Jewish Apple Cake: Guest Post with Cheryl

Jewish Apple Cake
Hello and happy Autumn!  It’s been a while, but I’m back and have a cake to share.  I get very excited when autumn approaches.  So many endings and beginnings.  For one, I start baking again!  My friend Cheryl made this cake, brought it to work and said she had a “Jewish Apple Cake” for us to enjoy.  Jewish Apple Cake?!!  I know that cake very well and we proceeded to talk about the name: “you know it as Jewish Apple Cake too? Why is it Jewish?”, the ingredients: “yep, apples, oil, orange juice, etc.” and how much we love it. Continue reading

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Seasonal Salute: Cauliflower

Two recipes for you to enjoy!

Garden Cauliflower

Our garden has taught me the beauty and value of imperfection. Just look at the above photo:  all 3 were planted at the same time and next to each other in the same garden.

Speaking of imperfection, there’s always a lot to do and not enough hours in the day, so sometimes I just don’t do it. IT=chores. Usually. Enough said. More hours in the day=fun and relaxation and just more of being well, me. I wish that for you too. What makes you, you? Where can you breathe and create more balance which=more time and space for well, YOU! Remember, we’re striving for imperfection.

Blooming Daisies and Echinacea

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Seasonal Salute: Rainbow Chard

Two New Recipes for You to Enjoy!
Rainbow Chard

Gardening is just the most amazing thing. I’m always in awe watching what comes up out of the dirt after there was nothing weeks ago. We planted rainbow chard again this year – I love it. It’s inspired me to highlight seasonal selections from my garden and local farm stands this summer. Does anyone belong to a CSA share (Community Supported Agriculture)? Having your own garden can be a bit like that:  I have this box (or garden in my case) of produce, now what do I do? Well, we ate a LOT of salads last week! As I’ve said before…the garden/nature doesn’t wait. That’s also the beauty of a garden or CSA:  you have to deal with your bounty. It inspired me to think about and research different ways to enjoy eating our rainbow chard. Last year was the first time we grew it and ate it! Continue reading

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A Yogi and Her Guacamole: Guest Post with Sam

Guacamole

Thanks to Sam, I am no longer indifferent to guacamole.  In fact, I can now say I love it. To be more specific, I love Sam’s recipe. I never realized (never really thought about it either) how personal guacamole is. I want LOTS of fresh cilantro, but know you either love or hate cilantro; there’s no middle ground. At least that’s been my experience and if certain friends are coming over and there’s cilantro involved, I have to stop and think, “hmmmm are they lovers or haters”? It’s not worth losing friends over, but I admit to feeling a bit sorry for them. Salsa without cilantro? A Banh mi sandwich? A wrap without stems and leaves just snipped from the garden? Perish the thought. Continue reading

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Rose Water Marshmallows

Rosewater Marshmallows

I admit it; I hibernated. I will avoid a rehash of the longest, hardest winter I remember ever in my life and get to the task at hand:  blogging.

Rose Water Marshmallows are a tribute to surviving the above mentioned winter and an homage to the eager anticipation of Spring.  The Spring rose of food coloring  is peeking through the snow sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar. Perfect. Spring has been peeking at us little by little even during a March 26th blast of snow.

Crocuses and Snow

I tasted them and immediately understood Confection as “a delicacy made with sweet ingredients.”  They are beautiful to look at and really unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. Yes, a marshmallow, but with that hint of rose flavor from the rose water they are unique and special…just like Spring. Continue reading

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