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Myra Visits Colorado

Just to let you guys know.. We had a BLAST in Colorado. It was gorgeously beautiful.. Just like Texas! Well not just like Texas, but the state of CO held a picturesque beauty in it’s own right. We flew into Denver from Houston.. Rented a car from Hertz (btw we got talked into upgraded to an SUV, for more money of coarse, don’t let them fool you.. there were lots of cars on the road.. seemingly apparent that they were not also equipped with four wheel drive.. hmmph). We drove into downtown Denver were we ate at this bangin’ Hot Dog place called Biker Jim’s.

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We each tried a different dog, among a few other things. If you’re ever in Denver be sure to check those bad boys out, they will not disappoint. Great Food. Great Service. Great Atmosphere.

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From Jim’s we headed on to Winter Park, which was about a 2.5 hour drive if I’m not mistaken. It was a lovely simple drive, no hassles at all. When we arrived at Winter Park we drove straight to Beaver’s Sport Shop where we cashed in our Groupon for 50% OFF 2-days of ski rental! We ended up paying a little extra for an upgrade here as well.. but this upgrade was well worth the money.

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We loaded up our gear and headed to the Zephyr Mountain Lodge, which was totally nice and had very helpful desk service. Our room was cozy and warm, accompanied with a shweet view of the mountain! It had snowed A LOT before we got to CO and it snowed while we were there.. So you can only imagine the white winter wonderland we were living in.

Day 2 & 3 were Full of skiing.. which was amazing as well! (I feel like I have lots of only good things to say about this trip haha). Skiing was an experience in itself. My favorite trails are the slightly downhill bumpy loopy ones that go through the trees ūüėČ they are totally rockin’and’rollin.. you can ask Duane about the rollin’ hehe.

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Ok I just realized I have one not so enthusiastic thing to say.. it’s about the Food. I was not impressed with anything at all other than the Rise and Shine Caf√©.. We ate there for breakfast.. twice ūüôā I consider myself a breakfast guru/connoisseur. So when I say it was good.. it was delish ūüėČ Well worth it. I got sick from gluten/sugar/dairy overload and¬†did not get to try the Maple Bacon Donut like I had planned¬†for Day 4.¬†If you know me, you know that had¬†Day 4 gone like I thought it would.. I would’ve been basking in the¬†ohhh so goodness of my all-time¬†favorite¬†pairings (well one of them at least): MAPLE & BACON!

Need I say more?

Oh btw don’t fly¬†Spirit.¬†They¬†offer discounts but they stick you with¬†the Cost of Water and the $$Charges$$ for the “No Free Carry-On Bag” Policy.. C’mon??

Ok. Ok. Done with my honest rant. On to the positive vibes. We made it Home to the great¬†State of Texas with wonderfully enjoyable memories¬†of¬†cool¬†mountain air & white powdery wonderlands. Thankful that God gave us the¬†ability to visit another itsy bitsy piece of¬†His creation, and that the memories we have¬†will last for an eternity¬†ūüėČ

Where have you guys been lately? or Plan to Go?

Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Myra’s Kale Kasha Yum!

So excited to share another guest post with you guys! Today’s Post is from Anna King.. a local lover of Jesus, Myra’s Garden Veggies,¬†the outdoors, and¬†deliciously fresh food!¬†¬†Myra and Anna both share a love for throwing together creative foods.. especially when Kale is involved ūüôā Hope you enjoy this fun recipe that Anna is sharing with us today!

I learned to cook mostly from watching my mother cook as a kid. I rarely saw her pull out recipe cards or cookbooks.. Now baking is a totally different ballgame! hehe.¬†In those days, there was no referring to Google or Pinterest for a quick reminder… In my memories, she is the queen of on-the-fly cooking! I like to think my cooking style takes after hers. And I’d like to say I have a decent sense of what things go together. I look up recipes more for ideas than for a how-do I cook all this stuff in my fridge?

My MO is usually to Google the ingredients that I have on hand and go from there. That is how this recipe inspiration started… I had been down to Myra‚Äôs garden that week to harvest a few beauties, the main attraction of which was kale!

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So today I’m using Kasha.. Kasha is a delicious and much more nutritious alternative to white rice or noodles, etc. It is a high protein, vitamin-packed grain also known as buckwheat! Its natural nutty flavor really works magic in combo with the almonds in this recipe. For any of you readers from Bay City, TX, our H-E-B carries Wolff‚Äôs Kasha brand on the ‚Äúspecial order‚ÄĚ shelf that faces the eggs.

 For this recipe you will need:

2¬Ĺ cups broth (any type) or water

1 cup kasha

1 egg

2 TBS butter or margarine (optional)

1-2 bunches of kale washed and chopped to 1in pieces

1 lemon zested and juiced

2 scallions diced

1 TBS olive oil

¬ľ cup roasted or toasted (see below for how-to) almonds*

salt and pepper to taste (or my hubby and I prefer GARLIC SALT to taste. Everything is better with Garlic Salt!)

 *to toast the almost, put them in a small pan over low heat, stirring occasionally until golden brown

1. Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, scallions, olive oil, and almonds in a bowl and set aside.

2. Heat liquid to a¬†boil in a pot large enough to accommodate your kasha and the amount of kale you‚Äôll be adding. I use a tall 4¬Ĺ quart pot and fill it to the brim with kale. It will cook down!

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3. Lightly beat egg in bowl with fork. Add kasha, stir, to coat kernels.

4. In separate medium-size skillet or saucepan, add egg-coated kasha. Cook over high heat 2 to 3 min., stirring constantly until egg has dried on kasha & kernels are separate.

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5. Add kasha to the boiling liquid. Add kale on top, but DO NOT STIR. Cover tightly and reduce heat to medium low to simmer 8 to 11 minutes until kale is cooked down, kasha kernels are tender & liquid is absorbed.

6. Add your bowl of zest, etc. as well as butter or margarine if you choose and the GARLIC SALT to taste. Stir until combined

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7. Enjoy!!

Thanks Myra’s Garden for the delicious kale and scallions, as well as inspiration to support local business, keep it green, preserve the planet by consuming locally grown, organic foods, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation through horticulture!

-Anna King

And thank you Anna for this wonderfully delicious recipe and sharing enjoyably creative new ways to incorporate the #eatmyyard journey throughout our every day lives! Until Tomorrow..

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Motivation Monday: You CAN Achieve Your Goals.

I know that this is the time of year where everyone is making goals and implementing changes. So I’m joining in on the chorus too! I’ve been yearning for the willpower.. the strength.. the commitment.. the discipline to take better care of my own body.. my one life.. heck why not? We only get one run at things right?

I’ve told myself that time and time again.. through the headaches, dry eyes, tummy-aches, and sleepless nights. Nothing ever seemed to changed though. I’m one of those people other people look at and say.. “You don’t need to lose weight, You don’t need to get healthy, You are already skinny.” That’s just it though. It didn’t seem to matter anymore. Even though I am skinny by societies terms, my body was constantly getting sick.. and by constantly I mean ever other week I was in excruciating pain of some sort that left me in bed for hours on end. My body felt toxic.

I thought I was enjoying my life and the foods that this world has to offer. I feel like I was lying to myself. What’s so enjoyable about sore eyes and migraines? How can I have fun with an aching body and sinus drainage? I think you get the pic.

What did I do to make a change? … I prayed. I prayed and told God that I didn’t have the strength to live a healthier lifestyle on my own, with my sugar cravings-love for bread-and all things dairy… I couldn’t turn the corner without giving into the next food induced temptation.

I prayed for what seemed like a while. But, I think I actually only really prayed about it a few times over a period of a few months. He took away my addiction to sodas a little over a year ago. And I’ve basked in the greatness of how good it felt to be freed from those pesky little devils. Honestly once I got past the “I need a coke” it turned into “I don’t want a coke”.

I asked God, “Thank you for taking away my desire for sodas.. Will you please take away my desire for gluten, sugar, and dairy? I know I’m too weak to give it up, and I know you are wayyy more than capable enough to take it away.”

I figured one day He would, but I didn’t know when.. Until last week.. I woke up feeling totally crappy Monday morning, and after I began to feel better it just clicked.. It was time to¬†make the change. So I’ve sworn to dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free foods, a somewhat easier way to describe this is called Paleo.

My mind has changed from what I can’t eat, to what I Can Eat! And believe me, once you start to focus on everything you Can Eat.. the options are actually endless haha. It’s like there’s all this food out there, ripe for the picking.. and I Can Eat It! By ripe for the picking I mean fresh foods, and honestly it’s the best way to go. Your body will love you for it.

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What exactly am I eating? Just this week I’ve had Paleo Hamburger & Cabbage stir-fry, kinda like a substitute for “Chili-Mac” if you leave out the Herb Seasonings and Sour Cream..¬†and add Cumin, Chili Powder, and Garlic.

I’ve also made Mashed Cauliflower.. which has been an AH-maze-Zing substitute for the oh so dairy-filled mashed potato staple..

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Crock-Pot Ribs (recommend using 1T of mustard and not 2), Oh and I made an exception for the sugar on this one… my favorite BBQ sauce from Hinze’s BBQ does have a little sugar in it. I’ll let you know if I find a paleo recipe for sauce that stands up to the taste bud test..

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and tonight I’m have Paleo Fresh¬†Taco Soup! Haven’t tried it yet but it literally took me 20 minutes to throw together and it smells delish ūüôā

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Don’tcha just love you some Pinterest?? hehe ūüėČ I know I sure do! Well, Until Tomorrow… I’m basically just trying to tell you that You Can Do It, you can take control of your body, you can live a healthier lifestyle, you can make fitness goals and stick with them.. and if you need help doin it I’m here to give you all the motivationally positive support you need!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Garden Seeds are Trickling In!

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I was so excited to announce last night that my first package of seeds came in! I am already beginning to plan where I want to plant them in my garden…. I’m even thinking that I may need to expand my garden! Eeeeeek ūüôā

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If you have any question about what to plant or when to plant feel free to ask. I’m at the beginning of this really awesome journey to a healthy lifestyle and I would love for you guys to come alongside¬†me!

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Basically what I’ve got right now are a few packages of seeds to be planted in February. Which is actually only a few weeks away, but I want to go ahead and get my raised beds ready for planting. As well as add a few along the fence line to plant beans, peas, you know those climbing sorta things ūüôā I have a 6’x8′ box full of herbs and a box of the same size ready for veggies. These boxes aren’t huge… so I’m considering forming and filling one to two more boxes in order to expand my garden area.

What do you guys think? Have any tips on seed planting or do you prefer transplants? Let me know in the comments below. Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Feeding Frenzy

Everyone seems to be hungry at Myra’s today! We’ve fed ourselves…

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The dogs…

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The steer…

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and the chickens & pig…

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These are just a few examples of how Myra’s is on the way to homesteading! We’ve got chicken, eggs, beef, pork, veggies and herbs all represented here ūüôā We are hoping to expand into a few other streams of homesteading… what would you like to see at Myra’s? What kinda product would you be interested in purchasing during your visits with us?

Until Tomorrow… We look forward to hearing from you!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Fresh Milk from Healthyway Dairy

Just wanted to share a fun bit of information with you guys! Margarey Diaz shared some of her knowledge and super great tasting milk with us over the weekend. The raw¬†milk she¬†shared¬†comes from Healthyway Dairy Farm in Santa Fe, Tx. Healthyway Dairy is a certified grade A raw milk dairy. They sell raw milk, along with¬†eggs and raw milk products. When we visited on Saturday they also¬†had Whipped Honey for sale! It came in Cinnamon and Original… I’ve never had this Whipped Honey they speak of, but it sounds delish ūüėČ

You can find Healthway Dairy on Facebook, I just liked their page today! There’s some pretty cool information on their page…¬†availabilities, updates on products they are out and when they will have them restocked. They are open Monday through Saturday from 7AM to 9PM, checking their Facebook page before you go over can be a great idea. They seem to post updates on a regular basis… like, in the past¬†they’ve had chocolate milk, buttermilk, sour cream, yogurt,¬†and kefir! Hope y’all enjoyed our little experience, I know I sure did! Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Friendsgiving

We fryin’ turkey boys.

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And it looks Mmmmmmmm………¬†¬†¬†So good.

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It’s that time of year y’all. The time of year we begin to gather together. Whether it be with family, friends, or a mixture of both… it’s a time to reflect on the things we have to be thankful for. I really really love this time of year, it most definitely brings back a good bit of my favorite memories…

Isn’t it great how good company and home-cooked food can warm the soul?¬†Insert¬†warm fuzzy feeling.¬†The older I get the more I notice how little time we have… and how an even smaller amount of that time is spent loving on the people who mean the most… I’m so thankful we have the Holidays to come away from the hustle and bustle and stresses of life and truly enjoy each other.

This year I’ve been privileged to be a part of a “Friendsgiving”! Now this isn’t actually what they are calling it, but essentially it’s what it is ūüėČ Friendsgiving is a gathering of community to give¬†back to the community.¬†It’s a place to¬†share what we’ve been blessed with throughout the year. Giving back to our communities can be through meals, gifts, celebrations…. Just gathering together and giving to your friends!

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This weekend Blessing First Baptist Church is giving back to the community through a turkey dinner! On Sunday at 4pm in the Blessing Community Center they will be serving meals to¬†their friends as an opportunity to share what God has blessed them with throughout the year ūüôā Would you guys like to join? How are y’all giving back this year?

Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Garden Planning for Beginners.

Hey guys! Sorry about the late post, these changes in the weather keep getting me down! How do you guys prep your body for the seasonal changes? How do you bounce back from getting sick? I’m just taking my Honey and trying to eat healthier to give my body the things that it needs.

We left off last week beginning our #eatmyyard journey… and I want to get us started this week by planning our garden. If we are eating out of our own yards, or cooping to eat out of the yards in our communities we will definitely have a better idea of “what are we eating anyways??”

First step to planning your veggie garden is site selection. Making sure your garden has enough sun exposure is key. Veggies love the sun, they need at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun every single day. Mother Earth News suggests mapping out a drawing of your garden site & even following up your site selection with a soil test.

After you choose the location of your garden it’s time to get to know your soil. Veggies need good, loamy, well-drained soil according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Myra’s agrees that most soil can be enriched with compost, but some soil may need more help. Raised Garden Boxes are also an option for those with poor soil conditions or physical conditions that limit their ability to tend to a garden. Myra’s Garden offers services for building & installing Raised Garden Boxes, they are custom built and can be fitted to your needs. For examples of our work, please see our Services or our Trending: Raised Garden Boxes photo album on our Facebook Page. When placing your garden in the yard remember a few things:

  • you want it to be accessible: plant in a place you’ll actually tend to it. Out of sight? Often means out of mind.
  • don’t plant too close to a tree. These guys are great for shade & keeping our houses cool, but they can steal the sun exposure and nutrients that are vital to our gardens.
  • being close to the house can deter varmints from nibbling on our goods, as well as offer an encouraging reminder for us to get out there & love on our food.

Tools are also an important part of¬†gardening. A quality, well taken care of set of tools can often last you a lifetime. Lord knows we’ll be eating for the rest of our lives… might as well take our tools along for the ride. The Almanac gives the following list of tools for a beginner gardener to have on hand:

  • Spade
  • Garden Fork
  • Garden Hose
  • Hoe
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Hand Weeder

Annie’s Heirloom Seeds has a great seed catalogue for ordering… Looking over the catalogue ahead of planting season can aide in a properly planned garden. Last minute planning can often be stressful & rushed… Believe me,¬†we know this from experience and it’s NOT fun. Planning & Prepping make for a more enjoyable experience.

Also, check your first & last frost dates and be mindful of the weather conditions in your area.  Seasonal changes also play a part in planning your garden properly.

When deciding the size of your garden, the Farmer’s Almanac suggests a 16′ X 10′ plot can feed a family of four for one growing season with a little extra for canning/freezing or giving away. Is it safe to say you could use about 40 sq. ft. of garden space per person? Myra’s hasn’t tested that theory yet. Place your garden running rows North to South to take up full advantage of the sun. The Farmer’s Almanac and Mother Earth News have proven to be great resources for¬†garden planning and¬†gaining useful information on similar subjects. Join me this week as I #planmygarden and begin the journey to #eatmyyard.

P.S.¬†Today’s Last Step being: Don’t forget to Water! ūüėČ

-XOXO, Myra’s

Resources:
http://www.almanac.com/vegetable-garden-planning-for-beginners
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/planning-is-an-important-key-for-your-gardening-success-zbcz1410.aspx#axzz3I7ZDGeFv

What are we eating anyways?

Good morning guys, I hope y’all are doing well this morning. I’m feeling blessed today. Blessed to have been given another day, another chance to strive for Christ, another morning/afternoon/evening/&night to be amazed by my Savior who loves me! Currently loving Bethel Music’s Live Album, You Make Me Brave, it’s amazing too ūüėČ

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As I pulled over to take this picture, the smell of poopy compost blissfully floated across the air. Making it’s way into my truck… only to find that I was not blissfully unaware of the stinky ranky sensation that it created in my nostrils. Have you ever wondered what it is that they’re actually spreading on those fields? What’s actually coating those crops? What are we really eating from the veggie stand in our grocery stores? What are we eating in our restaurants? What are we actually eating anyways??

Well… I have wondered.

I think this marks the beginning of a journey for me. A journey into my own backyard. A journey into my not so tended to vegetable garden. A journey into a meat-ful backyard. A journey to answer these questions that pang through my mind with every bite that I take. How can I actually eat the vegetables that I plant? How can I raise meat? Better off yet, how can I even grow them??

The discipline of homesteading has yet to sink in for me, I love having my own¬†food right outside my kitchen window… but it’s so much easier to just go out to the grocery¬†or pick veggies out of Myra’s Garden. It’s a little bit harder to actually walk outside my kitchen door and tend to my own.

Please join me on this journey as I learn how to #eatmyyard. Today’s agenda: Make a Plan.

Until Tomorrow…

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Puerto Rican Ham & Egg Sandwhich

 

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Hey guys! How about a little Food-inspo today? I love me some good home cookin’, cuz that means I get to eat good FOOD! haha. Eating is one of my favorite things to do, especially when my food is coming straight out of the “yard”. Here at Myra’s we’ve got a few laying hens, and they give us these beautifully delicious eggs! Sometimes there are soooo many eggs that I feel a little overwhelmed like…. What am I going to do with all these dang eggs?? Continue reading

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