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A'las, I did it!

For quite some time now, I've been expressing my desire to have an in-loft herb garden, and while out shopping a few weeks back, I happened upon mini herb kits that came inside of mason jars. I had a couple left over from when I started storing herbs for the 303 Face | Body SubtleTEAS herbal tea line, and yesterday morning, (a day after National Gardening Day) I was finally able to plant the seeds.

 A few weeks back, I'd gone over to our local gardening store here in the heart of the city, Urban Roots, to check on what sort of seed packets that were available. I decided on Marigold Signet (Lemon/Tangerine Gems), Basil (Sweet Thai), Lavender (English), and English Thyme. 

 There are so many things I love about our loft, and one of those is the wonderfully tall windows. Although I oftentimes miss having a balcony, I love the amount of light that we get in the loft, rain or shine.. and hope that it will be perfect in helping these awesome little herb...

Summer is literally around the corner, and the temperature these days certainly reflects that. 

Dinner salad season has arrived.

This evening, I decided on a rosemary shrimp salad. To make this warm weather delight you'll need:

3 Rosemary Leaves

 1 Tsp Alaea Salt

 1 Cup Grapes

 1/2 Cup Sunflower Kernels

 1/2 Cup Goat Cheese Crumbles

 2 Tsp EVOO (for cooking) 2 TSP EVOO (for after shrimp has cooked and adding all ingredients together.)

 1 Tsp Ground Ginger

 1 Tsp Ground Cloves

 1 Tsp Sriracha

 .... and 1 1/2 lb large shrimp.

In a skillet with heat on medium low, heat up olive oil. After five minutes, add shrimp. After shrimp has cooked for 5 to 7 minutes, add rosemary, cloves, ginger, sriracha, and half a tsp of alaea salt to mixture. Cover and simmer for 7 minutes. 

After shrimp blend has finished cooking, add mixture to a large salad bowl. Add grapes, goat cheese crumbles, sunflower kernels, as well as remaining EVOO and alaea salt. Blend well, plate.....

.....and enjoy! 

 M Lundy is t...

Ten days into earth month.. seems that I literally just wrote my blog on the month being near.

Well, as all things green are on my mind a tad bit more than average, I'm pinpointing the spot (as well as the herbs) that I want to grow in my indoor herb garden. Super stoked about this.. as I shop weekly for fresh herbs, cannot wait to simply grow my own.

 As much as I adore our loft, I loathe the fact that we do not have a balcony.. but I love options.. and the windows in the loft are tremendous (lol) and an indoor window garden box will work wonderfully!

-Pictured Above- Inspo (and green food porn) for ideas on what to add to my garden..  from the start of last years Farmers Market at Union Station.

As my mind wanders with anticipation, it also wanders with excitement for an upcoming adventure.. coming soon!

M Lundy is the Founder of 303 Face | Body, as well as Creator of 303 Home | Loft | Wellness.

 Well, we made it. 

Such an extreme, snow filled winter.. (this is sarcasm.) However, after a couple of months in boots, layered clothing and beanies, I'm ready for stepping out of the house in a pair of gladiator sandals and a sundress.

Spring serves as a natural stimulant for me. Beginning the morning with the sweet harmony of birds, gentle daylight caressing your eyelids, bringing you to your feet, heading out for an early walk before 6a. 

I'm uncertain if it is because of the requirements of my company, or if its simply my life's natural path, but with each passing day, my life is gradually becoming blanketed in aromatherapy.. meditation.. minimalism.. peace.

With 303 Face | Body, I'm constantly learning about natural healing butters and herbs for the products, and the study of this is starting to marry with my love of gemstones, caring for various plants, having a living space filled with healthy aromatic blends, healing sounds (flute, water, birds) being played throughout the lo...

fruit sal·ad

noun

  1. a mixture of different types of chopped fruit served in syrup or juice.

I was so excited to attend the Farmers Market this weekend at Union Station.. and even happier to find chives. My mind instantly went toward a recipe idea that I could not wait to try.

Viola! The Strawberry Melon Flora Salad.

For this delightful blend, I used only the flower of the chive which has a spicy, earthy taste to it that is unlike the fruit in this salad, but that is what added the appeal.

 I was also able to find spearmint at the farmers market, and that is one of the ingredients. A handful in the salad is perfect.

 Strawberries are added to the mix, eight to be exact.

 Watermelon, another refreshing ingredient, one cup will do.

 One cup of cantaloupe melon is a lovely addition to the mix as well. 

Layer everything in your favorite bowl after chopping and rinsing ingredients..

 ... a garnish, but amazingly tasty addition.. the chive flowers! Blend all items together with tongs.

 Top...

June 2, 2016

Just Cuke It.

 Fun little cucumbers without the extra.

Lemon Cucumbers are a little more mild than actual cucumbers, and half the size, making a fun lunch or dinner treat without any leftovers.

Making its debut it the late 1800's, these mini's have a thin, tender skin that some may find easier to digest. When picking out the perfect cuke, the proper size would be slightly smaller than the size of an orange. Anything larger will be quite seedy. 

If you're interest has now been piqued about lemon cucumbers, you can generally find them at your local farmers market, or they are also commonly found in indian markets. Wondering how you can grow your own? Well, a cool climate is best.

Below you'll find a recipe for Pomegranate Lemon Cukes, hope that you are able to find and delight in them!

POMEGRANATE LEMON CUKES

6 lemon cucumbers, sliced

1/2 cup pomegranate infused red wine vinegar

2 tsp tellicherry ground black pepper

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

 4 tsp fresh parmesan 

1/2 cup shredde...

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