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sunshine salad

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

posting this up as a request: (one very special ingredient that I include in all my recipes is LOVE!) If you ain’t got it while you are food prepping, it will show! So get in love and put it in your food!

This is a simple but delicious recipe:

3 cups cashews
1 cup fresh or filtered water
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1-2 cloves garlic
1 tsp dried mustard, ground
1 tsp dried tumeric, ground (not yet posted but have it for sale)
1 pinch sea salt

Put all ingredients in the Vitamix and blend until creamy. Use as a spread for sandwiches or put a dollop onto a salad. Cut up red bell pepper, tomatoes and onions and combine for a delicious salad spread.

my me shield painting is almost done

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I finished painting my “me shield” – now I have to make a fabric border for it since the frame broke. i was initially painting it outside during a breezy but beautiful day. the breeze swept the canvas away and BONK the frame broke. Still, I managed to paint on it until I just had to take it off the stretchers.

just wanting to get some thoughts out, ok it’s a rant

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

it’s late and I’ve got too much on my mind to sleep. So I figured I’d write this out. OY, is all I can really say to start this out. I live in a beautiful place. We chose this spot because it had a beautiful space and high speed internet, to be honest. I need high speed internet for my job and so we couldn’t be out in the middle of nowhere. And frankly, I don’t want to be out in the middle of nowhere. This beautiful place is far enough away and yet not isolated (which is pretty funny considering we live in a town of 900 people and friends/family that come to visit invariably go, “how did you find this place out in the middle of nowhere!”) But believe me, this place is not isolated compared to several places you could be here in VT! 🙂 It’s beautiful and we have this hill that we see from our backyard that I love to look at each day. I love the trees in my yard and all the grass everywhere.

It seems that because we live where we live (in the middle of the village), we seem to find ourselves in this place where we are literally in the middle of things that aren’t so great all the time. When we first moved here, a kid was trying to molest other kids and hey, we found ourselves in the middle of that trying to keep our kids safe and the kids in school safe. Then came the potential agricultural fair that wanted to use the field behind our house (it is town property – it is where the fireworks happen each year on my birthday and when we moved here, we were told it was given to the town to be used for agricultural purposes and recreational purposes, not to be developed on.) So we found ourselves in the middle of a short but passionate discussion of whether the ag fair would be setting up their everything and vendors camping out in the field for a couple weeks each year. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Then came the recreational committee who wanted to use some grant money to change the field a bit and add a soccer field and baseball field and they used some chemicals on the land saying that they would give a buffer zone. How funny is that!? The buffer zone didn’t happen because that got mucked up and honestly, how can there be a buffer zone anyway? For real! Do the chemicals go, “Oops, we have to stop here. We’re not allowed to cross this line.” What chemical company paid for that bullshit to get passed? Hello! Air! Water! Sun! We have these things called elements! Weather! There is no buffer zone when you put chemicals in the ground or in the air! Geezum!

Then there was the property boundaries. Some dude who appeared as if he must have been intoxicated or something came in to figure out property lines. Come over some time and I’ll show you, the lines are all SO crooked. Property boundaries are ALL wrong and this was a few years ago now. Has it been fixed? um, nope. According to this, half of my house shouldn’t be there! The stake that this dude put on what would be the corner of my lot runs right down the center of my house. No joke! Isn’t this stuff for a cartoon?

Then we wanted to plant some fruit and nut trees and bushes at the cafe. We had a permaculturist come and make a plan to help put some life back into the soil (frankly some previous owner used to bury their lawn equipment in the ground there.) We asked for permission to do this on some of the adjacent town property saying that when we leave, the plantings will be a donation to the town. Well then we got in the middle of some phone chain about how the town gave us property for free. Ee-gads, I’m not making this up! What a nightmare of a meeting that was for me. They said well, we didn’t know you were going to plant so much.  (Can you believe that tonight this was brought up in the meeting! Hello! Can you say UNRELATED! and recalled oh so differently. Tonight it was stated that they didn’t know trees were going to be planted at all and it was a septic issue for people. Um no! nearly 20 people showed up because they were told via the rumor mill that we were given property. There was never a septic issue.) OY! So surreal. I’m not making this up!

The most recent is this gravel crushing project. Again, let’s bring in industrial equipment that has the potential to cause a lot of environmental harm to the air and the adjacent river and let’s just start crushing rocks. Oops on the parts that are spilling into the river and oops on the parts that are getting breathed in by the neighbors. Our bad. Um, sorry. We can’t control this thing that we decided to have happen.  It’s almost laughable and yet this is part of what we’ve experienced living in this beautiful village… Thankfully more great things have happened that thankfully outweigh this WTF stuff.

But still, I am trying to decompress from another night that makes me question so many things. I really want to have faith in my town government. I don’t look at anyone there and think they are bad people or whatever. I just want to live my life and not feel like I have to be some damn watchdog. You know what I’m saying? Like I lived in NJ, I lived in the Silicon Valley – I’ve had enough superfund sites around me, I don’t want to have to worry about the crap that is quite literally happening in my own back yard. I’ve got kids here. There’s a school just right across the street! Even more kids to worry about! Geezum Geezum!

And yet shit keeps happening and I think I must be getting called to have to participate more than what I have. But I’ve already done my time serving on the school board and I don’t want to be in public office at all!  I seriously loathe meetings and I don’t want to have to go to meetings in order to know that this crazy laughable stuff isn’t happening. Meetings to me are such a waste of time. No one sticks to agenda, no one keeps to point (except for Spencer Weart at the American Institute of Physics. That man should be a trainer and train people how to run a meeting. I swear. It was a pleasure to have meetings with that guy.)

But I digress. See? I digress! I don’t want to stick to my point either! LOL I just want to live in this gorgeous town and do my gorgeous thing. I don’t want chemicals dumped for no damn good reason on the field behind my house. I’d rather take the long grass and field mice we used to have when we first moved here. I don’t want the rocks being pulverized essentially two properties over. OMG! To me, this is short sighted stuff! What is it to the end? We have such a short life to live in the big scheme of things, why do people have to fuck things up like this on our earth? For what? I ask questions. I try to understand but I honestly don’t understand.

Ugh. I don’t want this job. I’ve got enough on my plate. Really great stuff on my plate. I think I’ve found my gifts and I want to use them. Being a watchdog doesn’t feel like a gift and yet I’m trying to be grateful for this. To see the divine in this. I’m a student here, learning in this life. I know I have lots to learn.

OK, it’s out and I’m going to sleep. Thanks for reading. Or not. I just needed to get it out. Rant is over. Good night.

wanted a dip/dressing so this is what I did

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

I was munching on raw cauliflower today whilst painting and wishing that I had some lovely dip to dip the crunchy pieces in. So I decided to make something. I was really jonesing for my cheddary cheeze but am out of red peppers. I really love making recipes from scratch. It’s fun to throw things together and see how they will turn out.

So without further ado, here’s the recipe I just concocted:

Curry Carrot Dressing

2 cups raw cashews
2-3 dates, pitted
1 large carrot, washed and chopped
1/2 smallish yellow onion
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp miso, or nama shoyu
pinch cayenne
1 tsp hot curry
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
1 cup+ fresh water

In the VitaMix, blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary to make it more like a dressing. Feel free to adjust the spices to your liking.

It’s a really nice dip and I’m enjoying it now with everything: brown rice, veggies, salad, as a spread for wraps or sandwiches. This made quite a lot so it’s good to just put in a container and keep in your fridge.

Happy blending and experimenting!

much love,
Linda

paralyzed by produce – a post from my friend

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

I love this post and I love the ads Holly put on the post. Holly is one of my oldest friends and she writes beautifully. Enjoy. (I want to put these ads up in my shop!)

http://spleeness.blogspot.com/2010/04/paralyzed-by-produce.html

Foods to Balance Your Being

Monday, April 12th, 2010

This is copied from  p86 of The Medicine Woman Inner Guidebook. I pulled the Balance card today and this is what it has to say. I thought it was so nice that I wanted to copy it here:

Sun is the first food,
Fresh air and water second.
Rest, exercise, and laughter
Nourish you third.
Fourth, the seed of the Earth brings life.
Fifth, the herb, vegetable, and fruit give health.
And sixth, if these be lacking,
The animals will provide.

Cast aside as little as you can
From these, the gifts that nourish.
This, in thanksgiving for their being.
Be positive and kind in preparation,
Friendlyand serene in consuming,
Joyful and active in digestion,
And health will be your inner light.

Eat from nature, if you can,
The herbs and wild foods provided.
Garden by organic means or purchase
The least affected, neglected, processed,
and imperfected.
Locally grown helps you be tuned to home.
Above all, envision
Radiant vitality to be your own.

oy the easter candy and thoughts for a plan B

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

A friend suggested I write about cool alternatives to traditional easter candy. It’s a good idea so I’m trying to write it out here. I have to be honest. I don’t celebrate easter with the candy. I am remiss to celebrate any holiday in the traditional (not really traditional), mass-marketed way. It’s difficult to do birthday parties, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, etc. All of these have turned into a marketer’s and candy maker’s wet dream. As a kid, we had a birthday party and had cake. Now it’s the cake and “treats” and all the kids go home with a goodie bag of cheap plastic toys made by small kids in china or candies made with refined crap, chemicals and trans fats. (um, well you can see how much I loathe this stuff! LOL) Halloween is the same, Thanksgiving is at least (usually) a homemade meal, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter are pretty much the same – too much focus on the *STUFF* and large quantities of it plus lots of refined sugars/flours/salts, over-processed foods, chemicals, etc. So what’s the plan B?

Easter is really a time of renewal. Of welcoming back the cycle of spring. Of childhood, of growth, birth, rebirth and sunshine. This is an old pagan tradition to honor the cycles of the earth and that’s where the symbols of the egg and the bunny come from (also the colors of the holiday too.) Christian religions mark the day as a day to celebrate Jesus’ rebirth. I used to always wonder how amazingly coincidental it was that Jesus and Santa were so connected and Jesus and the Easter Bunny were too! LOL

As a kid, a really fun thing for me was doing the hunt for the easter basket that my parents put together. I’m not going to lie and say that I loathed eating the chocolate but I definitely overate it and felt very sick shortly thereafter. I enjoyed dying the eggs more than I did eating them, although I did enjoy eating just about anything put in front of me. What I really really loved was getting a fresh lily pinned on me to wear to church that Easter morning.

For us now with me as the mom, we don’t normally keep a lot of eggs in the house. In the past, we have dyed eggs as well as drawn pictures of eggs to decorate around the house. I have window chalk that the kids love to use to draw their easter bunnies and baskets and eggs on every window in the house. There is a community egg hunt that happens on easter weekend here in our town. The kids can do their hunts which get exchanged for the very things I loathe but because enough kids do this, my kids don’t get inundated with lots of it. They enjoy it and it is a nice community thing that happens here.

When the seasons change and the holidays are here, I typically like to do a nice ritual with the kids. So we will probably do something like that again this weekend. Since spring is a time of renewal, of growth and new life, it’s a great time to think put our attention on things that we would like to birth into our lives. We usually do a ritual where we spend some time thinking about things (people/circumstances) we are grateful for, things we are happy to release from our lives and things we’d like to cultivate for ourselves. We will typically write in on paper as a prayer, add a bit of dirt or sticks to it, add some water or snow on the paper (if we still have snow on the ground) and then send off our prayer into the fire to be sent up in the smoke. I like to focus on the things more as qualities we’d like to attract vs. more stuff. And the kids understand this. They are very adept at it and very quickly, it seems, write out qualities that they’d like to foster in themselves or in their environments. Very often it’s a prayer for the larger world around them. It’s always pretty beautiful.

Another thing we like to do this time of year is consider the garden. What do we want to plant this year? Can we buy a plant or seeds and cultivate something new that will be so much more nourishing for ourselves and the earth we live on?  Can we dress up a tree around the house with beautiful rocks we’ve found to attract a home for faeries? How about an easter tea party with the little little ones with a lovely raw treat to eat that we can make just minutes beforehand with the kids to eat and enjoy outside? The little kids (and I) love to gather our stuffed animal friends and be outside with them for a party!

If you want to go the basket route, why not fill it with crayons and papers and colored pencils and other small arts/crafts so that it is a day spent in full creativity instead of eating sugary treats that could possibly lead to a runny nose/cough in a week. 🙂

Even if you don’t go to church, why not dress up super nice for the day? Plan ahead just a little bit and buy a beautiful fresh flower or two if none are yet blooming in your yard and create corsages for everyone in the house. I loved how special this made me feel when I was given an easter corsage to wear. Have a dress up picnic outside. Maybe invite some friends or family over for the fun celebration and honoring of the new season, of the promise of more sun-filled days, of rebirth in your life. All of which can be included to whatever religious celebrations you do.

In our house we love to make sock creatures so maybe this year we will want to make some sock bunnies or goofy stuffed pet eggs. It’s a fun thing to do with old socks. Here’s a picture of one:

I suppose I could also write about making raw versions of chocolate treats but for me, I really want to do this plan B a little differently. I’m totally all for a sweet treat. I love ending a ritual with something beautiful to eat and drink and I think there are enough recipes here to pick and choose some fun things to make: easy fudge balls, cakes, pies, etc. I guess what I’m saying in my almost 40 years here is that, for me, it’s also nice to think about spending a holiday or social occasion *WITHOUT* food as the focus of the day. Again, there’s nothing wrong with it at all, but sometimes, I want to celebrate and honor something with my body and spirit and not just my mouth and stomach! LOL

So, I guess I’ll end it there. Happy Spring, Happy Sun, Happy Easter. May the promise of this season fill your hearts with sunshine and rebirth.

hugs,
Linda


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