Well I made it out to the “Magic Hedge” for the first time last week. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. I was on a mission to find mulberries too, after reading Anthony’s post on them that week. It was all a sign that I was to find them that day and then lead others to them. I’ve been getting more and more into wild foods. Studying up on more exotic types in books, trying to ID them whenever I’m out walking or running around. It gets to be a lot of fun!
The Magic Hedge was just beautiful. What a perfect blend of nature and city. As you can see from the pic below, you’re walking around in this thick brush yet you can see the beautiful city of Chicago from just about anywhere. It is known to be a bird sanctuary so there are birds EVERYWHERE. I thought I had died and gone to proverbial heaven!! I did find the mulberry tree, too. They weren’t ready quite yet, unfortunately but I’ll be back. In fact, I’ve scheduled a meetup called “Mulberry Meetup Madness at Montrose” for July. It’s going to be a blast! I’m planning on bringing a blanket or two with me too so we can shake all those ripe suckers off of there too ?
It’s quite a change for me to not be working (in an office anymore). I’ve pretty much taken the last two weeks as vacation and so I’ve been waking up to no alarm, no agenda or meetings, no real schedule. I just kind of fit in what would best fit in the next chunk of free time I have (the only real things scheduled being gym classes and dinners and lunches with friends). I’ve also gone from 9 hours of computer time a day to about 1-2 hours a day. It’s kind of nice. Less EMFs too. I plan on starting up the research and scripting for me DVDs as soon as I come back from California in July though.
I’ll be going to California for eight days starting Monday. I’m a bridesmaid in one of my best friends weddings. I’m really excited to be headed back home too. I’ve been having lots of surfing dreams lately. The ocean is calling me! I’ll be taking the bf with me too so I’m excited to show him the best ever farmers markets and raw food restaurants CA has to offer. There are so many new raw food restaurants that have opened since the last time I was there–it’s incredible. As long as we get to hit up the favorites though, I’ll be happy.
Here’s a fun new smoothie I made for myself this morning. I’ve made it before, but never realized how much the flavor reminded me of Fruit Loops Cereal!
Fruit Loops Smoothie
1 Coconut–water and the meat
1 peeled orange–with seeds is best
1 BIG handful of spinach
1 handful of goji berries
Blend in the vita-mix for about 20 seconds and…..
1 swear to God this tastes like fruit loops cereal! Even the little speckles of red remind of how the milk used to look after all the “loops” were gone ? Enjoy! Raw food is so much fun.