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stop and eat the roses 
May 31, 2012 1:27 pm 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2012 6:40 am
That's right eat them.  Edible flowers.  As background, I am a Registered Nurse who was semi-retired and working on call/perdiem.  I did not have a set schedule so it was hard to enjoy a hobby never knowing my schedule.  Well, it is official  I AM RETIRED...ALL THE WAY RETIRED.  Hip Hip Hooray.   So now I want to find some activities that I can enjoy.  There is an exhibit of pop up books at the local university library, a new movie I want to see, and a book club I want to join (when I find it).  But I did discover something wonderful.  At our local organic grocery store (you know the one) they have classes related to food.  I started out with an unusual floral arrangment class.  $20.  They taught us to arrange flowers, providing the florals and vase which we took home.  They then did a cooking demo and fed us lunch with a floral theme.  On the menu was a lovely white sangria with rose syrup and strawberries.  A delicate salad of baby greens, edible flowers  and rasberries dressed with a rasberry vinegarette, together with breaded goat cheese rounds which were fried crispy brown.  The marigolds especially were really yummy and sweet.  Dessert was basil and lavendar shortbread cookies.  Worth every penny.

I have already registered for two dinner classes in June.  One night will be Under the Tuscan Moon featuring gnocchi and another night A Taste of the Middle East.  Upcoming also is a class on  Ancient Super Foods featuring quinoa, dates, cacoa and pomegranates. Costs run from $5-15.  What a bargain.

I will share some of the tips I learn since I now have time to do that.  If you are interested, investigate these classes in your neighborhood. 
May 31, 2012 1:39 pm
Oh, that sounds like so much fun. Sounds like you are enjoying your retirement. I look forward to hearing about your other classes.
May 31, 2012 4:30 pm
Well, how fun for you! I grow organic. With edible flowers & herbs being one of main things in my gardens. I wish we had classes like that in our neighborhood but we don't. Look forward to seeing what you learn and share!
May 31, 2012 4:57 pm
Hip.. Hip... Hip... Hooray! Oh Carol I hope you enjoy a well deserved retirement! Thanks for all your support with Jim... I'm here for any retirement issuse you may have... lol! Congrats and enjoy!
May 31, 2012 6:18 pm
Covergirl-I hope you enjoy your retirement. It looks like you are off to a great start. I would never think to eat marigolds since they don't smell like roses!
Jun. 1, 2012 2:59 am
thanks for all the well wishes. It is time. Of course I worry about money but I will just have to work it out. It is kind of ironic that when you get the time to enjoy things, you don't have the money to spend on them. I am sure I will be able to structure some inexpensive activities. Terry, you are ahead of me girl, I'll let you know if I get lost. Lela, my floral arrangement was built on sunflowers. When I went to Italy they were growing wild in the fields. I will never forget what a striking sight that was.
Jun. 1, 2012 3:00 am
CatHill which of your organic flowers do you eat? Ever had a marigold?
Jun. 1, 2012 11:12 am
Congrats! I have no idea where you live, but you might find free or very low cost classes through your library, school district Adult Ed, or local colleges. Many colleges allow seniors to audit classes for free. I was in the same boat, no time to do things when I was working, no money to do them when I was forced into retirement. I have been volunteering 3 days a week at a local food bank/soup kitchen and I can't tell you how rewarding it is. Whatever you decide, enjoy retirement!
Jun. 1, 2012 11:16 am
Oh, almost forgot...I have had marigolds, pansies, violets and lavender flowers and the greens from dandilions and chicory (which are weeds around here.) My philosophy is to try everything at least once, the worst that can happen is I find it isn't to my taste.
Jun. 1, 2012 1:16 pm
Thanks Bighots, I have considered a soup kitchen, I have pretty bad arthritis so I am limited in ability to stand for long periods of time, but I can do some things. I am looking into universities and libraries for activities with no to low cost. Museums too. I am just grateful to be alive and well enough to do these things instead of being a hamster on the treadmill/wheel.
Jun. 1, 2012 1:52 pm
Calendula, lavendar, violets(those are fun to candy)nasturtiam sp? and I can't think of the others at the moment. No to the marigold.
Jun. 2, 2012 6:36 am
Congrats kid! I am only sorry that the nursing world is short one more angel of mercy. I LOVE NURSES!!!!
Jun. 4, 2012 6:40 am
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