Thursday, September 28, 2017

AUTUMN-The Apple of my Eye

Apple Season!

 Ayurveda enthusiasts champion this beloved fruit at the end of Summer to cleanse and prepare the body for the winter months ahead. Apples come in so many irresistible varieties guaranteed to take your taste-buds through the entire spectrum between sweet and sour. 
One of my favorite ways to enjoy apples as the weather becomes cooler is to "stew" them. It's simple and makes the house smell wonderful. Simply peel and cube 3-5 of any apple variety you desire. Place in a sauce pan and add only enough water to cover the apples. Add cinnamon, cardamom, clove--stir and turn on medium high heat. Allow apples to cook until soft and most of the liquid gets absorbed. Enjoy them over oatmeal, quinoa, amaranth or another favorite grain. 

Bon Appetit! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Autumn's Anthem

The anthem of Autumn boasts a symphony of acorns, pine-cones and colorful foliage. Metaphors are as abundant as the harvest itself during this glorious time of year. Fall invites us to celebrate the fruits of our labors, teaches us the lesson of letting go and admonishes us to prepare for the barren chill of winter. 
Ever kick around a pine cone, pick it up and marvel at the mysteries hidden inside each shingle-like scale? Or examine an acorn in reverent reflection of the mighty oak's humble beginnings? Allow Autumn to enchant you, to lift your awareness and sweep you off your feet and into a forest or an orchard where you can listen to Autumn's anthem in true "surround sound".  Watch a squirrel's tail dance in a nut-gathering frenzy. Shuffle or skip through the confetti of leaves beneath your feet. Breathe in the smoke from a distant bonfire and sink your teeth into a juicy Jonagold apple. Show up! Show up for the party, the Earth's last hurrah! You are officially invited!   

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Summer Solitude

Be still.

"The quieter you become, 
the more you can hear."

~ Ram Das ~


Saturday, February 27, 2016

SPRING FORWARD!

I love the lesson that comes with the first blossoms of spring. So bold--"Ready or not world, HERE I AM!" These first colorful indications of the Earth's rebirth are so inspiring. Be on the lookout as you "spring forward" this year for ways that you and your life mirror your surroundings. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

CHILL HOMIE!


HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE! HAPPY NEW YEAR! 
When I stumbled upon this image, it evoked a good laugh. It's interesting how cliche phrases such as "let it go" can take on different meanings depending on our present state of mind. The phrase "let it go" means something very literal to me today, as I'm in the process of getting my house in order by simplifying and decluttering my closets and physical space. There are so many items that don't "spark joy" yet are within my possession with no particular reason. It's time for me to "let that shit go". Maybe the phrase is more figurative for you right now, such as letting a difficult emotion pass through you--a hurt, a regret, a heartache. In any case, letting go of what is no longer useful to us allows space for that which IS useful to be seen and recognized. A good nugget of wisdom, albeit a cliche! :)