Archive for April, 2014

Ode to the Duck Egg

Posted on April 26, 2014. Filed under: Breakfast Made Simple, Health, Just Fun, Poetry | Tags: , , , |

Duck Eggs

The farmer called:
He’s got 3 dozen.
Our stomachs did a flutter, enthralled;
Spring has truly begun!

To crack them;
To hear them sizzle in the pan;
To eye the white whites,
the orange yolks!

And then to bite
Their luscious ducky goodness
Soaked into the sourdough toast.
Truly a taste of heaven.

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Homemade Body Butter

Posted on April 14, 2014. Filed under: Health, Just Fun | Tags: , , , , |

My homemade body butter turned out great.  Here is the recipe for a luscious treat for your winter-battered hide!

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3 oz. coconut oil
3 oz. cocoa butter
3 oz. shea butter
1 oz. emulsifying wax
1/2 Cup organic olive oil

 Procedure

Melt ingredients together on stovetop lowest setting just until melted.  Put in freezer until it starts to harden – about 10 minutes.  Whip in mixer with wire whip for 5 minutes.  Stir in 3 Tablespoons vegetable glycerine.  Put back in freezer for about 5 minutes, then whip again for 5 minutes.  Stir in essential oils, if using, put in jars.

 

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By the way, using a small kitchen scale to weigh out the ingredients is a great way to make it very easy to measure solid ingredients like this.  You don’t have to try packing them tightly into measuring cups.  Just put the empty bowl on the scale, zero it out, and start adding clumps of material until the desired amount is reached.

I added essential oils of blue tansy (20 drops), lemongrass (40 drops), and lavender (40 drops).  Blue tansy helps to reduce inflammation and I love the smell, lemongrass is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory and I love the smell, and lavender is a soothing anti-spasmotic and I love the smell!  This threesome will be very powerful to rub into my hardworking hands, aiding my muscles and joints as well as keeping my skin soft and unbroken.

Sourcing

Mountain Rose Herbs – My favorite place for all the base ingredients

Aromatics International – A great source for essential oils.  They test every batch so you are assured of no adulteration.  Test results, use, and safety information all available on their excellent website.

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Cinque Terra, Italy

Posted on April 4, 2014. Filed under: Italy, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , |

Cinque Terra Hiking TrailHow is that for a hiking trail?  This section is on the trail linking the 5 towns of the Cinque Terra in Italy.  Back and forth down we went for a very long time.  It didn’t matter – the views were incredible!  Turquoise water with the charming town below.  This is not strenuous hiking by any means.  If you are a die-hard hiker you might be disappointed here.  You are not out in the middle of nowhere nor are you walking any great distance.  But you are walking time-worn paths amid ancient olive groves and grape vines.  This is hiking for pure pleasure, any exercise you get is an afterthought.  And the pizza, pesto and farinata at day’s end ain’t bad either!  In October, 2011, this area was devastated by horrible downpours of rain that caused flooding and mudslides.  Thankfully, the trail has been rebuilt and reopened and many people are still working to restore the hillsides and to build better water drainage systems.  This area is too wonderful to lose!

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Baby Kale Harvest

Posted on April 1, 2014. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Plants |

Baby Kale HarvestOne of the benefits to starting a whole bunch of baby kale plants early is that you can actually start to enjoy eating them!  Here is my big bowl of baby kale leaves ready to add to my salad.  They are so tender and delicious!

I do think I missed my calling.  I could be very happy as a farmer.

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