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Lynchburg Community Market Spotlight: Shirley Carwile

This is worthy of reposting!  Go see Shirley on Saturday for all your holiday needs.  

Every year for Christmas I like to get something local for my neighbors, friends, and family (and something that could work as a hostess gift at holiday parties).  Last year I got some beautiful honey from the market and attached a tag listing ways that Douglas and I like to use local honey in our kitchen (salad dressings, marinades, on a cracker with cheese, etc).  This year I was talking to the blondes looking for a new idea and Tiffany suggested I contact Shirley Carwile at the Lynchburg Community Market.

So I did!

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And she’s the sweetest.  At her booth you can find jams, jellies, relishes, salsa, baked goods, even crafts and towels! She has been making these delicious creations for forty five years and selling at the market for twenty eight!  Incredible!  Go check her out, buy some jam, and learn more of her story. She was farm raised, has almost always had her own garden, and believes everyone should be able to have locally grown and home canned food. Her favorite thing about being at the market is the people!

Shirley is just one of many fantastic vendors you can meet and buy from at our awesome community market.  Go each week to try something new! Bread, cheese, produce, fruit, canned goods, sweets, chicken, eggs, anything you can think of!  Please support local farmers and creators whenever you can!

Thanks Shirley and the Lynchburg Community Market!  I know my people will be thrilled with their goodies from you this year!

xo,

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Convenience is Key: Highlight on Relay Foods

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Now that Rachel has stocked our pantry and our freezer I would like to reintroduce one our favorite convenient shopping options, Relay Foods. Relay Foods is an online shopping resource that makes shopping easy, fun, and sustainable.  Because I try to shop local, I tend to shop around town for different items. Many times life becomes hectic and I am not able to get a hold of all of my favorite items I would like for the week. I know that I can get in bed at night and browse on Retail Relay to get all of the items I need plus more..

 

We aim to make our customers proud to shop with Relay.

We’re here to provide the very best grocery shopping experience — not just best online — best. Period.

And we know that means different things to different people. For some, it means not having to drive across town to the grocery store. For others, it’s about eating healthy and staying educated about where your food comes from and how it’s made. Or maybe it’s about saving time so you can spend it doing the things you love with the people you care about.

We’re passionate about empowering you to live your ideal food life. Know that we’re listening to you, and ever moving towards that beautiful, sunny island of grocery shopping perfection.

We want to enrich the communities we live and work in.

When you shop with Relay, you support your local food economy. We partner directly with our local producers, so there’s no middle man getting a cut — just higher profits for the people making your food, which allows them to maintain high standards for their practices.

When you use a Relay pick up site, you help reduce carbon emissions, traffic, and traffic accidents in your area. You can tell your friends you’re saving the environment AND lives at the same time! That’s a lot to feel good about!

My favorite addition to Retail Relay are their delicious MEAL PLANNING OPTIONSYes, you can browse their meal planning options by category (vegetarian, paleo, local, gluten free, budget friendly, etc.) , click on the meal you would like and all of the ingredients fall into your cart. Before everything goes in your cart they allow you to browse different brands and pick what best suits your needs. You can pick organic vs. non organic options, local, etc. You may also skip over ingredients if you happen to have these in your pantry already.

Intrigued? TRY IT! Seriously, you will be SO happy!

If you are a new customer click here to receive $30 off your first order of $50 or more<<that’s a freakin’ deal!!>>. You may also click on the coupon on the side icon of our page! Be sure to tell them Blondes Eat Clean sent you :)

Relay’s Thai Peanut Chicken recipes is to die for. I love the many recipes on their site that push me to try different spices and exotic ingredients that may be hard to find. I tend to find these types of recipes but have to travel around town to complete my grocery list:

Thai Peanut Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Thai
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ can coconut milk
  • ½ cup red curry paste
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into thin strips or chicken drumsticks
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together coconut milk, red curry paste, peanut butter, salt, white vinegar, grated ginger, minced garlic, and chopped cilantro.
  2. If using chicken breast: cut into thin strips and remove any unwanted fat. Place the chicken breast strips in the large mixing bowl, and cover with the sauce to marinade for about 1 hour, longer if time is available. If using chicken drumsticks simply add to the mixing bowl, cover and let marinade for at least 1 hour.
  3. If using chicken breast: in a medium-sized skillet, over medium heat, add chicken with the marinade and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5-8 minutes. Serve over rice and enjoy.
  4. If using drumsticks: cook on the grill over medium heat, basting and turning as needed to evenly cook and crisp up chicken skin.
  5. Leftover Suggestions
  6. Remove any leftover chicken from the bone and add to African Peanut Stew.

 

 

 xoxo, Mary

End of Summer 2-Minute Watermelon Feta Salad

 

I love this salad because it has the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Not to mention it will taste like you slaved…. but in reality it takes about two minutes. So this weekend—-when everyone else is bringing chips and canned dip, good ole country fried chicken, greasy burgers, and ice pops (loaded with more red and blue dye than I like to eat in a lifetime wrapped in one 12 inch piece of plastic) to the end of summer barbecue–you’ll show up with this gorgeous salad that is nutrient dense, filled with natural color, hydrating AND tastes insane. As Mary (kitty) would say….you will ooooohhhh the crowd with this one.

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End of Summer 2-Minute Watermelon Feta Salad
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Salad:
  • one box arugula
  • ¼ watermelon
  • ½ cup organic crushed walnuts
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • Dressing: (Simple Blonde Dressing)
  • 3 parts EVOO
  • 1 part organic lemon juice
  • drizzle of honey to taste
  • sprinkle of REAL salt
Instructions
  1. Dump arugula in a bowl. Lightly cover in dressing. Top with walnuts, feta, and watermelon.

 

xoxo,

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Spotlight On Millie’s Living Cafe

We are so grateful to have readers and followers from all over the world (shoutout to my girl Sammy in the UK!) but the truth is the three of us shop, eat, cook, and live in Lynchburg, Virginia. So when something awesome happens on our local food scene, we feel the need to talk about it!

Millie’s Living Cafe is THE spot to have a healthy breakfast, lunch, snack, or early dinner in Lynchburg.  I won’t bore you with the details as the pictures (and TASTE) speak for themselves.  Just know you can get superfood smoothies, mylkshakes, fresh squeezed juices, acai bowls, dragon bowls (MY FAVORITE), banana split bowls, veggie samis, salads, taco lettuce wraps, chickpea lettuce wraps….and more!

If you haven’t been to Millie’s yet, you are missing out and so is your health!  Support local, eat clean and be healthy!

**TEASER**  We have an AMAZING giveaway coming soon where we have teamed up with Health Nut, Millie’s sister store in the same location. Health Nut offers healthy grocery options that you cannot find anywhere else in town! Stay tuned! We are so excited! :)

 

 

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Chocolate Banana Split Bowl

 

dragon bowl
My absolute favorite, the dragon fruit bowl. I can’t put it into words. YOU JUST HAVE TO TRY IT.

 

salad and fruit side
Freshly made spring mix salad with seasonal fruit side.

 

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Potassium Juice

 

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Bring your friends or your laptop and relax and enjoy in their dining area. There is another one outside!

 

Here are the deets:

Millie’s Living Cafe & Health Nut Nutrition
1701 Enterprise Drive
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
(434) 616-3621

Go now!  Tell them Blondes Eat Clean sent you! xoxo

 

LOVE,

BEC

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