Also, I am sure you have been hearing about the recent petition and attention on Kraft foods to remove chemical food dyes from their products. There was a recent food investigation by Food Babe that revealed that European countries have banned many of such chemicals and large companies, such as Kraft, make their products for the European markets without these harmful additives. Note the Cadbury mini-eggs on the cake. My folks recently returned from a trip to see family in Ireland and our house was spoiled with some imported Cadbury mini-eggs. When I looked at the ingredients, I noticed that the coloring comes from beetroot and paprika! I bought a bag from a grocery store here in the U.S. and the coloring is from chemical dyes....argh. Can we please get this right??
Since Easter, we have seen signs of spring! Although I am sure we are off to a late start, we finally got going on seedlings for our garden this year. We have plans for corn, tomatoes, spinach, green beans, potatoes and some herbs.
|Standing proudly next to her seedlings....|
Speaking of the chickens, their strike is over! Woohoo! Despite using a heat lamp and extending daylight with artificial light all winter, they just were not producing. My husband began talking about chicken stew. There was a temporary stop on the strike and we collected one or two eggs (I swear they heard him), but then it quickly resumed again. I pleaded to give it until spring and see what happens. Warmer temperatures over the last week or so and another cleaning of the coop seems to have done the trick! They are back in business.
Even with plans for the garden in the works here, I decided to go back to a local farm and also sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. We bought one 2 years ago, but last year I decided to try to use farmers' markets instead. The share worked out better for us as our local market is really small. We plan on taking our first shot at preserving/canning if our garden produces well this year and there is an abundance of produce from the share.
And....in addition to veggies, I also just connected with a farm about a meat share. I am very excited about this. It has been on my "want to do" list for a while. I will be taking a trip out to the farm soon and have some more news hopefully!
On the fitness front, the last 2 weeks have been a bust. I caught the viral chest cold/cough that everyone seems to be sharing and couldn't shake it. I never get chest colds...I'm spoiled, but this one knocked me down pretty good. Not being able to take anything due to expecting didn't help, but I'm feeling back to myself this weekend and looking forward to getting back to some cardio. 32 weeks along! Almost. There.
Any spring plans or progress going on for you?
Have a great week and good luck to all those Boston Marathoners out there! I know some runners in this year's race and I can't wait to hear about their experience!