Garden Reflectons and a Menu Plan

I heard today that a close family friend passed away. He was in his 80s, and was a grandparent figure for me as a little kid. What I remember most is that he had a big garden (or it seemed big to me!) It was the size of his whole backyard, and I would follow him up and down the rows, wanting to see and smell and touch all of the veggie plants. I think that’s where I developed my love of gardens and growing food.

I wanted to post to express my love for this lovely human being, and thought of visiting pepper plant that a deer made into its lunch (why, I don’t know). I was more than surprised when I realized that although the tops were gone, the bottom started to regrow and is extremely hearty just a week after it was deer-munched. I’m not sure how much of a better metaphor for life I could have asked for. And sorry I can’t share the picture, I don’t know where our batteries are packed (sigh)

So I dedicate this post my Uncle Saul and to all the people who have shared their time, their love, their generosity and their passion with me, in big ways and in small, to help shape me into who I am.

Our theme for this week is olives, as hosted by Wendy of Celiacs in the House. I don’t know that we’ve ever had an olive theme before, so I think that’s awesome! They add so much flavor to a dish.


Curried Kale and Turkey


Herb salad with salmon and cassava crackers

Quinoa with kalamatas and sauteed mache

Something with beans….TBD


About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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7 Responses to Garden Reflectons and a Menu Plan

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  2. Sorry to hear of your loss, but what a lovely way to pay tribute to those who left their imprint on your life.

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Hope you have a peace filled week. 🙂

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your loss, and I wish you comfort and peace during the upcoming week.

  5. Thanks, Wendy. I appreciate it.

    Angela, thank you!

    Claire, that’s very sweet of you.

  6. I’m so sorry that you’ve lost such an important person in your life, Cheryl. Simply written, but moving post. So many people touch our lives over the years.


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