Homegrown Carrot with Carrot Flower

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Homegrown Carrot w/Carrotflower ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“When you were young you were the king of carrot flowers, and how you built a tower tumbling through the trees in holy rattlesnakes that fell all around your feet.” — The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1 lyrics by Neutral Milk Hotel

This year we decided to grow a few vegetables on our deck at home. I bought The Container Garden, a mix of organic vegetable and herb seeds that would work with the planter garden that I had in mind. We planted, grew, and ate delicious, fresh baby carrots, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, and red potatoes.

There is nothing like pulling your own homegrown veggies right out of the soil. Honestly, our vegetables were so ridiculously vibrant and fresh having just been harvested that they practically glowed! Keith and I agreed that homegrown is much better than even the fresh, organic produce we buy at the market.

What struck me most about this little project was the fact that I have eaten a lot of vegetables in my day, but I don’t really know what a lot of the leaves and flowers of many of the plants I eat look like. For example, do you know what a potato plant looks like, above it’s potato-y roots? I’d never really thought about it, but by growing my own potatoes I learned that potato plants are lush and green with beautiful flowers. Carrot flowers are particularly lovely, as well! They bloomed for along time, which made the buzzing bees very happy.

Carrot Fact: Carrots were at first not cultivated as food, but as medicine for a variety of ailments.

Hummingbird Nectar

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Hummingbird Nectar Recipe ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.”Anais Nin

This sweet little lady came by for a drink this morning. In fact, we’ve gotten visits from many different hummingbirds every day since we put up our feeder. We wanted to support our local hummingbird population because many hummingbirds species are threatened by habitat loss, predators, and disease, and because they are so darned cute! 😉

We bought a wonderful hummingbird feeder that is made from recycled glass in Mexico, filled it up with homemade hummingbird nectar (simple recipe here), and within a couple of weeks our backyard was one of the main stops on our local “hummingbird highway.”

We purchased a red glass feeder so we wouldn’t have to use artificial red dye in our homemade nectar. Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, so in the past many people dyed their nectar using FD&C Red #2 food coloring, which is now a known carcinogen. If you just get a red feeder or one with red accents you don’t have to worry about dying your nectar. It is so much fun to watch the birds come for a drink every day. This feeder has turned me into a real bird-watcher!

Here are some great tips on other ways to support hummingbird conservation.

Hummingbird Fact: Hummingbirds are highly intelligent and can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take each flower to refill.

Leonard Loves Kale

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“If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.”Mark Twain

Our adopted kitty Leonard is crazy about kale! He looks for the leaves poking out of our grocery bags and chomps them down like nobody’s business. Luckily kale is good for him so I don’t feel guilty if old Len enjoys a bit of kale every now and again. Silly guy!

Kale Fact: Kale has more calcium in it than milk does, so follow Leonard’s example and eat your greens! 🙂

The Original “Super Size Me”

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The Original "Super Size Me" ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

Greetings, dear Vegetate readers! I wanted to post something sort of silly from the way back machine this time around.

Click here to view the .gif animation that I jokingly call The Original “Super Size Me” from my other blog, SpiffyGif. Note: This clip contains humorously graphic content. Please do not view it on a full stomach. I hope this is not in “too poor of taste” to share with you! 😉

Kitchen Kitty

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Kitchen Kitty ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

Kitchen kitty (“culina cattus” in Latin)… I am pleased to introduce you to Leonard, the newest member of our little household. I chased this formidable tom cat down the streets of San Francisco for a year before I finally caught him! I’d seen him prowling around with a collar on for a while, but it eventually fell off. By the time he let me get close enough to him to grab him I noticed that he wasn’t even fixed. When no one came forward to claim him we took care of that and welcomed him into our home. I am so glad we did, as he is turning out to be quite a character (as can be seen in the photo above). Some of his favorite hobbies are eating, playing string, howling at 6 in the morning, and killing and eating flies (we stop him whenever we catch him in the act). Love ya’, Lenny!