Friday Findings, Food & Flora: Vol. 4

Every Friday I share interesting links and findings, food I’ve made,
and an update on what’s growing in the garden. Enjoy.


    • This morning I watched this short film about the search for the rusty-patched bumble bee. It’s beautiful, interesting, and definitely worth the watch.
    • Real Housewives of New York City is one of my favorite shows (total guilty pleasure), and I was pretty psyched to see one of the “wives” boyfriend’s launching this project in an effort to bring a bit of a garden into people’s kitchens. Very beautifully done!
    • The latest post in my Cancer Chronicle series touched on a subject that isn’t talked about much: post-traumatic stress that many cancer patients/survivors suffer from (myself included). This article sheds some light on the issue.
    • An older article, but I love the infographic showing what 500 calories of different types of food looks like in your stomach.
    • I’m continuing my yoga education this weekend with a Yin Yoga workshop. Here’s a roundup of resources on the practice if you’re curious/not familiar. It’s a game-changing practice, especially if you’re an athlete.
    • I’ve had my eye on these cookies for days, they’re on my list of weekend projects.
    • Also a possibility for this weekend: these raspberry cupcakes. Yum!
    • Something fun to think about: living in a van.
    • What is your spirit vegetable? I am rhubarb.
    • Most people seek picture-perfect fruits and veg when shopping, but what about the ugly ones? I was psyched to see this local endeavor set on giving ugly produce a little more love. Bonus: this Twitter account also champions the misfits of the produce world.
    • I never thought the Terminator would be promoting less meat and more plants but alas, here he is:


4A6A2764A choose your own adventure baguette party. (Sidenote: I am not gluten-free, in case that wasn’t obvious.) From top left going clockwise: Garlic scape hummus, vegan ranch, peas and baby carrots from the garden, tomatoes, curry sauce, garlic scape pesto, rhubarb cherry compote, berries from the garden, and castelvetrano olives.4A6A2740The garden is still overflowing with peas. These “pea cakes” were inspired by this recipe, but I used farro instead of millet so they were a bit heartier. These pictured caked were baked in the oven, but I pan-fried some others in coconut oil and they were even more delicious. 4A6A2791Every morning includes filling the trug with various items from the garden including greens for the morning smoothies and whatever fruits are ripe. Berries aplenty!4A6A2748An assortment of various raspberries, red currants, and blueberries from the garden.


The excitement outside continues to grow, literally. Here’s what’s happening:

4A6A2778The latest bouquet put together from wildflowers, herbs, and more.
4A6A2792The California poppies are starting to bloom.
4A6A2798Soon there will be poppies as far as the eye can see.
4A6A2809Daisies, everywhere.

4A6A2807Seriously, everywhere. 

4A6A2817The dill flower heads are so beautiful. 

4A6A2827First bloom in the pansy/viola pipes!

4A6A2823Looking forward to seeing more in the coming days.
4A6A2841Flower rows in the garden coming along steadily.

4A6A2846A stunningly large and beautiful zucchini flower.

4A6A2842Potato flowers blooming above, magic happening below ground.

4A6A2853This guy will be red by the time he’s ripe. I love the curly end.

4A6A2849Showing the height of the tomato plants, and trying to figure out if the bug I’m seeing is good or bad.

4A6A2861Corn coming along, with beans at its base.

4A6A2869These grape vines came with the house and have yet to produce a successful crop. Fingers crossed for this year.


Along the back fence of the yard is a row of zinnias and a row of sunflowers. Here’s the first zinnia bud, almost ready to bloom.4A6A2857

And finally, some lantern-like tomatillos are starting to take shape.


I finished the history of my cancer treatments by telling the story of my last surgery and chemo from this past February.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.



Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.

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