Purple Basil, Herbs, Garlic Pesto with Bee Pollen and Nutrional Yeast RECIPE

First a little info on Bee Pollen and Nutritional Yeast:

Bee Pollen: *

Bee pollen contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and protein and the Chinese have used Bee Pollen for centuries to assist with increasing energy and libido, fighting acne, aiding in indigestion, assisting depression and helping to improve blood pressure.

*Bee pollen is not safe for pregnant women. A woman should also avoid using bee pollen if she is breastfeeding.

Nutritional Yeast:

Nutritional Yeast is FULL of nutrients and is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, especially for those who are vegan or vegetarian.  It is one of the few non-animal sources of B-12, is rich in folic acid and many other nutrients and amino acids.  This is not your typical yeast and is free of the Candida Albicans strain, making it safe for those concerned with candida.


Benefits of Purple Basil:  http://chefsecrets.info/vegetarian/permalink.php?article=Benefits-of-Green-%26-Purple-Basil-Pesto%2C-Basil-Leaves%2C-Basil-Oil.txt

Now for the Recipe:


  • 1 1/2 cups of Fresh Cut Herbs: I used Purple Basil, Green Basil, a bit of mint and Onion Chives cut the leaves and wash thoroughly.
  • Fresh Garlic as many cloves as you like
  • tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • tablespoon or less or bee pollen
  • salt (I use pink Himalayan salt, but you can use what you like)
  • pepper
  • squeeze of lemon


In a blender or food processor, add your herbs…



add fresh garlic



then, bee pollen


nutritional yeast…


about 5 tablespoons of olive oil


add a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper to taste



ENJOY on pasta, bread, by itself or in a salad

Urban Fruit Gleaning – Our Article in Good.is Magazine


Hi…This is my personal recipe and family blog site, but I am also involved with a fruit gleaning project in Riverside, CA picking neighborhood fruit from overflowing fruit trees and donating the fresh fruit to the local Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank and others in need. Our name is Inland Empire Urban Fruit Harvesting.

Good.is Magazine wrote a Food Grows on Trees article on groups who are gleaning for donations. We just happen to be one of them. Please check out the article and spread the word….

Urban Fruit Information:

Urban Fruit Blog: http://urbanfruitharvesting.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/UrbanFruit
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/ieurbanfruitcleaning
FaceBook: Urban Fruit Harvesting

Thank you,







My First Blooms of the Year







Attention All Inalnd Empire People – Urban Fruit Harvesting

Hi all….
first, thank you for taking the time to read this post.

I watched a short YouTube Video on Urban Fruit Harvesting…

I am inspired…

We have an abundance of fruit growing on trees in residential areas of the Inland Empire. But every year, this delicious organic food drops without being harvested. Meanwhile, many people living on low incomes have limited access to fresh fruit, vital to a healthy diet.

I would like to get together and gather the fruit before it falls, and make this valuable resource available to those who need it.

So, if you know of anyone who has fruit tress, please let me know.

Even if it’s just one tree, it’s okay.

I am going to gather up places to pick trees and then organized a volunteer outing to start harvesting. Bring home what you want and the rest I will give to local food banks, homeless shelters and other organizations who may need fruit.

Are you in? You know of anyone who has trees, do you want to help harvest? Volunteer a truck, containers, pickers, people…..???anything you can help out with would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your support.

Making a difference, lighting my footprint….

Plant, Replant and Plant Some More…

A little while ago, I received a couple ivy house-plant cuttings from my friend, Mariana? (You can check out the previous blog for more info)

She told me that if I placed them in water, they will root and I can replant them….Which I learned is Plant Propagation, the process of artificially or naturally propagating (distributing or spreading) plants.

……………….Here are the pictures from before…………………the picture on the left shows that I placed them into water but there are not any roots.

………….the picture on the right shows them beginning to root…………………………however,

………….I waited until the roots got about 3-4 inches long before I decided to plant them in soil…….

……………………Tonight, I spent some time planting the rooted cuttings: I made a mess!!! 😉

………….I have another Ivy house plant of mine was getting long and needed a trim. So, I got the cutters out and cut right below the joint……………..I kept and few leaves on cuttings to assure root growth. Now, I have more cuttings to rebirth…..a entire new plant to nurture.

…………….I admit, for me planting is a wonderful way to clear my mind of clutter and concentrate on the simpler, more important things in life. 🙂

Please send healthy “vibes” to this plant so that it can grow and produce more li’l plants. Oh, I’m just giddy!!!


Propagating Your House Plants

I was given these house plant cuttings from my friend Mariana a couple weeks ago. She instructed me to put them in water as they will grow again by rooting.

I took the cutting gladly and immediately went to home to place them in water. I then thought about all the house plants that I could get cuttings from and regrow them. I could have an entire house full of beautiful house plants inexpensively and helping the environment by REUSING nature. Fantastic.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Low and behold, two weeks later, “Wahhhh Laaaaa” they have began to root.

I started to research and found that house plants can be propagated in many different ways, however, the most common method of propagating plants is through terminal cuttings, sometimes called tip cuttings. In commercial nurseries, these tip cuttings are often placed directly in potting soil, then covered with plastic tenting while the roots have a chance to develop. Many gardeners root their houseplants by simply dropping a properly prepared tip cutting into a glass of water.

So what is a tip cutting?

Tip cuttings are a section of stem with at least one or buds. A properly sized tip cutting should be at least 4 or more inches in length and contain at least several leaves.

The anatomy of a stem

If you’ve ever taken a close look at a stem, you might notice that the stem contains a series of nodes ~ I like to think of them as joints. It is from these joint-like nodes that leaves, flowers, shoots, and roots develop. When taking a cutting that includes both leaves and nodes, you have all the components necessary for propagating a brand new plant.

How to root a cutting

Some houseplants are much easier to root than others, and the tip cutting method of rooting seems to work best on vining plants. Philodendron, pothos, prayer plants and grape ivies are a few examples of vining plants that can be easily propagated. Wax begonias, geraniums and certain varieties of peperomias can also be propagated using this method.

To remove a cutting from live plant, simply cut below the node. Remove the lowest leaves from the stem, and place the cutting in a lukewarm glass of water. Place in a sunny window, and watch new roots begin to develop somewhere after 3 to 5 weeks. During this period, it is important to keep an eye on the water level. Since roots will develop from the nodes, the nodes must be kept submersed.

Once the cuttings have a nice root system, it is time to transplant the plant into a container.

How fantastic is that??? Amazing. So, cut and re-plant!!!

I will allow my roots to grow a bit longer before planting them into soil. However, I will update this blog when I do that.

Morning Butterfly

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