2.14.2014

Planetary Chai in Collaged Recycled Tins - For Sale

Give me a theme and I will CUSTOM make a tin for you! 
 Below are some examples of those already made:



 'Moksha'


These canisters are recycled; I've given them a second life!


Crushing Cardamom pods for use in the chai blend.
 
I have covered these canisters 
in my one-of-a-kind collage art just for you!  
Each one is unique and full of an herbal blend I have created 
that integrates many healing traditions together
in one Planetary Chai blend:  
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and Western Herbalism.

Great for digestion, stress, and pain - moves Qi.


The blend before mixing.  A spicy, pungent, other-wordly, yet grounded blend of fruits, roots, leaves, and seed pods.

Comes full with almost 3 oz. of the Planetary Chai blend of 14 different herbs - 
Makes 10-20 servings.
Instructions included with each order.
*Not for use during pregnancy.*


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'Dryad Dreams'







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You can also just purchase the Planetary Chai blend alone, see bottom of post.
$32 for each tin full of Planetary Chai blend
$12 for a refill







'The Bees Knees'



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Will do custom orders for collage with your theme.
Just leave a note with your order as to the theme you want.
Order your custom tin here:

You get to see your custom tin before I ship it and if it's not what you had in mind, I'll do another.



Add $5.95 shipping to all orders here:
   <----- One shipping price per order no matter how much you order!

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'Riding Windhorses'











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'Firekeeper'
 

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 'Grasshopper Leaps'













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Planetary Chai:  boost your mood, feel great!

Order your Planetary Chai refill here ($12):


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'Echtra'













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1.04.2014

A Bountiful Crop

After a single digit night, I look outside at the snow covered ground and dream of the garden...

My green babies...foot long green beans, though some reached 18", anyone want to barter neat seeds, let me know...



LOVE


 That being said, I'm grateful for this time of rest and renewal.

"Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." - Ovid, from Ars Amatoria

I rest with extra reading, meditation, and baths and I renew with creating.
Lately I've been collaging Artist Trading Cards...

It took me a few years to collect and cut out all these small images.

The start of the organic process:  allowing the cards to come together!




I'll share some of the new ones soon.



~ How are you resting and renewing? ~



 from House of Belonging by David Whyte:

 "When your eyes are tired
The world is tired also.

When your vision is gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb
tonight.

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
"






Candlelight Meditation - How to

Here is one simple method of meditating... begin easy, even 5 minutes is good, and work up to a larger amount of time.  Try to incorporate this into your daily routine.  You will find the benefits huge.
I began almost 20 years ago and I can say it has changed my life, and even my person,
for the better in ways that pervade my every moment.

 


Turn off your phone and other disturbances,
let household members know
you’re taking some private,
quiet time for yourself. 
You may wish to set a timer for 15-60 minutes.






Light your candle, turn off all other lights.
Find a comfortable position, back straight
so that your energy can flow unimpeded. 

Take 3 deep breaths:  all the way in to the depths of your belly, hold for a moment as you feel it nourish your entire body, and slowly release all the way out becoming empty…and open…
repeat 2 more times, then resume normal breathing.
Let your worries, or anything else you need to release,
go with your exhalations.
Breathe in calm stillness, or whatever else it is that you need.

When you find your attention wandering from the breath
and the candle, bring it back gently, and continue…






The Dancing Flame

1.03.2014

Barberry Chutney: Using a Wild Edible You Can Find in the Winter


Barberry - Berberis vulgaris:  a wild edible that is a non-native invasive -
so you get the added bonus of removing the seeds from the wild that way it doesn't spread so voraciously.
Also, it's common, hence easy to find, either growing wild or in the landscape.
I notice that the birds and other creatures aren't too fond of these berries and they will often persist throughout the winter.

As you can see, the berries are easy to spot; they stand out in the stark landscape of winter.

Harvesting the berries can be a pain because of the thorns, but if you take your time and keep awareness you can do it.  Take it as a Zen moment in which you can be calm and present.


Ingredients:
1/2 Tbspn. sea salt
1/2 Tbspn. grated ginger
1/4 c. sugar (be sure to get organic or non-GMO as most sugar in this country is
                       from genetically modified sugar beets).
2 garlic cloves
juice of one lemon (or equivalent)
1/8 c. apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. grated onion
1/4 c. raisins
1 tspn. coriander
1/4 tspn. cayenne
1/4 c. fresh barberries

Coriander from the garden... did you know Cilantro seeds are Coriander?  Cilantro bolts so easily, what a benefit that you can then enjoy the flowers, along with the butterflies, then let it go to seed and have Coriander!







Mix all together and cook on low to medium, stirring and watching it until thick.  It doesn't take long.  Don't overdo it and make it too thick and be careful not to burn it; it'll burn easily with the sugar.



This lasts a long time in the fridge.  Use it as a compliment to meats, a topping for flat breads, or as a flavoring agents in soups or grain dishes. 



 I like to put it on Pakora; here's one variety:

Look at all wonderful Turmeric color!  When you see that you know you have a potent anti-inflammatory dish!


Ingredients:
2 c. garbonzo bean flour
1 Tbspn. ea. cumin and turmeric
1 tspn. salt
dash cayenne

Mix these together, then add 2- 2 1/2 c. broth until no lumps remain, then add

2 c. finely chopped cauliflower
2 c. diced purple onion
bunch chopped Cilantro

preheated 450 degrees

Oil baking sheet, spoon mixture onto sheet, bake for 15 minutes, flipping mid-way through.  You could also fry these in oil if you wanted to...

I love to add Cilantro to dishes as it helps to remove heavy metals (such as mercury and lead) from the body through chelation.