Foodie Penpal Reveal!!

The Lean Green Bean

I discovered this completely magnificent program over at The Lean Green Bean a while back and finally got the chance to join up for the August swap!

Its pretty straight forward. You get assigned a penpal for the month, and you send them food! Someone else gets your name, and they send you food! I’m 99% sure that food showing up on your door step is the greatest thing ever.

Then at the end of the month you reveal what you got on your blog (or you just eat it and don’t reveal it if you don’t have a blog!).

(Pssst! If you want to sign up for the upcoming month, head over here and fill out the entry form before the 4th of  the month!! Bloggers and non-bloggers alike!)

So you wanna see what I got =)

My penpal was Kylie from kyliemcgraw.wordpress.com  (you can go check her blog out if you like, but she says she’s more of a reader of blogs then a poster =)

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Coconut water, coconut water with mango and peach (my 2 favorite fruits!!) dark and milk chocolate from Enjoy LIfe (I LOVE there chocolate- soy, nut and dairy free, totally vegan), Jif natural peanut butter (that was gone in about 20 seconds….) gluten free sugar cookie mix and some delicious fruit and seed trail mix!!

All packed up in a fantastic bin! (Which will now be storing mason jar rings and lids…. I have 6 million of them and no where to put em!)

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Enjoying some chocolate and peanut butter =) Yummmmmy!

Thanks Kylie!!

Come join in the fun for September!!!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

P.S. This is linked up over at the penpal reveal day link! Go check it out!

The Lean Green Bean

Real Food Fridays #3!

WELCOME!!!

We’re your co-hosts

Joyce @ It’s Your Life

Lydia @ Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary’s Kitchen

And me… Courtney @ The Delinquent Crunchy

In case you missed “What is Real Food” here’s a recap…

Here’s a great reference from Food Myths:

Do you ever think about how far the food you eat travels? Who grew it? Who picked it?
How much in processing it’s been through before you took a bite?

Mary’s Kitchen

Real Food is:

-Supports fair farm worker wages

-GMO Free

-Little to no processing/processed ingredients

-Supports local markets/vendors and isn’t transported long distances to get to my plate

-Honors fair trade principles when I buy from other regions

-Meat
and dairy should be humanely raised and on real food themselves-Not
genetically engineered feed, drugs, hormones and antibiotics.

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Foraging Series: Part 3- Jewelweed!

Part 1- Staghorn Sumac
Part 2- Queen Anne’s Lace

The 4 main rules of foraging-

1. Make sure wherever you harvest is at minimum 100 ft. from a road cars drive on.
2. Make sure wherever your picking is public property (don’t pick on someone’s private land unless you’ve OK-ed it with the owners!)
3. Make sure where your picking is not somewhere that gets sprayed! You do not want chemicals all over your yummy wild food.
4. Give back to the earth and do your part to help keep the environment clean and healthy. Don’t take without giving back!!

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Let me enlighten you with my amazing poetry skills with my haiku about jewelweed-

I love jewelweed
Jewelweed is an awesome
Medicinal plant

Alright, so my amazing poetry skills aren’t so great, but jewelweed is!

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A jewelweed bush

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Flowers

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The side of a flower

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The leaves, and if you look closely you can see a seed pod under one of the leaves in the center of the photo. It looks like a bean pod.

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Close up of a flower head on

Jewelweed is also called spotted touch me not, touch me not and they are impatiens.

These bushes grow rampant where I live. The bushes grow extremely large and everywhere. In the woods and along the roads are the most common places for them. Its very distinct and has saw blade edged oval leaves with trumpeting flowers. The flowers can be yellow (like the ones I have pictured, these are called pale jewelweed) or light to dark orange to reddish. But aside from they will all look exactly alike. The flowers are spotted and the plant itself has knobby joints- everywhere a stem meets another stem there is a little knob. Its like knees and elbow. But plant-ish.

Aside from the medicinal benefits of this plant, the best part is the seed pods. All throughout my childhood we called these plants poppies. Not because they look like poppy flowers, because when you touch or gently squeeze the ripe seed pods they explode (in order to disperse its seeds). Its tons of fun. Look for a fat seed pod (they are ripe this time of year, so go now!!) and explode them. There is no plant out there more fun. Watch this video to see it happen =)

The jewelweed plant is natures poison Ivy (and poison oak) relief. It usually grows right near poison ivy. If you apply jewelweed lotion or salve prior to going into the woods its can actually prevent you from getting poison ivy. Don’t tell me that’s not awesome. Or if your unfortunate enough to get the stuff, soap, lotion or salve with stop the itching and heal the poison ivy. It also does wonders for just about every other rash. My daughter suddenly got a very bad diaper rash (I think it came with being sick) and my regular homemade ointment didn’t help, my plantain salve didn’t help so I tried jewelweed lotion and it cleared up in an hour!!

I’m gonna teach you how to make-

Jewelweed Infused Oil

This oil can be used as a base for soaps, salves, ointments and lotions as well as completely on its own.

You will need-

A large handful or jewelweed
Organic olive oil

Roughly chop the jewelweed (stems, leaves, flowers and all) and place them in a skillet or sauce pan. Cover them in a thin layer of olive oil (I used about a cup) and bring to a bubbling simmer. Let them simmer uncovered for an hour stirring every 10 minutes or so, you want them all to be wilted. Put everything into a mason jar and pop a lid on it. Let it rest anywhere from over night to a week then strain out all of the leaves and leaf pieces. And that’s it! Make whatever you like out of it. If you want to make a salve replace plantain oil in this Epic Healing Salve and make jewelweed salve. Or use a mixture of both! To use it on its own, just rub it on the affected area as needed.

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Cooking infused oil

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Finished, un-strained oil

How to eat Jewelweed

Here’s the deal, jewelweed really isn’t more then a trail side snack when your out walking. It may come in handy sometime though! You can eat the seeds from the seed pods. As you may notice, the seeds fly everywhere when you touch a ripe seed pod. So hold the whole seed pod in your hand to catch them. They are quite tasty!! If your free a whole afternoon in a large patch of jewelweed you can collect a bunch and put them on a salad or bread =) Yummy!

So have some fun with this amazing plant =)

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesdays!

*Disclaimer- I am not a doctor. Nor do I claim to be. Use caution when picking wild plants and DO NOT pick anything unless you are 100% certain you are picking the correct plant. If you have allergies to any of the plants I feature, do not use them. If you are worried about the medicinal effects of any of the plants featured, please consult your doctor. Do your own research before deciding what is best for you.*

Couch to 5K- Weeks 4 and 5

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Hello, my name is Courtney, I suck at punctuality and I get my schedules messed up constantly, as well as being unorganized and busy. I finally realize I have a problem and that’s why I have joined, ‘disorganized people anonymous.’….. Wait, sorry about that, I thought I was at a meeting for my lack of organizational skills.

But seriously folks, some where along the lines I missed days and messed up weeks and… I don’t even know! So your getting a toofer! Toofer the price of one! Weeks 4 and 5 at once.

Weight: 175

Work-out: Week 4’s workout- jog 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, jog 5 minutes, 2.5 minute cool down walk. Week 5’s workout- Day 1- 5 minute jogging, 3 minute walking intervals, day 2- 8 minute jogging, 5 minute walking intervals, day 3- 20 minutes of jogging.

How I’m feeling: Pretty good. Feeling a little more active and I can walk longer distances without getting tired easier =) And running isn’t quite like dying!

How this week’s first workout went: Decently, surprisingly!

How last week went: Pretty good! Compared to week 1 it was a breeze =)

Go check out how Lydia’s doing on her C25K!

Feel free to join in anytime!! Or let me know how you did if you’ve done it before!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

Quick and Easy Fried Potatoes…. And the giveaway winner!!!

2 great things this post… Delicious fried potatoes and the giveaway winner!!

First off is the winner of the 6 half gallon Mason jars!!

Drumroll please…….

Marcia G., entry number 76- mg—-@yahoo.com!

Congratulations!! You won my first giveaway! I sent you an email, just get back to me in the next week (by September 3rd) with your mailing address and I’ll get em shipped right out to you!! Go brew some fantastic teas, or store some yummy food, or decorate your house with em!

Thanks to everyone who entered!! If you didn’t win and would like some, they are available over here on Amazon (and they are even on sale)!

Now its recipe time! It’s been like 2 weeks since I posted a recipe, I’m feeling pretty slack, but I’ve been working on my wedding… Which is in 12 days! So much to do…

Quick and Easy Fried Potatoes

You will need-

4 medium/large organic potatoes
3 tbsp. coconut oil for cooking in
1.5 tbsp. organic garlic and herb seasoning (I like this stuff best)
1 tsp. organic cilantro (dried, if you use fresh, use a little more)
1 tsp. organic oregano (dried, same thing as the cilantro)
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional, makes em spicy!)

First off slice your potatoes into thin circles, don’t peel them. As thin as you can make them. Then roughly chop them into quarters. Very roughly. I just piled them up and cut randomly. They’ll get mushed when you cook them, don’t waste time making them perfect. Pour the coconut oil in the bottom of the pan and dump all the ‘taters on top. Dump all of the seasonings on and stir them. Make sure they are all thoroughly coated in the oil and the seasonings.

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Cover them and cook over medium heat for 20-25 minutes. Stirring once every 5 minutes. Not stirring them the whole time gives them a chance to get browned, and covering them makes them cook faster.

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Yummm!!

If you add free range/pastured eggs, you can make them a main dish. You can also add onions at the beginning and cook them with the potatoes. And of course bacon and cheese make everything better =)

Enjoy!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

Real Food Friday’s #2!

WELCOME!!!

We’re your co-hosts

Joyce @ It’s Your Life

Lydia @ Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary’s Kitchen

And me… Courtney @ The Delinquent Crunchy

Unfortunately, I am having technical difficulties and can’t seem to get my javascript, HTML whatnot to work (if anyone is very clever with computers and WordPress and wants to help teach me a bit about HTML and such things, I’d love it!!) but because of my issues I can’t seem to get the linky to work in my posts. But please head over to the other awesome bloggers co-hosting and link up through there!! It’s a great list and great fun!

In case you missed “What is Real Food” here’s a recap…

Here’s a great reference from Food Myths:

Do you ever think about how far the food you eat travels? Who grew it? Who picked it?
How much in processing it’s been through before you took a bite?

Mary’s Kitchen

Real Food is:

-Supports fair farm worker wages

-GMO Free

-Little to no processing/processed ingredients

-Supports local markets/vendors and isn’t transported long distances to get to my plate

-Honors fair trade principles when I buy from other regions

-Meat
and dairy should be humanely raised and on real food themselves-Not
genetically engineered feed, drugs, hormones and antibiotics.


Couch to 5K Week 3

Yes, yes, I know this post is late. Blogging is more of something I enjoy doing then anything else. I get paid $0.00 for doing it and I had to work all weekend, so I just didn’t get to it. Sometimes life gets in the way =)

If your just joining me, here’s a recap of why I’m doing it-

There are 3 main reasons I’m doing this.

1- We want to have another baby. But pregnancy for me was HORRIBLE. It was so bad. I got so fat, labor was ridiculous, I had so many aches and pains. I was just completely miserable. Beyond normal pregnancy pains. So I really want to get in better shape and be able to run throughout my next pregnancy to help with labor, delivery, aches and pains and general problems. Being fit can drastically reduce these problems.

2- I eat healthy but don’t really do more then walk and some morning yoga stretches. End working out. I really, really want to have more physical stamina. I’d love to go to all those fun 5K runs everyone always does.

3- I wouldn’t mind losing a few extra pounds and tighten up my butt and leg muscles. I’m totally comfortable with how my body looks, but being a little thinner would be healthier and probably more comfortable.

Week 2:

Weight: 177 lbs.

Work-out: Week 3′s workout. Brisk 5 minute warm up walk. 1.5 minutes of walking, 1.5 minutes of running/jogging, 1.5 minutes of walking, 3 minutes of jogging and 1.5 minutes of brisk walking followed by a 5 minute cool down walk.

How I’m feeling: Pretty good! I’ve been sick lately (I think its from eating kind of crappy this weekend!), and a tad behind on the workouts, but overall pretty good!

How this week’s first workout went: Long and tiring, as usual.

How last week went: I’m still behind!! I’ve been completely cleaning my house, it keeps raining and my fiancé wants to run with me now! Just a bunch of little stuff keeping me behind a bit. But I’ll finish sometime. Better slow then never =)

Be sure to go see how my blogger bud Lydia is doing!!

Check her post out here!

Feel free to join any time!!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

Real Food Fridays!

WELCOME!!!

We’re your co-hosts

Joyce @ It’s Your Life

Lydia @ Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary’s Kitchen

And me… Courtney @ The Delinquent Crunchy

In case you missed “What is Real Food” here’s a recap…

Here’s a great reference from Food Myths:

Do you ever think about how far the food you eat travels?  Who grew it?  Who picked it?
How much in processing it’s been through before you took a bite?

Mary’s Kitchen

Real Food is:

-Supports fair farm worker wages

-GMO Free

-Little to no processing/processed ingredients

-Supports local markets/vendors and isn’t transported long distances to get to my plate

-Honors fair trade principles when I buy from other regions

-Meat
and dairy should be humanely raised and on real food themselves-Not
genetically engineered feed, drugs, hormones and antibiotics.

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