Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Healthy Influences and Healthy Green Things

   Do you ever stop and pause in wonder when your child does or says something, and without them realizing it, you know they learned it from you? 

   It might be something unimportant, like a word you use often, or maybe they speak in a way that mimics your tone. They don't know they are consciously imitating you, although I admit that when a child launches into a fully cognizant impersonation of an adult, it is a lot of fun. "But Mom, you said 'NOOOOO....NOOOO...we can't do that...that can NEVER happen...." retold in grand performance style with facial expressions I never made, thank you. 

   Then there are those interests you know have been influenced by you. The itch to grow things, the pull of a somewhat agrarian life, the desire to fully consume a piece of chocolate cake the size of your head without guilt. Okay, maybe that last one applies too broadly and not just at my house. Let's substitute that with a boy's passionate curiosity to know and explore, maybe like his mom who found information so enchanting that she actually went to school to study it and made it a career. 

   Like all sinners, I can be a champion at failing to consistently present the genuine good I want to instill in my child's heart. The kind and polite words and selflessness that I long to exemplify sometimes gets lost in a broken world. It is during these times I ask myself, who do I imitate? I hope not the imperfect world around me. I need my words and deeds come from an eternal source of greatness. Often, with dishwater up to my elbows, my prayer is, Father, let me be a light that shines for you. 

   This prayer also reminds me of how I've been enjoying the longer days and the yellow buttercup flowers coming up around us. This time of year is a little boring for us gardeners, well, us gardeners who don't plant peas. There's not much to do yet outside. One way I help incite a love of growing around here is to grow sprouts indoors. A few years ago I purchased this sprouting set and some organic alfalfa sprout seeds. It was an excellent investment. We really like the fresh and inexpensive sprouts on sandwiches and salads. Little Mister eats them by the handful. 


My sprouter is very similar to this one, which is actually a little better than mine. (This is an Amazon Affiliate link.) 

   Last weekend I wanted a satisfying salad to go with some leftovers using half a head of cabbage from a pepper cabbage project. I wanted something, crunchy, healthy, and flavorful. This salad was well liked, and I think the homemade dressing gives it a nice balance of sweet and zesty. 

5 cups of cabbage, finely sliced
1 medium carrot, grated sliced thinly (I used a vegetable peeler)
1/3 cup walnuts
1 small apple, chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Spread the cabbage in a 9-inch glass pie plate. spread the carrot, walnuts, and apple evenly, and then sprinkle with cheddar cheese. 


2 T olive oil
2 T apple cider vinegar
3 T honey
1 T sour cream
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. This makes the perfect amount of dressing for the salad, and the recipe is easy to adjust to your taste. 

   I had to try a few times to get just the right ratio of flavors together for this and had to eat two incredibly tasty salads in the process. The things I do for you people. You're welcome. 


  1. You and your Mister need have NO worries that you are the beacons of light in your Little Mister's life! And if you aren't always the perfect example you want to be, that's not a bad thing. Kids need to know that their parents are human, make mistakes, and have their "moments".

    This salad looks delicious!

    1. That's a really good way to look at it, too. Thanks, BAT Mom!

  2. Yeah, I'm finally catching up ;-) Great recipes...The fish story from a later post had me squirming but I think this is my favorite posting for this year. Yup. BAT Mom is right; you (we) are the beacons of light in our children's lives. Some days our light is not shining as brightly as we might like, but that's ok. We know the Source of our light and He's got the charger for our batteries! We just need to stand still a minute or two, perhaps with our head bowed. That's about all the time we get as a mom; usually at lunch time while the kids are chewing...


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