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Move over Popeye and make room for the “queen of greens,” kale. Gaining in popularity, kale is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor.

Eating a variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables can do wonders for your health, but choosing super-nutritious kale on a regular basis may provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.

To read more about the Truth About Kale, click here.

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One of my favorite ways to eat kale is to bake it and make chips. Lucky for me, my garden is doing great and producing a lot of kale. Other ways I use kale is to sautéed, juiced, or steamed. I try to incorporate kale in my dishes because of its high nutritious value.

An easy way to eat this hearty green vegetable is to make kale chips. I got the recipe from Mimi of Everything Luxy on YouTube, but I added lemon juice to give a bit of tang. This recipe makes delicious, healthy, guilt-free snack that will not disappoint.

Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • Lemon juice (to taste)
  • Sesame Seeds (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash the kale, remove the stem, and tear into small pieces.
  3. Be sure to dry the kale really well by using a salad spinner (or paper towels).
  4. In a large bowl place kale and massage the oil into it. Gently toss the kale with the olive oil, be sure all the leafs are covered with oil.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl of kale, and mix well.
  6. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Pour the kale on to cookie sheet, be sure to arrange in a single layer.
  8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Check the oven toward the last 5 or 10 minutes to prevent burning. Bake until all pieces are crispy.
  9. After kale chips are done, remove cookie sheet from oven and let them cool.

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Hope you like and enjoy!

Happy Frog

 

Story behind foto:  last weekend I volunteered at a garden with several of my co-workers. While harvesting veggies I saw this little guy. Isn’t he (or she) cute!

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” ~Alfred Austin

Thanks for visiting,

CAT

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Story Behind Foto: 

Our First Home, my home, our Home, homeownership – yes, it still feels a bit surreal. Ryan and I have been homeowners for about a week and we could not be more excited about it! After two and half months (long months) of looking at homes and submitting three bids we found OUR home, she is perfect! The emotional roller coaster was definitely worth it. Plus, I am now the proud owner a beautiful rose garden. Here’s one of the beautiful flowers in our backyard.

Note to self: figure out how to keep them alive and blooming, any master green thumbs out there, your advice, and tips are greatly appreciated.

Thank you visiting C to C,

CAT

Story Behind Foto: A friend of mine took this foto, while giving back to the community (volunteering) at a local garden for dogs, and I am so grateful she allowed me to feature it. Isn’t it amazing?! Thank you, friend! Hope you all enjoy, till next post.

~~CAT~~

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