I got out there early, before the bees woke up. We have bees everywhere right now.
I picked more than would fit in the dehydrator, so I blanched the rest for the next breakfast or pasta dish. Nettle can be used in any dish you would use spinach or other greens. Did you know 1 cup of cooked nettle contains 428mg of calcium? Dandelion, 1 cup boiled contains 147mg of calcium. According to the internet, those are the figures I found. Hm. A huge difference. No wonder my teas helped my hair and nails.
New recipe ~ Black Eyed Pea Spread. It's online at Eating Well. It is a nice substitute for hummus, as you can control the amount of garlic. It tastes just like hummus, it's just green vs. white, due to the parsley in it.
Speaking of parsley, it is high in vitamin K, which is needed for bone, brain and eye health. And it contains other good vitamins and minerals.
Black eyed peas have a good amount of calcium. I wouldn't hurt for me to eat more of them, so I tried the recipe.
You can use it place of mayo on a sandwich, or eat it like you would hummus, or even top an appetizer with it.
I used organic canned, because it was what I had in my pantry. I have a running list to order some dry. Our grocers do not sell them dry.
I am so very thankful for:
-the school for arranging us stone, and for filling in the pot holes and shoveling the stone for us.
-for finding my lost earring, found it in the barn the other day, and was tickled pink. Had to sanitize it, but I thought it was a "goner."
-the rain we are getting. Our asparagus is still providing. So thankful for that too.
I am now a firm believer that when you remove negative energy from your life and home, life is grand, things run smoother, things get done, and there is a heightened sense of motivation. Even the plants seem happier.