Wellstone Gardens

Life is a garden. Experience it. One woman combining educational expertise with a passion for improv Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. Spiritually.

Melanie Dearing has spent her life devoted to teaching others how to better their lives. Having spent her career teaching elementary and high school students in the urban core of Kansas City, she's now bringing a new perspective to the heart of the city: Empower yourself to live a life as healthy as you can in every aspect. Wellstone Gardens is designed to equip anyone, no matter your age or backg

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wellstonegardens.com 06/01/2016

Asparagus Sauté

Asparagus Sauté

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wellstonegardens.com Fresh asparagus is one of our favorite side dishes.  I also enjoy cutting it into smaller pieces and adding it to omelets in the morning.  I understand that roasting is the most common way to find this recipe (in addition to grilling), but I find it just as easy, if not easier, just to sauté

us12.campaign-archive2.com 05/27/2016

Family Fun Day Reflection

Pictures from last Saturday's event. The weather was perfect, lots of hands-on experience with creatures, and just enough explanation. Definitely a sweet childhood memory for the kiddos that attended.

us12.campaign-archive2.com Just a glimpse of a Wellstone Gardens Childrens event. A beautiful morning well spent...

wellstonegardens.com 05/25/2016

Mel’s Paleo Chicken Madeira

Mel's Paleo Chicken Madeira

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wellstonegardens.com I have always loved Chicken Madeira whenever I go to Cheesecake Factory.  My daughter took me there for mother’s day and I decided I had to find a way to make this at home and delete the dairy.  Through guess work and taste testing, I pulled this together for dinner one night and it was

us12.campaign-archive2.com 05/20/2016

Garden Fun and Friends

Life is Better with Friends... True in the garden as well. Ladybugs, butterflies, honeybees and worms!

us12.campaign-archive2.com This is what 9,000 ladybugs looks like contained. Watching children release them in the garden is what fun looks like.

wellstonegardens.com 05/18/2016

Fruit Gummy Worms

As a grandma, I am always on the lookout for fun things to do with grandkids. One day I saw this gummy maker kit at CVS and had to have it. At the time, one of the grandkids was being potty trained and his parents were using gummy worms as a reward. I wanted to make a healthier version with fresh fruit juice. [ 278 more words. ]

http://wellstonegardens.com/fruit-gummy-worms/

wellstonegardens.com As a grandma, I am always on the lookout for fun things to do with grandkids.  One day I saw this gummy maker kit at CVS and had to have it.  At the time, one of the grandkids was being potty trained and his parents were using gummy worms as a reward.  I wanted to

us12.campaign-archive2.com 05/13/2016

Garden of Our Minds 4

Every day, in a stream of consciousness, 40,000 thoughts flow through our mind. We entertain them; reject them or allow them to be planted and they become rooted in our spiritual DNA; encoded deeply into who we are. Our thoughts are at the root of every action and reaction, in every moment of every day of our lives.

us12.campaign-archive2.com Your mind is who you are; it is incredibly fertile ground and it will grow anything and everything planted there. A thought-provoking article by Steve Dearing.

wellstonegardens.com 05/11/2016

Key Lime Bars (Grain Free, Gluten Free)

About and year ago, I sponsored a workshop that featured Mexican cuisine and included a Key Lime Bar recipe. I found the recipe in a cook book but taste was a complete "faileo". Since then I have stuck with safely purchasing the "Hail Merry" brand small Key Lime tarts when I have a craving (they are delicious, but not cost effective if you are serving a group). [ 246 more words. ]

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wellstonegardens.com About and year ago, I sponsored a workshop that featured Mexican cuisine and included a Key Lime Bar recipe.  I found the recipe in a cook book but taste was a complete “faileo”.  Since then I have stuck with safely purchasing the “Hail Merry” brand small Key Lime tarts when I have a craving (they

wellstonegardens.com 05/11/2016

Key Lime Bars (Grain Free, Gluten Free)

About and year ago, I sponsored a workshop that featured Mexican cuisine and included a Key Lime Bar recipe. I found the recipe in a cook book but taste was a complete "faileo". Since then I have stuck with safely purchasing the "Hail Merry" brand small Key Lime tarts when I have a craving (they are delicious, but not cost effective if you are serving a group). [ 246 more words. ]

http://wellstonegardens.com/key-lime-bars-grain-free-gluten-free/

wellstonegardens.com About and year ago, I sponsored a workshop that featured Mexican cuisine and included a Key Lime Bar recipe.  I found the recipe in a cook book but taste was a complete “faileo”.  Since then I have stuck with safely purchasing the “Hail Merry” brand small Key Lime tarts when I have a craving (they

us12.campaign-archive1.com 05/09/2016

Nothing like a butterfly release to create a magical memory...

You are Invited to Wellstone Gardens

us12.campaign-archive1.com Coming up in just two weeks ~ please RSVP

us12.campaign-archive1.com 05/06/2016

Garden of Our Gut 3... About Kombucha

What is Kombucha? Is it a fad? ...Best of all, how to make it. Lots of links and info.

us12.campaign-archive1.com Easy to make, refreshing to drink and beneficial to health, no wonder kombucha is growing in popularity even though it has been around for thousands of years.

wellstonegardens.com 05/04/2016

Mexican Chicken

This week is the celebration of Cinco de Mayo so I wanted to pass on a recipe with a little Mexican flare. I think it has a mild enchilada sort of taste, but you can easily kick up the heat by adding more cayenne pepper. I serve this with very simple cauliflower rice and sautéed onion (there is plenty of sauce to use to serve over the rice) and fresh green salad. [ 249 more words. ]

http://wellstonegardens.com/mexican-chicken/

wellstonegardens.com This week is the celebration of Cinco de Mayo so I wanted to pass on a recipe with a little Mexican flare. I think it has a mild enchilada sort of taste, but you can easily kick up the heat by adding more cayenne pepper.  I serve this with very simple cauliflower rice and sautéed

wellstonegardens.com 05/02/2016

Bugs Butterflies and Bees

Bugs Butterflies and Bees

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wellstonegardens.com You are invited to WellStone Gardens! Saturday, May 21st Events from 9am to noon Ladybug release at 9:30 Butterfly release at 10:30 Observation honeybee hive 11:00 The cost is $20 per family and includes a learning packet for each station as well as many more fun activities. Families are welcome to…

us12.campaign-archive1.com 04/29/2016

Springtime Garden Update 3

Garden update, Upcoming event at Wellstone and an inspiring story.

us12.campaign-archive1.com The veggies are growing and the fish are getting big! Family event coming May 21st, all are welcome... and a very inspiring story.

wellstonegardens.com 04/27/2016

Easy Beef Broccoli Sauté

This is a recipe that comes together in about six minutes flat when you have your “lego pieces” prepped and ready at all times. It was getting late for dinner and both my husband and I had been outside working on our property. With 45 acres there are always things to get done outdoors. I came in dirty and tired and really didn’t want to think about cooking something. [ 420 more words. ]

http://wellstonegardens.com/easy-beef-broccoli-saute/

wellstonegardens.com This is a recipe that comes together in about six minutes flat when you have your “lego pieces” prepped and ready at all times.  It was getting late for dinner and both my husband and I had been outside working on our property.  With 45 acres there are always things to get done outdoors.  I

us12.campaign-archive1.com 04/22/2016

Fruit-Bearing Relationships ~2

What does Rest and Renewal have to do with Fruit-bearing relationships? Can sound heal your body and soul? ...another research-loaded post.

us12.campaign-archive1.com Rest and Renewal... more important than you may think. This week's post explores some research you may not have heard of.

wellstonegardens.com 04/20/2016

Versatile Fried Sweet Potatoes

What I love about any recipe is to find a variety of ways to change it up. I know I use the word "versatile" in several of my recipes, but that is one things I am always looking for. Fried sweet potatoes are one of those fabulous "Lego" piece ingredients that you can add almost anything to. They can be served as a side dish, or just add any meat protein and you have just created a tasty dish. [ 201 more words. ]

http://wellstonegardens.com/versatile-fried-sweet-potatoes/

wellstonegardens.com What I love about any recipe is to find a variety of ways to change it up.  I know I use the word “versatile” in several of my recipes, but that is one things I am always looking for.  Fried sweet potatoes are one of those fabulous “Lego” piece ingredients that you can add almost

us12.campaign-archive1.com 04/15/2016

The Garden of Our Minds ~ Part 2

Garden of our Minds ~ 2

us12.campaign-archive1.com Just as we cultivate our gardens and our physical health, we need to intentionally cultivate the garden of our minds. This week we suggest a very good tool to use.

wellstonegardens.com 04/13/2016

Grain-free; Gluten-free Doughnuts

Doughnuts are a morning time (or snack time) sweet treat favorite. These delicious wonders can be made ahead of time and frozen to pull out any time you have the craving. Remember any sweets are meant for special times and should be consumed in moderation as a “treat”. They can be made as full sized doughnuts or little mini doughnuts as well. [ 362 more words. ]

http://wellstonegardens.com/grain-free-gluten-free-doughnuts/

wellstonegardens.com Doughnuts are a morning time (or snack time) sweet treat favorite.   These delicious wonders can be made ahead of time and frozen to pull out any time you have the craving.  Remember any sweets are meant for special times and should be consumed in moderation as a “treat”. They can be made as full si…

us12.campaign-archive1.com 04/08/2016

Garden of Our Gut 2

Step by step how to add Kefir into your daily routine deliciously

us12.campaign-archive1.com Research keeps confirming the benefits of probiotics. How to add kefir into your daily routine... naturally and deliciously ~ step by step.

wellstonegardens.com 04/05/2016

Delicious Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower has become one of my husbands favorite side dishes. I know this sounds crazy, but the last time we had this, he told me several times that he thought it tasted like steak to him. (Probably because I use the same seasonings). I laughed and told him I could stop serving steak and just buy more cauliflower. The price savings would be wonderful! [ 190 more words. ]

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wellstonegardens.com Roasted cauliflower has become one of my husbands favorite side dishes.  I know this sounds crazy, but the last time we had this, he told me several times that he thought it tasted like steak to him. (Probably because I use the same seasonings).  I laughed and told him I could stop serving steak and

jjvirgin.com 04/02/2016

Simple Strategies to Boost Spring Fitness - JJ Virgin

HIIT...anyone familiar with this?

jjvirgin.com The good news is that you don't need extra hours or a big budget to get lean, muscular and healthy. Design your fitness work out smarter, not harder.

us12.campaign-archive1.com 04/01/2016

Spring Life Update ~ Special Event Saturday, April 2nd

us12.campaign-archive1.com Just an update on our farm, and invitation to stop in & say hi tomorrow at the 'Eat Local & Organic Expo' at Johnson County Community College from 9-2. (Where to buy healthy food in KC without all the work of gardening)

us12.campaign-archive1.com 03/25/2016

What Makes a Good Life?

What Makes A Good Life? Fruit-bearing relationships ~ Let's grow together

us12.campaign-archive1.com The longest study on Earth reveals something very important and relevant to 'growing together'.

wellstonegardens.com 03/24/2016

Paleo Coconut Cream Topping

Coconut whipped cream is dairy free and delicious. I use this on everything from apple crisp to crepes. It just takes a couple of minutes to mix together and keeps in the refrigerator for a couple of days if needed. Feel free to add you own favorite flavors into the recipe. I love adding melted dark chocolate to make a tasty chocolate mousse. [ 74 more words. ]

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wellstonegardens.com Whipped cream that's actually good for you! ...and simple to make.

us12.campaign-archive1.com 03/18/2016

The Garden of Our Mind

Can we cultivate our thoughts? Can we grow a beautiful thought-garden?

us12.campaign-archive1.com Can we cultivate thoughts? Can we create a beautiful thought-garden?

wellstonegardens.com 03/16/2016

St. Patrick’s Day Paleo Friendly Irish Stew

St. Patricks Day has it's own traditional recipes that many people use. I wanted to come up with a recipe that I could feature using some fresh herbs from a container pot in my small greenhouse. I found these herbs earlier in the grocery store and I re-potted them so I could use them all summer. The pot came with a cute tag to make Irish Stew, so I adapted it to use cabbage (totally traditionally Irish), sweet potatoes, jicama, celery and bone broth. [ 335 more words. ]

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wellstonegardens.com Get your green on-- Inside and out! Nutrient rich traditional St. Patrick's Day Feast. Good health is the true pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

us12.campaign-archive2.com 03/11/2016

The Garden of our Gut

New Post from WellStone Gardens!

us12.campaign-archive2.com To continue with our Springtime Garden theme, WellStone Gardens invites you to view our new post on our journey to improved health and wellness:

wellstonegardens.com 03/11/2016

Orange Dreamsicle Kefir

I have enjoyed getting back into making kefir. When I first made kefir I used non dairy heavy coconut cream in the can from Trader Joe's. You can learn how by watching an easy video at Cultured Food Life. When using non dairy milk you still must add about a quarter cup of whole milk in order to feed the kefir grains. [ 152 more words. ]

http://wellstonegardens.com/orange-dreamsicle-kefir/

wellstonegardens.com I have enjoyed getting back into making kefir.  When I first made kefir I used non dairy heavy coconut cream in the can from Trader Joe’s.  You can learn how by watching an easy video at Cultured Food Life.  When using non dairy milk you still must add about a quarter cup of whole milk

us12.campaign-archive1.com 03/04/2016

Welcome to Spring!

Wellstone Garden's new season has sprung!

us12.campaign-archive1.com New Life at WellStone Gardens. Weekly Posts about Nutrition, Fitness, Recreation and Inspiration. ~The Art of Living Well~

11/09/2015

Inspirational Blog

Here's my latest blog post! I'm sure all you moms out there can relate to this one.

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wellstonegardens.com One Thousand Socks Nicole November 9, 2015 Leave a comment This past week I was given the opportunity to experience one of the most common tasks from a very different perspective. My washing machine (which wasn’t very old by the way) totally quit working. Apparently the Brand and model I own…

wellstonegardens.com 03/23/2015

South Grand Farms Workshops Archives - WellStone Gardens

And here's our kickoff to our South Grand Farms Summer workshops, held right here on my farm! Tickets are on sale now!

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wellstonegardens.com Springtime make-ahead breakfast workshop! Melanie Dearing, owner of WellStone Gardens is gearing up for Spring and Summer activities, so we are offering one workshop on the farm every month! This will be a fun new theme for our workshops. Following our paleo approach to cooking, all recipes are grai…

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