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26 Aug

The last few weeks, I have been extremely busy day-dreaming and making plans for my future. Daydreaming takes a lot of energy and time you know? I am a big dreamer and what I believe I want for my life changes with the wind. But I realized, there is something that always remains.

And I am going to share it with you right now.

It is ambitious. And a little unusual for a single woman with a child.

It might look like this:









And may include some of this:








And definitely this:









There won’t be much of this:








But a lot of this:











And it most likely will be in an area like this:








Ahhhh…. yep, that’s a little piece of heaven right there.


Our First Summer Harvest

10 Aug

We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest. 
– Orison Swett Marden

Summer Straigntneck Squash, Jalapeno Peppers, Bush Beans, Green Zebra Heirloom Tomatoes, Black Beauty Zucchini, Red Brandywine Tomato, Yellow Pear Tomatoes, Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes, Green Onions, Sweet Dumpling Squash

Farmer’s Market 8.6.11

6 Aug








Colors of the Rainbow

3 Aug

Recently, I made a trip to downtown Salt Lake City, where my two 4′ x 20′ plots are located in a community garden. I weeded, trimmed and cut back plants to my absolute satisfaction. With the sun warming my skin, I looked over my plots with pride, taking in all the lush green, yellow, orange, red and pink. I lazily breathed in the earthy goodness. Why is gardening so therapeutic anyway?

The only plant ready to harvest was my Rainbow Swiss Chard. I carefully plucked the outer leaves off of my plants and I had an array of colors- red, pink, yellow, orange and green. I have never actually eaten Swiss Chard before, but I was told it is great for juicing, which I am an avid fan of. So, I thought I’d give it a shot. It is by far the easiest thing I have grown to date. I grew it from seed and it grew to maturity really quickly; 45 days or less. It was quite resilient with all the flooding rains and the opposing heat we’ve experienced this summer. You go swiss chard! Sadly, my spinach wasn’t blessed with the same tenacity.

I headed home with my surplus (seriously, I have a ton. If you want some, lemme know) of chard and began to prepare it. I enlisted Carter to help me with the washing and separating of the chard. He was marginally interested in the project- only because he had been the one to plant the seeds. We had an assembly-style operation taking place. I would inspect the chard (for damaged stems or worse- bugs!), wash the chosen chard and give it a quick shake. I would then pass it off to Carter who would blot the chard with a paper towel and lay it out nicely on a dry towel. Our system was very efficient and quite methodic. As I inspected, washed and shook, I would occasionally hear a snapping noise behind me. I noticed it the first few times and kept right on with my job. Eventually, there became a real rhythmic way to the snapping;  Snap-crunch-crunch-Snap-crunch-crunch-Snap-crunch-crunch

What the?

I turned around and to my sheer horror, I found Carter biting off a piece of stem off every. single. piece. of chard! What the?! What the?!

Now, let me just tell you- Carter is pretty much a carnivore. I have done my best to subtly impress my views on refraining from meat and eating a mostly plants-based diet. Let’s just say it hasn’t stuck. Or so I thought.

For some reason beyond my comprehension, Carter actually enjoyed eating swiss chard. So I didn’t interrupt him. I didn’t interfere into his exploration of this new vegetable. I didn’t shout, “You’re contaminating the chard!!” (I must admit, contamination always crosses my mind. I’m a bit of a germaphobe). I was simply content with the fact that if he CHOSE to eat vegetables, who was I to get in the way?

Perhaps because of his involvement in the gardening process (picking out seeds, preparing soil, planting the seeds, watering multiple times a week and finally, harvesting the chard), he saw more value and appreciation in this miraculous plant, and therefore, it appeared more appetizing.

According to, studies of after-school programs suggest that kids who garden are more likely to eat the produce they grow as well as the ones you put on their plate.

Here are some good ideas on growing a garden with the kiddos in mind and hopefully in turn, encouraging them to eat just a little more healthily.

Colors as vibrant as the rainbow helps too.

Hello world- My name is Carly.

11 Jul

I’m a twenty-something, divorced, single mama trying to survive in this big world- and finding love,  joy and excitement along the way.

I march to the beat of my own drum.

I consider myself an artist, but not in the conventional way. I don’t paint. I don’t draw. I don’t sew. I don’t design. I don’t photograph.
I DO see beauty in all things.

I am a makeup artist and a licensed Master Esthetician. Believe me when I say, I am thee Brow Master!

I am a novice organic gardener. I’m currently a pescatarian, although I have experimented with veganism, raw foodism and vegetarianism. I take pleasure in cooking – I especially love to cook vegan meals.

I’m not a professional writer. I barely graduated high school (I blame my self-diagnosed ADD!). However, I’ve always enjoyed writing and writing has a way of finding me. I currently work for a company promoting literacy through easy-to-use software that teaches reading. Previous to this, I wrote beauty articles and content for a celebrity makeup artist.

I love sushi.

I love fashion. Regrettably, I don’t always execute my love of fashion well.

I love to dance. Specifically hip-hop. I was training to run a half-marathon (my body refused!) and have decided a bike tour to Yellowstone is more suitable. I enjoy physical activity- walking, hiking, biking, rockclimbing, doggy-paddling swimming and strength-training.

I adore motherhood (albeit I feel as though I may end up institutionalized at times!).

I am a great story-teller.

I enjoy alternative rock and folk music. I can appreciate most all genres of music.

I love people. I hope to travel the world someday and provide philanthropy and relief along the way. I enjoy politics and am passionate about global issues. I compost and recycle and reuse.

I daydream about finding a kind, compassionate man to share my life with.

I am grateful for my life.

I am a Gemini (source of self-diagnosed ADD). I am a great starter… not so much of a great finisher (working on this).

I believe in God. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that people are mostly good.

I realize that I may not have anything to contribute to the information super highway (internets) beyond what’s already available. Due to my Geminitity (is that even a word?), sharing my thoughts, feelings and inspirations via blog with you (you= my mom and grandma and maybe a sprinkling of cyber-stalkers) is a good way to organize my ADD drifting mind.

Thanks for stopping by.