Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Had a busy night last night. Stopped and picked up things I needed at BJ's. Picked up red seedless grapes, green seedless grapes, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. Got them all washed and frozen, then made dinner. It was so nice outside we bbq'd.
I read somewhere that putting apple cider vinegar in your animals water will help keep the fleas away so I am trying it. Does not look like the cats like it but hoping it works.
John pulled up the pepper plants, tilled the garden, put up the greenhouse, so now we are trying to figure out what winter crops we could grow.
Looks like we will be getting pm showers, hope it waits till after work.
Hope everyone has a great day!!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
I am home now. Had a really nice weekend with my daughter (Melissa) and granddaughter (Lilly).
Wish I could put up some pictures but because of the dog attack on Lilly, I can't right now.
But Lilly was great, we watched cartoons, movies, played outside, etc. Melissa had to be at work at 6:30 this morning so when Lilly woke up and called for mom she got mom-mom instead. You know there is nothing like a child's smile and hug!!! Wish they lived closer but I am glad they are not too far away.
When I got home, I was able to pick the rest of the hot peppers, an eggplant, a couple of tomato's and pulled the onions up, think that's the last we will be getting. Time to think of winter crops?
Hope everyone had a good weekend!!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Yay, its the weekend. John is selling at the Farmer's Market this weekend. Melissa is working and Pat went on a trip so I will be taking Melissa to work and watching Lilly this weekend.
Will be staying at her place on saturday. Will be nice spending time with them.
Hope everyone has a safe and good weekend!!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Not much to say, been very busy at work this week, probably be like that for the rest of the week also. Another tech left and one is out due to death in family.
Rain today and tomorrow.
Hope everyone has a nice day!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
As in other kinds of bush berries, blackberries too are packed with numerous plant nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and dietary fibers that are essential for optimum health.
The berries are very low in calories. 100 g provide just 43 calories. Nonetheless, they are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber (100 g whole berries consist of 5.3 g or 14% RDA of fiber). Xylitol, a low-calorie sugar substitute in the fruit fiber, absorbs more slowly than glucose inside the gut, and thus does not cause rapid fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
Blackberries compose significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid, tannin), quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid. Scientific studies show that these antioxidant compounds may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
Fresh berries are an excellent source of vitamin-C (100 g of berries contain 23 mg or 35% of RDA), which is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation, and scavenge harmful free radicals from the human body.
They contain adequate levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K (16% of RDA/100 g) and in addition; they are rich in much other health promoting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, and ▀-carotene in small amounts. Altogether, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
Blackberries have an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity, a measure of anti-oxidant strength) of about 5347Ámol TE per 100 grams.
Further, blackberries contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Copper is required in the bone metabolism as well as in production of white and red blood cells.
They contain moderate levels of B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of pyridoxine, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as cofactors help the body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
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