Time to get your drink on!

I really tried to be ready for pollen this year, but wow – Nature isn’t messing around. 

I try to tell my self, these will be peaches. But for now, they're little pollen bombs.

I try to tell my self, these will be peaches. But for now, they’re little pollen bombs.

I think it’s the timing on the rain – we don’t need a lot, we just need it at the right time. Last year, a drought year, my peaches put off the biggest crop we have ever got. For a week last July I picked, pitted and bagged peaches. I only ran out of frozen peaches about three weeks ago. I even juiced a few pints, and whoa – it’s the nectar of the gods, people.

The grass is really high this year - my husband saves me this patch where we get a lot of mustard flowers. Mustard flowers and leaves are good to eat - but like my husband says, pick the high ones, higher than Badges can lift his leg.

The grass is really high this year – my husband mows around this patch where we get a lot of mustard flowers. Mustard flowers and leaves are good to eat, they have a hot taste like wasabi. There’s Biscuit, getting pollinated. She sneezes and sneezes. 

The unopened flowers are crunchy and spicey, the young leaves are tender and sweet.

The unopened flowers are crunchy and spicey, the young leaves are tender and sweet.

Gotta love a working girl.

Gotta love a working girl.

It’s a real contradiction – pollen gives us the foods we need to eat, but it seems to be trying to kill us during this time of year. My nose is burning, my eyes are dry – I have those horse shoes under my eyes too. I wake up early because my nose is glued shut. My stomach hurts from the continuous snot drip. My husband is sick all the time, but charges right back out there every morning, like Don Quixote. We wear masks, we change our clothes and  shower when we come in – yesterday I realized, we need to clean the inside of the F-150, which is parked in the driveway under two very horny trees. 

Yesterday I just said “F-it!” and stayed in the house for most of the day. That’s pretty impossible, I had to go out to do various errands and chores, take the dogs out for their shots, etc. The best laid plans of mice and moms – by dinnertime, my husband was calling me “Wheezy”. 

The capers in this chicken picatta we made for dinner really opened up the old sinuses.

The capers in this chicken piccata we made for dinner really opened up the old sinuses. I breaded this with crumbs made from my own bread, really made a difference in taste.

It’s a good time for spicey food. We picked up a little jar of capers to jazz up the same old same old, and yeah, they’ll dust the pollen out of your dark recesses. 

And in the morning, when my stomach is sour and bitchy from that post nasal drip, I look forward to my smoothie, it’s about the only thing that appeals to me at this point. 

Every morning I cut a fresh  leaf of aloe vera and scrape the slimy pulp into my smoothie. Then I take the skin and smooth the remaining pulp over my hands.

Every morning I cut a fresh leaf of aloe vera (take the paring knife along one side seam and cut to the other side, fold open)  and scrape most of the slimy pulp into my smoothie. Then I take the skin and smear the remaining pulp over my hands.

Here's about one ounce of pulp. It's so sticky - I could hold the plate upside down, and it would just hang like a big...nevermind. It has a slight bitter taste, but that gets lost in all the fruit and yogurt.

Here’s about one ounce of pulp. It’s so sticky – I could hold the plate upside down, and it would just hang like a big…nevermind. It has a slight bitter taste, but that gets lost in all the fruit and yogurt.

I've got some frozen fruit ( best deal right now is Raleys), a blob of aloe, some protein powder, homemade yogurt - I add pineapple juice and buttermilk.

I’ve got some frozen fruit ( best deal right now is Raleys), a blob of aloe, some protein powder, homemade yogurt – I add pineapple juice and buttermilk.

All that goes into this new "bullet" blender my family got me for Valentine's Day. My husband felt my old blender was inefficient and hard to clean - he was right!

All that goes into this new “bullet” blender my family got me for Valentine’s Day. My husband felt my old blender was inefficient and hard to clean – he was right!

My family treated me to a new tiny blender that works tons better and is easier to use than my old blender. This thing is so powerful, it gets all the protein powder and even hard frozen fruit. And then…

...you drink it right out of the cup.

…you drink it right out of the cup. The aloe makes it a little foamier, and gives it this little snappy taste.  Makes me smack my lips and say ‘Oh yeah Babee!” every time.

Time to wake up! Oh yeah Babee!

 

 

 

 

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