Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dinner is Served!

Made my hubby and I a salad tonight. Most of which came from my garden & is organically grown. I used chives, mango, water and lime juice for the dressing. I do have both a lime tree and a mango tree growing, but they are infants, so these ingredients were imported. All the dressing ingredients are blended in my blender for a few seconds. Then I took mixed lettuces, lactina, and Russian kale, some arugula, red lettuce for the salad. Chopped grape tomatoes and poured the dressing over it and tossed in a couple of nasturtium flowers! Dinner is ready!

If you didn't know, nasturtium flowers are indeed edible. You can eat the entire plant, flowers, stems, leaves.. I tried some of the stems. OH MY! Very tasty, but very strong and bitter too. I think I'd rather just eat the flowers and only a couple at that.

Thank you for stopping by! --Heather :) <3

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sunday Sunday Sunday!


You'll probably hear a lot of nanner jokes come Sunday. ;) I kidd I kidd. Anyways, I noticed that NEVegfest folks had updated their FB page with a bunch of the presenters coming for Sunday. I figured I'd update you here too. The updated schedule of events is here on their website.

My whole family is looking forwards to it! We had a great time at the NoHo Vegfest earlier this spring, but The WOO Vegfest or now called New England Vegfest is our fav event of the whole year! See you there this coming Sunday!

Thank you for stopping by, Heather :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NEVegFest is Coming!

....To the DCU Center on April 26th! So dust off your Vegan T-shirts & Join us!

Don't forget to RSVP here for NEVegFest put on by VegWorcester!

<3 Heather :)

New Vegan Eats in VeganWorcester MA!

YAYHOOO! Everybody get excited! A brandy new fully Vegan! restaurant is opening up in you guessed it, VeganWorcester, MA. (move here if you're vegan!!) It's called, Chickpea! How adorable is that??

Chickpea's grand opening party events are all listed here on Facebook. I can't wait to try it! I'll report back on how yummy it is! I'll be at NEVegfest coming up too on April 26th. Hope to see you there!

<3 Heather :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Morrissey in Concert!

Chatted this evening on twitter with Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. They are going meatfree the day of Morrissey's Concert! I am really excited to hear this, things like this. I am really excited to be vegan in a time like this. I just keep hearing good (see Cowspiracy!) things about it, positive things. I'm so thankful for Morrissey for using his talents & celebrity to help the mission. Makes me feel he's a kindred spirit, a family member even. Thank you Morrissey!

You can get tickets here at Hanover Theatre's Box Office for the Worcester, MA show. Or you can even try to win a pair for NYC's show with Blondie! here.

Looking forwards to the show! --Heather :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Orange You Glad?

I've long been interested in the DIY, the Do it Yourselfer Lifestyle. I haven't been content to just go & buy something at the store. If you've spent anytime reading my blog, or my arty blog, you might have picked up on this, a time or seven, maybe? Not only did I teach myself to loom knit, but I took the time to unlock the secrets of making or creating my very own yarn, and not just any yarn, but banana yarn. From yes, banana trees. So not only eco-friendly in that no animals were hurt, no extra pollution in the feeding, cleaning up after those animals, but also eco-friendly in that after the banana tree (actually a grass) is cut down, there is another product created from it. Banana yarn. You can read more about that on my other blog.

This blog is generally reserved for recipes or ideas I have for good, wholesome yummy vegan food. I had planned on it being a place where I could also post restaurant reviews, I had big plans on going & checking out every vegan place possible in the 508, 413, 617 area codes. I have children tho,three of them now, count them, one, two, three, and for the longest time traveling with them was unbearable. Thank you, Amazon Kindle, you have saved my life. Now that they are more content traveling longer distances, I hope to begin making up that deficit. And soon!

So why all the photos of tangerines and tangerine juice? Because I'm not content to buy plain old, boring orange juice in a bottle from the store. One reason, did you know orange juice or any juice, rather, is boiled, stored in huge vats, for over a year, then flavored, bottled and shipped to your local store? MMM, that sounds good, right? Yeah. No. I didn't think you'd like knowing that either. It's true. Let you fingers do the walking. I began this journey by buying a juicer, so I could make my children juice. Just a little vintage, green glass juicer from the consingment shop. Nothing fancy. Probably made in the 1920's.

Like with most things, seeing tangerines or satsumas growing in Tower Hill Botanical Gardens intrigued me. If they can do it there, why not me? Why not my home? I'll you why not you or not me. Certainly not me. Light. You need oooooodles of light to make citrus happy. But that didn't stop me. I read "in the winter, bring them indoors, put them in a sunny window & they will thrive." That's it. That's all the research I did. I was sold. Signed. Sealed. Delivered. I waited for an off season sale, ordered, waited with burning anticipation till spring (just like every year) and I was off and running. After a little stress or shock to the lovely Meyer Lemon tree I purchased, I thought all was going well.

I was wrong, the second shock or stress when I brought the Meyer Lemon (Thank you Martha S. for introducing me to the Meyer Lemon, I'll blame you! ;) ) in after a chillier summer than I can ever remember, I believe I killed it. Probably too much food, too little light, too little water? Bugs?? Who knows, really? But once again, I was not daunted. I had already purchased a Key Lime tree at this point. I think it might be dying too, but I'm still seeing green and trying to save it. Then I purchased four, the Fab Four citrus trees. One Nagami Kumquat, one Moro Blood Orange, One Thai Lime and a Calamondin Orange too. Oh and I bought them right in the middle of winter too. You know that Massachusetts isn't that far off from Sweden, right? I mean geographically we're petty far away from each other, but there is a reason there are so many Irish & Nordic descendents in this part of the country. Lack of light in the winter. Cold. Snow. Short lovely summers. Just like home! ;)

But that didn't stop the Victorians from bringing citrus from Japan and China. It sure hasn't stopped me from trying and trying and adding more and more and more features to my indoor garden. I started with one seedling mat, got another one, got four lights, added another one.. and more and more and more.. It's neverending over here. I am almost ready to get more lights & add another seed mat. I gotta just move the kitchen table to the living room. My kitchen has a glass slider to the back patio, so this is the perfect spot to move the citrus over to, once the fair weather returns.

During the issues with my Meyer Lemon, I looked on Facebook and found a group dedicated to growing citrus plants. I have learned soooooo much from them & met so many nice people! I'm very thankful for all their help! FINALLY feel like I'm going or growing in the right way with my citrus trees. I also learned there that Logee's Fruit for Home and Garden is practically right down my street! Who knew? I had thought I would have to order them all via USPS etc and worry about them getting a chill. Now I can just drive on down & pick them up in my nice, warm car!

Check out this cool video tour of Logee's:

About a week ago now, I took the family down to Logee's. We were given a nice little tour. I explained the predicament I was having with the Nagami Kumquat I had recently purchased. They helped me, even tho I didn't get it from there. My photos online were making it look like Citrus Greening, and since that is a very dangerous disease for citrus, I wrapped it in a plastic bag & pretended it was filled with a deadly poison. Had the co-owner look at it. He said it was probably a little chill, shock from the ride from MI. to MA., maybe it needed some iron. I picked up some fertilizers & took them home. I've now fed everyone a bit of iron. Figured I'd hit em all just in case. No need for any of the trees getting grumpy on me.

My Citrus trees on their heat mat:

My Poncirus Trifoliata a friend sent me, (below photo) that I grew from seed. This is an "orange" tree that grows wild in some areas in the USA, and even far up to Canada. You can go to Boston & see it growing too. It's a bitter orange, you can eat it, but it's like I said, bitter. Very seedy, maybe good like adding one of them to some really sweet orange juice to kind of balance it, and get the great health benefits from it. It is mainly used now as a rootstock to make citrus trees hardier. The Japanese & Chinese use it in herbal, healing medicine, also another subject right up my alley. Some people do use them in the yards. It's very thorny, think railroad spike! Good for keeping the vampires away!

Now with new bandmates, the Fab Four Citrus Trees have new pals!

A friend was selling some of his citrus trees recently and I snapped them up! The variegated one is called Fortunella, it's a Nagami Kumquat Hybrid. Green with stripes, orange when ripened. Very very pretty tree. The other is a Cara Cara Navel. This is the orange juice orange. YUM! Since my Meyer Lemon died, I've been planning on replacing it, but I drink lemon water every morning (One whole organic lemon freshly squeezed into a tepid glass of water.) and once I met the Mother Lemon at Logee's, I changed my mind. I might get a baby Meyer from them too sometime. But I am really really excited about getting a Ponderosa Lemon to join the orchard next. I have really high ceilings in the living room here, figure it can grow like the dickens. I'll just get another light. From what I've heard, the electric company won't mind. ;)

Thank you for stopping by. You can leave comments in the comment area or join the Indoor Citrus Group on FB.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


I am creating a book of #Selfies, but I want them to be special ones. Ones of you & your rescued or adopted pet. I am looking into a couple of different options for publishing the book or self publishing it. I am planning on having a portion of the proceeds to be donated to a charity. I have been donating for years to various organizations via my etsy shop. I thought this was another fun way to give back & help spread the good news about adopting a pet or rescuing one. A rescue organization is who I'm hoping to help out. I will update more later when I find the organization to benefit & the percentage of funds going to help them in their great, but hard work. You can email the photos & your rescue or adoption story to my email address if you'd like to get in on the action. hskoconnorATgmaildotcom is the place. Use the subject line: Unselfish. I cannot promise everyone will get into the book tho. I'm sure I'll update or edit this as more details become available. The photo doesn't actually have to be done with a camera phone. The higher the resolution, the better. A little story to go with the photo about how you & your rescued or adopted pet met is even better! Any questions ask here or on my FB page!

Thank you! --Heather :)