Weekend Coffee Share – Trying two new varieties of sprouts

Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share! Can I get you some coffee? Or tea? The first couple of days of the week we had plenty of snow, but it is unfortunately all gone now. The children were overjoyed the two days we were able to go sledding down the little hill in our school yard. We are hoping for more snow, the temperatures are 26-28F at night, with a high of 32-34 during the day. What’s the weather like in your corner of the world?

This is what it looks like now…

I’m trying two new varieties of sprouts this week, Fenugreek and Adiago mix (broccoli/clover/rose radish.) I recently read a book about sprouting, to inspire me to try new types of sprouts. I’ve been into sprouts for many years, but I mostly trend to fall back to only two varieties; mung beans and alfalfa, so I decided I wanted to try some new varieties. I’m excited to see the result.

At work I’m sprouting alfalfa with the kids this week (last week was mung beans.) I believe that the art of growing your own food, in the region where you live is an essential skill to live a sustainable life, therefor I see it as my responsibility (and greatest joy) to grow food with all the kindergarten children I have the pleasure of spending time with. Here in the Nordic countries we have several months of darkness in the winter, and sometimes very cold weather, to grow food in these conditions takes a little more knowledge compared to let’s say California, where I used to live. Sprouting is the easiest way I know of to get fresh greens on your plate during the winter. It doesn’t require any special tools that you don’t already have in your kitchen. A glass jar (mason jar or similar,) a small piece of fabric for a lid/drainer and a rubber band to attached the fabric to the top of the glass jar, water and seeds is all it takes to get started. The seeds themselves are tiny and take up very little storage space, but produce a lot of food. They also have a long shelf life, and it is worth it to purchase seeds especially for sprouting (event though you can sprout almost every bean and legume there is.) It’s definitely worth it to have a few varieties at home at all times. 

A corner of my kitchen counter where I have my sprouts. I started the two new varieties yesterday, along with another batch of my all time favourite alfalfa. It’s very rare for me to not have alfalfa sprouting on the counter, and at least one ready-to-eat jar in the fridge. As you can see in the photo there are no special equipment needed for sprouting. The fabric on top of my jars is pieces of an old repurposed t-shirt.

Added Benefits of Sprouting:

  • It is easily digestible.
  • Sprouting increases the vitamins and mineral content.
  • Doubles the Vitamin A content.
  • B complex vitamin increases 5-10 times more.
  • Level of Vitamin C increases.
  • The bioavailability of nutrients increases.
  • Proteins are easily digestible.
  • Cooking time is reduced. – https://www.netmeds.com/health-library/post/amazing-benefits-of-sprouts

Can I get you a refill on that coffee/tea? What are you up to this weekend? Have you been celebrating Thanksgiving this week? There are always so many things to be thankful for. When we lived in the US my daughter used to celebrate with her dad’s side of the family. That was the only time of the year when she saw them. Any talk of Thanksgiving makes her miss them so much that I choose not to make a big celebration this year, to make it easier for her. I don’t think she realised it was this week. Instead we are looking forward to the upcoming Christmas break, and Christmas with my brothers and their families. Are you starting to look forward to Christmas? Any plans? We are going to take out some Christmas decorations from storage today, it’ll be fun 🙂  

I hope your week is fabulous! Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share.

Love,

Maria  

Published by Maria

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. I now reside in the region where I was born Dalarna, Sweden. I am a mom, a minimalist and a gardener. I'm also a kindergarten teacher with a dream of improving practices of teaching sustainability in kindergarten. To be able to engage in educational research I am working on my Degree of Master of Science, Main Field of Study: Educational Work. Love, Maria

26 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Trying two new varieties of sprouts

  1. Sorry the snow didn’t last long, though I am glad we don’t have any here 😉 Sprouting does sound like a good thing to try. I might when we are a little deeper into the winter.
    I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Yes, snow is enjoyable when you don’t have a road to maintain or a lot of other shovelling on your list of duties 🙂 At the moment snow is only associated with play-time and fun for me, but I do know about those other sides as well… I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend!

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      1. I do like snow, but, as you said, there is a major downside for people who have to drive and take care of shoveling etc. There have been many winters in NH where we had snow on the ground from early December through the winter, but lately very few and I have grown used to having the heavier snow arrive in late December or early January and so snow now just feels early. Up north in ski country? It can snow all it wants! I used to do my first ski trip the first weekend after Thanksgiving…
        Hope you had a great weekend!

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        1. I hear you! If only the snowflakes could choose the right places to land 🙂 Stockholm got tons of snow last week, it was total chaos and we made jokes about sending them some help to deal with the snow.

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  2. I’m sorry you lost your snow, it brings such joy to the children on their sleds. Those were fun days! Sunshine and 58F are the forecast for Vegas today, Maria, the heat left the valley a while ago. Have a great new week!

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    1. Yes, hopefully we’ll get more soon 🙂 Enjoy the cooler weather and you bike rides. It is so much fun re-experiencing Vegas through your lens. Have a great rest of your week!

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    1. Yes, we do. I encourage the children in my class to take picture themselves using an iPad. They are 4-5 years old. We also compare how fast they develop and talk about what’s happening on a daily basis. Some of them draw or paint the progress in our art studio.

      I hope your recovery goes well. ❤

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  3. Thank you for your weekend coffee share. We had a dusting of snow ten days ago and it’s been long gone. Yesterday it was 11C (52F) and the local forecast is a few Celsius degrees above freezing point for the rest of November. I can relate to sprouting as we live in cold climate. Happy sprouting and have a great week ahead!

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  4. I planted some winter lettuce a few months ago, but either it didn’t germinate or the slugs got it. Growing sprouts and pea shoots (lovely in salads or stir-fries) on the kitchen windowsill is a safer bet for fresh winter veg. The weather is still mild here in Scotland, temperature only just dropped to single figures (°C).

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  5. Hi Maria! Thank you for the coffee and the helpful explanations for sprouts. Such variety I had no idea! I clicked on the link and I can’t believe how beneficial and healthy it is to eat sprouts! I can see why you grow them and consume them. I’m thinking I am going to give it a try. I love learning new things too. 😍

    I think that’s a good idea to minimize the Thanksgiving or not celebrate since it’s not a holiday there and can totally see how that would bring about the memories of family in the U.S. The focus of Christmas will be fun for all. Have a wonderful week ahead my sweet friend! ❤️🤠💞

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    1. So happy your enjoyed the post ❤ I'm going to share how the new varieties turned out this weekend. 🙂
      I hope you decide to do some sprouting yourself. I would love to hear what you decided to sprout, if you do give it a try. Happy first day of December! ❤

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  6. Snow does get one in the mood for the holidays. We’ve had a couple dustings, but it has remained warm. Right now it is pouring rain, which is most welcome. We are still not recovered from summer’s drought. Normally, November is rainy, but we haven’t seen much. I’m hoping perhaps early Dec. it will see more. In a week, we are going to Phoenix for 2 days of sun and warmth, then on to visit our son in Truckee. The airline offered such a deal, we couldn’t pass it up. I’m excited!
    Have a great week!

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    1. Indeed! How fun to go out on an adventure AND see family ❤ A perfect combination 🙂 I can understand your excitement! Have a wonderful time then and a great rest of your week this week.

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  7. We had a fair amount of wind and snow, but returned to temperatures ab0ve freezing for some weeks. We are promised c9lder weather, now that the snow has melted away in the sunny places in the yard and we’ve green grass showing around the melting ice.

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    1. Same here, colder weather (real winter temperatures) are expected by next week. We did get some snow yesterday during the day, big, beautiful snowflakes, but it was too warm for the snow to stay. I hope you are enjoying a great week. Happy Friday!

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  8. Sprouts are such fun, I remember drawing funny faces on egg shells & growing sprouts in the shells, funky hair do’s.
    You are such an awesome Mum so glad you were able to keep your treasure preoccupied.
    I am so looking forward to you sharing your extra snowy weather when it comes around. Weather here is usual summer muggy with afternoon cooling thunderstorms, the garden loves it. As do I, lol.

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    1. How fun! I would borrow that idea for work if it wasn’t for all the allergies (eggs are not allowed at our school, due to severe allergies.)

      I promise to share snow photos as soon as we get some snow. We are expecting winter temperatures next week. Happy Friday!

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  9. Sorry your snow disappeared… but I know it will come back. And growing sprouts is so fabulous! I love them so I should give them a try!
    Enjoy your week and thanks for the coffee!

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