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Pass the Peas

The Sprouts

I’m a first time Granny and I couldn’t be happier!!

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These two cuties were the reason I started sewing and their beautiful boho chic mommy is the inspiration for the types of things I make. (For more on her chic lifestyle visit her blog @ http://grahamlovemultiplied.blogspot.com/)

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I always knew I would love having grand kids and couldn’t wait until it happened. I just didn’t know how insanely crazy I would be about them.

Our son, Bo Daddy, and the Boho Mommy told us the exciting news that they were expecting during one of our weekly family dinners. Grandpa Sprout, our daughter (The Doc), and I were so happy. It wouldn’t be long before our joy doubled.

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A few months after that initial announcement, with both Grandpa Sprout and The Doc out of town, Bo Daddy and Boho Mommy came by with their ultrasound pics. They put them down on the counter in front of me and just waited. I looked at them and just couldn’t get it. I finally realized there were two babies. I actually accused them of tricking me! I really thought they were playing a joke on me to see how I’d react. When I finally realized it was real, I cried. It was such a joyful moment. I feel so tremendously blessed. Of course, we had a Skype family call so everyone could hear the news. That was nearly two years ago and life hasn’t been the same since.

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These two little sprouts are the joy of our lives. I wouldn’t trade my life for any other. I’m so thankful they and their parents are in our lives.

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

Every morning I make myself a smoothie for breakfast. I have Celiac Disease so it’s hard for me to get the nutrients I need in my food. I have to eat nutrient packed food and still take supplements to help. The recipe for this smoothie is delicious and full of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.

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I use a Vitamix to blend all the ingredients together. I LOVE this machine. It blends things completely smooth in seconds. It’s been a life changer for me!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (soaked in 1/4 cup water)
  • 3 Brazil nuts
  • 1/4 small avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greens (I use a mix of frozen kale and spinach)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • enough water to make smoothie a consistency you like

First put your chia seeds in a small bowl and add 1/4 cup of water. This will soften the seeds so you don’t have little seeds in your shake. Then measure and put all of the other ingredients into your blender. By the time I measure everything else, the chia seeds are ready to go in. Add water to make it the consistency you like. Mix on high until smooth. About 30 seconds with a Vitamix. If you don’t have a powerful blender you may want to blend each ingredient as you add them rather than putting them all in at once.

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I add one scoop of Ribose to my smoohie. Ribose is a supplement that enhances muscle energy. (Check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet.)

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*Those with Celiac Disease can add a tablespoon of coconut oil to this smoothie to increase your fat intake since we don’t absorb fat as well as a healthy person.

*Those concerned with their fat intake can leave out the avocado.

The following is an estimated list of nutrients from nutritiondata.self.com

Calories: 546

Nutrients:

  • Fat 35g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 71mg
  • Potassium 814mg
  • Carbohydrates 45g
  • Fiber 17g
  • Sugar 21g
  • Protein 19g
  • Vitamin A 25%
  • Vitamin C 102%
  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 29%
  • Riboflavin 13%
  • Thiamin 15%
  • Vitamin E 9%
  • Copper 43%
  • Magnesium 83%
  • Folate 31%
  • Niacin 13%
  • Pantothenic Acid 14%
  • Manganese 104%
  • Phosphorus 51%
  • Selenium 9%
  • Zinc 39%
  • Vitamin B6 32%
  • Vitamin K 409%
  • Choline 36mg
  • Betaine 83mg
  • Fluoride 19mcg

Letter Writing

Doesn’t everyone love the idea of a handwritten letter? I do! So why don’t I write more letters?!

I suppose life keeps us busy and the ideas we love don’t always come to fruition. So today I decided to remedy the situation and write a letter to my mother-in-law. She’s a lovely person who lives across the country from us and has never taken to this whole social media thing. She often asks for letters, and I have every intention of writing her these long flowery accounts of our daily life, but fail to ever make good. Maybe the “long flowery” part of my thinking is the problem. I hesitate every time I think of starting because it’s a little overwhelming to set out to write the perfect letter. So today I set out to write a good enough letter!

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I recently received some boxes of my late brother’s belongings. His wife died and her family was kind enough to ship us the things she had saved to remember him. In the belongings were five letters from my mother to him. I have to say these are the most precious belongings in the packages. My mother died many years ago when I was a very young mother and I’ve missed her terribly. I had a few of these kinds of letters from her as well but I didn’t keep them. I didn’t know one day she’d be gone and I’d give anything for a bit of her wisdom. I always wonder what her advice would be in situations. I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t listen to her advice very well before she died. I was young enough that I thought I knew everything. What a silly girl!! Now I cherish every word I remember her saying. I miss the way she loved my kids like no one else could. I understand that love now that I have grandchildren of my own. When the Sprouts were born, she was my first thought. I vividly remember her face when she first set eyes on my son, her first grandchild. It was pure love. So these letters mean the world to me.

I decided I would like to have the letters next to me as I’m writing this post. So I just went into the box where my brother’s belongings are still waiting to be passed to all that loved him, and the letters weren’t there. I looked through the box over and over! No letters! I began to panic! Where could they be? I ran to the drawer in my bedroom where I keep my special things and no letters. Now I’m beginning to cry. Did I throw them out with the packaging? I run out to the garbage cans and open the first can. The garbage was picked up yesterday and the can is empty. I open the recycling knowing Grandpa Sprout carried out empty boxes for me and he’s good about recycling. They’re still there, packaging and all. I start sorting through the packaging and no letters. Now I’m uncontrollably weeping. There were some packing materials that couldn’t be recycled so they may have been thrown away. I look between and into everything in the recycle can and I find what I thought was an empty shipping Fed Ex cardboard envelope. I remember when I was initially unpacking the boxes thinking that was in the package to stabilize things in the box. I look inside and find an 11×14 professional photo of my mother taken shortly before she died. I don’t have a copy of this photo. She picked a different one for each of us. Now I’m really crying because I almost lost this precious picture. It reminds me that there was a whole file of photos in the my brother’s things that I put with our other photos to be sorted and passed out. I look in the folder and there are the letters. Now I’m crying for a completely different reason. God is so faithful to give us the desires of our heart. He knew that picture would mean the world to me. He used my simple idea of writing to my mother-in-law to lead me to the photo of my precious mother. Thank you God for caring about EVERYTHING!!

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Storybook Bunting Tutorial

Today I’m making bunting for my Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBohemianSprout). I’m using a vintage copy of The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowry with illustrations by Gustaf Tenggren. This copy was copyrighted in 1942 and published in 1970. One of the Sprouts favorites! I’m putting it together with some vintage bias tape which originally cost 19 cents. Love, love, love all the vintageness!!

Here’s a tutorial if you want to follow along.

Start by going through the book taking measurements of the illustrations and then decide what size and shape will work best for the bunting flags. This copy works best as a 6 inch by 5 inch flag that’s a rectangle on the top and a hexagon on the bottom.

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Then make a template out of cardboard and trace it onto each page you want to use, centering it on the illustration.

Then the cutting begins. I usually do this while watching a movie or something. I do lots of books at one sitting since this is the tedious part of the project.

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Iron out the binding so when you sew it to the pages you don’t get any little folds. Iron it straight first then iron it in half so that it’s perfect when it’s done.

Measure out the pictures on the binding. Leave 12 inches on each end of the binding for hanging. Space the pictures about 1/2 inch apart. I don’t usually clip them to the binding ahead of time. I just sew each one measuring half an inch in between as I go but you can clip them to inside the fold of the bias tape with a paper clip. I wouldn’t recommend using pins since you’re using paper flags. If you were using fabric flags then pins would work fine. I think bunting between 8 and 10 feet is optimal to hang on a nursery wall or over a party table.

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Now sew together using a very sharp needle with a zigzag stitch and you’re done!! Hope yours turns out well. I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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