Friends, Community & Musings

  • Summer Mornings, Simple Pleasures

    Another simple summer pleasure is what I have termed “Basil Toast” or “Dill Toast.” Along with a cup of tea, it is a perfect way to start my day. What is Basil Toast or Dill Toast you ask? Well, let me tell you.
  • Ode to the Tulip

    Nothing shouts spring like a beautiful tulip! So many colors, so many shapes and sizes. I have been painting a canvas inspired by the spring garden, full of tulips. So I thought I would share some tips I have found with my tulips.
  • Infrastructures to Support Your Choice to Feel Good about Yourself

    "I choose to feel good about myself each day. Every morning I remind myself that I can make the choice to feel good. This is a new habit for me to cultivate." Another delicious piece of wisdom by Ms. Hay. With choice comes the necessity for us to put in place the infrastructures in our lives to keep the cultivation going.
  • The Art of Easy Cheesemaking: Curds and Whey

    The start of cheesemaking for the New Year. With history of cheesemaking in our household for both families, it seems to be the only thing to do on a cold January day! ⁠

    I received a lot of questions and IMs about the cheesemaking process I shared recently. . .so I wanted to give a quick overview of "how" for those interesting in trying this at home.⁠

    Ingredients: Whole milk or half & half (approximately a quart) + apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)⁠

    Tools: Pan, wooden spoon, cheese cloth, thermometer and cheese cloth
  • When do you pack up Christmas decorations?

    Another sign that we are in the heart of January. . .time to organize and put away the holiday decorations. And a Sunday morning in January is the perfect time to put Christmas away and get your it ready for next year.⁠
  • Developing the Art of Appreciation

    With swirling uncertainty surrounding us these days, I am thankful for an understanding of the need to develop appreciation. We know that gratitude, the ability to appreciate, is fundamental to any spiritual journey and a foundation of becoming a member of the conscious community. People who consistently practice gratitude have more positive emotions, feel more connected to others, sleep better, have the ability to better express compassion and kindness, and according to studies have stronger immune systems.
  • Are we ready for some football!!

    This household was super excited to get back a little bit of normal and watch some football on Sundays! As soon as the Monday Night football theme ...
  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for pizza?

    OK so that’s really not the correct saying but everyone loves pizza, right?  It’s really a basic recipe that can be made into so many different combinations and used for a variety of meals.
  • A Welcome to Kitch Ann, The Recipe Explorer

    Once the chicken is done cooking, generously spoon the hot honey sauce over each piece of chicken and serve immediately. We have paired this with sautéed corn or with mashed potatoes or with a large salad. All three combinations have been successful.
  • Iris Borer

    If you’re like me and you don’t notice iris borer until mid-summer, you have more work on your hands. If you are seeing yellowed leaves and rot at the base of the iris stalk, you have to dig up the plants to inspect them. Knock off all of the dirt. Cut away rotten parts with a sharp knife (and remember to throw these in the garbage). Place the remaining rhizomes in a bucket of water that is 9 parts water and one part bleach. Let the plants soak for 5 to 10 minutes. The borers will drown.
  • May You Live

    There is a Chinese curse which says “May he live in interesting times.” Like it or not, we are living in interesting times, times of uncertainty; but they also can be the most creative of any time we have available to us. We just need to allow them to be. As Louise Hay, one of my favorite authors, states "The point of power is always in the present moment." Let us all live this now.
  • Tan Memory Foam Slippers

    As I take off the slippers and get ready to put them in the thrift store pile. I also ask myself why I waited so long to use them. Why do I wait? Why save something for just the right moment instead of enjoying it now? It's interesting how something like a pair of clearance slippers can trigger all this reflection and self examination.