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I’ve recently submitted my second article to Earth911 (insert happy dance) which is so exciting for me. You can read the first article I wrote for them at I’m also still writing for Recycle Nation and feel extremely blessed that I’m able to do what I love while helping people and the environment.

The girls at the farm


If you follow me on Instagram, you know this next article includes a pesto sauce recipe. I’ve had a number of requests for the recipe so here’s my recipe for a pesto sauce you can put on pasta, spread on a sandwich or toss into your salad.

Pesto Sauce Ingredients

 My Green Side’s Pesto for Pasta recipe:

(this recipe makes approximately 2 cups of pesto, enough for at least 1 pound of pasta)

  • 3 tablespoon pine nuts (or walnuts)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 3 cups of fresh organic basil leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Wash your basil leaves in cold water. Put nuts, salt and ½ cup of olive oil into your blender. Blend and then add your basil leaves, garlic and the rest of your olive oil. Blend. Add your cheese and blend until your mixture is at your desired consistency. Taste and add additional salt and cheese if necessary.

Mix into your favorite prepared pasta for a quick, healthy and yummy meal. Enjoy!

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by Wendy Gabriel

We were in Wisconsin last weekend for my Nana’s 84th birthday party. The venue was my parent’s organic farm. The decor was blooming fruit trees, adorable baby lambs and acres of glorious dandelions. We woke up to pancakes drizzled with delicious dandelion syrup (made by my sister, Jane). After breakfast all the cousins scattered to the winds to stretch their imaginations and their legs. Cadence (my 3 year old) decided she wanted more dandelion syrup so we grabbed a bucket and headed out to the harvest.

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~A.A. Milne

Our attitude towards plants is a singularly narrow one. If we see any immediate utility in a plant we foster it. If for any reason we find its presence undesirable or merely a matter of indifference, we may condemn it to destruction forthwith.  ~Rachel Carson

Dandelion Syrup

You need to put at least 12 hours aside to let the dandelion tops steep and then need 2 or 3 hours to simmer the syrup. Perfect activity for a chilly and rainy spring day.


  • 250 (or so) dandelion tops
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 pounds of organic cane sugar

Put the dandelion tops in 4 C filtered water, bring the water to a boil then cover and simmer for an hour. Let cool and place in the refrigerator overnight for the dandelions to continue to steep in the water.

The next day strain the tops from the water. Mix the water with 2 lbs of sugar and the freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon. Simmer for about 2 or 3 hours, until the water evaporates.

After 2 (or 3) hours, a froth should form on the surface of the syrup. Take the syrup off of the heat and let cool. It should thicken as it cools. The finished product is a delicious syrup that has an earthy sweetness.

If you love dandelions as much as I do, here are some awesome sites to check out:

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by Wendy Gabriel

The goddesses were both feeling a little under the weather yesterday. They’ve had a busy few weeks and I think between traveling to our Papa’s funeral and then having Grandma visit (translation: no sleep), their little bodies just needed a little rest. We spent the day resting, finger painting, taking a lavender infused bath (or two), playing games and more resting. I decided to really help their recuperation by making some homemade organic chicken noodle soup. Noodles courtesy of my Mom’s simple and yummy egg noodle recipe (see below).

Little Greek goddess


A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.
~Ogden Nash



The goddesses... resting

Baby Greek goddess


 You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.
~Desmond Tutu



Here’s my Mom’s Egg Noodle Recipe:

2 cups organic flour
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons water
Extra flour for rolling and dusting

Mix ingredients until a ball of dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and Resting egg noodle doughknead until a smooth dough is achieved (about 5 minutes). Cover dough with a tea towel and let rest for 45 minutes.

Cut dough in half. Roll out dough to desired thickness (we like them thick). Sprinkle dough surface lightly with flour, flip over, and sprinkle other side with flour. Transfer to a tea towel and repeat with remaining dough.

Let dough dry out (this may take several hours). When dough is dry cut into strips.

To use, cook noodles is simmering salted water or broth for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Allow 1/2 cup dried noodles per serving. The cooking time will vary considerably depending on the flour, humidity, and so on, so taste to check noodles for doneness.

Yummy chicken noodle soupI added the noodles to some organic chicken broth, chicken (organic/free-range), organic carrots, organic celery, salt, pepper and (my secret ingredient) some grated reggiano parmesan.

Serve with some warm crusty bread and you have a delicious meal designed to warm the tummy and comfort the soul (and hopefully knock out all colds).

Some of my favorite photos and photo blogs:
Twilight Earth’s Photo Sunday
Mother Nature Sunday Gallery: Beaming Flowers from Love Earth Always
Photo Terri

Sam Can Shoot

Twin Cities Photo Blog


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by Wendy Gabriel

Cookies are made of butter and love. ~Norwegian Proverb

Chocolate Chip Cookie Snowman

Organic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Two 4 oz. sticks of butter
3/4 cup organic brown sugar
3/4 cup organic sugar
2 organic eggs
1 T organic vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups organic white or all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Organic chocolate baking chips
1 cup organic chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix ingredients. Smooth dough into a greased snowman pan (or a round pizza pan). Decorate as desired. Bake 9 to 12 minutes, until edges are nicely browned.

Some of my favorite photos and photo blogs:
Twilight Earth’s Photo Sunday
Mother Nature Sunday Gallery: Beaming Flowers from Love Earth Always
Photo Terri

Sam Can Shoot

Twin Cities Photo Blog


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