Thursday, January 1, 2015

It is 2015 - wow!

Hope that everyone had a wonderful Holiday. It was relaxing and restorative for me.
It included more navigating of traditions and figuring out what I could and could not eat. I thought I would miss Christmas cookies a whole lot more than I did. How about that? Found some chocolate chunks and chocolate bits that do not contain Soy Lecithin or Corn Sweetener by Enjoy Life. That was great! Found some Marzipan without Corn Sweetener, didn't save the label. You know what? Marzipan is not all that difficult to make. Haven't made any in years but there is no time like the present! The one thing I did miss and will have to find how to make is an Orange Cream in Dark Chocolate.

So, does this look like a list of things from a deprived somebody? Nope. It's good, it's all good.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Getting The Right Mindset

In light of recent changes in my food intake, I was a little concerned about how to navigate the Thanksgiving celebration. Have you really thought about how much flour/grain is involved in our contemporary feasts? It is something that I had to sort out and was kind of making a mountain of a molehill in my mind. Once it was apparent that I could eat and not feel deprived, I settled down. I scraped the filling out of the pies and mostly didn't get any of the crusts in my mouth. Oh, they were delicious, too. I hated letting that crust go, but, feeling better and being able to breathe through my nose seemed more important to me. For this same reason I was able to pass up the rolls and the stuffing. I am so very happy for the food that I did get to eat, Squash, Cranberries, Beans, Turkey. I think that was a pretty wonderful feast.
It's not about what cannot be on the plate, it's about what can be on the plate.
Thanksgiving was a wonderful day, filled with good solid family time. It is so nice that my Cousin and her family have invited me to share in their celebration. I am so very grateful.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Road to Wellville

Have you ever watched the movie "Road to Wellville"? I understand there is a book, too. It is a wonderful, lighthearted comedy about Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his attempts at bringing people to good health through clean living during the early 1900's. He employed some pretty bizarre techniques, yet, mingled with the quackery he had some good basis for helping folks to well being.
Wouldn't it be nice if there was a perfect solution to getting to the bottom of cranky sinuses? Clogged ears? Sore Joints and muscles?  Oh, how I wish there was. Life for me lately has been a mix of Prilosec OTC, Allergy Pills, Pain Relievers, Tums...are we adding more of a toxic load to a body that is just trying to tell us something?
I set out on my own road to Wellville several years ago. During this time encountered quacks that have hurt me with their techniques. I have encountered vibrant people who have helped me a great deal. Oh, and self diagnosis? Doesn't work. Sometimes I think I have it all figured out, yet, what I am doing is upsetting my struggling system even more. Then, there is discouragement. I have a tendency to "throw the baby out with the bathwater"  and go backwards. Life gets to be too hectic, the easy meals come back into the house. Cooking with blinders on, not reading the labels, justifying the foods we are ingesting in this home...a recipe to set us up for feeling poorly.
Time to unsubscribe from some of the emails I get for coupons and fast dinners. Time to adapt and figure out how to eat well and not have to cook all of my free time away.
Well,  as Mom used to say, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
Time to read "Nourishing Traditions", again. 
Time to get back to the good cooking basics.
There is a lot of great info in this book. I make a few things from it regularly. Stock, Crispy nuts, Nut Butter, some of the pickled foods. Time to experiment more.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sometimes you just have to let the Earth Mama loose...

Today, as I was catching up on my favorite forum in Ravelry, I was inspired. I mean it just took the day over.
  1. I made Honey Whole Wheat Bread.
  2. Raked out my flower gardens in the front.
  3. Decided that it would be great to incorporate an afternoon tea into my lifestyle.
I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying today, the scent of freshly baked bread wafting through the house lifts my spirits so. I need more practice, as my bread cracked open. But, that is a something I am happy to do. So, here are some pictures of the bread as I progressed through the day.

Book that I have had since 1986, has the best tutorial for making hand kneaded basic bread.
The flour was purchased from Wholeshare, farmer ground and organic. It is a joy to work with, too.
Dough has been kneaded and oiled, ready for the first rise.

After the first rise. So pretty!

Deflated, some call it punched down.
Ready for the third and final rise.

I think I should get larger bread pans, the dough is a little too big for these.
Beautiful Golden Brown Loaves....

While I was waiting for the first rise of my bread, I wandered outside to do some raking. Here is a picture of some of the Daffodils and Jonquils blooming at the moment. So pretty.

Then, I came in for some rest while the bread was baking and had some afternoon tea. 
Thank you for my teapot and mugs Anna Maire, I really love them.
Tea included “Strawberry Grapefruit Xue Long” Green tea, some roasted almonds and blueberries in lemon gelatin. Claudia from Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog inspired me to have a time to enjoy my tea and use some of the pretty and sentimental things in my life.
Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Knitting and Crochet Year in Review 2013

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New Starts, New Year

Thank you so very, very much.

I want to say thank you to my family and friends for your support and your kindnesses through 2013. It was a year filled with many kindnesses and much sadness.
I am especially grateful to everyone that gave me their support as Dad transitioned over to the afterlife.

Thank you to my family that included me for their Holidays (you know who you are and I am so very grateful).
The winds of change continue to blow. There is always a reason for the way things turn out. When one door closes another will open. That next step is where our journey is meant to take us. 
So, ever onward, ever hopeful!

May you all be richly blessed. 
May your days be full of love and of joy. 
May you prosper with good things and always have more than you need. 
May you be in great health.
May you find a job if you are without one.
May your farms and businesses be always profitable.
May your creativity flow and may you have the time you need for being creative.
May your homes be organized.
May your finances be free of debt.
May you live a harmonious life.
May contentment reside in your lives.
(all of the hopes for me too...)