Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
See this pretty string of tiny Thai bird peppers? This was my crafty pepper project for Sunday afternoon while I watched Shaun of the Dead , the British cult horror-comedy-romance film with Simon Pegg. It is an acquired taste, but the kids and I love to watch his movies. So silly.
I nearly forgot to mention all the cayennes drying in the basement.In a few weeks the MAN will go to it again and grind them all into his highly anticipated "Fire Dust". That will be a day for me to leave the house entirely so there will likely be no photos. You seriously need a mask to survive that project. 'Fire Dust' has faithful 'hothead' followers who buy it for stocking stuffers and their own stash. For all that work, it's quickly gone by the end of December. I think we counted once that it takes thirty ground cayenne peppers to fill a 1 ounce jar with powder. Killer stuff.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
but when it went on deep discount sale during the week of my birthday with $300 worth of free admission tickets to a long list of photography classes AND a coupon for a free all-in-one printer included, I took the crazy leap. That was Wednesday. Since then, I've barely touched it. I circle and glance at it out of the corner of my eye. The instruction booklet is nearly as heavy as the camera itself. It makes about as much sense to me as the duplicate Spanish language version that came with it. So, with little baby steps...I read about the school and signed up for the intro-to-my-camera class in November. I think we'll get better acquainted then. gulp.
Friday, October 24, 2008
hard freeze down below
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
nobody getting seriously hurt,
hunks of steel that can be replaced,
a great insurance agent and helpful cops,
knowing that my daughter has a posse of supportive gal pals around her,
being able to spend the day jumping through the hoops with her,
not being the mom that got the late night call
Sending prayers today for...
the young gal that hit not just this one, but three parked cars,
the gal pals(?) that foolishly let her get behind the wheel of her car,
her bruised body, ego and dent in her record,
the mom that got the late night call
Did I say I was thankful that no one was hurt??
Well , I'm really, really thankful for that
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sue’s Curried Pumpkin Vegetable Soup
Sauté together in olive oil for 5 minutes:
2 onions or leeks, chopped
2 stalks of celery chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
Add 2 quarts of good chicken broth or water
1 ½ cups fresh or (1 small can, if you must) of pureed pumpkin
2 cups fresh or (1 small can, if you must) diced tomatoes
1 small can of chick peas, drained (or soaked and cooked, if you must)
1 peeled, cubed sweet potato
1 cup green beans, fresh or frozen, cut into bite size pieces
salt, pepper, sweet curry powder to taste
Simmer all of the above ingredients together until soft.
Just before serving add:
½ can (or more) of coconut milk
1 cup of leftover cooked brown rice or other nice grain
2 cups of chopped fresh spinach, kale, arugula or escarole
Handful of chopped cilantro
Optional (but necessary, in my book): 1/4 cup golden raisins and 1/4 cup pine nuts.
Heat through and serve.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
~Albert Pike 1809- 1891
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
In actuality, the Ayurvedic physicians prescribe it for the mental fog produced by chronic cannabis abuse...hehheh. yeah. I would tend to believe that the 'fog' created by juggling a home based business while tending to family, gardens, fluctuating mid-life hormones and just living life in this crazy fast-paced culture may produce a chemically different, but decidedly comparable 'fog'. Anything that can deal with that kinda fog, I'm all about! Hence, the many plants in my garden this year and the two very different tinctures produced by the two different Tulsi varieties I grew. My initial impulse was to combine them, but I think I'll try them individually before I do that and see if I can tell a difference....No need to take a tincture if you are thinking of trying it. There are many new varieties of Tulsi tea on the market now. I particularly enjoy the Organic India brand of teas. Especially the one with rose petals. The jasmine is also lovely. Give them a try....
For further reading about adaptogens, I highly recommend a relatively new book by David Winston entitled...."Adaptogens- Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief". Holy Basil is featured along with a great variety of other helpers. Final note: This stress thing, try as we might, is chronic in our society, and with the current state of affairs, it doesn't appear that it's going to go away real soon. ..and that's as political as this gal is going to get on the blog...Take care of yourself in every small way you can !!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
We’re pulling out the tie dye and dusting off the old Joni Mitchell albums to hang out with groovy guest teachers ‘The Twisted Sisters’: Tina Sams (www.EssentialHerbal.com) and her sister Maryanne Schwartz (www.lancastersoaps.com ) and (www.torchsongstudio.com)
In the morning they’ll discuss the many different ways incense is made and burned and show us how to make incense cones using sandalwood and frankincense. You will take home your own hand-made cones and the knowledge needed to continue making your own incense for holiday gifts and home use. In the afternoon, we’ll learn to make fragrant herbal beads with dried plants from the garden or herb shop. Tina and Maryanne have developed a handy method that can be done during class hours that is limited only by your own imagination. Any plant at all can be used for bead making, and they look beautiful when used in conjunction with conventional glass, wood, or clay beads. You'll take home instructions and some beads that you've made - along with the knowledge needed to go on and make more beads on your own. Feed your herbal head with the Twisted Sisters at the Farm at Coventry pad! It’ll be outa sight! Cost including materials is $40
*Basic supplies for do-it-yourself will be available for purchase from Farm at Coventry on the day of class. Register soon....this is attracting some far-out attention !