Fa-fah Focaccia!

During the harsh months of winter warming, soulful foods make the dark days and cold nights less of a challenge.  Now that spring is finally here I realize that I’ve become a bit of a focaccia fool.  Focaccia became my go to side dish for soups and stews, and I got to the point that I was making it more than once a week.  I felt a little like my grandmother pulling out my bowl and yeast, mixing up the dough from memory, and incorporating minute changes that make each bread a perfect compliment to the main dish.  The recipe below I made to accompany a hearty chicken soup (using leftovers).

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Jamaica Me Crazy

About this time of year I’m so sick of winter I could scream.  Given the horrific blizzard we had a few weeks ago that feeling has multiplied exponentially.  Add to this a little homesickness and a craving for some quality mommy time (yes, I still say mommy) and the normal dream of garden beauty or plans for family vacations aren’t enough to get me out of my doldrums.  Today I need the dreams of warmer weather AND some homey comfort.  The answer was to whip up a batch of Jamaican Meat Patties.

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Sweet Treats for Snow Day

If you live anywhere on the East Coast you experienced some form of the nasty nor’easter that blew through a week ago.  After three days of healthy, home cooked meals I realized that I made a complete waste of quality time for sharing.  With that in mind I remembered to grab my camera before starting in on an impromptu dinner delight.

Most of you do not know me personally so you’re not aware of my inability to follow a recipe.  For me the kitchen is like an artist’s studio and my stove the canvas.  I normally start preparing meals with a finished product in mind, and I may glance at recipes for guidance in terms of a flavor profile, but for the most part I just decide as I go.  That being said please know that you can change up this recipe as you see fit and know that the measurements are as close to exact as I get.

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Cheers to the New Year

Trust me, I do realize tomorrow is VALENTINE’S Day, but I am just now getting back on the ball with the blog for 2017.  I don’t know about you, but the holidays really take it out of me and the additional work of doing a few holiday markets REALLY was a lot more work than I expected.  

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Inspiring Tattoo Ideas for Men and Women

Tattoos are a great way to express yourself through body art.  For those of us who are interested in living more meaningful lives a tattoo can also be an affirmation, a mantra or a spiritual reminder.  Below are some ideas for those that want to wear their inspiration on their sleeve.

Sun and Moon symbolizes vitality and growth. screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-10-56-45-am

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Back-to-School Acne

I don’t know if you are aware, but my 5th grader recently informed me that the first day of school is like the Red Carpet for young’uns.  Who knew?!  Her carpet walk was marred by the fact that she had to wear gym clothes day one while my twelve year old had more serious matters to contend with…ACNE!

Now you may not recall, but for a lot of people their teen years were filled with what felt, at the time, like crater sized pock marks on the entirety of their face.  In reality what most experienced were a few small pimples here and there, though for some it may have been worse.  In support of parents like me who may want some tools and resources I am sharing the regiment I created for my daughter.

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Thai Basil and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

I adore Thai basil!!!  So much so that I completely over did it in the garden this year.  One can only eat so much Thai food (especially if you’re not Thai), and even if you eat Thai daily each recipe only calls for so much.  Since my plants were going to flower and I still have a few months of valuable growing time I figured it best that I figure out how best to preserve the bounty.  Alas, Thai Basil Pesto.IMG_3743

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Essential Oils for Summer

So, yes, I do realize that summer is almost over and that we are all dreading the daily grind – school, homework, sports, repeat – but I taught this class and thought you might be interested in some of this information and can save the recipes for later.  For this class I used doTerra and Now essential oils.  At the bottom you will find recipes for sugar scrub, anti-itch roller and after sun spray.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are aromatic substances found in cells or glands of certain plants. They can be found in the flowers, wood, rind, leaves or roots of these plants.  These oils are used by the plant for protection from predators and to attract pollinators. When this substance is still in the plant, it is called an essence. After the distillation of a plant, the aromatic substance becomes an essential oil.

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