As we welcome the month of March, we also say farewell to the winter season as we prepare to greet spring. Every month and every season has its perks from holidays, to weather, to deliciously fresh and ripen produce. With spring fast approaching, so are the numerous fruits and vegetables that reach their peak during the season.
While modern farming techniques make practically every fruit, vegetable, and herb imaginable available year-round, taking advantage of seasonally fresh produce does come with its benefits. For starters, the flavor will be maximized; the cost to purchase is also lower than usual (depending on your region) because the cost of travel is shortened.
Let's take advantage of springs produce!
Listed are Freshness Indicators + Delicious Recipe Ideas
+ Nutritional Benefits + Expected Harvest Times.
Fresh Ideas For Fresh Produce
- Brightly Colored Green or Violet Spears
- Firm Stems
- The Tips/Spears should be tightly closed
Recipe Idea - Oven Roasted
- After your asparagus has been washed, bend each stem close to the base, it should snap easily once it does discard the end portion. The broken-off piece is typically more rough in texture and less pleasant in flavor. Take a baking dish pour in a generous amount of olive oil. Lay your asparagus in the dish then season with salt and garlic. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 or so minutes depending on how firm or tender you would like your asparagus to be.
- Possesses Vitamins A, B9, C, E, and K.
- Fantastic Source of Fiber
- Possesses Zero Cholesterol
- Helps to Aid Digestion + Lowering Blood Pressure
- March To June depending on your region
- Tight + Shiny Skin
- Heavy + Crisp Feeling Stock
Recipe Idea - Rhubarb + Honey Water
- All you'll need for this recipe is 1/2 a cup of honey, a pound of rhubarb, and 7 cups of water total. To start, bring 4 cups of water to a boil; once at a boil, remove your pot from the heat and mix in your 1/2 cup of honey. Use a food processor to bring your rhubarb to a pulp; once there, place it in a bowl and pour in 3 cups of hot water. Let this mixture cool for 2 hours in the fridge. After 2 hours, take your rhubarb + water mixture and use a sieve to strain it into your water + honey mixture. Your drink is now ready to be enjoyed over ice.
- Possesses Vitamins C and K
- Fantastic Source of Calcium, Manganese, and Fiber
- Helps to Aid in Digestion + Lover Cholesterol
- April To July depending on your region
- Bright Green + Firm Tops
Recipe Idea - Cold Veggie Pasta Salad
- Start by boiling water and cooking your preferred style of pasta, my personal favorite it penne noodles. While your noodles are cooking, slice up an assortment of vegetables like cucumbers, celery, carrots, tomatoes, and deliciously fresh spring onion. Combine everything into a large bowl and mix in wither olive oil and salt or a ranch-flavored dried seasoning pack. Allow your pasta to cool for a 45min to a few hours in the fridge then sever it up for a tasty lunch or a chill spring dinner.
- Possesses Vitamin A, B6, and C
- Source of Calcium, Fiber, Iron, Chromium, Manganese, and Potassium
- Aids in Lowering Cholesterol and risk of Heart Attack/Strokes
- In Early Spring
- Frim Feel
- Bright Green Leaves
Recipe Idea - Tacos W Radish Garnish
- This recipe isn't radish specific but is still one of my favorite ways to eat radishes. Cook up meat or a meat substitute as a base; I love ground beef, chicken, and turkey. Season your meat with garlic, onion, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. While your meat is cooking away, prepare your add ons, I love topping my tacos with radishes, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo and lettuce. I'll skip the lettuce if I decide to substitute my tortilla with lettuce. Once your meat is ready, built yourself the world's most handsome looking tacos sprinkling on your in season radishes and enjoy their savory, spicy crunchy goodness.
- Possesses Vitamins B6 and K
- Source of Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc
- Aids in Digestion
- April To November depending on your region
- Bottom Roots Attached
- Dark Green Top Leaves that are Tightly Woven
- Bottom Bulb is Slender + White + Clean
- Avoid any that when pressed at the center have a hard seed stalk
- Avoid any that are apparently very limp or wilted
Recipe Idea - Leeks in Butter Sauce Over Rice
- Slice up your leeks, making sure they have been wash and cleaned of dirt. Heat up a pan with a tablespoon or two of butter. Give them a few minutes to soften typically no more than 6 minutes. Serve them over your favorite rice for a quick, easy meal.
- Possesses Vitamins A, B6, C, and K
- Source of Iron and Magnesium
- Aids in Reducing Blood Pressure
- September To April depending on your region
- Brightly Colored Vines + Leaves
- Avoid any that are Brown + Wilted + Damaged
Recipe Idea - Garlic Pasta w Peas
- I love simple pasta meals, and this just so happens to be one of my favorites. Pick any style of pasta, boil water, and cook it for the allotted time. In a separate pan, take your peas heating them up with some salt, garlic, and olive oil. Once everything has been nicely cooked, combine your peas and pasta into a dish, giving it a good mix. If you feel like you need more olive oil, salt, or garlic, do so, then add in some grated parmesan cheese and your set to enjoy your season's fresh peas.
- Possesses Vitamin C
- Source of Fiber + Folate
- Aids in the health of eyes + Skin
- March To July depending on your region
- Bright Green Leaves w Tight Arrangement
- Heavy in Feel/ Weight
- Rub the leave together if it emits a squeaking sound your artichoke is fresh
- Avoid any with Brown Leaves that are pulling apart from the center.
Recipe Idea - Grilled Artichokes
- Enjoy them in all their glory by simply grilling your spring artichokes. Cut off the outer leaves, then slice your vegetable in half long ways through a portion of the stem, make sure to scoop out the center. While your doing this, have salted water boiling in the background. Add your artichokes to the boiling salted water for about 5 minutes. You're looking to make them tender, but not have them falling apart. When 15 minutes has pass drain your artichokes out and brush each of the cut sides with olive oil and salt. Begin grilling them; after about 5 minutes, you're ready to enjoy.
- Possesses Vitamin C
- Source of Magnesium, Fiber, Folate
- Source of Antioxidants like Silymarin + Cynarin
- Aids in Liver Health
- March To May depending on your region
- Feels Crips + Strong
- Brightly Green
Recipe Idea - Kale Chips
- While your oven is preheating to about 350 degrees F. Wash and cut your kale away from the stem and into bite-size pieces. Place all of your kale on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil + season with salt. Place them in your oven to bake for about 10 -15 minutes.
- Possesses Vitamins A, C, and K
- Source of Fiber, Antioxidants, Calcium, and Beta-Carotene
- Aids in Lowering Cholesterol
- Spring and In Warmer regions
- Bright Green Leaves
- Deep in Maroon Color w the Top root + Stem and Green Leaves Still Attached
- Without Spots or Blemishes
- Smaller in Size, they tend to have a more Tender and Sweeter Taste
- Firm in Feel
Recipe Idea - Green Salad w Beets
- There is no crunch like the one taken from a salad made of all your favorite fresh veggies. Beets can be eaten every which way; dried, pickled, roasted, etc. You can also eat the leaves if you so desire, they are pretty healthy in fact. Take your leaves, shave/cut/or dice up your beets and toss them into an easy spring salad.
- Possess Vitamins B6 and K
- Fantastic Source of Potassium, Iron, and Magnesium
- Aids in Lowering Blood Pressure
- In Late Spring depending on your region
- Slim Stems + Shiny Dark Green Leaves
- Avoid any that Smell Odd + Wilted + Browning
Recipe Idea - Parsley Pesto Sauce
- In a food processor, blend up about 2 cups of cut parsley, 2 cloves of fresh garlic, 1 cup of parmesan cheese, and a pinch or two of salt once you notice a good looking paste forming drizzle in gradually about a 2/3 cup of olive oil. Adjust as needed for taste and serve it over pasta, toasted bread, or vegetables.
- Possess Vitamins A, C, and K
- Source of Folate, Potassium, Fiber
- Rich in Antioxidants like Flavonoids and Carotenoids
- Aids in Bone, Eye, and Heart Health
- In Late Spring depending on your region
- Bright Green Leaves + Vibrantly Colored Stalks
- Firm in Feel
- Avoid any that are Browning, Yellowing, or Wilted
Recipe Idea - Sautéed Chard
- In a pan heat melt butter and/or olive oil. After your chard has been washed, cut it separating the stems from the leaves, place the stems in cooking for about 5 minutes before you add in the leaves. Cook them until they have noticeably softened/wilted. Eat your spring chard like this or got the extra mile and eat it over rice, mixed into a cheese pasta, or alongside other vegetables.
- Possess Vitamins A, C, E, K
- Source of Fiber, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, and Manganese
- Rich in Antioxidants like Polyphenols and Vitamins C+ E
- Aids in Heart Health + May Lower Blood Sugar
- In Spring within Warmer Regions
- Leafy Bright Green Leaves Still Attached
- Overall Cream White Color with Purple Ring near the top
-Hefty + Hearty in size + Feel
Recipe Idea - Breadcrumb Coated Turnips
- You can create this simple recipe in two different ways. They both start with you slicing up your turnip and placing them into a boiling pot of water for about 5-10 minutes until tender. The first way to this recipe is by taking your breadcrumbs, about 3tb spoons of olive oil, and garlic to taste. Combing them in a saucepan and cooking it until the breadcrumbs start to brown. Once they are golden, sprinkle them alongside some parmesan cheese over your turnips, then you're ready to seave. The second route requires that you preheat your oven to about 350 degrees F. In a pan melt some butter then pour that along with parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs over your turnips that are in an oven-safe dish. Allow them to cook for approximately 15 minutes. Either way yields a pretty delicious turnip creation.
- Possess Vitamin C
- Source of Fiber, Folate, Calcium, and Phosphorus
- May aids with help in Controlling Blood Sugar + Anti Inflammatory
- In Spring and Fall depending on your region
- Brightly Green Overall Color
- Lightly Sturdy Frame
- Avoid any that are Wilted, Turning Brown, or Smell Odd
Recipe Idea - Mango Spinach Smoothie
- Blend a generous handful of spinach, frozen mango chunks, and your choice of a liquid base. I enjoy a spoonful of vanilla yogurt with a splash of milk. It's the perfect start to a morning or a grand mid-afternoon snack.
- Possess Vitamins A, C, B6, B9, E, and K1
- Source of Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, and Mangnesium
- Aids in Eye Health
- Spring To Fall depending on your region
- Brightly Colored
- Crisp in Feel + Look
- Avoid any that look Wilted or have dried looking ends
Recipe Idea - Lettuce Wraps
- Slice up some tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, and your choice of meat. Squeeze in a little lemon juice and top with parmesan cheese. Combine in a mixing bowl, then take your lettuce and wrap up your delicious mixture. Creating a simple perfect lunch that packs a tasty punch and crunch.
- Possess Vitamins A, B6, C, K
- Source of Magnesium, Folate, Potassium, Iron, and Fiber
- Aids in Heart Health
- Spring To Fall depending on your region
Spring brings warmer weather and a fresh new harvest of
delicious vegetables to enjoy.
If I had to choose, I would say I'm quite ready to head down to my local farmers market and pick up some fresh, locally grown radishes.
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Every Friday deserves good laughs. Here are some recent
WTF moments I had when out on shopping adventures.
wait? which is the front?
A local dress shop was having a sale, thinking a new darling gown would be a fun new find. We headed in to see what we could find. After several worthy contestants were plucked from the racks, a hung in a well lite mirrored dressing room, it was time to try them on. Although dress after dress, nothing felt right. Losing spirit, I tried on my last pick. I half-open the door quickly quietly, saying, " yep, nope, this isn't the one," As we were looking over, agreeing that it just seemed a little funny on me, a woman walks by and informs us that I have the dress on backward. Rosy red color starts to burn on my cheeks as I, the fashionista, owner, and operator of her whole retail store, put a dress on backward. I found comfort in knowing that, apparently, it happens to many women. Even so, I couldn't believe I put it on backward. Once she helped rotate the dress, it looked quite a bit better. I didn't purchase it, but there is no denying it was quite a grand dress now filled with a hilarious moment of confusion.
Disarray loses a sale
Sales or clearance rack are everywhere. In my opinion, it is rare not to encounter one on a shopping trip. A few weeks ago, we were out shopping when I came across this dashing little white and gold embroidered Calvin Klein dress. It was absolutely beautiful, and even though it wasn't the right size when I tried it on,
I fell in love with it.
It was the kind of immediate love that I couldn't just accept it wasn't meant to be and walk away from. So I took my find as asked if there were any in my size in another location. I was cheerfully greeted with a yes and a few locations to choose from; they were, however, all out of state. My next question was to then as if I could have the dress shipped to my house. Confused and disheartened, I was told no. The reason was that the company keeps its clearance section so cluttered, so disorganized, and in such chaos. That they did not want to have an employee use up their valuable time scrounging through there clearance section looking for it. I can not lie to you about how distorted my face got when I was explained why I couldn't buy the dress. At this company, what I was asking for used to be typical practice. One that they would push upon your time and time again in order to make a sale. So when I was told no, you can't, our retail space is in such disarray that we are willing to lose the sale to save an employee from having to scavenge for it, I was baffled. I have never had a retail experience like that, nor have I ever been met with a reply like that, it was a rather hilariously frustrating encounter.
WTF moments happen all of the time for me, here are a few that
happened during my shopping adventures.
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Growing pains. It happens to us all numerous times throughout our lifetime.
Whether it is physically, emotionally, or some other form, it is nearly impossible to escape the pains and aches that naturally occur when you grow.
With that said, take a look at the retail industry. It is no secret ladies and gentlemen that retail as an entirety has experienced some serious change and growth in the last decade or two. The entire shopping experience of what your grandparents knew, to what your parents knew, to what you know, to what your children know are so vastly different they are practically worlds apart. Even though in reality, these shopping eras are separated by mere years.
Do any Seattle natives remember Frederick & Nelson? As a teen, my friends and I would go and sip tea as we watched the newest fashions strut right before our eyes. My children don't and won't know Frederick & Nelson like I did because retail, when I was 16 and retail when youngest was 16, have grown worlds apart.
Retail has changed, and retail has grown. While I firmly believe that all change in some way or another is good. Sometimes in the moments when your first letting go of what was and settling into a new reality can cause frustration. Especially when it feels like the trip in-between point A to point B takes copious amounts of time.
Here are a few moments that stood out to me as a consumer where I felt
retail left me high and dry during its years of growth and change.
Don't forget to share yours with us @ThavinMarcob
Fast Fashion Conquers
Fast fashion has hooked its claws in and has slowly crept its way into the retail game, virtually taking over and making quality goods harder to find. Leaving us always hunting for that latest, fabulous fashion must-haves. More times then not, we are settling on something that isn't really what we are looking for, and while we love it. Let's be real; it leaves us wanting something different before it even makes its way into our closets.
Five Personalities Five wardrobes
Having five children with five uniquely different personalities made shopping days dreadful. They all have their own fashion sense and want to express themselves in various ways, whether it be through green hair, hats, baggy pants, or silly graphic tees. As a young mom, it was extremely difficult to find the needs of each individual child in any one retail location. As they have grown older, the challenges of shopping for them has only increased over time. While I no longer help to maintain their everyday wardrobe. I do still like to buy them clothes or similar goods as gifts. However, they are all still so vastly different that typically in order for me to find a gift that their personalities will value above all means that I have to make a trip to more than just one or two stores.
For reference, some of my kids love eco-friendly goods, some of them love made in the USA products, some of them love handcrafted goods, and some don't always really care. Since my children seek out goods that are tremendously different from one another, I typically do have to visit more than one retail establishment.
Walking Out feeling less than fashionable
As retail has continued its shift, I have found myself time and time again walking into a store looking for a boast-worthy fashion find only to search through racks and shelves of options that didn't fit within my personality. So time and time again, I left stores feeling less than fashionable and more uncertain if it was the store, if it was the stock, or it was me who was at fault. The explanations are endless, and I am never sure if the quality I long for always seems to be lacking, or the stitching is off, or it's just the styles that are in that season.
Retail has been going through some change. As a result, I have experienced some growing pains as a consumer. While the retail space will never be what it used to be, and while I do miss it. I am optimistic that retail as an entirety will eventually settle into an atmosphere that every fashionista will love. Until then, ill reminisce over what was and recount the moments where I started to feel the change in the retail game.
Share the moments where you felt retails shift and were left
feeling like it had turned on you with us @ThavinMarcob.
What are your passions in life?
Do they find their way into your professional life?
When you discover a passion in life it is truly is a remarkable moment of wonder. You passion holds even greater magic with the more aspects of life it sneaks it's way into. Thavin & Marcob formed it's foundation on passion. Luck has granted us the fortune of working along side our passions.
Here are some of our passions,
don't forget to share yours
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I grew up climbing trees, running around the woods, and sitting lake side chatting with friends. I love the outdoors, I believe a huge portion of that love stems from all of my fond childhood memories. Exploring nature is a peaceful activity. It's one that provides happy reassurance and joyous excitement every time I step out on a trail.
Giving People A Voice
I truly feel exited when others not only find their voice but also utilize their induvial personality to share their voice. This is one of the reasons why I not only love ethically manufactured clothing, I feel like everyone should own a few pieces within their capsule wardrobes. I enjoy wearing fashions that allowed others to be more then they thought they could, to do more then they thought they could, and well I truly enjoy the idea of knowing that my purchase made a difference. Plus I feel cute as fuck so it's a win, win for all!
What are your passions in life?
Do they find their way into your professional life?
Don't Forget To Share
We express who we are, what we are feeling, and what we value through what we choose to dress our bodies in. This however has not always been the case. Discovering fashion as an outlet for more than just function and style came about for both of us in different ways.
When did fashion become more than just clothes for you?
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January is the month dedicated to change. Change your bad habits, exchange them for good ones, make a life change so that you may lead a better, more healthy, and prosperous life. We are all here for a happy, healthy, productive, positive lifestyle. Which is why 2020 is going to be our year! It is going to be the year we will our dreams into existence and work towards our goals daily so that come the years end we will have embarked on a grand personal growth journey.
Join us this year as we dream up our wildest dreams, create goals to will into existence, and experience personal growth beyond imagination.
I would not consider myself a spontaneous person, but perhaps that is a greater part of my personality than I accredit. I can create a schedule daily, weekly, or monthly, and leniently speaking follow what I have guided my future self to do. However at some point along the way, I loose my way. On some occasions if it to take part in an exciting adventure, others it is because I grew board and found much more enticing entertainment, and on some occasions it is because I uncover a treasure of unstoppable creative inspiration that I feel compelled to follow no matter how astray from my scheduled path it might lead me.
I do appreciate the parts of my personality and character that call out to my impulsive, spontaneous, creative side. I do however grow frustrated with such characteristics when I find myself unable to complete a menial task or instead completely forgetting about the task all together. That is until I am reminded embarrassingly so that I was supposed to have accomplished it some time ago.
A goal that I have for myself in 2020 is to not lose or neglect the spontaneous , impulsive, creative side of myself, but rather to strengthen and improve upon my skills of following through with all that I start my day wanting to accomplish.
I am fully equipped with a 2020 month/day planner, a new notebook, pens, sticky notes, and a can do attitude in order to get myself started onto the path of office accomplishment fiery.
A mix of wisdom, life experience, and a kick-ass personality creates the entirety of my fearless nature. Failure is not something I am afraid of or ashamed of. We are all human; we all fuck up time and time again; there is no way to avoid it. So instead, I embrace it, I invite it in with welcoming arms because for every failure, there is a valuable lesson to be learned.
For most of my entire existence, this has been my way about new beginnings, adventures, and every curveballs, life throws at you. Although 2019 was a rather fickle year for myself where I aired on the side of caution more than I would have ever before. I didn't take the chances or those miraculous leaps of faith like I usually would. That woman in 2019 who cared more about the feathers she would ruffle is not who I am.
2020 is my year; the year I rediscover my fearless nature. To take all things new and old with a mindset that I seem to have misplaced in 2019. My focus, my goal for 2020 is to embrace the journey, the adventue, the new beginings, and the curveballs. All of it, the good, the bad, the scary,so that I am able to live fully and freely. I not only want to be a force to reckon with in my personal life but also in business with Thavin & Marcob. I will give everything I have failure or not to create a life that is beyod the limits of fear and caution.
New goals for the new year?
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We play a variety of games each year, so of them are silly seasonal themed ones, while others are the good old classics like charades. Here are some of the fun-filled games we will be playing this year. Make sure to share your family's tear-filled laughter with us @ThavinMarcob if you also play these games over the holidays.
Paper written with drawable actions, places, or things.
Pencil + Paper or Whiteboard + Marker.
How To Play;
Divide into even groups, once there pick which team goes first and which member will draw first. Have them select a piece of paper, read it, then quickly start the time. The team has a minute to call out correctly what the slip of paper says. Once it's guessed and if there is enough time left, the team member drawing picks up another paper and starts again until time runs out. Teams go back and forth until all of the slips of paper have been called out, the team with the most points wins.
Written down action, animals, people, or things.
Pen+Paper for score count
How To Play;
Divide into teams; have the group pick a member to go first. The player must then, in a minute, silently act out until their team had made the correct guess. If the player has time, they keep going. Teams go back and forth until all have been guessed; the highest score wins.
Who Am I
Headband or two
Cardboard cards of holiday figures
How To Play;
Once divided into teams and the first up member is chosen. Have that member using a headband place a card atop their forehead for everyone else to see, but not themselves. Without saying who it is, the other member must give hints as to who the fist up member is. Once the correct guess is made, they pick up another card and start the process over again until the time has run out. The highest score wins.
Roll To Draw
Enough dice for everyone
Pencils and Paper
How To Play;
Pick an object or figure for the player to draw. Assign parts of that figure to a corresponding number. For instance, if you were to pick a snowman.
Players must roll the dice over and over again until they can build the figure completely, first one done wins. If you want, you can add in more numbers either with more parts or have empty numbers that correspond to nothing. Have players work in teams, each member must roll and draw before they can pass it off to another, or have some distance separate the rolling station and drawing station. This way, your players have to run one way to roll and the other way to draw, creating hilarious chaos.
Prebaked cookies of any kind or shape
Frosting + Sprinkles
Plastic bags for piping or knives/spoons for spreading
How To Play;
Choose whether or not this is a timed event. Give each player a cookie and access to frosting and sprinkles. Then simply say go and watch everyone creatively decorate their cookie. Once everyone is completed judge who is the most festive, visually appealing, or unique, it's up to you. Whomever you choose is the proud cookie decorating winner.
If you make it at home, this game is only as tricky as you want it to be.
Paper for trivia questions + score count
How To Play;
Play as a group where everyone is an individual team or play in groups. Once that is decided, read off the trivia questions and start the timer. The player has a minute to answer as many as possible correctly if they do; they get the point; if not, the card goes back in the stack. The highest score wins the game.
Here are some of the games my family and I will be playing this holiday season.
If your family plays or you have any game recommendations for us.
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We can all agree that during the holiday season, there are key colors that just immediately scream seasons joy. I love a little holiday cheer as much as the next woman, but in most circumstances, I don't want my fashions screaming at you. I would rather they twinkle and shine dusting you in a magical glow haze of wonder. In my eyes, no two more magnificent colors to style for that classic elegant holiday feel are green and gold.
Sneak In The Seasonal Spark
Our Gather In Green & Gold Mood Board is all about fashions for your home or yourself that are perfect matches to the holidays but keep the holiday screams to a lovable level of classic elegance. Whether it is a green fuzzy jacket, a melted gold metal jumpsuit, or a beautifully blended wool throw, you'll be fit to celebrate the holidays in spectacular style.
Build on our mood board and share your ideas
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