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2016 Live and Thrive Membership, Mission, Goals, Values

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, March 14, 2016

Live and Thrive

Sheryl McGlochlin

Providing many opportunities

 to be healthy and active outdoors.

To create new friendships,

to become self reliant & self sufficient. 

To work, play, eat and learn together

through outdoor adventures, 

recreation and community gardens.

Community Gardens

  • Created for working garden members to work often, gain valuable, hands-on experience, skills, and knowledge
  • Members receive all of the fruits of their labors
  • Established August 2007
  • 9 years of delicious, freshly-picked garden harvest, work, classes, workshops, new friends, etc.
  • Assortment of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers are grown
  • Membership open year round
  • Work and schedule is flexible
  • The more one works in the gardens, the more one learns, the more harvest one receives
  • FAQ for our Community Garden Group

Holladay A Garden, 2836 East Casto Lane 5060 South

  • 1200 sq. ft. high tunnel cold frame Greenhouse
  • Micro irrigation system
  • Additional outdoor gardens
  • Year round indoor garden

Holladay B Garden, 2225 East Fardown (6100 South)

  • Open March - November

South Jordan Garden, 11131 South 2865 West

  • Largest garden 
  • Open April - November

West Jordan Garden, 2881 West 7180 South

  • Open April - November
  • Irrigation system

Outdoor Adventures

  • Created to help members be active outdoors by learning, practicing and enjoying a variety of sports and survival skills
  • Members with a wide range of ability and skill are encouraged to attend
  • Members develop self reliance skills, new friendships, stronger, healthier bodies and minds
  • Established June 2003
  • 13 years of outdoor recreation, activities, classes, adventures, trips, etc.
  • Membership open year round
  • 400+ outings and events offered every year
  • The more one participates, the stronger and more confident one becomes.

Adventures & outings include: 

  • hiking
  • biking
  • downhill skiing
  • camping
  • snowshoeing
  • kayaking
  • stand up paddle surfing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • canyoneering
  • scuba diving
  • zipfy sledding
  • zip lining
  • photography
  • boating
  • wake boarding
  • water skiing
  • wake surfing
  • night walks
  • night hikes
  • swimming
  • Dutch oven cooking
  • gardening
  • emergency preparedness skills


Hands-on garden experience

  • Weekly opportunities to work in our gardens
  • Simple ways to try this at home
  • How to start small
  • Creating and finding containers
  • Working with raised beds
  • Discovering creative garden tips
  • Learning simple soil tests to try at home
  • How to amend the soil
  • Easy backyard composting
  • Mulch & manure
  • Learning what grows in each season
  • Growing from seed
  • Transplanting & hardening off
  • Buying starts
  • Finding, saving and storing seeds
  • Learning how to layout a summer, spring and fall garden
  • Easy year round planting tips

Outdoor Activities

  • Helping members to be active and stay healthy.
  • Opportunities to attend hundreds of outings each year. 
  • Events, outings, classes, and activities organized 52 weeks of the year.
  • Many opportunities and invitations to meet others and develop new relationships. 
  • Outings designed for easy to moderate skill levels.
  • Flexible and accommodating for a wide range of ability and age. 

Garden Treats

Treats may include smoothies, salads, desserts, snacks, main dishes, etc. 

Offered to members regularly as a token of our appreciation.

Members receive recipes, ideas and tips on how to use the harvest

Barter, Trade, Sell Services

  • Participating members write a list of their wishes, wants, desires, needs, etc.
  • Members are asked to share information regarding their talents, skills, education, background, expertise, knowledge, resources, and interests to help us get better acquainted and make connections with others.

Classes, Workshops, Demonstrations

  • Hands-on experience, work sessions, fairs, outings, events, etc. are just some ways members are able to learn and explore new sports or garden skills.
  • Attend often.  Learn a lot. 
  • Online calendars are updated often.

Urban Homesteading

  • Become more self reliant, self sufficient
  • Learn the 3 R’s of Sustainability:  Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Backyard Chickens
  • Bee Keeping
  • Cheese making 
  • and much more….

Preservation Skills

  • Learn critical skills on preserving the harvest
  • Skills of canning, juicing, freezing, drying are taught

Self reliance skills

  • Learn how to be better prepared emotionally, financially, socially, physically, spiritually and mentally for upcoming challenges, trials, emergencies, hardships

Emergency preparedness skills

• Emergency Preparedness Quiz - How prepared are you?

• Organizing Financial Matters & Important Documents

• Preparing Financial Reserves

• Basic Rule of 3’s: 4 THREE’S to remember when planning for any kind of emergency

• Emergency Water:  Home Storage and Emergency Disinfection

• Finding Shelter. Being Storm Safe: Safe Havens in Heat Wave, Thunderstorm/Lightning, Hurricane, Tornado, Winter Storm

• Leaving or staying put: 1) a place to stay safe in 2) an evacuation

• Evacuation “To Go” Box

• 72 Hour Emergency Kit

• Basic First-Aid Supplies & Medications

• Emergency Vehicle Kit

• Youth Emergency Backpack

• Child Emergency Preparedness

• Floods

• Earthquakes

• 12 Step Preparedness Plan

• Clothing and Bedding Checklist

• Hand Warmers

  • Emergency Blankets

• Basics of Home Storage - Containers, what can be stored, how long to store food

• Food Planning Guide

• Three-month supply of food that is part of a normal daily diet

• Longer-term supply of basic food items

• Garden Planning Guide

• CERT - Where to find this training program (Community Emergency Response Team)

• Basic Survival Tips

• Animal First Aid Kit

• Water in an Emergency

• Food in an Emergency

• Power Outages - What to do

• Communication: ways to communicate w/ family after a disaster

• Family Emergency Plan

• Emergency “Porta Potty” Kit Contents

• Favorite Resources and Products

• Ham radios, benefits, becoming an operator

• Block captains, where to find one in your neighborhood, what they do, why you need to know

• Neighborhood Watch Programs - in your own neighborhood

• Dutch Oven and Outdoor Cooking - easy ways to practice Dutch Oven cooking skills in your own kitchen, simple recipes, dinner & instruction held in my Holladay backyard

• Camping trips

  • Camping classes

• Food Preservation - Samples

• Food & Water Storage Display/Demo

• Invites to community Emergency Preparedness Fairs

a 5 day Survival Backpack with 64 items (food, water, first aid, & warmth) available to purchase, $79 + tax.  Excellent starter kit that can easily be customized with more items to fit your personal needs.

On-the-job training opportunities

  • Seeking employment or volunteer opportunities in any of these related fields?  Let me know. 
  • Members have received job offers - in part from our positive recommendations, job referrals and endorsements.

Meal Planning

  • Learn ways to prepare and eat simple meals from garden produce.
  • Discover ways of storing food and how it saves you serious money grocery money.
  • Save serious money by learning how to wean yourself off grocery stores and restaurants.
  • Learn about and implement the “6-3-4 Meal Plan” (6 minute prep time, $3/meal, enough to feed a family of 4… or larger)

Greenhouses & Hoop Houses

  • Benefits
  • Difference between hoop houses & high tunnel cold frame greenhouse
  • Materials you need
  • Making a small, simple hoop house
  • Where to find and buy materials for ANY size hoop house or greenhouse
  • How to DIY

Back to basics

  • Getting motivated to learn and practice simple, easy, daily tasks you can do each day that help you get back to the basics.

Fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers

  • In addition to regular full time gardens, seasonal garden properties we acquire give us more fruits and vegetables.

Eating freshly-picked harvest

  • The downside to eating freshly-picked garden produce is never wanting to buy it from a store again!

Garden meals & easy recipes

  • Feeding garden members is something I love to do!
  • I love sharing garden meals or treats
  • It’s my way of expressing gratitude for the hard work members do. 
  • Come often and let me feed you!
  • All kinds of fun edible treats will come your way.

Planting crops year-round

  • Planting and harvesting crops happens the entire year
  • Learn where to plant, when to plant, how to plant, what to plant, etc.

Leadership & teaching opportunities

Interested in teaching opportunities? Tell me.

Leadership opportunities are always available.

Contact me.

Creative Nature Date Virtual Tour - Help wanted!

  • Question: What happens when you combine a Hiking Guide with a Creative Dating Instructor?  
  • Answer: A Creative Nature Date
  • As a hiking guide and past creative dating instructor I am always looking for the perfect date with a secret destination in nature. 
  • To qualify it has to be unique, easy-to-get-to, less traveled, inexpensive and very beautiful! 
  • These dates are perfect for any nature lover. 
  • The perfect companion is someone you love like a sweetheart, child, grandchild, friend, etc. 
  • Enjoy a memorable, fun, peaceful, private picnic! 
  • Creative dating destinations are all less than 1/2 mile hike from a trailhead, located in the Wasatch Mountains near the Salt Lake valley.
  • Help wanted: I need a videographer to help me create this virtual tour so I can share this with more people. Contact me if interested.

Garden Calendars: 

Calendar events are updated often


  • Be the first to know! Receive email notifications for updated and new garden work sessions, activities, outings, classes, workshops, etc. as soon as they are posted! 
  • Service provided for our Healthy Eating & Gardening Meetup group only
  • $5/year meetup fee for this service

Contact info:

Cell: 801-278-5313 - Call or text

Email: sheryl@liveandthrive.com

Website: liveandthrive.com

How to get started:

  • Go to GARDEN CALENDARS online - 2 calendars to view
  • Choose an outing to attend
  • RSVP via text or email - 
  • Attend a FREE garden outing (check us out first!)
  • Pick your membership - 3 memberships to choose from
  • You may upgrade to another membership anytime you like
  • Register online or in person
  • Come often - the more you come, the more you benefit!
  • When children are attending, let me know in advance (12 & under)


  • $100/person/year
  • $400/family/year
  • 12 month membership starting at time of registration
  • VIP member with first priority and access to harvest, meals, and all services.
  • Priority for harvest
  • Free classes, workshops, demonstrations, emergency prep. class, outdoor activities and outings, etc.
  • Harvest and meals are reserved for those who work in the our gardens


  • $35/year/person
  • Barter/Sell/Trade Membership
  • Membership starts at time of registration - good for 12 months
  • Limited amount of harvest
  • 1/2 price on classes, workshops, demonstrations
  • Harvest and meals are reserved for those who work in the our gardens


  • Contact me in advance to let me know if you would like to come and work for a little while or  come and take a short tour.
  • As always come and stay as long as you like.
  • RSVP if possible by text, email, etc. 

Support Live and Thrive Community Gardens!

Donations are always accepted.

Credit Card/Check/Cash Accepted

Produce eaters have more meaningful lives, study says

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, August 21, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — There's plenty of research supporting the idea that a diet full of fruits and vegetables leads to a happier life, but a new study says that eating produce can lead to a life full of more curiosity, pleasure and meaning.

Researchers have already studied the relationship between eating produce and hedonic well-being, which is whether people feel good and satisfied. This study focused on the eudaemonic well-being that includes curiosity, creativity and whether people feel engaged and find meaning in their life.

The study, published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, examined 405 young adults who kept a food diary for 13 days. They reported on how many fruits, vegetables, chips and sweets they eat and also kept a journal of their eudaemonic well-being.

The researchers discovered the subjects who ate more fruits and vegetables found a greater meaning and purpose to their life and were also able to engage with others better.

"These findings suggest that fruit and vegetable intake is related to other aspects of human flourishing, beyond just feeling happy,” wrote lead researcher Tamlin Conner, according to The Huffington Post.

However, the researchers noted they could not say if the link between the consumption and well-being was “casual or direct.” Already present feelings of engagement and meaning could lead people to eating healthier, researchers said.

The bottom line with these studies? There seems to be no downside — physically or emotionally — to eating more fruits and vegetables. And if you don't like broccoli or brussels sprouts, branch out to find other produce you can enjoy every day.


Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Sheryl McGlochlin - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

1 cup rolled oats
¾ cup wheat flour
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ tsp salt
6 Tbl butter, melted
3 cups diced Strawberries
3 cups diced Rhubarb stalks
3 tsp cornstarch
3 Tbl lemon juice
3 Tbl sugar
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Use 8 inch square pan or double recipe for 9x13 pan.
Mix strawberries, rhubarb, cornstarch, lemon juice and sugar together in a bowl.
Spread fruit in bottom of pan.
Mix oats, flour, brown sugar, and salt together in a bowl.
Pour melted butter over and stir until clumps form.
Sprinkle crumble over fruit.
Bake crumble for 30 to 40 minutes until fruit is bubbly and crumble is golden.

Sweet Potato Fries - Crisp, homemade, healthy, delicious!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, February 22, 2013

By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor,EatingWell Magazine

French fries are a near perfect food. It's hard to improve upon perfect, but when we're talking sweet potato fries, the old classic may have found its rival. They're a little sweet plus they offer plenty of vitamin A and beta carotene- something a French fry doesn't. But none of that matters if they're swimming in fat and calories--which is an unfortunate reality for most things fried. At a restaurant, a small order of deep-fried sweet potato fries can set you back 260 calories and 13 grams of fat.

Luckily, making your own crispy sweet potato fries is easy to do in your oven, so you don't need a deep fryer. You'll save 122 calories and 11 grams of fat per serving when you "fry" them in your oven instead. Here are a few tips for making perfect crispy (!) sweet potato fries without burning:

1. Cut All Fries the Same Size 
Whether you cut your fries into sticks or wedges, the pieces need to be the same size. This ensures that the fries cook at the same rate. Remember: you're cooking at 450 degrees F--that's high heat. If you cut the pieces too big, they'll be overdone on the outside and underdone on the inside. If you're going for the classic "fry" shape, 1/4-inch-thick matchstick slices work. A medium sweet potato cut lengthwise into 8 wedges works well too.

2. Coat the Fries with Oil (but not too much) 
To successfully oven-fry, you still need to use oil--just not as much as you'd need to fill a deep fryer. About 2 teaspoons of canola oil should be enough to coat one medium sweet potato cut into fries or wedges. Toss your oil and sweet potato pieces in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix them together to distribute the oil more effectively. This is also a good time to add seasoning, since the oil will help it stick evenly to the food. And while you're at it, a little oil or cooking spray on your baking sheet is a good idea to prevent the fries from sticking. Cooking spray will give you the best coverage using the least amount oil.

Don't Miss: 10 More Cooking Tips to Make Your Favorite Foods Healthier

3. Boost Flavor with Seasonings 
Salt is a must for seasoning fries (don't go overboard--about 1/4 teaspoon is enough for one medium sweet potato), but you don't have to stop there! Paprika is a nice mild spice to add to sweet potatoes--and it looks pretty too. Garlic powder makes them extra savory, and if you like a little kick, chili powder is a great addition. Just make sure that whatever spice you add doesn't contain added salt. If it does, adjust the amount of salt accordingly.

4. Don't Overcrowd Your Baking Sheet 
The secret to crispy instead of soggy sweet potato fries is to spread them out in an even layer with enough room so that they don't touch. This is especially important if you're making a big batch of fries. Instead of just piling more onto one baking pan, spread them out over two baking pans or cook them in batches. If they're all crammed onto one pan, they'll steam instead of bake and you'll end up with soggy fries.

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5. Cook Them in the Upper Third of Your Oven 
We tend to cook most things on the middle oven rack, but sweet potato fries cook best above the middle position, farther away from the heat source. Since sweet potatoes are, well, sweet, the sugars tend to "caramelize," or brown, more quickly than a regular potato's. A little caramelization is a good thing--but too much and you'll get burning instead. Moving sweet potato fries farther up in the oven slows the caramelization process. If you're making two baking sheets' worth at once, position one oven rack in the middle and one above. Be sure to switch positions during baking and also to stir all the fries at least once so they cook evenly.

Oven Sweet Potato Fries 
Print, save and share this recipe.

Healthy Weight Lower Carbs High Fiber Healthy Heart 
Active time: 5 minutes | Total: 25 minutes

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into wedges 
2 teaspoons canola oil 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss sweet potato wedges with oil, salt and pepper. Spread the wedges out on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until browned and tender, turning once, about 20 minutes total.

Makes 2 servings. 
Per serving: 122 calories; 5 g fat (0 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrate; 2 g protein; 3 g fiber; 323 mg sodium; 429 mg potassium. 
Nutrition bonus: Vitamin A (350% daily value), Vitamin C (30% dv).

Asian Veggie Rice Bowl

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, July 16, 2012

The photo above has collards rather than squash and no eggs or onion. Very simple and delicious!

Serves 4 - 6 

1/8 c. Olive Oil

1 Zucchini or Yellow Squash, medium, thinly sliced
1 Yellow onion or green onions, thinly sliced
3 eggs, whisked together
2 c. Cooked White or Brown Rice OR Brown Rice/Quinoa Combo

My 3 favorite sauces to choose from:

1)  ¼ - ½  c. Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce

2)  ¼ - ½  c. Teriyaki Sauce

3)  Yellow Curry Thai Sauce (I purchase this sauce from my favorite Thai Restaurant: Pawitt's Royale Thai Cuisine in Holladay)

In a hot skillet, add ingredients in the order given
Everything cooks in less than 5 minutes!
Don't overcook.

Optional:  Add these before adding the sauce: Cooked chicken, pork, pineapple chunks, green onions, sliced green/red peppers, etc.

Cook Rice, Quinoa one of 3 ways: 1) Pressure Cooker  2) Skillet on a stove  3) Rice Cooker

I cook the two grains together

In a pressure Cooker:
2 c. Brown Rice
1/2 c. Quinoa
4 c. water

Bring to 8 lbs. pressure

Turn off burner and cook for 25 minutes
Let cool
Put in clear, plastic 8 - 12 oz. containers
Store in refrigerator until ready to use
Freeze ingredients if not used within 2 - 3 days

Salad in a Jar

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, April 26, 2012
Watch the video on the above link!

Black and Blue Salad
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette (LOVE Newman's Own - the light tastes just as yummy to me)
  • Diced Chicken (optional)
  • Halved black grapes
  • Blue cheese
  • Pinenuts
  • Red leaf lettuce

Bowtie Spinach Salad
  • 16 oz cooked bowtie pasta
  • 15 oz fresh spinach
  • 1 bag (6 oz) craisins
  • 3 cans (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 6 oz honey-roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup bottled Teriyaki sauce
  • 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Blend ingredients and marinate cooked pasta in dressing for at least two hours.
Bowtie pasta
  • Chicken
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Green onions
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Sesame seeds
  • Mini bag of honey roasted peanuts

Creamy Tomatillo Salad
  • Creamy Tomatillo Dressing (or Ranch dressing until you go out and buy "Our Best Bites")
  • Drained black beans
  • Corn
  • Diced Jicama
  • Tomatoes
  • Shredded cheese (I like a little handful of the Fiesta Blend)
  • Classic Iceberg lettuce mix

Spinach Quinoa Salad
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette (again, I really like Newman's Own)
  • Diced red onion
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Quinoa
  • Spinach

Pesto Pasta Salad
  • Prepared pesto
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cubed mozzarella
  • Whole wheat penne pasta
  • Basil leaves (optional - these might get wilty by day five…)

Super Hearty Veggie/Grain Salad
  • ½ cup cooked and cooled Wheatberries or barley
  • ¼ cup diced green pepper
  • ¼ cup diced red pepper
  • ½ cup cooked and cooled Quinoa
  • ¼ cup diced carrots
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley
  • ¼ cup Edamame

Yummy citrus ginger dressing (oil free!)
  • 2/3 cup 100% pure orange juice
  • 1/3 cup 100% apple juice
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • (This makes four ¼ cup servings)

Rhubarb Crisp

Sheryl McGlochlin - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We have been harvesting Rhubarb this week!  Here is a delicious way to use it!

Rhubarb Crisp

If you like Rhubarb, you'll love this delicious recipe for Rhubarb Crisp!
Sassy Rhubarb Crisp
3 cups rhubarb , cut up 
1 cup sugar 
1 egg , beaten 
2 tablespoons flour 
1/4 teaspoon mace (or substitute nutmeg or allspice)
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar 
2/3 cup flour
Combine the rhubarb, one cup sugar, egg, 2 tablespoons flour and mace and spread into a deep pie plate.
Combine the remaining ingredients to make a crumbly mixture.
Cover the rhubarb with this mixture.
Bake at 375 F for about a half hour, or until rhubarb is tender.
Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Butternut Squash & Apple Soup - Delicious!!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, April 05, 2012
Yield:  3.5 qts


2 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 Tbsp olive oil

4 c chopped yellow onions (3 large)

2 Tbsp mild curry powder

5 lbs butternut squash

1 ½ lbs sweet apples (such as Macs)

2 tsp kosher salt

½ tsp pepper

2 c water

2 c apple cider or juice


Warm butter, oil, onions, curry powder in large stockpot uncovered over low heat 15-20 minutes until onion is tender.

Peel & seed squash & apples.  Cut into chunks.  Add to pot with salt, pepper, & 2 c of water.

Cook over low heat approx 30 minutes or until very soft.  Puree and return to pot.

Add apple cider and enough water to make soup consistency you like.


This is the recipe as written.  When I make it, I use only olive oil and no salt.  I start with a tablespoon of curry powder.  I also don’t measure the cider and just balance how it tastes when finished.  I’d always prefer adding a good cider to water.  I check for salt at the end to see if any is needed.  

Homemade Dish Soap Detergent

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, March 09, 2012

We all love clean, and now you can enjoy clean dishes for a screaming deal--that's right.

Only 65 cents for 100 loads of clean dishes! 


2 cups Borax

2 cups Baking Soda
4 Tbsp. Citric Acid or 4 small packets sugar-free lemonade Cool Aid

In a container, mix all ingredients and use 2 Tbsp. detergent per load.
For sparkling glassware, add 1 tbsp. white vinegar to your rinse aid dispenser.

Enjoy clean dishes for less!

Sweet Potato Soup Video

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, February 16, 2012


Get to know my good friend, Anitra, who has a lot of great tips on healthy eating!

Check out this short video and subscribe to her free newsletters on her website!

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