Monday, September 30, 2013

What is in your window boxes?

Beautiful flowers found at the local Shop Rite
The colors of fall are just as beautiful as the fresh spring colors.  They are bold, rich and very much a sign of starting over.  This weekend I cut back some of my perennials, pulled the last of the vegetables out of the gardens and redesigned my window boxes and plantings in the front of our yard.

The secret to beautiful window boxes is a seasoned picker

this year I added a lot of different texture
I left the purple potato vine in added some ornamental pepper plants for added layering.

I did the same in the pots, I left in the chartreuse potato vines for added layer and contrast
It's basically the time for trees to reevaluate their priorities and start anew.

It's a time to reflect, and settle in to a new post-summer groove.

Send me your fall planting pictures and I will feature them on next Monday's blog...Make sure you send me your location as there are a variety of plants according to regions..

Happy Fall!

Check out this yummy Healthy Breakfast Treat to make with your apples that you picked over the weekend!

Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
serves 4

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 medium apples, shredded
100% pure maple syrup, optional topping*

Bring quinoa, almond milk, and applesauce to a boil in medium pot. Reduce to simmer and continue to cook for 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Stir in apple pie spice, vanilla and salt. Pour into bowls and top with shredded apples and a drizzle of maple syrup if desired.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 230 calories, 4g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate, 6g dietary fiber, 11g sugars, 7g protein, 6% vitamin A, 8% vitamin C, 15% calcium, 15% iron

*Note: Optional topping not included in nutrient analysis.