Saturday, November 29, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
And this, for my beautiful daughter who counts the days until she meets her destiny with a visa to Australia..... fly, my Love, fly
"Yellow" by Coldplay Live in Sydney, Australia
Saturday, November 8, 2008
4 quarts of cold water
2 tablespoons of vinegar
2 onions coarsely chopped
2 carrots coarsely chopped
3 celery stalks coarsely chopped
1 bunch of parsley
First, roast chicken at 375 for 1 ½ hours until skin is brown and crispy. When finished, remove meat and set aside. Put bones, skin and vegetables in a stock pot and cover with the cold water. Bring slowly to a boil. Adding vinegar extracts the calcium from the bones and makes your broth mineral-rich. As the water begins to boil, remove any scum that floats to the surface. Reduce heat and simmer for a few hours. The longer the broth simmers the richer and more flavorful it will be. About 15 minutes before taking the pot off the heat, add the parsley. Then strain the stock into a large bowl. Season stock with sea salt and pepper. When the broth has cooled down, place in the refrigerator overnight. The fat will rise to the top so that you can remove it easily the next day. At this point, your stock is ready to transform into a healing soup or to freeze for later use.
They are here to provide us with eggs (sometimes), to dig in the garden beds and to provide a reason to continually clean off the porch and patio. sigh...maybe I need to rethink this idea.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
The Kit contains one ounce packages of each of the following:
~Red Sandalwood Powder-use this neutral wood powder as your base and add more fragrant herbs and /or resins to this
~Frankincense Powder-centering oneself for meditation, and for purification of self or space
~Orris Root Powder (This will 'fix' the scent and keep it from escaping from the finished incense)
~Patchouli Powder- good 'earthiness' and grounding energy
~Dragon's Blood Resin-calming, dispersing negative energy,strongly antiseptic (good for sick rooms)
~Copal Resin- purification
~Sweet Myrrh (Opopanax) Resin-good for centering and meditation
~Saltpetre (This is the spark necessary to keep it burning well)
~Tragacanth Gum (This is the 'glue' that holds it all together)
I neglected to mention that Tina and Maryanne put together a great little book that describes how to make your own...It's pricey though.
You can get it here
By the way, I am cooking up a starter kit for everything else you need. Stay tuned!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
All creatures great and small were diggin' the vibe in the kitchen...lemon verbena loving lap cat and shaggy chickens snooping by the back door.
Grinding the Dragon's Blood resin (Sanguis draconis)
My patchouli cone 'soldiers' are drying very nicely!!
Rose petal beads above- lemon verbena beads and virginia creeper berries below
Roe: "pssst, might I interest you in some of my special vintage patchouli oil stash, Tina?"
Tina: "Smile for the blog, Roe"
*Note: the brownie in this photo disappeared immediately after the photo was taken....
Mary’s Gluten Free Cake Brownies
¼ c. pure cocoa powder
1 c. natural sugar
½ c. tapioca flour
½ c. potato starch
1 t. xanthan gum
1 t. baking soda
½ c. plain walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup or less almond milk, milk, or similar beverage
1 t. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of 9” cast iron skillet, leaving sides ungreased which allows batter to climb. Mix butter and cocoa in bowl over hot water, as in a double boiler. Mix dry ingredients. Add to chocolate. Blend wet ingredients and add to batter. Add nuts. Bake for 25 minutes or test with toothpick for desired doneness. Cool before cutting.
Heat one Endangered Species chocolate bar (about 3 1/2 oz.) with a few tablespoons of hot water over low heat. Blend until smooth. Add a few drops vanilla or almond extract. Pour over cooked brownies.