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Trying To Stay Positive After 3 Miscarriages In a Row
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Modern Dollhouse
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Butcher Box Review
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Osprey Poco AG Plus Child Carrier Review
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Friday Catch Up: A Trip to Los Angeles
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Our Christmas Tree Is Up!
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NYC Bike Riding With a Baby
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Brooklyn Farm Girl Winter Tea Swap!
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Small Kitchen Inspiration on a Budget
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Brooklyn Farm Baby, Being Picked Summer 2017
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Must Have Gifts for the Cat Lady In Your Life
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2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments
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Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway
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Just Breathe Meditation Playlist
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Happy Birthday Sway!
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Cleveland Wins the NBA Championship! AHHHHHHHHHH!
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A Trip to Ireland: Cliffs of Moher and the Burren
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What I Love: CeraVe Skin Products
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What I Love: Dana’s Bakery Macarons + Drake
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A Visit to the White House Garden – Full Tour of Veggies, Bees and More!

Trying To Stay Positive After 3 Miscarriages In a Row

I had a successful pregnancy and then 3 recurrent miscarriages in a row in a year. Here’s my story and how I’m trying to stay positive.

When I got pregnant this time around, I had really positive feelings about it. I told myself that this baby was going to survive and that Enceladus was going to have a sibling. I’m not sure why I was so positive, but I was. So break my heart, but I had a miscarriage. Again. And again.

Let me back up a bit.

In 2017 we had a healthy baby girl. Her name is Enceladus and she’s the joy of our lives. She’s my best friend and I love her beyond describable words. That pregnancy (my first ever) was pretty much uneventful ( I mean besides changing our lives forever). I got pregnant pretty quickly after we started trying. There weren’t any complications and I felt good throughout the entire pregnancy. Call me crazy, but I kinda liked being pregnant. I felt healthy and I liked feeling my baby tumble around in my big belly. 39 weeks later, with just 10 minutes of being in the delivery room, Enceladus entered the world in a rush.

18 months later we decided that we wanted to give Enceladus a little sibling that she could play with (and boss around). We figured it would be relatively easy to get pregnant again. After all, the first time around went so smooth. But we were wrong. It hasn’t been easy. It’s been full of blood tests, unanswered questions and tears.

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Modern Dollhouse

Step by step instructions on how to build a modern dollhouse for your kids.  Easy to make DIY plans and can be completed in 1 day.  Final cost is $35 for a life long toy that can be passed on for generations.   Post written by Matthew.

Step by step instructions on how to build a modern dollhouse for your kids.  Easy to make plans and can be completed in 1 day.  Final cost is $35 for a life long toy that can be passed on for generations.

How To Make a Modern Dollhouse 

One of the most exciting things about being a Dad is getting creative and building things for my daughter Enceladus.  She recently started to discover her imagination when playing with her  toys so I thought it was the perfect time to build her a dollhouse for her little people and animals. 

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Butcher Box Review

Full review of Butcher Box from a family who eats on a budget.  Includes unboxing video of Beef & Chicken box.  

Our family has started using Butcher Box and we really like the convenience and cost of the service.  As a food lover on a budget, I’m always looking for ways to help our grocery bill, while providing quality food.  Here’s my full review of Butcher Box.

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What is Butcher Box?

Butcher Box is a meat subscription service that delivers meat to your doorstep.  The box gets delivered monthly or bimonthly, depending on your preference.   Butcher Box provides high quality meat, at a fraction of the cost that you pay in the grocery store.

Full review of Butcher Box from a family who eats on a budget.  Includes unboxing video of Beef & Chicken box.  

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Osprey Poco AG Plus Child Carrier Review

Review of the Osprey Poco AG Plus Child Carrier, used for hiking and New York City living.  It’s our must have baby/toddler item! 

We bought a Osprey Poco AG Plus Carrier as an alternative to a stroller for urban life and for some traditional hiking.  We wanted something with a good adjustable fit that was comfortable and could haul a lot of stuff and remain useful for a number of years.  This review is with those things in mind.  

Review of the Osprey Poco AG Plus Child Carrier, used for hiking and New York City living.  It's our must have baby/toddler item! 

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Friday Catch Up: A Trip to Los Angeles

Hey guys,

I hope everyone is doing great!  It’s been ages since I did a weekly catch up post, but I thought I’d try to start doing this again.  This gives a glimpse on what’s happening during my week, but let’s be honest, it’ll mostly be food, and pictures of Enceladus (or pictures of Encealdus’s food!).

Last week we headed to Los Angeles for Reed + Rader work, and while we were there we had a few days to explore with Enceladus.   We went to playgrounds, ate lots of tacos, went on a date without baby (it involved tacos too),  had a video shoot and much more.  

The flight to Los Angeles was kinda terrible.  Flying with a toddler is hit or miss, and she was pretty finished with the flight while we flew over the Midwest.   She was happy when we finally landed and got to stretch her legs.  I was also happy to get off the plane so we could get her in a better mood.    

Flying with a toddler

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Our Christmas Tree Is Up!

Please everyone admire our Christmas tree because with a 1 year old and 4 cats, the bottom third of the tree probably won’t stay decorated for long!Please everyone admire our Christmas tree because with a 1 year old and 4 cats, the bottom third of the tree probably won't stay decorated for long!

To be honest, we had our tree up and decorated BEFORE Thanksgiving, but I didn’t want you guys to think I was crazy so I waited 2 days after Thanksgiving to post it.  Hah.
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NYC Bike Riding With a Baby

Full guide on bike riding with a baby! We started riding in NYC with our baby at 10 months old. Learn about the best baby bike seat, baby helmet and safety tips!

Are you looking to start bike riding with your baby (or toddler!) in the city?   Then you’ve come to the right place!  

NYC Bike Riding with Baby

Enceladus, 12 months old, ready for a bike ride!

Our daughter Enceladus started to ride around NYC at the age of 10 months with her Dad.  She’s officially a pro and loves cruising the Brooklyn bike lanes.

Topeak Baby Bike Seat with 1 Year Old

I’m not sure Enceladus was even born yet and Matthew was already dreaming of weekend bike rides with her to Prospect Park.   

Matthew is a avid city cyclist, who cycles everywhere.   He cycles to Manhattan everyday for work, zipping and zapping through traffic, with stories to make nearly anyone feel a bit nervous.   He’s confident on his bike, and that’s key here.  If you aren’t confident riding in NYC by yourself,  you probably don’t want to bike your baby around too.

Full guide on bike riding with a baby! We started riding in NYC with our baby at 10 months old. Learn about the best baby bike seat, baby helmet and how to stay safe when cycling. 

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Brooklyn Farm Girl Winter Tea Swap!

The Brooklyn Farm Girl tea swap is BACK!!!!!

After multiple requests from tea lovers around the world I have brought the swap out of hibernation!  If you love tea, I invite you to join the Winter Tea Swap!  Running monthly tea swaps was a little overwhelming and took a lot of planning on my part, so instead I am bringing them back seasonally.   I think this is a better idea too since our tea taste changes from season to season!

(How to throw a tea party!)

If you’ve never been a apart of a tea swap, here’s how it works:

You and a assigned partner send each other a small package filled with different teas to try, a small snack, and a little note saying hello.  You can send as much tea as want, but at the very least I recommend sending 10 bags.   This allows you to try new teas that you might have never tried.  Plus it will be relaxing to sit down at night, read a small note, nibble on a little snack and drink a cup of tea! The entire swap is about meeting new friends, trying new teas and smiling!

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Small Kitchen Inspiration on a Budget

Tracking PixelEasy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s.

Based on the many recipes I post here on the blog, and the endless baked goods on Instagram, I spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen. Actually, at a recent therapist visit the Doctor asked me what I do to relax.  I responded “Yoga…and I hang out in the kitchen”.   I love spending time in the kitchen baking afternoon sweets, making dinner, recipe creation and getting my full garden harvest preserving on once Summer rolls around.  During garden season it’s not rare that I have to put one day aside a week to preserve our vegetables, so I consider myself kitchen devoted.

Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

Unfortunately my kitchen is not a dream.   When I moved into my apartment, close to 12 years ago, it was a nightmare.  There was hardly any space to not only cook, but at the bare minimum cabinet space.  I think when we first moved in there was 3 cabinets, a (ugly) sink, a (ugly) stove and a (ugly) refrigerator.  My kitchen loving heart ached.    Thankfully the kitchen and I have grown together and it’s turned into something more pleasing and usable.  Now I have lots more cabinets! I have a island! I have shelves! I have storage! I have a beautiful refrigerator and too many kitchen gadgets and appliances to the point whenever I get a new one my husband asks “Another one?”.  Yes, another one!   So although my kitchen still isn’t the dream, I feel like we’re finally in a ok place with each other. 

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Brooklyn Farm Baby, Being Picked Summer 2017

A seed was planted, the plant is getting bigger, and in July we’ll be able to harvest.  What type of plant are we growing?  A baby!  Instead of our garden, it’s growing in my belly!  Brooklyn Farm Baby is coming in July!

I’ve already shared a few revealing videos and pictures on social media but I’ve kept it completely hush hush on the blog until now.  Being half way through, now at 20 weeks, I wanted to make a post to let you know that we’ll be adding a human baby girl to our family in the Summer.   Are we excited? Yes! Are we terrified? Yes! Are we dreaming of what we’ll be able to teach her and show her? Yes!  Are we in disbelief that a hospital is actually going to let us leave with a baby in our car to take care of for the rest of our lives?  Yes!

Matthew and I have been talking seriously about adding to our family for the past 5 years.  It was always about waiting for the perfect time, but the more I sat with this and grew older the more I came to realization that no time will ever be perfect.  I’m always going to be worried.  I was worried before.  I’m worried during.  I’m going to be worried after.    So last year we started the plan into action with preparation doctor appointments and other things that you do when this is a definite planned pregnancy.    Then the fun part started, you know the part that everyone tells you is going to be romantic and great because you’re going to physically do the sexy dance that leads to a baby.  Then months pass and it’s no longer that fun.  It’s now a schedule.  It’s me texting Matthew with directions like “Ovulation is max peak, be home by 7:30 tonight because I want to go to bed early”.    Oh the romance of having a baby!

18 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

She’s gorgeous already!

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Must Have Gifts for the Cat Lady In Your Life

Must Have Gift Ideas under $20 for the Cat Lady In Your Life! Bonus – all the gifts are available on Amazon Prime!

We all know the lady, that one who loves cats.  She’s the one who shows you cat photos on her phone.  She’s the one who tells you the cutest cat stories.  She’s the one who wears beautiful dresses with cat prints on them.  She’s the one who bakes cookies that cat faces on it.  She’s the one who can be found in a empty bedroom on the ground during a party trying to lure a cat out from under the bed.   Ok, that cat lady is me.  Is it you too?

(me and my best buddy Goblin, making some cat garland)
Must Have Gift Ideas under $20 for the Cat Lady In Your Life! Bonus - all the gifts are available on Amazon Prime!

Because the countdown is on until Christmas I wanted to share with you some of my favorite gift ideas for the cat-loving hostess in your life.

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2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

Well, Christmas is almost here.  Are the cookies baked?  Is the tree decorated? Are the gifts wrapped?  I have at least 1 of those done… the tree is decorated!

2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

Sticking with our tradition we started last year, we bought a live Norway Spruce tree that we will be planting on the land in January to live next to his Brother. The tree is about 3 feet tall, but one day it might grow up to 100 feet! Can you imagine?  Eventually I want the land to be a forest of trees with year plaques on them that we can walk through and tell stories of each holiday.   
2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

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Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored giveaway post written by me on behalf of Vintage Charm™ Inspired by Pyrex®. 

Well call me charmed because I’m in love with these vintage inspired kitchen bowls! And it’s your lucky day because a BFG reader is going to win some to celebrate the holidays with!

I love kitchenware that is colorful and has funky designs.   I have a cabinet filled with darling tea mugs because I can’t help myself when I see a new one.  Matthew asks does 1 person need 30 tea mugs?  Of course I do!   Same goes for plates and bowls in the house. Not only do I love a selection of kitchenware because I have to try to take pretty food pictures for the blog but I love them for everyday serving.  Food becomes more fun and loved when you can serve dinner on bunnies eating carrots plates,  drink out of glass etched pumpkin face mugs and eat cookies out of vintage inspired polka dot bowls.

Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway

When I learned that Vintage Charm™ Inspired by Pyrex® was releasing a fun series for the holidays I basically decided I needed to buy everyone who I know loves cooking or entertaining a set.  I also decided I needed to buy myself every design because I’m obsessed with them.  Vintage Charm was inspired by the classic Pyrex opal glass bowls from the 50s and 60s so they released Vintage Charm which puts a modern twist on popular patterns that evoke feelings of nostalgia.    As soon as I saw these polka dot bowls I had to fill them with cookies because it reminded me exactly of being a little girl making holiday cookies in the kitchen with Mom.    

Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway

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Just Breathe Meditation Playlist

Feeling stressed?  Unwind with this meditation playlist! It has everything from sessions that are 5 minutes to guided exercises. 

This Summer I’ve had the pleasure of spending weekends surrounded by green grass, vegetables and silence Upstate in our garden.   Working in a fast paced stressful industry, living in NYC where you are never alone, making sure my 6 babies are taken care of (Husband + Cats) and wondering if my student loan debt will ever disappear leaves me stressed and feeling anxious during the week.    Sure, these stress issues are all things I chose for my life, but that still doesn’t mean I don’t contemplate or worry about them from time to time (I never complain about the cats though).

Last year I started meditating, first by myself, then trying some classes, and then settling by myself again, to see if learning correct breathing exercises and focused relaxation could help me.  Turns out, meditation works great and I saw immediate results in calmness after just trying a few times.  Meditation is a life long process, it’s not as easy as it looks.  Focusing your mind on peace and tranquility is hard work, and something I still struggle with when meditating, but practice makes one stronger.

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Happy Birthday Sway!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Sway Group. I really love Sway so I want to celebrate!   All opinions are my own.

This week is all about happiness so far! First, the Cavs win the NBA finals (I’m still celebrating!) and now I’m wishing the wonderful ladies at Sway a happy 5th birthday!

I know you’re asking who is Sway?  If you’re a blogger you might know these great ladies already, but if you aren’t a blogger, let me introduce you because they are a important factor in how I keep Brooklyn Farm Girl running and sharing information.  

Sway group, powered by SITS Girls, is a network that connects brands with influencers.  To put it into simpler words,  they pair bloggers with companies that are looking to promote their products.   I work with a few different networks and I can honestly say they are one of the best to work with due to their prompts always feeling organic and like a perfect match.   When they ask me to team up with a project, it seems like a match made in blogging heaven. They know the content of my blog, they know what I like to share,  they know the clients goals, and somehow it always works out to be a fun painless blog post.   Because of the collaborations we’ve worked on together, they’ve offered me opportunities to share great products with you (I only ever promote products that I actually use and love) while helping keep Brooklyn Farm Girl up and running (it costs money!).  Unlike some advertising posts where I feel like I don’t get to be me and am reading a script like a robot (note: I finally made a note to stop doing those! Heart is most important!) Sway lets me just be me, organically adding the product into a post I would have done even if we weren’t working together.   I can be silly, I can post endless photos of my cats in the post (and I do), I can tell bad jokes (and I do), etc, it’s all ok with them.   Their goal is to empower me as a influencer and a woman.   Also,  they are super kind, supportive of the blogging Community and sometimes they send me candy in the mail (I’m serious).  So from all the wonderful ladies who are making content to share with their readers I want to give Sway a giant big hug and wish them a happy 5th birthday! <3

To celebrate, I want to share you with my top favorite posts I’ve created with Sway Group.  If you get the time, I hope you go back and read some of these posts to know that I enjoyed writing and creating each one!

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Cleveland Wins the NBA Championship! AHHHHHHHHHH!

If you follow me on Twitter then you probably already know I’m a big basketball fan by my stress filled, anxiety written tweets during close games.  You might also know that I’m a Cavs fan and today is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful day.

Last night the Cavs won the NBA Finals, after trailing 3-1 in the series.  Cleveland took it to 7 games and it was a nail biter of a game.  No team has ever come back from 3-1 and won the championship.  But last night…. THE CAVS DID IT! THEY WON!   After a exciting game of many lead changes that led to me pacing around the apartment, cleaning dishes that didn’t need to be cleaned, doing jumping jacks and standing up and sitting down a million times, the game was finally won!  Because of our “cat camera” we were also caught celebrating with tears of happiness.   This moment was too thrilling not to share it.
CAVS WIN CHAMPIONSHIP

We were so pumped when the series was 3-2 that we drove 8 hours to Cleveland last week to go to Game 6. Matthew is from Cleveland, so we got to see our family too!  The game was electrifying, the fans were so pumped they stood the entire game.  I’ve never been to a event that had that much energy. I also never yelled, cheered, and did awkward dance moves that often in public before.   The Cavs won, tying the series 3-3, making the game go to Game 7.   Both of our voices were gone after the game.  The streets in Cleveland were celebrating!   Here’s some photos/video of Game 6: 20160616_194558       Read More

A Trip to Ireland: Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

Join me as I take a trip to the beautiful Cliffs of Moher and the Burren!

In early April Matthew and I spoke at the Offset Festival in Dublin. It was lots of fun and we got to meet new friends while being inspired by other creatives.
R+R at Offset Dublin

(It was a big crowd in the beautiful Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.)
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Since we’ve never been to Ireland we wanted to take a day to go outside the city and see the beautiful green countryscapes that you see in postcards.  We took a day bus trip and drove across the country (Ireland is small, it only takes 3 hours to do this) to the Cliffs of Moher and the Buren.

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What I Love: CeraVe Skin Products

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CeraVeSkincare #CollectiveBias

It’s not often that you love a entire line of products, but that’s how I feel about CeraVe.  Usually with beauty products I’ll fall in love with one product from a brand, and then move on to another brand for the rest of my needs, but CeraVe in one sweep wins for my favorite cleanser, moisturizer, night time cream and SPF.

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What I Love: Dana’s Bakery Macarons + Drake

Birthday Cake, Fruity Cereal, Cookie Dough, Molten Chocolate, S’mores and more – these are my favorite macarons!

Cookie Dough Macarons

When I first tasted Dana’s Bakery Macarons it was love at first… well, taste.  My first one was Fruity Cereal and it tasted and smelled just like Fruity Pebbles, but in tasty macaron form.  Because taste testing is very important I had to try a second, it was Cookie Dough. I remember muttering “Oh My God” a few times afterwards because it was perfect.  From there, I was hooked.

Fruity Cereal Macarons, just like Fruity Pebbles!

Look at how gorgeous the Birthday Cake macaron is with that beautiful dust of glitter. It’s like a Birthday party in space!
Birthday Cake Macarons

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A Visit to the White House Garden – Full Tour of Veggies, Bees and More!

When you get a email invite to a private event that Michelle Obama and the White House are hosting for Let’s Move, you accept it.  Well your heart skips a beat, you accept it and then you try to figure out what shoes you’re going to wear.  It goes in order like that.  That’s what happened last week.  

White House Trip (25)

White House Trip (7)

Last week, I made the trip to Washington DC to attend a event to have a conversation on the health of our nation’s children.   Let’s Move (started by Michelle Obama in 2010) is a group initiative to encourage healthier food in schools, better food labeling and more physical activity for children.  Gardening goes hand in hand with this initiative as it’s important to grow your own.  Growing your own vegetables promotes healthy eating, but it also informs you where your food comes from and the process of plant life.  If more families were to start their own gardens, they would eat fresh vegetables more often, along with creating family activities to build/maintain and to learn about gardening.    I’d say I was one of the few non parents at the event, but I don’t think you need to be a parent to understand why eating healthy matters and to encourage it.  Since we started the garden on the roof years ago my own eating habits have greatly improved.  I love vegetables now.  Sometimes for dinner I just have vegetables, years ago that would have never happened.  With the experience of growing the garden I learned so much about nature and the planting process.  If you haven’t planted a little itty bitty seed and watched it grow into a full on broccoli plant, you haven’t lived.   Even at 32 years old, I’m still excited and amazed when I see a few ounces worth of seeds can turn into hundreds of pounds of vegetables.  Before having the garden I didn’t even know where so many vegetables came from.  I know it was a plant, but I didn’t know what the plant looked like, how long it took to grew, growing conditions and more.  Growing your own makes you respect vegetables a whole lot more.  Can I get some respect for vegetables? Amen.    And lastly, because of these vegetables I learned how to cook.  I almost think it should be a required class in schools now to learn how to cook.   If we all cooked at home, think of the impact it would have on obesity, overall health and factory farming.   If you follow this blog then you probably already know the joy and satisfaction one gets when presenting a meal to their family that is home cooked.  I wish everyone could experience this!

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