Many of us treat the new year as a new beginning. A time to make changes, whether they be personal or professional, resolutions are made.
Many focus on their health. Losing weight, getting fit, more daily exercise, reducing stress, eating better. My “every-year” resolution is to lose weight. Since I resolve to do it every year, it obviously doesn’t happen. This year I thought I’d change the mindset a little. To focus less on the negative and more on the positive. So instead of “This year I am going to lose 40 pounds!” to “This year I’m going to get healthy!”. That encompasses a broad scope. Getting more rest, daily exercise, reducing stress and of course, eating better. All of which will help me reach my weight loss goal.
The winter months are always tough in New England. This winter has been especialy difficult as Nina can’t get outside to play because of her injury, so we have been reduced to indoor activities. I must say, if I do one more craft I might hurt someone. Just sayin.
It is also the time of year where our bodies, and minds crave the outdoors. I don’t know about you, but it does a lot for my psyche to have a fresh vase of tulips on the table or a forsythia wreath on the door.
I am eager to garden but that can’t happen with the frozen ground. Or can it? Yes, it can! Nina and I did this project and it was a huge success. It allows you to get your hands in the dirt, although a little of that dirt may end up on the kitchen floor, it isn’t a big deal. Nina got to get dirty and learn about the growing process. And as an added bonus, for those lacking patience, these plants are ready to eat in just about a week. It was a win-win for both of us!
If you haven’t tried these, you absolutely have to! Growing them yourself is super easy and fun and they are readily available whenever you want to throw them in a salad, sandwich or omelette. Not to mention more economical. I see them at our farmers’ market for $6-$8 for a sandwich bag full. For real!
Follow these simple instructions and in a week you’ll be eating these delicious, flavorful, healthy greens.
Now go get dirty!
photos from Martha Stewart and additional directions for growing sprouts