughly, with great effort and patience, and likes to dig DEEP to the very bottom of it in order to remove it from our hearts and lives. The “fruit” of this work is greater freedom, joy, peace, forgiveness, wholeness, and love of God in our lives. We often hate the process of weed pulling—- either in the garden or on our soul, but unless the weeds are removed, the harvest is hindered.

Friends, let us let the greatest Gardener that ever existed and still exists dig deeply into the soilbeds of our lives to remove the weeds that keep us from intimacy with God and from being transformed to be His fragrant offering in our world around us.

Let’s allow weeding to not have such a horrible stigma. Without this necessary work, the garden cannot flourish!

Thank you Father. Weed us! 🙂

Melissa

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