Archive for October, 2012

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Unassuming and modest from the gate, my small native plant garden creates an impressive impact. One of the best ways I relax is to have a quiet, peaceful place to go. My backyard garden is an excellent way to have my own little oasis of calm. Everyday the garden changes, I never know what I will discover in among the plants and trees.  The possibilities are endless.

The creation of my garden is a tension reliever as the plants have evolved through the years.  I have enjoyed adding the varied colors of flowers and succulent plants that create an interesting layout.  The trees offer shade and beauty when the afternoon sun is full.

I use the garden to relax and create a world of simple peace.  I welcome coming home and stepping into my sanctuary of nature.

Sitting quietly soaking up the sun, listening to the birds singing, and admiring the simple calm beauty.  The wild small creatures come and go.  I watch them as they study me and I welcome their daily visits.

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Pam’s Home & Garden Design Photostream:  58726114@N07

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Potassium is an essential nutrient used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.  A deficiency in potassium causes fatigue, irritability, and hypertension (increased blood pressure).

Try adding more potassium in your diet from natural food sources:

Herbs  – Herbs are packed with nutrients and potassium. Chervil contains the most potassium. It is followed by coriander (cilantro) leaves, parsley, basil, dill, tarragon, mint, ground turmeric, saffron, and oregano.

Avocados  – Avocados are great when made into guacamole or in a salad.

Paprika and Red Chili Powder – Paprika or red chili powder add a nice spicy kick to any dish. Paprika provides higher potassium.  Chili powder is great also while adding zip to any recipe.

Dried Apricots, Prunes, Zante Currants, and Raisins – Dried apricots and prunes can be chopped and served in a salad or eaten alone as a snack.  A good source of fiber and many other vitamins.

Pistachios and Other Nuts – Nuts are a delicious snack, and a great addition to salads.  Other nuts high in potassium include beechnuts, ginko nuts, chestnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pine nuts, coconuts and walnuts.

Seeds (Pumpkin, Squash, Sunflower, and Flax) – Save any pumpkin and squash seeds you have and roast them in your oven.

Fish (Pompano, Salmon, Halibut, Tuna) – Cooking fish with dry heat is the best way to preseve the potassium content.

Beans – White beans provide the most potassium. Followed by adzuki beans, soy beans, lima beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, great northern beans, navy beans, lentils, split peas and black beans.

Kiwi, Dates, Bananas – Make a great snack, breakfast bread or smoothie and a addition to any salads.

My favorite go to healthy recipes:

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Sir Russell Coutts, Wellington New Zealand won four America’s Cups (1995, 2000, 2003, 2010).

Matthew Mason first won the America’s Cup with Team New Zealand in 1995 and was with the team for its successful defense in 2000. In 1992 he won the ISAF Match Racing World Championship with team CEO Russell Coutts.

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