fennel citrus salad

We are fighting off colds at my house and my remedy usually consists of a daily grapefruit.  But yesterday I picked up some blood oranges and a fennel bulb, both chocked full of vitamin C.  I've never actually done much with a fennel bulb and lately I've been spotting some pretty enticing recipes around the web.  I thought it would be the perfect way to get my daily citrus fix and help fight my cold.  When I started recipe hunting I got really excited about all of the possible ingredients that you could toss into this salad.  It's a great way to use up any produce that is hanging out in the fridge (ahem, radishes) but next time I think I'd switch it up with some avocado, zucchini, or strawberries!  Serve it alongside a piece of steamed salmon and you'll pretty much be on super-food overload.  Bye bye cold!  I've included some links for other fennel salads that I've found.  They were all pretty inspiring when I was throwing this together.

Fennel Citrus Salad (serves 1)
more inspiring fennel salad recipes found on 101 Cookbooks, Whole Living, and Cannelle et Vanille

1/2 fennel bulb. thinly sliced
2-3 radishes, thinly sliced
1 blood orange, peeled and sectioned
1 green onion, chopped
1 handful of mixed greens
1/4 lemon, squeezed

Mix all ingredients together and let the salad rest in the lemon juice for 15 min.  At the last minute I topped mine with some sesame seed salt and feta cheese.  It was super fresh and delicious!


ayurveda lactation tea

So far, this winter is proving to be very different from winters past.  Most years I do my best to snow shoe, ski, trek through the trails with my hound, and in general keep my cheeks red and boots snowy.  But, this year I have a little baby at home.  Which means aside from a few 30 degree, non-snowy days, we are largely indoors.  I'll be honest, it's kind of weird for me.  And some days it's taking all of my will power to get out of my sleepy pajamas, stop eating chocolate cake, and try to function as a normal human being again...this time as a mom.  I hope it doesn't sound like I'm totally depressed, because I'm definitely not, but my life is different now, and I am still adjusting.  But, winter recreation aside, some things are pretty awesome around here.  One, I have an adorable little boy smiling, cooing, crying, and cuddling me 24/7.  And two, sometimes when he naps I have time to do some fun things around the house.  Today I made my usual cup of lactation tea (sexy, I know) and snapped a few photos with my new camera.  If you happen to be lactating now, or in the future, keep this one on file.  It's super easy.      

The tea consists of two ingredients - fennel and fenugreek seeds.  Fennel seeds are sold at most grocery stores, but I had to hunt down the fenugreek seeds at a local health food store.  Fennel is mainly a digestive aid and fenugreek helps to boost milk supply.  The tea has a very mild flavor so if your palette wants something stronger you might punch it up a bit with some sliced ginger or lemon. 

Lactation Tea (recipe c/o my Ayurveda practitioner, Patricia Wickman

1 part fenugreek seeds
2 part fennel seeds

Mix seeds in a small jar with a lid.  Shake the jar to distribute evenly.  In a tea ball or filter place 1/2 teaspoon of the seed mixture and steep in a mug for 5-10 minutes.

I like to make a bigger batch in a thermos and drink it throughout the day.  As far as I know, I haven't had any problems with my milk supply, but I figure it doesn't hurt to drink this tea instead of my usual mint or chamomile.  Plus, I kind of feel like a mystical medicine woman making my own tea blend to boost my milk and help my baby.  His chubby cheeks are a pretty good indication that I'm doing something right!  Speaking of milk, it's time for him to eat again.  Please excuse me while I get comfy with my boppy pillow, book, and mystical medicine woman tea.  It's time to do my mommy job!


new baby, new year

Happy new year!  As I write this my one month old,  Edwin, is asleep on my chest.  At the beginning of last year I never would have imagined that in the space of one short year I would become a new mom.  Finding out I was pregnant last spring was one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me and completely changed the course of 2011.  To say that pregnancy and motherhood completely consumed me is a drastic understatement.  The last month especially I've been completely focused on taking care of my little guy.  I am enjoying my time at home with him so much and feel so lucky that I still have two more months of being a full-time mom before I head back to work.

As a new year begins I can't help but think about all of the hopes and dreams I have for my new little family, as well as some personal goals.  In an attempt to organize my thoughts, here is a list of a few for 2012 - in no particular order.

1.  Focus on family!
2.  Breastfeed
3.  Take more pictures and actually get prints made
4.  Don't forget about yoga even though I have a baby to take care of
5.  Read one book each month (I'm open to suggestions!)
6.  Take some long weekend trips (probably when the weather is nicer)
7.  Keep a sketchbook for my creative ideas
8.  Kiss my baby boy every single day (this won't be difficult at all;)
9.  Return my library books on time
10.  Sew, sew, sew!

2012, you have a tough act to follow, but I'm pretty excited for all of the fun changes you will surely bring!

(Our family photo above taken by Genesis Photography.  She's the best.)
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