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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 🙂 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’s 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’s Kasha brand on the “special order” shelf that faces the eggs.

 For this recipe you will need:

2½ 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

¼ 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’ll be adding. I use a tall 4½ 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

All Wrapped Up

Last minute gift wrapping/giving/forgot to buy someone a present now you need to regift something from contents only found in or near your home?? We’ve all been there and our guest post has a solution for you!!

Gift wrapping is a big deal in my family. There are competitions.

The finalist are normally my mom and my brother. Yes, my 6’4 Country-Hood brother is a master at wrapping paper and curling ribbons. The present’s wrapping is celebrated as much as the present itself, and with good reason, because they really create beautiful gifts.

I am the hippy child of the family,  and all of the wrapping paper has always bothered me a little bit. Don’t get me wrong… I admire & enjoy it. There is just a nagging thought in the back of my head as we are bundling up all of the leftover paper and filling a trash bag… that it seems so wasteful.  Here is a short, interesting article that talks about the history of wrapping paper,  how much money we spend on it and how much of it enters our landfills every year. (Hint: It’s a lot)

But you can’t give an unwrapped gift. It’s just not right. So you see… I had a problem.

I also had another problem. Being the hippy child that I am I try to take my own bags to the grocery store. If I forget, I ask for paper bags. Well, I forget a lot. I also forget to take my paper bags to the recycling center  (only 5 minutes from my house). This accumulation of brown paper bags drives my husband crazy!

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Two problems & One Solution

As I was organizing my paper bags one day I thought, why not wrap my gifts with this paper! At that moment I decided I would not buy anything for wrapping this year. I would only wrap gifts with what I had in my home. Below is how I did it:

 

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You then layout your bag and trim the torn edgesIMG_3521

This leaves you with a nice sheet of ‘wrapping paper’.

IMG_3522Wrap your present…

And decorate! (After I finished this project I looked on Pinterest and there are a lot good ideas on how to decorate a brown paper gifts)

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Zion can’t wait to see what he is going to get!

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Sometimes we get carried away with our To-Do Lists and getting things done as quick and easy as possible. Let me encourage everyone to try to incorporate mindfulness in every aspect of our lives. If we are mindful of what we say, what we eat, how we spend our time and mindful of our resources… I believe time will slow down and we will be able to feel satisfaction as we complete our tasks.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! God Bless you, and let’s open our hearts and pour out love this year!

Guest post written and illustrated by the very lovely and super talented Margarey Valdez-Diaz!

Thank you Margarey and Merry Christmas from Myra’s Garden!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Rainwater Collection

Good Morning Guys! Can you believe it’s still raining?? I was thanking God for the continual rain this morning and it got me thinking…How can we take all of this glorious rain and turn it into something even better?

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We have had such an abundance of rain lately, but that’s not always the case. So why not collect some of the rainwater while we can? Here at Myra’s we don’t have a rainwater collection system in place, so I found a couple DIY Rainwater Collection sources to gain some knowledge on the subject. Continue reading

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