Monday, June 28, 2010

Snake and Dragon Sprouts

Summers have always been about having adventures and trying new things, for me anyway. Recently, I've taken up sprouting. It's something I've been meaning to get around to for a long time because of the health benefits, but it was just another thing on my to-do list (you know that you know what I mean). I've tried several varieties now and have settled on a combination of green lentils and mung beans that taste great together. And FYI, sprouting is really easy.

I have to admit, though, the kids were squeamish about trying mystery greens until I pointed out how much the leaves coming out of the beans looked like snakes' tongue or dragon fire. They took it from there (with alarming enthusiasm) and started biting off heads. So, now you know why we grow snake and dragon sprouts at our house.

I've also been giving them bubble blowing lessons with bubblegum. :o)

Bubble Head Pictures, Images and Photos

And we start swim lessons tomorrow. What adventures are you having this summer?


  1. Mmm, I love sprouts, but I never thought of growing them for some reason... I'm going to have to look into that!

  2. July should be pretty quiet, but then we're off to northern Utah for the first two weeks in August - for the end of the hubby's master's, and then the start of his PhD. Phew!

  3. lol, great trick. I will have to remember that for when my kid gets a little older. My summer plans are pretty much the same as my winter plans. Work, read/write, sleep, repeat.

  4. I'd love to see some pictures of those sprouts! What a cool thing to do.

    My kids are in swimming lessons right now. They're also playing miniball and we have one week left of ballet. Busy, busy. :) We also have family visiting from overseas, so that's fun!

    Enjoy your sprouting!

  5. I was trying to figure out what kind of sport sprouting was. It took a moment for it to click in!

  6. If you love sprouts, Faith, you should try growing your own. It's fun to mix them!

    We're going up there next month for a wedding, Krista. It's pretty there in the summer.

    If I lived as close to a beach as you do, Ryan, I wouldn't need to go on vacations in the summer. ;o) Are you still going back to school?

    Amy, what is miniball? And it is fun to have company. My youngest brother has been here for the last week. I'll take some pictures of the sprouts when they reach their snake and dragon phase and post them.

    LOL! Holly, that's perfectly understandable. I've posted about sports on here a lot more than I've posted about gardening. Though I haven't posted much about either of those the last few months.

  7. My great adventure so far has been watching my husband work tons of overtime and watching my son study non-stop for his MCAT in July.

    Happily, we will be spending a week at the beach once all the commotion dies down.


  8. How fun. I actually really enjoy sprouts. I'll have to put that on my "one of these days" list. :)
    Not a lot planned for this summer. Joey has swim lessons at my friend's house. It was awesome to see him actually move in a forward motion today, instead of sink like a rock, like he did previously. :) Other than that, I'm trying to come up with stuff so we don't drive each other mad.
    Hey, will you be home tomorrow? I've got some zucchini with your name on it. :)

  9. Great idea! I love it when kids come to really like vegetables for funny reasons. I still think it's cute when my little nephew eats "broccoli trees."

    Just writing at the moment. I have a fun SLC family reunion in a couple of weeks and later my husband's sister is getting married, so we'll be going to Indiana for that.

  10. Hurray for the a week at the beach, Sue!

    Yes, Rorie, the last swimming lesson gets over around ten. I'll be home after that. In fact, Janese will be over here at 10:30, if you gals want to squeak in a lesson. And thanks!

    Thanks, Debbie! I don't think I've ever been to Indiana. That sounds like fun.

  11. Okay, everyone tells me it is easy, but I always manage to kill them or rot them out of the container. You need to post your secret! :o)

    Adventures are limited this year, but we're trying to enjoy everything that comes along. I'm excited for the Fourth especially!

  12. I have never grown my own sprouts, but I love to eat them, so I might have to give it a try!! What a cool idea!

    My summer adventures involve lots and lots of reading :)

  13. Bubble gum blowing lessons! I so have to do that.

    Not the sprouts, though. Ack! Even if they are dragon heads. :)

  14. I LOVE your new blog look! Sweet on the bubble gum blowing! I'm teaching the YW how to play nose flutes tomorrow....that's a talent if there ever was one! ;)

    Hooray for sprouts...a homegrown food that survives this heat!

  15. Myrna, I just posted "your" story of the week on my blog. :) I hope you like it!

    P.S. Thanks for totally challenging me with the word rhea. Actually, it was very inspirational. :)

  16. Okay, Jackee, I'll do a how-to post on sprouts sometime soon. I've been growing them for over a month. That makes me an expert, right? ;o)

    Summers should always include lots of reading, Olleymae!

    Yes, Susan, they like the gum more than they like the sprouts. That's for sure!

    Em, if tomorrow weren't my little guy's birthday, I'd be tempted to crash your nose flute lesson. That's so cool.

    Thanks, Amy! And I'm glad you got to learn more about rheas; they're one of my favorite birds.

  17. I think you just made me like sprouts more with the dragon thing, haha :) Love your new background, by the way. And bubble blowing lessons sound fantastic.

    For summer adventures my friend Kirstie and I are going places we've never been to in town, even though we've both grown up and now go to college here. So far we've hit some great bakeries and a fantastic toy store downtown, a beautiful park we didn't know existed, and the replica of the statue of David downtown....because both of us have seen the real thing but never visited the fake one. We've got some more parks and museums on our list :)

  18. PS: All of these adventures include pictures and tourist poses.

    Looking forward to hearing more about sprouting :)

  19. That sound awesome, Sarah! And thank you!