Wheatgrass Juice without a Juicer

Being the fiancé of a specialty farmer/gardener there are a lot of interesting edible greens growing in the back yard. Micro-greens, edible flowers, produce, and, wheatgrass. According to Wikipedia: “Wheatgrass is a good source of potassium, a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E(alpha tocopherol), vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, copper,manganese and selenium, and has a negligible amount of protein (less than one gram per 28 grams). Adding other foods with complementary amino acid profiles to this food may yield a more complete protein source and improve the quality of some types of restrictive diets.

Wheatgrass proponent Charles Schnabel claimed in the 1940s that “fifteen pounds of wheatgrass is equal in overall nutritional value to 350 pounds of ordinary garden vegetables”,[3] a ratio of 1:23.[6] Despite claims of vitamin and mineral content disproportional to other vegetables, the nutrient content of wheatgrass juice is roughly equivalent to that of common vegetables.”

Wow! You get a lot of nutrients from wheatgrass, and if we have access to it, why won’t I use it?

We have a juicer, which you will see in one of the photos below, but when we do wheatgrass in it, it just clogs up the blades and makes it hard for other things to get through. You need a special wheatgrass and greens blade to juice greens, which we don’t have. I’ve heard of being able to blend wheatgrass with water and strain it, but I wanted to get more nutrition out of that process, so I used coconut water.

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First, take your wheatgrass and cut it at the base with scissors.

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Cut the wheatgrass, and cut it into about 2″ long pieces and put it in the blender. I was able to blend about a half of a flat at once.

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I found that with a full blender, you need about a cup of liquid to really blend it.

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Once you blend it, on high speed, and for a while, until it blends smooth, you’ll have a small amount of liquid in your blender along with some pulp of wheatgrass.

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I used a simple strainer to strain the juice. Use a spoon to push the wheatgrass into the strainer. You’ll end up with some pulp that looks like what a cat will hack up in the yard, so I’ll spare you the photo.

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The finished product! It smells like a fresh cut lawn, so I recommend mixing it with some juice, or into a smoothie. Enjoy!

My New Job: Craft Fair Circuit

So a little over a month ago I quit my full time job as a corporate Interior Designer to work Craft Fairs selling my bags and other hand made goods that I make out of re-purposed materials. I have to say, this is the best decision I have ever made. I am happier, less stressed out, less anxious, and for the first time in a long time, I feel like I’m finally doing something I want to do, and while I work, I don’t feel like there’s somewhere else I need to be. I love being able to create the things I want to create and see them come to fruition. (Finally!)

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Each fair is a new experience, from the layout of the tent, to the location, to the craft neighbors we land next to. One week it was a mother daughter team selling tutus, and one week it was a character artist. We were also lucky enough to land next to someone that watched my cashbox while I used the bathroom since I was working alone that weekend.

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I have noticed that different things are popular at different markets. One week it’s the whales, one week it’s the keychains. Every group is different!

Display

Coming up with a display is the most fun part. I always love a challenge.

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I love to incorporate vintage pieces into my display too, from luggage, to gold luggage carts, to found branches to hang bags off of.

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I like to keep a variety of things for sale, to let people know I have something for everyone!

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My craft room at home is a disaster, but that’s ok with me. It gives me a chance to clean it, and re-find things I forgot I had.

I’ll do a post on useful tips and tricks for getting into craft fairs as well, and what to bring as well as a check sheet. Stay tuned!

Verbena – The Café and Boutique?

Lately the fiancée and I have been tossing the idea around about opening a Café and Boutique. We would love to blend our passions and create a place that we can both work, and do what we love. He’s a chef / gardener and I’m a DIY enthusiast with years of Interior Design and service industry experience. After many a talk, we created the hybrid for a café where you can also shop for antiques.

The ONLY reason I’m not keeping this idea totally secret, is that I’ve started a Kickstarter for our project and need YOU my loyal readers to spread the word and help raise funding! Check out the page for full info on what kind of a magical place Verbena would be.

What would Verbena be?

  • A place with locally grown produce.
  • A place to get a fresh breakfast or lunch, and know that your food is free from GMO’s, hormones, and other harsh chemicals.
  • A place with locally roasted coffee and amazing teas.
  • A place with mismatched furniture, all second hand, but delightfully vintage.
  • A place where you can learn DIY lessons like painting, sewing, herb growing, making your own cleaning products, and other sustainable basics.
  • A place where you can go for coffee, and stay for the atmosphere.
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So check out the page, and help us make this dream a reality!

Thank you, and happy day dreaming!

All Aboard the Entrepreneur-ship!

I have been thinking a LOT lately about working for myself, being my own boss. I was thinking that was the only way I would be truly happy. I want to be creative, but not get taken advantage of for my ideas and designs. I wanted to make my own schedule, and go where I need when I wanted to. I want to see sunshine and not be in a stuffy office all day. I want a day off sometimes and for it not to ruin my paycheck. So, I started to take my side business and hobby for sewing more seriously. I am going to sew and create bags out of re-purposed materials and join the craft fair circuit. It meets all of the criteria of the perfect job I was looking for! So with the inspiration of this cartoon by Bill Watterson (creator of Calvin and Hobbes,) I was motivated to follow happiness, and to quit my day job.

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My new office is my spare bedroom, which has been a craft room since we moved in, but now is my full time place of creative employment.

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I’ve read SO MANY of the Etsy articles on crafters that quit their day job, and it has inspired me. They all talk about how hard it can be financially, but I am confident that with the craft fairs, Etsy sales, and friends buying my stuff, it will work out.

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I can watch movies, listen to jazz, and talk to my fiancée, who is also working from home, in the back yard, as a gardener / farmer.

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I love to scour the thrift stores and antique stores for materials to use in my bag making, like aprons, belts, zippers, and rolls of fabric. A LOT will go to the craft fairs, but check my Etsy for new things.

Happy Dream Following!

On the Set Design : Because I Said So – Milly’s Loft

So I realize that all of these posts I do on movie houses and apartments don’t have to do with living frugal and fun and simple. But I’m an Interior Designer, and I LOVE movie sets that move me. I will watch a bad movie over and over if the houses are beautiful. True story. So every now and then I’ll do a post on set design, and that’s that. It makes me happy. This one will be about the industrial, colorful loft in Milly’s Loft in “Because I Said So.” The movie with the bossy mom played by Diane Keaton and her 3 daughters (Mandy Moore, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo.) Milly lives alone in a loft in LA that I’m thinking would be too expensive for someone running a catering company, but she makes it work.

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There aren’t many shots of the entry out there. I will have to take some more screen shots to get better ones. I love the vintage lockers, that must be her closet, since I didn’t see a closet in her bedroom.

 You get a good idea of her entry hall in this scene where Milly is shooing her mom out the back door.

Living Room

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Upon entering the loft and looking left, you see the large living room, with brick walls, a burgundy velvet chesterfield sofa, and bright bohemian accents.

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Here’s another shot of the living room.

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Here you see Millie and her mom Daphne re-arranging the living room.

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Kitchen

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I LOVE the chalkboard fridge. What a great idea for a Chef, and most other people that need reminders.

 

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Here you see a LOT of open shelving. I wish I had this because then I would never have to dig for anything. And a commercial grade dishwashing sprayer? That would make cleaning easier.

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Behind Milly you see her taste in dishes, her fiesta wear and her warm, orange walls.

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That island! It’s so grand. Her cooktop and sink are both in there.

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This is a great shot of half of the loft. You can see all of the vintage and retro colors that Milly likes so much.

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You can see the formal dining table back behind Milly, and the door to her bedroom. I bet she has some killer dinner parties!

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Here’s a shot of the dining area.

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Behind Milly and her mother you can see a cute vintage little seating area for coffee and breakfast. And here’s that area:

 

Bedroom

There’s only one shot of the bedroom in the whole movie:

 

Here’s my plan for Milly’s apartment:

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Image Credits, thanks to Hooked On Houses, Reflections from a Coffee Mug, Deliciously Noted, for already having great screen shots of this amazing movie set! Happy Movie Watching!