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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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simple, lovely.

These are the first apples of the season, fresh from yesterday's farmer's market. They are Whitney crabapples, little gems that are only about an inch and a half to two inches in diameter. They are juicy, crisp, and taste like honey with a tart twist. The farmer told me this variety is only good for a few weeks in early August, and then they become grainy and starchy.

I want to put them in a pan as is and roast them. I also thought about making apple chutney. But they are so good fresh I can't bear to cook them, I almost feel like they might be best enjoyed in their natural, fresh off the tree state.

But for now, I will admire their simple beauty as they sit in a bowl on my counter, and give thanks for the bounty of nature.

Speaking of bounty, my garden is growing marvelously. I planted some late-season arugula, and harvested my first winter squash, a modest little buttercup. The squashes are taking over the garden - delicatas are growing in the hastas, the butternuts have started climbing the fence, and the buttercups are filling in everywhere else. My beets are growing well, the herbs are still yielding tons, and zucchini plant is still on course for world domination.

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Reader Comments (2)

Gorgeous produce--you're so lucky your garden is doing well (mine is pathetic this year!).

Re: your comment on my blog--your idea to remake the pancakes sounds great. I think buckwheat would be a perfect compliment to the carob, but I'd still combine it with something mild like sorghum or even an all-purpose GF mix (such as Bob's Red Mill has). Can't wait to hear how they come out! :)

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Thanks for the encouragement Ricki, I'll try these this weekend!

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim
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