Mixed Greens Blog

Mixed Greens Blog
Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

About Poppy

Former life: Ice cream scooper, Montessori teacher, student of psychology, weaver, spinner & natural dyer, clothing designer, entrepreneur, color consultant.

Inspiration: All forms of natural beauty, anything handmade, the way light changes, wild places, magazines with lots of photos, colors and their combinations.

Pleasures: Time with friends and family, cocktails on Friday night, snorkeling in the tropics, danceable music, gardening all day, yoga class, sitting by the woodstove.

Obsessions: Eating organic local food, being healthy, shopping at the farmers market, national politics, preserving our environment, making plans, being creative.

Struggles: Writing the way I see, worrying, being too impatient, reading and following directions, getting enough exercise.

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Posts by Poppy:

Apple Cider Rules

Ever wonder how apple cider is made?  If you have plenty of apples and access to a cider press, you can make your own. One box of apples will make about 2 -3  gallons of cider. Renting a press is an option or you can offer an extra set of hands if you know someone […]

DIY: Cup of Noodle Soup

I never know what to eat for lunch. A sandwich feels like too much, a salad not quite enough. Soup is just right but unless I’ve made a pot of homemade, I’m out of luck because I want something fast, easy AND fresh. I’m here to tell you that I’ve found the perfect solution to […]

Orange You Glad It’s Fall?

There’s no denying our days are getting shorter but just before the endless gray begins, orange vegetables bring some vibrant color to the table to ease the transition. Not only do they provide visual warmth but they’re loaded with all sorts of goodness to help boost our immune systems as we enter into the darkness.  […]

A Little of This, A Little of That – Late Summer Pasta Salad

One of the many great joys of writing a blog with my dear friend Sally is having access to her recipes. I don’t know about you but I feel a little funny after a dinner party asking my host for the recipe to EVERYTHING we ate. Surely that would not be considered good manners so […]

Bittersweet Beginnings & How to Roast a Pepper

I don’t know if I’m even ready to talk about the fact that the light is changing, Labor Day is behind us and before we know it we’ll be clad from head to toe in polar fleece. And to think that I only wore my bathing suit twice this summer — but maybe that’s a […]

Fannie Farmer & My Squash Casserole

When I was a young mother I took the role of feeding my family very seriously starting with growing fresh produce to cooking meals from scratch. Summer squash was easy to grow, sometimes so easy that I ended up with much more than we needed and was constantly trying to think of new ways to […]

Fruity Salsa Dancing

I’m on a fruit salsa kick and there’s no slow down in sight. Give me a bowl of fruit and I’ll whip up a bowl of salsa in no time and then it gets eaten just as quickly. Wait for me to make a pie and you probably won’t get one before summer fruit season […]

Presto. It’s Pesto

Take a bunch of something fresh and green — basil, arugula, parsley, cilantro or even broccoli. Add a clove or two of garlic. Half a cup of toasted nuts — walnuts, pine nuts or pumpkin seeds, some sea salt and hard cheese ( or try this vegan version with nutritional yeast instead). Put it all […]