CSA and the mystery box challenge

A few months ago we signed up with a Community Supported Agriculture venture and this week received our first box of produce, grown just down the road from us. Our vegetables come from Mike’s Garden Harvest and Mike, himself delivered our box on Wednesday night. Receiving a box of herbs and vegetables each week reminds me of the mystery box challenge from MasterChef.

This week’s box contained salad greens, lambs quarters, spring onions and radishes. We made several salads with the greens including a Broccoli, Arugula & Blueberry Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing, only I substituted the arugula for salad greens and I don’t even know what a Meyer lemon is so we had plain old ordinary lemon. It was still good. (click on the salad name to see the recipe)

CSA salad greens Heather Telford

I also sautéed some of the radishes in a brown butter and lemon sauce. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked radishes before; usually I cut them in patterns to serve with salad. They looked pretty bubbling away in the pan as there were purple and pink ones.

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Andrew used some of the lamb’s quarters in place of spinach in a Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Spinach Curry.

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I did the same thing and replaced the spinach with lamb’s quarters when I made Sun-dried Tomato Spinach Rice Pilaf. By the end of the week we still had some vegetables left, all still looking green and fresh.  I can’t promise that I will blog about our mystery box every week but I will do my best to write about the contents and our recipes as often as I can.

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Soccer

Between Andrew and B14 we have soccer games or practices seven times a week. We are also enjoying some Women’s World cup games in Ottawa. Last week A & A watched France beat Mexico then Korea win against Spain. The week before we joined B’s soccer team to watch Germany tie with Norway then Thailand beat Côte d’Ivoire.

B14’s team has played a couple of tournaments already this season including one this weekend.

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Dressember Wrap Up

Dressember has come to an end so I wanted to let you know how I went with my challenge and campaign. I was successful in wearing dresses every day in December. I wore many of my own and borrowed from friends and family also. It did not end up being too hard, the winter weather was pretty kind in December. I would have definitely found it much colder during January.

I have not yet reached my fundraising goal but there are a few weeks left so a reminder post here and a reminder email might get me a little closer. I am thrilled to have raised $940 and am so thankful to have such supportive friends and family members along with some donors I don’t know. Thank you all.

During Dressember and since it ended I have read updates and newsletters from the International Justice Mission, the organization which will receive the funds and put them to use around the world. The stories are both encouraging and heartbreaking. Men, women and children are being helped, freed and given hope but there are so many more still to be reached and impacted. If you would still like to contribute please click over here to my fundraising page.

I’ll wrap up with the dresses for Dressember 19-27:wpid-2014-12-31_09.28.42.jpgand the final four of the month, the year and the challenge:

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10 days of Dressember left

To read earlier posts about my Dressember campaign visit here and herewpid-2014-12-18_21.42.56.jpgA few fun facts about my Dressember so far

  • consecutive days spent wearing dresses = 21
  • different dresses worn =18
  • people whose closets I have raided = 4 (thanks girls)
  • things I wouldn’t usually have done in a dress – shovel snow, stack wood, take a carol singing hayride!
  • already raised 42% of my Dressember goal (I’d love to reach 100%)

Far more important facts which should help you see why I am wearing dresses all month and raising money for the International Justice Mission

  • It costs $20,000 to cover a IJM lawyer’s salary for a year
  • $4500 will cover trial fees for a victim’s case
  • $200,000 would provide 100,000 hours of individual trauma therapy for trafficking survivors.
  • Over $270K has been raised so far this Dressember
  • The total goal is $500,000

If you would like to support the International Justice Mission in working to end human trafficking, if you would like to see dignity restored to all women, if you would like to see justice for the poor, then donating to my Dressember campaign is a chance to be involved.

Thank you to those who have donated to the campaign and encouraged me as I have participated. To see the daily dresses you can check out my Pinterest board or Instagram.

 

 

 

Dressember 9

Days 1-9We are almost one third of the way through Dressember and I am happy to report that I have reached over a third of my fundraising goal. My goal is $1240 which is $40 a day for the month of December. Thank you to those of you who have checked out the sites I linked to at the beginning of the month and thank you to those who have already donated.

Last year the Dressember campaign raised $165,000; this year’s campaign has already past that milestone. As of today, 2,510 Dressember advocates around the world have raised $170,144.

I have to admit it has not been too much of a challenge wearing a dress for the last nine days. The biggest thing is of course keeping warm as the temperature has ranged from +5°C to -16°C. Most of my time has been spent inside but even when I’m outside I have a collection of warm boots and cosy tights to keep the chill off! Both my girls and a couple of friends have allowed me to raid their closets.  I didn’t set out to wear a different dress every day in December but it has been fun to have such variety.

The point is to make a difference and to make change possible for women, men and children living against their will in desperate, illegal and hopeless circumstances. The money raised for the International Justice Mission funds rescue missions and system reform as well as programs to equip and support those who have been rescued. Read some of the stories of hope here.

If you would like to the work of the International Justice Mission please visit my fundraising page. For updates check back here on my blog; to see the daily dress visit my  Pinterest board or my Instagram

Thanks for caring.

Dressember 1st

Today I begin my Dressember challenge to wear a dress every day in December and raise awareness and funds for the work of the International Justice Mission. To donate please visit my fundraising page.

The heart of Dressember is dignity for all women so I hope you will get involved some how. The money raised will help stop human trafficking. I would love you to share my fundraising page or blog address and if you are able, donate to the work of the International Justice Misson which works all over the world to rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible.

I will update you regularly here on my blog as well as post my daily dress on Instagram and Pinterest.

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Today’s dress is an oldie; I made it at least fifteen years ago, maybe more. I recently shortened it as it hadn’t been worn for years.