Homemade Dried Celery Flakes

I love Penzy’s Spices dried celery flakes, and I pay about $3.50 for a small bag.

This week, in our CSA share, we received a large celery loaded with fresh dark leaves!

fresh celery stalks

So, I trimmed off all the leaves and dried them in my counter top convection oven – 150-200 ° for about one hour. Yay, I got a big batch of dried celery flakes, and saved a little cash!

fresh celery leaves

dried celery flakes


Diet: a way of living or thinking, a day’s journey (This was the definition of diet when it entered the English language in the mid-1600s, according to Alicia Silverstone, author of “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet“)

Funny how far away we’ve strayed from the original meaning of that word! We’ve made that word sound so dirty and horrible. But it really should be a word to describe the way you eat. How they messed it all up and changed it to mean a temporary way to lose weight, I just don’t know!

Hot Flashes! Ugh

I jinxed myself when the other day, I was talking to my mom and sister about my permi-menopausal symptoms. Up until then, I hadn’t had very strong hot flashes. I referred to them as “warm flashes” and they only bothered me occasionally.

Well, for the past 3 nights, they’ve now turned to true HOT flashes. Ugh. I am hoping it’s due to the unseasonably warm nights we’ve been having. And my moods have been bearish and I’m emotionally and physically drained & tired. Yesterday was the worst, which leads me to believe my period is right around the corner. I hope my symptoms subside once I get it.

Update 10/02/2010: yay! No hot flashes or waves last night! At least none that would wake me up like the past 3 night! It was much cooler last night so I think that helped.