The In Between

oldfrenchfairyta00sgrich_page_0461In the time between Christmas and New Year my favorite things are: Resting and enjoying my home and family

Yesterday my hubby Rob and I went for a bike ride into town in 60 degree weather and had tea at The Open Eye.

We went to see Avatar last night--loved it. See it in 3-D! A wonderful message about indigenous people and taking care of our mother, meaning whatever planet or moon we live on--in this movie we are the aliens who didn't love their Mother and are in search of other resources to exploit on the distant moon, Pandora. Needless to say, our arrival opens up a Pandora's box of troubles for the indigenous people -- wonderful, large, lithe, blue creatures that have much in common with Native American tribes.

Making delicious food like this:

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BAKED APPLE PANCAKE

Start by peeling and thinly slicing about a pound of fresh, tart apples (about 4 big apples) 3 large eggs 3/4 c. milk (soy/rice milk works fine) 3/4 c. flour 1/2 t. salt 1 T. + 1/4 c. butter 1/4 c. brown sugar cinnamon and nutmeg to taste powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Beat together eggs, milk, flour and salt until smooth. Add 1/2 c. thinly sliced apples. Melt T. butter in cast iron skillet in oven; coat bottom and sides of pan and then pour in batter and put in oven for 15 minutes. Then turn temperature down to 350 degrees for last 10 minutes until pancake is light brown and crisp. If bubbles form, puncture with fork. While pancake is baking, saute rest of thinly sliced apples in 1/4 c. butter in skillet on stove and add brown sugar. Season to taste with cinnamon and nutmeg and saute until apples are tender, but not too soft, about 8-10 min.

When pancake is ready, slide onto plate, pour apple filling onto one side and fold pancake over. Pour a little melted butter on top and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Tarot card reading for the New Year

Here's good way to do a reading for the entire year: A full moon spread. Lay out 13 cards in a crescent shape for each of the full moons in the year. Write down your reading for each card and each full moon and see how it corresponds for the year ahead. Did you know we've got a blue moon coming up on New Year's Eve this Thursday? That has to be an auspicious sign for 2010.

(Love the Fairy Tale Tarot by Karen Mahoney. I heart the Tarot of Prague cards if I could ever find them for a reasonable price).

Make SoulCollage card for New Year. Here's the one I made most recently for the Witness card, the one who sees without judgment and draws us up to higher consciousness:image151

Collecting images and ideas for a vision board for what I want to be, create, and bring into the New Year.

One thing I want to do is teach and facilitate more creative workshops and retreats.

Here's what I already have on the calendar: SoulCollage workshop on January 9 at my home and Vision Board/SoulCollage workshop (Outer and Inner manifestation) with my friend Lauri later in January; Crowning the Crone retreat the last weekend in February in Durham; and the BEAR retreat on Cape Cod the last weekend in March in which I will facilitate 2 workshops on Meeting and Manifesting the Triple Goddess. More to come!

Reading a good book

I'm currently reading Wesley the Owl--The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O'Brien

Did you know that owls mate for life? If an owl's mate dies it will often get depressed, stop eating, and die of grief soon after. Did you know that the reason owls can turn their heads 180 degrees is because underneath all that feather and fluff is a very long, thin, neck that can twist on its axis to keep an eye out for both prey and predators? Did you know that even though we tend to think of owl's night vision as its most amazing feature, it's really its hearing that is the owl's primary sense organ. One ear is higher up on its head than the other, allowing the owl to triangulate the sound of it's prey and swoop down on it with amazing accuracy. A barn owl can locate a mouse under three feet of snow by homing in on its heartbeat! (If owl is your totem, like she is mine, it's important to learn about its prey, too. The mouse -- attention to detail -- has much to teach us as well.)

Enjoy the in between!

Cheese Biscuits

img_17944 This is our favorite Sunday morning breakfast. Easy and delicious.

2 c. flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 5 T. unsalted butter 1/2 c. grated cheese (we use cheddar but you could probably use many varieties like jalapeno jack) + extra for the top 1 c. low-fat buttermilk (I keep buttermilk powder on hand, then all you have to do is mix it with water)

Preheat oven to 425. Place a 10" cast iron skillet in the oven to heat (I use two since it makes more biscuits than one skillet can handle)

Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in 4 T. butter using a pastry blender or two butter knives, until it reaches a crumbly consistency. Stir in the cheese, Make a well in the middle of the ingredients and pour in the buttermilk. Stir until just moistened, adding an extra T. of milk if needed.

Using a pot holder, remove the hot skillet from the oven and place T. butter in it. Swirl to melt the butter. When butter has melted, use 1/4 cup to drop batter into the pan. It's okay if the biscuits touch. Bake 14-15 minutes until lightly browned and sprinkle with extra grated cheese and put back in for 1-2 minutes until melted.

Veggie sandwich spread

This blog is not all about plumbing the depths; I include some prosaic wisdom, too. Like a great chickpea sandwich spread that tastes amazingly similar to tuna salad -- with as much protein, sans mercury: 2 c. cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or one 15 oz. can 2 chopped scallions 1 rib celery, finely diced 1 carrot, grated 4 T. Vegenaise or mayonnaise 1 tsp. finely chopped parsley 2 tsp. dried oregano ¾ tsp. tamari salt and pepper to taste

Mash the chickpeas with a fork or potato masher (don’t use food processor unless you want hummus) and stir in the rest of the ingredients.

We have friends who are having a baby and are thinking of raising him to be vegetarian like they are and wanted to know what the experience has been like for us. My daughter, Chloe, wrote them a letter saying she is glad to be a vegetarian since birth because she loves animals and there are so many delicious foods that don’t require killing animals. Probably the biggest fear and misconception in our culture is that you won’t get enough protein if you don’t eat meat, but it turns out we Americans way overdo the protein compared to the rest of the world, and there are many great sources of protein other than meat, chickpeas being one example (24 grams of protein in one can).