Garden Veggies Mandala (#5)

I think this one (5th mandala) turned out rather nifty looking.  Kind of like a fancy salad.  It inspires me to plant a garden again, eat healthy, “juice”, and the rainbow of colors just makes me happy.

This was created with a pic I took of some of the veggies that we grew in our garden during the summer of 2012 – lettuce, carrots, cherry tomatoes and radishes.  We had some other stuff growing too – like our “surprise” cucumbers.  We didn’t plant them – they came from seeds that were mixed in with our compost.  And we got the most yield from those cucumber plants.  They just kept flowering and flowering.

This was our first garden and we were thrilled that it worked! We followed instructions in a book that I can’t remember (will post the name when I find where I put the book!) to build 2 raised beds.  And I made the planting tool/measuring stick thingy that the author suggested.  I also took some advice from Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew.  My boyfriend rigged some automatic sprinklers for the two beds – there were some pieces of wood and lots of zip ties involved and it worked very well.

Here is the original pic:

Note that I did take this picture with my smartphone so it is not the best quality.


The picture and the mandala both remind me of “juicing” which is something I started doing around January last year.  So far, the first week of 2013, I have been juicing almost every day and I love it!  I have a Juiceman Juicer that has performed well for a year now. It is noisy – but it gets the job done!

I got inspired to start juicing by watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” that you can watch for free on Amazon Prime and other places like Netflix and Hulu.  You’ll find lots of useful juicing info on the corresponding website – Reboot With Joe  (Joe Cross is the guy that made the film).

I usually have the same juice every time that contains:

  • Spinach or Kale (lots!)
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • nub o’ ginger
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lemon

This gives me enough to have 3 juices throughout the day.  I store the extra juice in glass jars in the fridge.

Here’s what that cocktail looks like:


I know it might not look that appealing but it is G-O-O-D…. GOOD!  It took a little while to get used to the taste but now it tastes like sunshine in a glass!

Funny side-note:  That glass is actually one that I used to drink Guiness out of (some old college friends gave me a set eons ago).  And that juice really does look like a green version of a Guiness.



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