October 12, 2014


Hi All,

Just a little reminder that I am working on a new website, BlueBelleFarm.com,  and although it is under construction, I hope you visit and comment on what is a new chapter in my life story.
Until next time,

October 9, 2014


Hi All!
I have something fun to announce.
I will be launching a new website featuring a fresh and natural approach to life, fun, food and gatherings. There might even be a few tips from my Grannies and guest contributors from the local region.
Meanwhile, here is something to boost your fall energy level.

I have been enjoying the cooler Fall weather and prepping my home for  the holidays that are just around the corner.
One bad thing that I have been guilty of is giving into temptation at the grocery store.
Isles filled with Halloween candy; and yes, I bought several bags. Somehow, they open themselves and tiny wrappers fell like the leaves from the trees.
So to curb the damage that was gobbled down, I started a Fall meal plan that includes a protein fiber packed breakfast.

This recipe makes 2 16 ounce  glasses  with approximately 250 calories each. It was a good way of bringing Kale into my life, plus it satisfies my sweet tooth, too!  It is low in fat and sustains my hunger for 4 to 6 hours. I follow it with lunch of a raw carrot and maybe hummus, or an apple and some almond butter, then a veggie packed dinner.
I hope you try this yummy way to make a breakfast smoothie.

Kale Smoothie
1/4    Cup of Raw Oats
1/4    Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
1/4    Cup of Blueberries (I freeze mine on a cookie sheet, then bag them for longer use)
1/4    Cup Yogurt (I like Choboni because it has zero fat and is thick and creamy)
1/2    Cup Fruit Juice (I like apple, berry, cherry because it is sweet with natural flavors, no sugar)
1       Cup of Organic Kale, roughly chopped (approx. 3 to 4 stalks)
1       Medium banana 
1 1/2 Cups of Ice
Cinnamon to taste

In a high speed blender, use low speed to mixed well, then high to grind the oats, ice, seeds and kale so it can be sipped through a straw. Why a straw? Well, just about everything is better when you have a bendy straw. 
You can share the remaining 16 ounces, or put it in an air tight container for the next day. (The color will change over night due to the banana) 
Enjoy Fall, and don't let the candy goblins get you!

Until next time,

September 10, 2014


Hi All,
Cooler temperatures at night have changed my jeweled colored garden to sage, golden caramel, crimson and deep brown. I am yearning to get my sweaters out and make some hot apple cider– but, I live in California! 
The days are still warm and some even HOT!  When the nurseries have been telling us to plant our fall crops, my garden is still producing tomatoes, at least until the first frost.
New to my area and elevation, I am trying to understand when and where the best locations are for my plants.  This is what I have discovered this summer: 
My greenhouse will be doing double duty next Spring, getting all those veggies and flowers growing strong. I will need to have some cold frames around the veggies I put out first. (This year my sweet 100’s had an unexpected foot of snow dropped on them and ended up blanketed in a bubble wrap tent for 5 to 7 days!) I will be ready next year!
Working over the summer and not having drip irrigation on a timer did not work. Many days I watered early in the morning, only to come home to very thirsty plants. On the same note, an automatic ventilation system for my greenhouse would have been a help.
This has made me think about what I need to do to have a more profitable crop next year.
My plan for gardening is to approach it like caring for a 2 year old.
I must have unlimited energy, a patience and understanding love, be willing to give attention at any given moment, devote, encourage and coax along, be ready for any emergency and prepare for disaster!
Along with battling the deer, squirrels and birds, I think I might get a few vegetables and some flowers next year. Meanwhile, I will continue to receive all those beautiful, colorful seed catalogs this winter and dream of a stunningly delicious garden in 2015. Time will tell.